Managing to achieve the perfect balance between an unpretentious, local trattoria and a sleek upscale restaurant, for such a modest budget Le Mani in Pasta is as close to the perfect eating venue as you are likely to find in Rome or anywhere for that matter.
Not the easiest place to find, Le Mani in Pasta is located in the less touristy, quieter end of Trastevere. Only identifiable by the exuberant murmur of noise spilling out of the small doorway, you could walk past the place your whole life and fail to notice it.
Inside, the small, intimate restaurant is full of life, further enriched by the lively ‘open’ kitchen at the back of the room. Overseeing the main floor, there is an extra table in the corner, which is big enough for 5-7 people and is worth inquiring about when you book if your group is big enough. If you are so inclined there is even an area in the basement for smokers.
Greeted at your table with a glass of complementary Prosecco, the staff are attentive, helpful and friendly and despite specialising in fish and fresh pasta, the meat options on the menu are all superb too. The seafood pasta is probably the best I’ve ever eaten and the saltimbocca alla Romana is every bit as good.
The cured meat and cheese starters are rich, fresh and full of flavour, and I’ve never been let down by any of the deserts either. The gorgonzola parfait, as unusual as it sounds is a stroke of genius and if you usually finish your meal with a selection of cheeses, I strongly recommend trying it.
A three course meal with generous amounts of the house wine comes to around €30-a-head and it is imperative that you book or you will end up waiting for a very long time. In my opinion this is without doubt the best value meal you will eat in Rome.
Le Mani in Pasta
Address: 37 Via Dei Genovesi, Rome 00153
Website: Le Mani in Pasta
Open: Tue-Sun 12.30-3pm 7.30-11.30pm