Once I was able to find this restaurant in Rome, had a great time. The restaurant has no menu, just whatever Mama is making the kitchen that day. Had an appetizer course of four dishes: prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, raw fennel salad, green lentils and two different types of arancini. Then came the pasta course with two types of pasta: one was carbonara with guanciale and other was with tomato sauce. Then came the main course with port loin, a fresh salad including frisee and home made potatoes, razor thin and make like potato chips. Desert followed with ricotta cheesecake with fresh macerated strawberries. Along with all of this is a large bottle of water and a 1/2 liter of house wine, either white or red. Mama came by my table several times to make sure everything was going OK and that was I was cleaning my plates. One time I had finished all but one plate so she took the clean plates and moved the one with something still on it right in front of me. She is a sweetheart. The quality of the food was very high and Mama would not let anything but her best to be served. The entire meal with all the course is $25 euro, cash only.
We are there in February, menu was similar maybe an item or two different. It was a wonderful meal and experience. glad you enjoyed it too.
I whole heartedly agree with your post, Dan. We have eaten at Mama's several time and always have had a wonderful meal and a fun time. It almost feels like being part of her family. I haven't been able to get back for a few years so it's great to hear she and her staff are still pleasing customers. And yes, it certainly is "off the beaten path"!
Every visit to this trattoria has been an adventure. Thanks to Steve's advise not to ask questions, just let the meal happen to you. Only once did I have a "secondo" - something dark and breaded - that I should have passed on. After our first meal there I said to Mama that the meal was "una poesia" and thereafter the refill of the wine pitcher was on the house. However, even after an entire day of wearing out the cobble stone streets of Rome the generous amount of food was too much.