There are many places where you can still find scents, flavors, and atmospheres of ancient Rome in this city, but very few places where those experiences are authentic….
In a city where things are constantly evolving and transforming, there is a restaurant that never loses its original spirit. It was Pasolini’s favorite restaurant—he used to go there every day, always at the same table with a 360-degree view of the terrace, always in his black sunglasses, and always with the same order. Luchino Visconti chose it as the set of his movie Bellissima (1951), with Anna Magnani. Gorbachev fell in love with this place, and the Spanish Dolores Ibárruri, known widely as “La Pasionaria,” crossed this gate as well.
There must be a magnetic energy in this restaurant, given the variety of individuals who have chosen it at their inspirational refuge. Sometimes I close my eyes for a few seconds, enter my imaginary time machine, reopen them, and can almost see a man with black sunglasses eating silently at the table in front of mine.
For more information, visit http://www.albiondotevere.it/.
Al Biondo Tevere, Via Ostiense 178, Rome.
Photos: Courtesy of Delfina Delettrez Fendi