The popular catchphrase “When in Rome, do as the Romans do!” applies perfectly today to this quick travel tip.
When I was in Rome in 2011 and visiting with my friends who live there (we had met on a previous cruise to Antarctica) we did a lot of sightseeing together and sitting down to eat.
They told us one of their favorite places to eat in Rome was a restaurant most tourists would think is a tourist trap, because of its location to famous monuments, but that it is in fact some of the best Sicilian food you can find anywhere in Rome. (And they considered it the best in Rome.) We all went together for dinner one night, and it was superb!
The Trattoria Melo is located near 3 famous sightseeing spots: Trajan’s Column (in Trajan’s Forum), Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary, and the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (aka the wedding cake). To get to it you take a slight detour and aim toward the stairs, it is located just before you reach them. Whew! lol
This family restaurant has been running since 1986. Run by Carmelo (Melo) and his wife, Eva. Both of them were full of smiles and good humor. They pride themselves on hospitality. We ordered on menu and off menu and everything was delicious. At the end of the meal we capped off with some yummy Limoncello.
Via Magnanapoli, 6
00187 Rome, Italy
YouTube Video Exploring Inside of Restaurant: