Where to Eat in the Jewish Ghetto: Da Benito. This osteria offer simple, basic and genuine Roman food in a rustic atmosphere. It’s tucked on a quiet little street near the Fontane delle Tartarughe (The Turtle Fountain) at Piazza Mattei. In 1967 Benito Mercuri open Da Benito and two years ago childhood friends took over the establishment. Nicola Defino and Massimo Baroni fulfilled their dream of opening a restaurant together. It has quickly become a hotspot for business lunches and intimate dinners.
The cuisine combines traditional recipes with modern cooking techniques. The dishes consist of the freshest ingredients from the finest sources. Quality is a top priority. Because of this the menu changes daily – sometimes even in the middle of service – depending on what is available. A large blackboard in the dining room has the daily menu handwritten in Italian. Start with the appetizer tasting to experience a variety of flavors. The lamb cooked for thirty-six hours is a menu highlight. The slow cooking technique delivers incredible tenderness to the meat.
This is not the place to go for a quick meal. But if you are looking for a spot to relax and enjoy a fine meal while chatting with friends or loved ones Da Benito is a great pick. Service can be slow and/or sporadic, especially if a tourist needs the menu translated. You’ll quickly forget that you may have waited for your meal once you taste it. After all, good things come to those that wait.
Cooking classes: Da Benito offers cooking classes on Saturday mornings. A chef oversees the creation of an entire meal which is then enjoyed for lunch. Contact them directly for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org