Rome is one of the greatest destinations for a culinary trip especially if you’re a fan of all sorts of pasta, gelatos, coffees, tiramisus, etc.. Whilst there are an abundance of good restaurants, I’ve decided to write about Cavallini down at Via Pietro Cavallini, 23 (on the other side of the Tiber River) because of their interesting lunch concept, and delicious food.
I was in Rome with my mom and my boyfriend for a bit over a week and although we’ve tried out as many restaurants as we can there, Cavallini came out quite high on top. The restaurant has a very uptown- yet casual- feel to it. When we walked in we were greeted with lovely music and energetic waiters. It felt so gezellig and we were so excited to try the place out.
The concept of this restaurant/bistro is quite different from what I am used to and it is ridiculously affordable. Firstly, they don’t have a menu which you can pick from, it’s all pre-picked and you’re served with Cavallini’s choice of the day. I don’t doubt that they’re all delicious but it might be tricky if you have a dietary preference (e.g. pescetarian like me). It’s visible on their board outside and as you can see from the photo below, the maximum you will pay for a three-course meal is €20 (what a deal!)
From what I understood, Cavallini has three options for lunch which start at €10. Essentially all options include an appetizer, water, and coffee and the main difference is in whether you want the pasta only (primo or first plates), or the meat/fish only (secondo or second plates), or both combined.
The food was delicious and more than enough in terms of portion. We left quite filled and eager to come back. The service was also incredible, the waiters are funny and they’re super casual. They also gave us free pizza bread. I love the concept of Cavallini and honestly, the value for money is over the moon.
Entrance of Cavallini (easy to miss, so watch out for the black doors).
Cavallini is definitely worth going if you’re in Rome, especially if you’re on a budget but looking for something classy. Perfect place for a date but, of course, it’s not limited to that. The place is just so full of energy and given that there was no menu it felt a bit like you’re forced (in a good way) to try new things. Also, the service is incredible and it’s definitely a super plus point.
In total, we paid EUR 30 for an appetizer, bread, pizza bread, pasta, little sweets at the end, coffee and water. It is insane, literally €10 each. Truly amazing.
Location Easy to reach, on the other side of the Tiber River
Value for money 10/10
If you like what you see and you went to try it out – please don’t forget to also share your experience with me!
Via Pietro Cavallini, 23,
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