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Pugliamonti, A Vegetarian Restaurant in Monti

UPDATE: VENUE NOW CLOSED

I love Puglia and I love Monti, so, theoretically, I should love Pugliamonti, an organic vegetarian restaurant that opened in my neighborhood last summer 2009. I visited in late March with Mamma Parla and my friend Jessica and, while there were certain things about the place that I liked very much (the homemade durum wheat bread, delectable focaccia, and well chosen Puglia-driven wine list, to name a few), there wasn’t anything that I truly loved.

The tris di burrata starter was fine, though the accompanying sauces did nothing for/with the cheese in the way semi-sun dried tomatoes or a coarsely ground black pepper would have. The grilled goat cheese and pumpkin puree’ was decent, but not mind-blowing.

For our first course, my mom and I both ordered pasta fatta in casa with artichokes and ricotta scante. The sauce was insanely heavy and there was none of the pungent fermented gym sock stench and associated mouth burning that accompanies a respectable ricotta scante. The dish was bland and unnecessarily heavy.

Jessica’s cheese stuffed cannelloni were deep fried. I found that super weird and, not surprisingly, delicious. Granted, I’ve never seen such a thing in Puglia, but who cares! It’s deep fried carbs stuffed with fat and therefore amazing.

In sum, the food was alright but, like too many vegetarian restaurants I have encountered, the kitchen makes up for the lack of meat by making the dishes heavy and heart stopping. One grappa was insufficient to burn off all the fat from that meal, so we walked, or more accurately lumbered, the long way home.

Pugliamonti is located at Via Urbana 104 (the old Mexico al 104 location from back in the day). The food is moderately priced and at lunch there is a prix fixe menu that includes a pasta, a vegetable side dish, and fruit for € 9.

2016-09-18T14:56:04+00:00 April 29th, 2010|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Puglia, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio|7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. shayma April 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Aw, too bad. Arancia Blu is still my fave- I hear they are now on the Prenestina.

  2. Mamma Parla April 29, 2010 at 2:32 am - Reply

    I agree, it was not the culinary highlight of my visit. Did the Mexican restaurant in Monti open yet?

  3. Katie May 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    @shayma hmmm the prenestina. flashbacks from my first 4 years in rome. it’s time i go back. ive been meaning to get back to that great ethiopian hole in the wall near stazione prenestina.

    @Mamma Parla NO it hasnt. i walk past it like a stalker everyday. its driving me nuts. they took down the “opening soon sign” and the menu from the window so i dont even know what that means!

  4. Sarah May 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Wow, I so don’t agree! I avoid most veggie places in Rome and only frequent Puglia Monti. They make the best artichoke dish I have had in Rome. I know the owner who is a true Pugliese, so I am going to assume he would know what foods he has eaten in Puglia. The starter of artichoke and manderino is incredible. I take many people there and they all rave about it, even non vegetarians. Oh well, to each their own, i suppose.

    • Katie May 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      what part did you not agree with, exactly? considering you are vegan you could not have tried a single one of the dishes we had, ergo you cannot have a disagreement with my (astute) assessment of the food. the dairy based dishes were too heavy. and the fact that the pasta with ricotta scante didnt taste like ricotta scante is not open to debate. it tasted more like besciamel and was far to mild. Im writing to you from puglia, i might add. there’s a sealed jar of ricotta scante across town and i can smell it from here. the stuff is serious. it has flavor. lots. and it burns. none of this came across in my pasta dish.

      the owner certainly is pugliese and i am certainly not, but that does not mean i am not qualified to judge the food and its taste, or lack there of. gotta run li pezzetti di cavallu e lu mieru mi aspettano dalle zie!

  5. Sarah June 5, 2010 at 9:58 am - Reply

    “like too many vegetarian restaurants I have encountered, the kitchen makes up for the lack of meat by making the dishes heavy and heart stopping.” I agree many places actually do this, worldwide, but that has not been my experience at Puglia Monti, I ate there a few times when I was only a vegetarian. I do know that recently in the kitchen there are now hired cooks, not the owner making the dishes so that could account for the heaviness in your dishes. I am also a Sommelier, and, and I like the idea of having only a Pugliese wine list. As I appreciate places that have ony Laziale wine lists. There is always room for improvement. I guess I was surprised that your experience seemed so mediocre when I have not had that experience there, ever. I personally avoid the Vegetarian places in Rome because they tend to make everything super heavy and use to much seitan and oil. Then I leave feeling bloated and gross. Even at non veggie places in Rome the shock of the cooks that someone is actually ordering no meat means my dish always comes out extra greasy, or half the time, with pancetta, because, for Romans, it is not meat but a “flavoring.”
    Just to note, I was not criticizing your assessment of Puglia Monti by any stretch of the imagination, but conveying my own experience, which was obviously not the same as yours. Everyone has different palates, and I admit that when I go out I order food based on the wine I order.

    I am going to forward your review to Emmanuele because maybe he can improve, or find another place to buy cheese.

    I do have a bias, I have to add. Emmanuele rescued a dog about 2 years ago and we adopted him. So perhaps, I WANT the place to be good, and for me, it is.

  6. Katie July 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    haha “that’s not meat that’s guanciale”. i have definitely heard that. it would be great if you passed the post onto Emmanuele. There are already enough mediocre restaurants in the vegetarian, pugliese, and monti category. we could all do without another!

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