The Aperitivist loves a deal, which is probably why L’Asino d’Oro might be my favorite place to have lunch – not only in trendy Monti – but also in Rome. For the incredibly reasonable sum of €13 you can treat yourself to a fixed three-course menu that includes water and a glass of wine. You are normally welcomed to the table with a small crostino or other little benvenuto. Lunch then typically starts with a seasonal soup, followed by a pasta. Secondi tend to focus on red meat, and you can easily add coffee, dessert, or further glasses of wine to your meal. The trattoria, which has an airy modern atmosphere, is also recommended by Slow Food. The menu is inspired by origin’s of chef Lucio Sforza, and focuses on the traditions of Umbria, Lazio, and Tuscany. The food is delicious, and – blessed be! – you don’t even have to choose! You just get what’s on offer, and after all the menu reading, especially if you’re on holiday, there is something incredibly relaxing about starting a lunch knowing that you’ll get whatever is good that day. No surprises at the end either with the bill. Dinner is also excellent, with the added benefit (or incredibly difficult mental exercise) of choosing from the well-curated menu. The desserts are also excellent. Despite it’s location on the foodie-tourist track, the restaurant maintains a light neighborhood feel, and I’d have no problem bringing, partners, parents, or children here to eat. Stop by after a morning of culture at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni or before an evening of wine-bar-crawling in Monti.
Ambiance: Warm and modern
Go for: Lunch Tuesday–Saturday