Rome local Alessandro with a team of young enthusiastic friends and family with culinary and beverage expertise, coined the term ‘RISTROT’ to describe their novel restaurant and bistrot hybrid.
La Maisonnette Ristrot can be found in a historic 1920’s house in the foodie, anti-tourist area of Garbatella. A few feet from the metro, it sits in stark contrast below the DNA-like super bridge Ponte Settimia Spizzichino linked to the student area of Via Ostiense.
The decor inside is reminiscent of a French retro bistrot with light, painted wood and mixed reclaimed furnishings, which creates the perfect cozy winter atmosphere. While the garden’s rustic facade boasts striking Roman red terracotta with a large outdoor deck, a beautiful veranda and funky graffiti, great for dining al fresco.
In the kitchen simplicity and freshness reign supreme. The Mediterranean culinary style has modern twists here and there, and places an emphasis on fresh fish.
The winter menu includes appetizers like their flavour-packed Ristrot’s fish soup; steak tartare with barbecue sauce, Ravigote sauce, sweet paprika and Jerusalem artichoke chips; and creamed codfish balls, mayonnaise, pennyroyal.
Stand-out main courses are linguine Mancini with Calvados pears, Paliano butter, anchovies and pecorino; orecchiette, beef tail, Cajun mascarpone and cocoa crumble; and roasted mackerel, smoked scamorza, goose mortadella and aubergine mince. Desserts range from the classic tiramisu’ to the more adventurous Sachertorte.
From 11am La Maisonnette is open for lunch, in the afternoon for a tea and in the evening for dinner or an after dinner cocktail from their Mixology Bar.
If you’re searching for a cozy ristrot in the Garbatella neighbourhood, search no more. And to top it all off, as soon as the sun comes out, you can also dine out in the open for lunch (and dinner, weather permitting) in the charming outdoor garden, making it one of the best al fresco restaurants in Rome.