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DOT Bistrot in Trastevere


DOT Bistrot opened a little over a year ago just off Piazza San Cosimato in the tourist trap-laden zone of Trastevere. Normally, I avoid dining in this part of town like the plague, but DOT is a rare island in a sea of mediocrity. The new(ish) arrival serves a combo of Sicily-inspired dishes (think panelle, seafood pastas, and cassata) and Roman classics (amatriciana and tripe, among other items). For fans of La Gensola the menu will be instantly familiar; DOT’s owner is Simone Dordei, son of that long-established restaurant’s proprietors and the food menu is virtually identical. But where La Gensola’s decor and service is somewhat formal, DOT is laid back and casual. Plus there’s a cocktail bar just off the street, a rarity in Rome.

In the decade plus I have been visiting La Gensola, I have never been enticed by the Roman dishes, preferring to stick to the fish. That’s the same approach I recommend at DOT. The octopus salad is simple and tender, whole whole fish are consistently cooked properly, avoiding that chalky overcooked flesh that is so common in Rome’s fish-oriented restaurant. But portions tend to be on the larger side, so take care not to over order. And absolutely do not skip the uova strapazzate, a starter of runny eggs scrambled with bitter greens, tomatoes and guanciale.

DOT Bistrot
Via Natale del Grande, 52/53

DOT Bistrot

2017-02-17T15:15:21+00:00 June 11th, 2015|Categories: Fish, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |4 Comments


  1. Anne June 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    The cocktail bar sounds interesting – do tell us more

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  3. Kathryn Abajian June 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for the great recommendation. I’ve had two meals there now and loved both. Delicious fish dishes and fist pastas. Wonderful service. Small with interesting decor and a beautiful bar. We ate with mostly locals both times. What a great addition to Trastevere.

  4. […] Dot Bistrot Via Natale del Grande 52 (Trastevere) Open: Monday through Saturday 12pm-3pm & 6:30pm onwards (kitchen closes at 11pm) Closed: August 8-31 […]

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