Il Chianti

Close to the heart of PIazza Navona is a rather upscale looking winery that opens early for dinner.  We wanted to stop by Il Chianti solely for their offering of gnocchi, a pasta-like potato dish.  However, what we found was a rather pleasant surprise.

Il Chianti offers classic Italian fare – there really isn’t much to add a special ‘flair’ to it.  The menu follows the typical Italian dinner of antipasti (appetizer), il primo plati (first plate), secundo plati (second plate, I think), and dolce (dessert).  Since it is a winery, there is also a good selection of wine to taste, and Italian food goes hand in hand with wine (except I didn’t really feel like having the wine that day, so nothing on that front).   The antipastis consists of cured meats and cheeses, but I also did not go for much of that.  No, the real “meat” was in the main courses.  For brevity’s sake (there are a lot of restaurants I’m going to be writing about), I’m simply listing some of the dishes we ordered.

-Spaghetti Carbonara
A Roman classic, with eggs, bacon, and Parmesan cheese.  This was one of the richest carbonaras I have ever tasted, and it was quite yummy indeed.  I’m not too crazy about the presentation, as it was a lot chunkier than I rmeember; a typical carbonara is white sauce and bacon bits to me, and I guess that’s wrong.  The flavor was beyond compare, however.  I was incredibly happy with this dish, and at a measly 9 euros for a dinner meal, it’s really a pretty good deal.

-Fettucine il Chianti
The signature pasta dish of the house, this features a fettucine pasta with lots of mushrooms, eggplants, and basil leaves in a rich tomato sauce.  The vegetables add a good dimension to the otherwise normal marinara sauce, and although it is a little chunky, the sauce is good enough to make any diner happy.  Also quite delectable, and the definite steal for the price.

-Bistecca al (something?)
A great, thin beefsteak with caramelized onions.  I think it would have been better cooked medium instead of well done, but who knows?  Maybe that’s just the way things are done with the bistecca dishes.  As simple as a dish can get, but there were definitely some flaws.  The carmelized onions weren’t cooked correctly, and as I mentioned earlier, the steak was too well done, meaning that the meat was a little tougher than one might like.

-Gnocchi alla Primavera
Ah, gnocchi.  Simple Italian home cooking at its best.  Compared to the USA, this gnocchi had a denser texture, and the sauce was, by contrast, very light.  Some basil leaves complete the dish, and although simple, the dish is robust, with the few flavors really coming alive.

-Millefoglie
Dessert!  It’s like a cousin to the millefeuille, with light pasty layers, some cream, and lots of strawberries.  It’s quite something, and it was perfect for me – not too sweet, and still packs quite something.  This isn’t a typical Italian dessert, but I found it refreshing and a great way to end my meal.

I’m sure that with a proper antipasti and some wine, Il Chanti Vineria would have provided me with a properly good Italian feast.  This is a place that is easy to find, in a good location, and has great food for great value.  If you’re in Rome, be sure not to miss it.

Pros:
**Great, homestyle Italian food
**Large selection of classic dishes
**Good value

Cons:
**An Italian feast can be quite filling…
**The meat dishes might be cooked a bit better.

Important Information:

Vineria il Chianti
Via del Lavatore 81/82a
00187 Roma, Italy
(Fontana di Trevi)
Tel 06 678 75 50
06 679 24 70
http://www.vineriailchianti.com

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2 Responses to Il Chianti

  1. Metz Andrea says:

    Hallo,
    I like to make reservation for
    the 19.of March 2009
    for dinner at 21.30 for 6 persons.
    I will also call by phone.
    My name : Andrea Metz
    Kreidacher Höhe 69483 Wald-Michelbach
    Germany 0049 6207 92220
    Please confirm and thany you.
    We have been in your place before.
    We liked it so much – Best ragards. Andrea Metz

  2. phelan says:

    uh, i’d help, but…

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