Ostia di Lido and Fumicino- 2 nights...where to go
Staying up here for a couple of nights before heading out of Italy. Any thoughts about where to eat up here? Grazie
You mean Lido di Ostia and Fiumicino. In Ostia I like La Vecchia Pineta, classic fish place right on the beach. The best in Fiumicino is Pascucci al Porticciolo, very refined, creative cuisine, all fish.
In Ostia Antica -- not the scavi but the medieval borgo -- there is the historic Il Monumento, whose culinary roots are in Emilia-Romagna, because it was created to feed transplanted Romagnese workers who drained the salt marshes in Ostia and Fiumicino. They also serve some Roman dishes.
It is not refined, and not creative. I enjoyed cappeletti at Il Monumento, and chicken cacciatora, cooked in white wine, rosemary and garlic, and no tomato. They also serve fish and seafood. It's open for lunch as well as dinner.
re: jen kalb
I was there in wintertime, and they have a fireplace. We liked it so much, we went back. They have a solarium, which was also toasty in winter. At an adjacent table there appeared to be the entire town government of Ostia Antica having their lunch.
I would describe the food as robust. It is much closer to home cooking --- even my cooking! -- than restaurant cooking. The simpler the dish, the better. I also liked my contorno of chicory sauteed in oil with garlic and a touch of hot pepper.