/L'Asino d'Oro Reopens in Monti

L'Asino d'Oro Reopens in Monti

Lucio Sforza keeps moving south. First, he closed his famous L’Asino d’Oro in Orvieto, reopening it in Rome’s Montesacro district in November 2009. Then, he closed that location and opened on Via del Boschetto in Monti on Monday. I’m a big fan of L’Asino, wherever it may be, so it was my first stop for food after arriving back in Rome last night after 3 trillion calories weeks in London.

Amuse bouche: chicory and ricotta frittata with grated pecorino.

The menu is very similar to that at L’Asino’s previous incarnations, drawing heavily on Sforza’s Umbrian roots, with some personal flare thrown in. Pork, offal, and sweet and sour contrasts abound and there is even some northern Lazio thrown in, like a contorno of the Slow Food recognized lenticchie di Onano (lentils) from the Province of Viterbo and coniglio a buione (rabbit cooked with vinegar and tomatoes).

Baffo with sage and vinegar.

The antipasti (called fuoripasti) include a chestnut frittata (€7), tripe with anchovies (€9), sweetbreads with vin santo (€10) and “baffo” with sage and vinegar (€7). In my bizarre attempt at detox after really overdoing it in London, I opted for this last one, ribbons of guanciale, which, were recommended by the server. The vinegar added a nice acidity to cut the fat and the delicious dish almost seemed light.

Lombrichelli con rancetto e ricotta di pecora, a twist on amatriciana.

First courses are mainly pastas and, though I was tempted by the bean and chestnut soup (€8), I chose the lombrichelli, hand rolled noodles, with guanciale, tomato and ricotta (€9). This creamy twist on amatriciana tasted lighter than it looked and didn’t have that oppressive oiliness that so many amatricianas (ESPECIALLY those in Monti) suffer from these days. Other primi include fettucine with artichokes and lentils (€10) and lasagna with ricotta and chickory (€8).

I skipped the second course and went straight to dessert, or rather desserts. I’m detoxing, remember? Secondi included lamb with artichokes (€15), baked ham hock with cinnamon (€13), rabbit cooked with vinegar, tomato and pine nuts (€13), and stewed cod with raisins (€14). In the end, I wasn’t bowled over by the desserts, an assortment of four: bread tiramisu, a sage and saffron flan, whipped ricotta, and chocolate mouse (or whatever vellutata translates to). Two of them had white chocolate nibs on them and white chocolate is a crime against nature. Next time I’ll go for the secondo.

Assortment of desserts.

In all, L’Asino d’Oro was great. The food was good, made with quality ingredients, the service was kind, the price was right (at the lower end of the moderate scale and at the proper price point for the zone), and there was a beer list featuring Almond 22, Birrificio Maiella, Birra del Borgo, and Opperbacco. There is also an amazingly affordable lunch menu priced at €12, which includes a starter, first course, second course, water and a glass of wine. At around 5pm, there is a “merenda”, sort of an aperitivo hour where patrons can come and drink wine or beer accompanied by snacks priced at €3 per portion. Now I just hope Sforza stops with the southward migration and stays put!

L’Asino d’Oro
Via del Boschetto 73
Lunch 12:30-3pm
Merenda 5-7pm
Dinner 7:30-11
Closing day still to be determined

2016-09-18T18:08:54+00:00 February 16th, 2011|Categories: Food & Wine, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |18 Comments


  1. Nathalie February 16, 2011 at 8:29 am - Reply

    That sounds brilliant! can’t wait to try it.

  2. Pete February 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    This sounds right up my street! (even down to the white chocolate! 😉

  3. Jessica February 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Ah great! Now we can do without trucking across the city. See you Friday!

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  5. Katie February 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    @Nathalie great spot! try it out and let us know what you think!

    @Jessica So much better than shlepping out to Montesacro. And not to far away from your new office that you can’t pop down for a cheap lunch.

    @Pete Hope you make it there soon!

  6. Leely February 23, 2011 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Sounds delicious. For us big appetites but limited time in Rome, any idea when they’ll decide the closing day?

  7. Katie February 24, 2011 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Hi Leely, they close Sunday dinner and Monday. Check it out!

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  14. Stephanie March 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    is the lunch menu also on saturday or only during the week?
    N.B. Amazing site!

    • Katie March 7, 2013 at 12:26 am - Reply

      the lunch menu is just during the week (tues-fri). cash only. ciao!

  15. Andy Hare August 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply


    Do you think it is better to visit for lunch or for dinner to get the best experience of the restuarant? We are in Rome for 6 days.

    Great site by the way:)

    • Katie August 6, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

      not sure if l’asino d’oro is open in august. lunch offers a cheap (by rome standards) menu but you have no choice in what you eat. dinner has a full menu

  16. Andy Hare August 6, 2014 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Thank you Katie for your reply. We are visiting in September, and thought we would go in the evening now for the reasons you cite.


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