A great benefit of travelling is making friends. I am fortunate to make friends that I travel with and several in Italy, including my family in and around Rome. One friend in particular is Gino Cuminale, one of the owners of one of Rome’s hottest new restaurants, Porto Fluviale. If you go there, it won’t be near any monuments and won’t be filled with tourists. That’s one of the great things about it. It’s pure Italian. Don’t be afraid of a language barrier because the friendly staff will find someone to speak English to you (or a broken version of English) and you will love the experience.
What’s revolutionary about Porto Fluviale is that it combines food traditions from all over Italy and America in one place. For Rome, which adheres strictly to its food traditions, that is revolutionary. There is pizza from Naples and chicchetti from Venice and salumi from Tuscany, plus other offerings. You can have a small, medium or large plate of any item. Also, if you are a little tired of traditional preparations of the ubiquitous cannoli, or panna cotta, or mille foglie for dessert, don’t worry you won’t be disappointed on their updated versions of the classics.
The restaurant is split into a bar with only drinks and small plates, or a trattoria with the most extensive menu, or a pizzeria with only salumi and pizza. It has a private room for parties and your own personal chef. Or if you miss home, you can order sliders. It has a large beer and wine selection and, true to Italian eating habits, you can stay all night or eat a quick meal and go. If you go for dinner, make sure to tell Gino that you were sent by me.
PS- this is not a paid advertisement and I derive no benefit from it other than satisfaction of helping a friend. Find it at www.portofluviale.com or one of the social media you can link to.