A Roman supper: Da Fortunato

Now that I am back in London, and I have better internet access, I can catch up.

You wouldn’t believe how many e-mails I have.

The friend with whom I was staying in Rome had put in his order for internet on 1 September, if you can imagine…. but anyone with experience of Rome doesn’t have to imagine.  

Given my connection, I can fill you in on some of my doings in the Eternal City, including …

… more food photos.

Here are a few shots of some goodies from supper the other night at one of my favorite places in Rome, Da Fortunato near the Pantheon.  It is also not the sort of place you have to get a second mortgage to pay for.

This is one the those few spots that has retained the old fashioned style of the classic Roman restaurant.  And the food is always good.

My first course was rigatoni all’amatriciana, which is pretty standard fare.    I didn’t feel like too much meat or fish that evening, so I opted for a few simple things I cannot get at the Sabine Farm.

Thus, I ordered up some mozarella di bufala, prosciutto, and an artichoke in the Roman style.

Let’s just have a closer look at that mozarella as it oozes all over the plate.

The stuff they call "mozarella" in the US?    Uh uh….  tisk.

I am not one for sweets, but I did want to have a house specialty.  They make their own grappa infusion with grapes.

Happily the waiter left it with us on the table.  Being a regular has its perks.

Sorry, I didn’t think to take a photo until after we let the waiter take it over the next table, for people who were profoundly curious about what we were having.   Much conversation about its qualities ensued.

A wonderful meal with good company can’t be beat, especially when you walk out the the place and see this.

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  1. Sid Cundiff says:

    Thanks for recommending another eating establishment in Rome. I’ve walk by Da Fortunado often, my favorite hotel a few blocks away, but I’ve never ventured in. Now I’ll do so when next in Rome.

  2. RichR says:

    I like a few drops of grappa in my coffee.

  3. Joey says:

    Ahh… I remember being here in ’06. I too had the rigatoni all’amatriciana!

  4. Kradcliffe says:

    Ugh. Rub it in, why doncha!

  5. Phil (NL) says:

    Hmm, is that restuarant located to your right when facing the pantheon? If so, I’ve eaten there once as well, many years ago. It was OK, probably even good were it not for the fact I misjudged the portion sizes a bit.

  6. Since Sept. 1??
    It is to laugh!

    My landlord this year had his order in by November 15, 2007. I see by reviewing the blog that I got internet in my apartment February 5, 2008.

  7. mcitl says:

    NOTA BENE: Mozarella di bufala — da NAPOLI!!

  8. Richard says:

    Isn’t the genuine buffalo Mozarella all poisoned at the moment, because the Italian Mafia has been dumping the city’s rubbish in the water-meadows where they graze? I’m sure I read something about that in the London papers earlier in the summer.

  9. mcitl says:

    There were a few isolated cases and the Neapolitans stopped eating the mozarella for a time but the tempest has passed, the trash crisis has been resolved FOR THE MOMENT and all are happily once again eating their weekly portion of the good stuff.

  10. Sid Cundiff says:


    It isn’t the same restaurant. If memory serves me right, it’s up one of the streets that heads north from the piazza.

  11. Daniel Kirkland says:

    Cardinal Ratzinger’s favorite place (when he was cardinal) was Da Roberto’s, I was told. Really good food. It is on a side street to the right of the Vatican if you are facing it directly. You might want to check it out, Father.

    God bless,
    Daniel K.

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