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Sora Lella

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It may not be the most original spot in town, but Sora Lella can boast that it's the only restaurant on Isola Tiberina, the wonderously picturesque island set in the middle of the Tiber river between the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere, that's open year-round. The dining rooms on two floors are elegant, and service is discreet. As for the food, try the delicious prosciutto and mozzarella to start, and move on to classics like pasta all'amatriciana, meatballs in tomato sauce, or Roman baby lamb chops. The stuffed calamari in white wine sauce is worthy of facendo una scarpetta—taking a piece of bread to sop up the savory sauce.

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  • Reservations essential
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed 3 wks in Aug.
Updated: 03-25-2014

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    An experience not to be repeated I took my daughter to Rome on 18th June 2012 to celebrate her Cambridge graduation. On the 19th I asked our hotel reception to book us a table for 9pm the following evening 20th June - I was standing at the desk while this was done. On the morning of the 20th reception rang our room to ask if we would like them to order a taxi to the restaurant. My daughter looked beautiful and was really excited about going to a Michelin restaurant for the first time. We arrived to be met by a surly man (either the patron or maitre d') who said "name" - I told him, he glanced at his list (not long enough to read a single name) and said rudely "no table". I told him the hotel name but he said "no hotel rang" followed by "we have big party - only time you can have table is at 10. Come back then". And turned away. Never, anywhere in the world have I been subjected to such rudeness and blatant lying or had my intelligence so insulted. It was obvious they had been asked for a large table at late notice and taken the booking. I don't care if the food is to die for - I would not set foot in the place again and they deserve to go out of business. As it happens, he did us a favour. We walked over the bridge to the side of the Tiber where we found a mass of busy riverside restaurants populated with the locals. So, avoid Sora Lella. At the riverside, go past the Mexican restaurant and you come to what looks like a huge fish and chip portakabin. Sit at one of the huge tables, if you can't speak Italian, look at what everyone is eating (which is all wonderful) and point. I had the best grilled half lobster I can remember for 15 euros and my daughter enjoyed her grilled scewered prawns so much we ordered a second plate. The wine was delicious and the whole meal not only cost a fraction of the price of Sora Lella but was taken in happy, noisy surroundings with people who made us feel welcome and part of the wonderful city of Rome. So that's my advice. Keep walking over the bridge past Sora Lella.

    by Lesley_Bygrave, 6/22/12

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