Ristorante Il Matriciano is supposed to be a beacon of authenticity, serving traditional Roman fare amongst a sea of tourist-trap restaurants by St. Peter’s. It is even said to attract ministers and cardinals from the nearby Vatican. Seemed like the perfect place for lunch after our visit to the capital of the Holy See.
The speciality of the house is Bucatini alla Matriciana - Hollow Spaghetti “Matriciana style”, with a tomato, bacon and basil sauce. It was terrible – some of the spaghetti was so badly undercooked it was almost rock hard, and the sauce looked and tasted worse than the pasta sauce you get at the supermarket.
My main course of Abbachio Al Forno con Patate – Roast baby lamb with potatoes was much better – quite good in fact – a classic, rustic dish; the lamb moist and tender - but it couldn’t come close to making up for the spaghetti.
In a nutshell…
On the basis of the spaghetti, stay well clear. On the basis of the roast lamb, worth a visit if in the vicinity.
Via dei Gracchi, 55 - 00192, Roma
+39 06 3212327
Average price: €35