Creator: Mihir Shah
Donkey and Carriage?
Great topic for a group! Rome was my favorite foodie vacation.
I was in Rome in 2005 and a friend took us to a great restaurant on a side street. It was a life-altering experience, and if I knew the exact name and address, I'd plan another trip to Rome. According to my friend, who is not quite fluent in Italian, and who's memory of the place is fuzzy, it was called "Donkey and Carriage". Alas, Google has no idea what I'm talking about.
I remember it had a deli-style display cabinet in the back, but was actually a pretty fancy place requiring reservations. I also remember the menu was quite long.
I'm only guessing, but was the restaurant in the district known as Trasteveer? If so, then I think the place must be "Asinocotto". The name means 'cooked ass', nothing to do with carriages. Here's the website, see if it looks familiar: http://www.asinocotto.com.
The only restaurant I've heard of with a name having anything to do with carriages is the well-known Checco er carretiere, which means "Checco the cart driver" also in Trastevere. It's fun but very much for tourists, while Asinocotto is for serious foodies.
There's a good chance that Checco er carretiere is the one. The website doesn't have much information, but the 2 pictures both match my memory of the interior and street. Thanks!
The Asinocotto looks amazing too. Last time we weren't brave enough to go to serious restaurants because we don't know one word of Italian. I wonder how many of the top restaurants are prepared to explain the choices in English?
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There's something about this cuisine and the pairing of simple red wine that takes me away. Absolutely love this kind of lifestlye. Hope you do too.