Think outside the box of typical Italian food with modern Italian cuisine at Cuoco & Camicia. Cuoco & Camicia means ‘the chef and the shirt’ in Italian. The name perfectly describes the partnership of Riccardo Loreni (the chef) and businessman Francesco Raveggi (the shirt). The establishment was created to express their passion for good food & wine created with the best regional ingredients. A full menu is available for dinner. An abbreviated menu is available at lunch, with the menu changing daily (visit their Facebook page for the latest updates).
Two intimate seating rooms feature sleek décor of exposed bricks and wood floors. Weather permitting there are also tables available outside. Bread, pasta and desserts are handmade onsite. I’m usually not wild about the bread in Italy but Cuoco & Camicia’s bread basket is heavenly. The knowledgeable staff is happy to assist in choosing a meal and wine pairings; there is also a respectable selection of craft beer. Special requests to meet dietary restrictions or desires are welcome. This restaurant has quickly become a one of our guests’ favorites.
Our most recent visit started off with a complimentary taste from the chef. It was delightful preview of the food to come. We shared an appetizer of Pugliese burrata with sautéed chicory, anchovies and toasted olive bread. Next we decided to take try the new take of traditional dishes for our first course. Francois raved about the paccheri pasta all’amatriciana with handmade pecorino cheese. The guanciale topping on the pasta was finely shredded and crisp – an artistic twist. Chef Francesco turns carbonara on its head with tortellini stuffed with carbonara, topped with zucchini sautèe. The egg explodes in your mouth with tantalizing flavor. We both ordered the filet of sea bass, artichoke and potatoes. It arrived in a remarkable bundle of blended flavors – exquisite! Francois did not have room left for dessert but I always do. He was brought a tasting of crème brulee while I ended the meal with hot apple crumble topped with chocolate & caramel gelato. Every dish was delicious and artistically presented. We can’t wait to return!
Cuoco & Camicia can be a little hard to find. It is in the Monti neighborhood near the Cavour metro stop, where Via Cavour meets Via Giovanni Lanza. Via di Monte Polacco is a tiny street closed to cars, between the supermarket Elite and the Church of Saints Gioacchino & Anna.
Cuoco & Camicia
Via di Monte Polacco 2/4
Tel: +39 06 88922987
Open Mon-Fri for lunch, Mon-Sat for dinner. Reservations suggested for dinner.
Transportation: walking distance from Nicolas Inn; Metro Cavour; Bus 117 or 75.