When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fine Italian cuisine at Trattoria Roma on Grandview Avenue.
Though Trattoria Roma received a 2010 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for its cultivated wine list, the restaurant is best known for finely crafted traditional Italian cuisine served in an intimate brick-red setting. For lunch, Trattoria Roma offers decadent appetizers such as the antipasto misto ($13.95), a platter strewn with imported Italian meats, marinated vegetables, angel laughs, and select cheeses. Special lunch paninis include the succulent meatball panini ($8.95) with smoked provolone smothered in a slow-cooked marinara.
The dinner menu boasts expanded culinary options, including house-made signature stuffed pastas such as the pollo marsala ($17.95), smoked chicken ravioli sautéed with mushrooms and fire-roasted corn in a marsala cream sauce. The vegetable-braised beef braciole ($21.95) is a favorite among sensitive tough-men, wrapping melt-in-your-mouth ground veal, sausage, beef, and fontinella cheese in the strong yet tender arms of thinly sliced sirloin. The rich tomato and provolone parmigiano (chicken $16.95, veal $22.95) will make you wish more things in life could be parmed, like math or morning commutes.
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Wine Spectator bestowed Trattoria Roma's wine list with an Award of Excellence, and Gayot compliments the rich, house-made pastas. TripAdvisors give it a 3.5-star average rating, and OpenTablers give it a 4.1-star average:
- House-made, filled pastas are a signature. We recommend the linguine alla pescatore with shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and calamari in a light tomato-herb sauce. – Gayot
- The food was easily the best italian in the area; the food was fresh, the mushrooms were still crunchy! – hotelemp, TripAdvisor
Old Blue Eyes casts his piercing gaze across the red-walled dining room as the opening strains of “Strangers in the Night” drift into the ears of diners seated at tables dressed in white linens. The aura of a refined 1960s club permeates every nook and cranny of Trattoria Roma, thanks in part to the assortment of framed Sinatra records and photos displayed behind the bar and the ever-present Rat Pack tunes playing throughout the day. Since its opening 25 years ago, the eatery's owners have fostered a cozy-yet-refined atmosphere bolstered by authentic Roman cuisine forged from local ingredients. This tradition continued when veteran employee Shawn Mason took over the restaurant’s reigns from the original owners. Though he brought his own brand of hospitality to the mix, he made sure to uphold the kitchen’s tradition of high culinary standards. These standards have allowed the restaurant stay successful through the decades, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.
As Shawn cheerfully chats with regulars scattered throughout the dining room and at the bar, his partner, chef Matthew Prokopchak, can be found architecting Italian eats with his crew in the kitchen. Having grown up learning the conventions of Italian cooking from his mother and aunts, chef Matthew integrates some of his family’s recipes into the menu, imbuing his dishes with a sense of history and tradition. He assembles his arsenal of fresh produce –from lush tomatoes to fragrant basil– from local farms. While the menu remains largely unchanged throughout the year, each night the friendly service staff sidles up to tables to detail the day's seasonal specials via verbal recitations or interpretive dances.
Amid the dining room’s ruby walls, a series of Orfeo Tamburi lithographs depicting post-WWII Rome––reportedly the only complete Tamburi collection in the United States––hang in elegant frames. The décor works in concert with the savory wafts of garlic emanating from the bustling kitchen to evoke a vintage Italian atmosphere.