Rome does not run short of homestyle restaurants. In fact Roman food is about as quintessentially homestyle as food can get. Pasta dishes are in themselves comfort food and when ingredients like eggs and guanciale (pork cheek or jowl) are added to make a carbonara they become a delicious way of feeding the body and soul. Roman meat dishes are also well known for their comfort factor with dishes like coda alla vaccinara (oxtail cooked for hours in tomato sauce), and pollo ai peperoni, or chicken with peppers, that are cooked for hours to let stew the flavors of the sauce. These dishes end perfectly with swipe of bread to soak up every last taste, or a scarpetta (which means cute little shoe) in Italian.
But though dishes don't vary much from restaurant to restaurant, there are certainly better and best. Try little Da Enzo in Trastevere for a perfect carbonara, Flavio al Velavevodetto for some of the city's best coda alla vaccinara, Osteria Bonelli for a range of vegetable contorni (side dishes) and Settimio al Pellegrino for an unbeatable piece of montblanc. All of the places on this list will have you feeling like Rome is a home away from home.
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