Stefano and Jenny, the managers of the Taverna Latina, say: “Very often the things that give us greatest satisfaction are those pleasantly unexpected. The pleasure of discovery we leave to our new customers, because our habitual clients know our place well; those who find us never leave us.”

The Taverna Latina is situated beyond the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, near the Appian Way, a popular quarter. In this restaurant they use genuine ingredients from the region guaranteed by the manufacturers. All dishes, including fried rice and the rice balls, are prepared as they are requested. The managers choose the best and freshest foods without regard to economic aspects but only to quality, like only extra virgin olive oil.

Many of the dishes, like fresh pasta, desserts, fried gnocchi are homemade by their chefs. The buffalo mozzarella are bought directly from the manufacturers that guarantee their authenticity and freshness. The bottled wines are produced by leading producers.

I dined here recently as the guest of Edward Pentin, an English journalist, who has been Rome correspondent for Catholic journals like the National Catholic Register and the Catholic Herald for more than 10 years; he has a wide knowledge of the papacy and the Holy See.

We started our dinner with tagliere di salumi e formaggi, a wooden board laden with mixed salami and cheeses of various ages, and also mixed bruschetta. We then moved on the a fish main course, orata al forno, which is baked sea bream, with roast potatoes and salad. The fish was very fresh and our waitress very kindly boned it.

After a fish main course it was nice to freshen up with sorbetto al limone, lemon sorbet, which was home made as well. Since I was the guest I’m not sure what the check came to but I imagine it was around 25 Euro ($33) per person. When we first arrived around 7 pm, the restaurant was nearly empty, but it soon filled up with locals, so it’s a good idea to book, especially on the weekends.

The Nik & Nik Bed & Breakfast is located in same area, a step away from the beautiful Parco della Caffarella and the Appia Antica, well connected by public transport with the main areas of Rome. In this recently renovated B & B you are welcomed to spacious, bright and finely-furnished rooms, equipped with TV and other services, all with private bathroom. The Bed and Breakfast Nik & Nik is on the first floor of a building with lift and has three large rooms: the Provencal room, the Lemon room, and the Tango room.

The Provencal room is equipped with an extra bed. If necessary, you can request a baby cot. In the bedrooms, as in public areas, smoking is prohibited. The services include: breakfast, daily room cleaning and change of linen (towels) every 3 days. In addition, Nik & Nik Bed & Breakfast has an Internet point and each room has free Wi-Fi. There is a luggage storage service. You can spend the day visiting some of the most famous monuments of Rome such as the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Holy Stairs, the Aurelian Walls and the Baths of Caracalla. For lovers of archaeology the neighborhood is a real treasure thanks to the Appia Antica park.


Essential Information

Taverna Latina Via Ferdinando Ughelli, 11 00179 Roma

Phone: +39 06 78 08 154.

Dinner every day until 11:30 pm. Lunch only Saturdays, Sundays and Feast Days.

Nik & Nik bed and breakfast Via Macedonia, 92 00179 Roma.

Cell: +39 393 47 96 729 Phone: +39 06 95 21 49 61

Email: [email protected]

Indicative prices (please confirm with the bed and breakfast): Double single use with internal private bathroom: € 45-60 ($60-80) Double with internal private bathroom: € 70-90 ($94-120) Double single use with external private bathroom: € 40-50 ($54-67) Double with external private bathroom: € 60-80 ($80-107) Extra bed: € 20 ($27)

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