Eat with the locals at I Buoni Amici.
If you want to eat where the locals do head to I Buoni Amici (The Good Friends) near Piazza San Giovanni. Whether it is your first visit or hundredth, a warm welcome is offered as you walk in the door. The regulars are greeted with hugs, kisses and updates on family members. The restaurant is run by two brothers: Michele, who oversees the kitchen, and Nino, who presides over the dining rooms. It’s a casual place with waiters buzzing around tables in a controlled symphony.
The philosophy of I Buoni Amici is to make genuine, traditional Roman food in generous portions with attentive service – and they succeed effortlessly! The antipasta bar is a great way to start off a visit: octopus, cured meats, buffalo mozzarella, and grilled vegetables. The menu is dominated by fresh seafood items but there are plenty of options for those that are looking for items from the land rather than the sea. Be sure to ask about daily specials, or let the staff choose your courses – you will not be disappointed. Courses are brought out swiftly but patrons are never felt rushed. This isa place to enjoy the company you are with as well as your meal.
We always start out a meal with fried moscardini (fried, tiny octupus). The spaghetti with clams is made with just the right amount of olive oil – not too dry, not too oily. While the seafood risotto may not have the large chunks of seafood sitting on top the taste is divine. Grilled fish with whatever is fresh is always a top choice or mixed fried seafood is also good. Wrap up a meal with the heavenly Mont Blanc. Bonus: when ordering an after dinner liquor we are brought the entire bottle. How much Amaro we want is left for us to decide.
Prices are roughly €7-8 pasta/risotta and €8-13 for meat/fish.
I Buoni Amici
Via Aleardo Aleardi 4 (off of Via Merulana
Open Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Reservations suggested for dinner.
Transportation: Metro A: Manzoni, San Giovanni; Bus 80, 85, 87, 571