Fodor's Expert Review La Torricella

$$ Testaccio Seafood

This family-run institution has been serving seafood in the working-class Testaccio neighborhood for more than 40 years, and if you visit the local market early enough you may spot the owner on his daily rounds to select the freshest fish, which mainly arrives from Gaeta, south of Rome. The seafood menu changes every day, but look for house specialties like paccheri with totani (baby calamari), pasta with telline (small clams), and the wondrously simple spaghetti with lobster. Start with appetizers from the cart that the waiter can wheel over to the table, or opt for the excellent moscardini fritti (fried, small squids). There are non-seafood Roman classics on the menu, too, like cacio e pepe and pajata, but this is the place to order fish.

Seafood Historical Casual Lunch Dinner $$ Family

Quick Facts

Via Evangelista Torricelli 2/12
Rome, Latium  Italy


Known For:
  • Fresh, local seafood
  • Relaxed but refined setting with outdoor seating
  • Polpette di pesce al sugo (fish balls in tomato sauce)

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