Any reviews of Ambasciata d’Abruzzo in Rome/Parioli?
I ate at this restaurant 20 years ago, before I had developed a more sophisticated palate, and before I had many Roman restaurants to compare it to. I have wonderful memories of the place, especially the salumi platter. I had been recommended to the owner by a friend of his and so perhaps we were treated with more care and special attention. He snatched the menus out of our hands saying you don't need these, and proceeded to bring us course after course of what I remember to be fabulous food. But I was young and green and I was in Rome and everything was filtered through rose colored (make that terra cotta) glasses. So my question is...has anyone eaten here and what is the consensus?
It´s still going strong and the story about the attentive owner rings true even today.
As the nearest serious restaurant to Stade Flaminio, it is very popular for pre-rugby match lunches and both food and athmosphere are consistent. I've eaten there on several occasions with groups of friends and keep going back - my daughter went there with a group of girlfriends on another occasion (non rugby) and also got the "we'll just bring you food until you tell us to stop" treatment: they loved the place.
In 2012, the FIR will move their matches to the Stadio Olimpico - how will we find somewhere as good within walking distance?
We eat here at least once a year and often recommend it to others. Sunday lunch is particularly good and all the locals are in attendance. It's nothing fancy, but they have a beautiful antipasti selection, and if you like salumi, don't pass up the basket of salumi starter (basically a basket of 8-12 different salumi with a big knife and a cutting board). Service is very good and they enjoy a faithful following from the Parioli locals. I recommended it a couple months ago to someone moving to Rome and she has been back several times. In short, yes it is still good.
Via Pietro Tacchini, Rome, Lazio 00197, IT