RESTAURANT REVIEW: Rome – Trastevere – Checco er Carettiere

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Checco er Carettiere, Via Benedetta, 10, just off Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere
This restaurant is at the edge of Trastevere, just across the river from the Campo dei Fiori area. It was recommended by Dean (message board moderator), in Maureen Fant’s book “Trattorias in Rome, Florence and Venice” and in Time Out Rome Eating and Drinking. Steve, Pauline and Colleen also recommend it!

Today was cold but bright and sunny. We explored Trastevere and stopped for lunch at Checco er Carettiere. The restaurant was easy to find. You go in through a couple of rooms to a large, bright room at the back. There were lots of people having lunch. The ceilings were covered with hanging braids of garlic and the walls covered in photos of people from the 60s (one book said this was a popular Roman restaurant with the movie set at that time). It reminded me of a traditional Jewish restaurant – with many great standards on the menu and good service and a bit old-fashioned.

There were no vegetarian primo selections (nor secondo), but they offered to make me either noodles in tomato sauce or with artichokes.

I started with an excellent vegetable antipasto – one of the best I have ever had. Warm vegetables, not the usual cold. Colleen had Tortolini in Brodo and Steve had Egg Soup (called Stracciatelle). Both liked their soup. Next, I had the vegetarian pasta with artichoke – excellent. Steve and Colleen both had fish (sole) which is delivered to the table and boned before being served. We shared a Roman style artichoke (boiled) and a Jewish style artichoke (fried). Both were good, but the Jewish style was rich because of the oil. We finished with one piece of rich cake (huge portion) and coffee. A small carafe of house wine and water. Total 116.50 Euro. The pasta was 12 Euro, vegetable antipasto 12 Euro.

We really enjoyed our meal and the lively atmosphere.

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.