I have been going to Al Ceppo for quite a few years, mostly in the fall season when white truffles are plentiful. I am always impressed by the quality of the food, ( fish and mushrooms especially, and the Ascona olives...) the excellence of the service and the wine list ( tremendous) and, most of all, the value. (Some background music can help, but I believe I talian restaurant don't believe in that...) I am in the restaurant business myself and know how difficult it is to maintain consistency. Bravo to the Milozzi ladys! Adel
AL Ceppo, One of Rome’s top rated restaurants will leave any customer wishing they could go back for more. The restaurant is located on a quite road, Via Panama, located by the Villa Borghese Gallery. Upon entering the restaurant, my family and I were greeted by several waiters who pleasantly said benvenuti, or welcome. We were immediatly seated but do not forget that most of Rome’s upper scale resturants, including Al Ceppo, require a reservation or else they will send you back out the door. The atmosphere was very charming, situated in the bottom floor of what was once a house. Several marble statues and paintings line the walls giving the resturant even more of an Italian zest.
After several minutes, I was presented with a large menu, all in Italian. However, our waiter was more than willing to translate everything into English for us and answer any of our inquiries. For the antiposto, or appitizer, we ordered lightly fried artichoke, a typical dish that Rome is known for. The fried artichoke was an entirley new dish to us but was a pleasant surprise on how well it tasted. The leaves of the artichoke odly enought tasted like potato chips. It was an interesting dish that I would recommend anyone visiting Rome should try. Folowing this we received the Primi, or first course, which always consists of some sort of noodle dish. I ordered carbonara which was served in a generous portion. The dish was excellent with the noodles cooked “Al Dente” style, which is where the noodles are still slightly firm in the middle. One thing I have learned from my trip in Rome is that you can never go wrong ordering pasta. For our secondi, or main course, I ordered beef. It came layed out in an artistic fashion on the plate cut into small slivers. The beef was a healthy pink in the middle with a lovely char to the curst.
The superb Italian dinner was around three hours; however that is how most restaurants operate in Rome. The service was very attentive from beginning to end. Definitely worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Rome.