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Piperno is the most famous restaurant in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome, having been in operation since 1860. Nowadays, it must be called touristy, but still definitely a place where you can have a really good meal. We had a very enjoyable, and somewhat decadent lunch there in January 2009. Piperno serves a purpose as a restaurant that serves the true Roman classics, in a nice atmosphere with very professional service. In fact, every dish we ate was right out of the Roman greatest hit list. Each dish was true to type, and very well done.
Of course, I started with a negroni, not becasue it is typically Roman, but because I really like them! This was the first place I have ever seen a negroni served with olives in the drink.. Definitely different, but good. We will leave that for my full negroni post, sure to come someday.
One of the top 10 most famous dishes of all of Rome, and certainly the most famous dish of the jewish ghetto is the: carciofi alla giudea. Directly translated as artichokes in the jewish style. Piperno is definitely the place to order this dish, in fact it would actually be silly not to. Two caveats: 1: the artichokes we ate in January were probably frozen, and from nowhere near Rome, and 2: they are very expensive. They were excellent, but when I ordered the carciofi alla giudea the waiter asked me if I wanted 2. I responded yes, thinking we would get 2 pieces. In reality, we got 2 plates with 2 pieces each. Each plate was E18 or so. There is definitely no need to have more than one artichoke per person, save room for something else. The picture is below, they were definitely very, very good.
Next was time for pasta. Everyone who goes to Rome should be aware of the 3 most traditional Roman pasta dishes. In no particular order, they are: bavette cacio e pepe, bucatini all'amatriciana, fettucine carbonara. At Piperno, I order the bavette, cacio e pepe, pictured below.