Monti has always held a distinctive charm to me, especially when it comes to the food offered in restaurants, the art galleries and quirky stores. There is an dynamic, alternative, future-oriented feel to Monti.
Now, Katie Parla has written an article for the New York Times which describes a number of restaurants that specialise in hyper-localised food, only from the Lazio region. Lazio’s location right next to Tuscany may have been problematic – who, pray, can compete with Tuscany’s reputation? – but it could be argued that Lazio is working extra hard to position their products relative to their famous neighbor, and can therefore not afford to compromise on quality.
The three restaurants mentioned employ rather novel concepts, reflecting a neo-urban connectedness with the immediate surroundings:
At Urbana 47 (Via Urbana 47; 39-06-4788-4006; www.urbana47.it) everything is for sale, not only the furniture and light-fixtures, but also the ingredients which are sourced exclusively from the Lazio region: You can buy them, and have them packed up to be cooked at home.
Mia Market (Via Panisperna, 225; 39-06-4782-4611; www.miamarket.blogspot.com) employs the same concept – you choose your ingredients (also entirely from Lazio), then decide whether you would like to cook them at home, or have them cooked for you at the restaurant.
Enoteca Provincia Romana (Largo del Foro Traiano 82/84; 39-06-6766-2424) offers food and wine only from the most immediate surroundings – it all originates within the Provincia di Roma, the province of Lazio which comprises Rome.
There are more and more similar projects and establishments to discover.
I am looking forward to seeing Monti evolve in this direction, establishing itself as a genuine, accessible, and down-to-earth neighborhood, attracting projects with a distinct philosophy other than trying to get at visitor’s wallets.Rate this article by clicking here.
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