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L'Arcangelo Makes My List of Favorites

This week, I updated my list of recommend restaurants in Rome and some readers were surprised to find L’Arcangelo made the list. They rightfully pointed out that a lunch in May had been disastrous and that a dinner in September wasn’t perfect, either. However, my conclusion after both of those meals (and another two in the past week) is that when you go to L’Arcangelo you have to order specific things. If you get the suppli’, cacio e unto (essentially la gricia, pictured above), and l’amatricana you won’t want to eat them anywhere else. I would encourage any visitor to Rome to order those dishes and I would discourage them from delving into other parts of the menu, simply because Arcangelo’s classic dishes of the cucina romana are that good.

This discussion brings up an interesting topic, which I will explore in a blog post next week. In Rome, as elsewhere, you have to know what to order at restaurants in order to be fully satisfied. It is a widely accepted notion that not everything on the menu has to be flawless and of equal quality for the restaurant to be considered great. While I don’t fully embrace this idea (I think everything on a menu, especially at restaurants of a certain caliber, should be well executed and conceived), I do know that in Rome many places do some things exceptionally well and others not so well or very very badly. So I go to certain places for certain dishes, and know if I randomly order off the menu I might be disappointed. In general, if you know what to order at each restaurant you can save yourself a lot of grief and improve your dining experiences considerably. Check back Monday for my suggestions of what to eat in my favorite Roman restaurants.

2016-09-18T18:10:53+00:00 November 20th, 2010|Categories: Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |14 Comments


  1. nyc/caribbean ragazza November 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to Monday’s post.

    I’m a big l’amatriciana fan so a trip to L’Arcangelo is on my list.

  2. Robert November 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    This is – for me personally – always a problem. Having tried many restaurants here in Rome, I think that it is difficult to find innovative dishes here. Antico Arco or Glass offer exceptional good kitchen – most of the mentioned rest is average and not constant in my opinion. I had a boring and overprized dinner at Roscioli recently and am constantly dissapointed by the other highly valued (and priced) restaurants mentioned above. If I want eat good Carbonara, Amatriciana and Cacio & Pepe I cook them at home. If you want “as we have always have done it” food Rome is a good choice. It is sad but true – for inspiration I would rather move to other cities.
    Innovation is unfortunately not happening here…

  3. Katie November 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    @nyc/caribbean ragazza and im looking forward to hearing about some of your favorite spots/dishes!

    @Robert you make a good point about roscioli. it is another place, in my opinion, where you have to order certain things or else be disillusioned. i order burrata, any of the cured porks or cheese plates, carbonara, amatriciana, tagliatelle with white truffles (in season). i havent tried everything on the menu but over the years, i have tried enough things to know what the best and most consistent dishes are. as far as innovation goes, it is out there, but certainly not on the scale one would expect in a european capital or major city. rome is not london or barcelona or copenhagen, but fortunately none of those places are far away!

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  5. Engred November 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks Katie – great list as always! We might be returning to Rome in 2011, so some of these will definitely be on my list!

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  7. My Very Best Bites of 2010 January 2, 2011 at 7:29 am - Reply

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  10. codecables June 3, 2012 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I finally made it to l’Arcangelo and must agree, besides Roscioli, it offers the best Roman classic primi I have tried so far

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  12. lesley June 8, 2012 at 5:04 am - Reply

    love your sight. I write food reviews for a website in Chicago, IL (USA) and am traveling to Rome this week (June11-14) with my 2 teenage (Foodie also) sons. We are staying at the Hotel Mozart and would love any suggestions for great local (non touristy, family run trattorias?? I would like to stay under 30euro per person (No wine for them). We will be there Sunday morning through wed morning and I know sundays and mondays are not easy in Rome. I think Sunday a great Pizza place would works, as we will probably go to sleep early (after long travel day/night) and sunday lunch, maybe a great antipasta bar experience!!

    any help would be so appreciated.

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  14. […] Katie Parla (2010) says that “if you get the suppli’, cacio e unto and l’amatricana you won’t want to eat them anywhere else. I would encourage any visitor to Rome to order those dishes and I would discourage them from delving into other parts of the menu, simply because Arcangelo’s classic dishes of the cucina romana are that good.” […]

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