Mother of All Steaks
Once in a while someone tells you a tall tale that you just cannot believe. When Deme first told me about a place outside of Rome (about 20-30 minutes), near Fregene, that serves great meat from a giant free-for-all type of meat case; so great that the special is called "The Intervento" which is loosely translated at the "intervention" or "the surgery", I told him I had to see it for myself. I should trust my husband once in a while.
There is the very large meat case in which you are supposed to head over to, pick out the cut of meat you want, decide on how big you want your portion to be and tell them how you want it cooked. If you tell them you want it "well done", you might be laughed out of the place but most likely you'll receive a steak that is somewhat medium to medium well done. (They also serve great dry spice rubbed pork ribs and sausages.)
Your slab of meat is removed from the case, chopped and hacked into portion sizes right before your eyes and then placed in a plate, ready for the grill.
There really is nothing like having your meat cooked on over a wood fired grill. I won't dare to say the meat here rivals the meat in Florence but it comes a bit close.
This is Deme's steak, being preggers, I only had a few sausages, as this is my second time here and the first time I had a nice bloody one. We were not the only ones taking photos of our food. Romans, Italians and tourists from all over flock to this restaurant for a nice, thick, juicy and very tasty cut of meat.
This place is a really fun laid-back dining experience, very informal. In fact, we don't ever really ask for the menu. We just ask for a few sides, like slow braised beans, chicory, roasted potatoes, mushrooms and wait until the meat is ready. When the waiter comes over with your order, he screams out your table number then hands you your meat. There are no formalities here, another great thing is that they have plenty of parking out front and a decent restroom.
Via della Muratella, 627
Tel. +39 06.667 8068
Closed Tuesdays and Fridays
***They have their own website and it is hilarious.
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