Armando al Pantheon: Family-Run Roman Classic Near the Pantheon Since 1961!

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Fabrizio, Claudio, and Fabiana Gargioli

Back in 1961, Armando Gargioli opened his soon to be famous restaurant near the Pantheon in the heart of the centro storico (historic center) of Rome. In an area that is full of tourists and known for tourist trap-type restaurants, Armando came at the advice of friends to open a different kind of place, one that locals and visitors could enjoy and feel at home, a sort of “club” for those in the know in the shadow of some of Rome’s most famous monuments. His bottle shop would include great food, as Armando is an excellent cook, specializing in Roman cuisine, and using the highest quality ingredients.

In the 1970’s, Armando would host many Italian and international elites, including Jean Paul Sartre, and remained a favorite among locals. As his two sons grew up, they joined their dad in the restaurant in the early 1980’s. Fabrizio came to manage the dining room and wine program, and Claudio worked with Armando in the kitchen. Today, the restaurant remains true to its Roman roots and is a bastion of Roman simplicity and hospitality in the busy, tourist-filled center of the city. Armando al Pantheon has been awarded the Golden Palate Italia Certificate of Excellence.

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Start with classics like Stracciatella Romana, Fiori di Zucca (Zucchini Flowers filled with Mozzarella and anchovy), pastas including Spaghetti alla Matriciana with guanciale, pecorino romano, tomato, and chili pepper, Spaghetti alla Gricia (guanciale and pecorino, no tomato), Spaghetti alla Carbonara (guanciale, pecorino, egg, and pepper), and Tagliolini con ragù di baccala’ (salted cod fish).

Entrees include Roman classics like Lamb “Scottadito,” (Grilled lamb chops), Trippa alla Romana (Tripe with mentuccia e pecorino romano), Veal Saltimbocca alla Romana, and Duck with Prunes. Sides include the typical Roman Sautéed Chicory, and Puntarelle Salad (in autumn).

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Armando al Pantheon

Salita dei Crescenzi, 31

00186 Roma, Italy
+39.06.6880.3034

About Fred Bollaci

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