Tacito 18 is a restaurant that I had discovered when it had only just opened. I have been really fond of this place because since the first meal I had there, I can safely say they are one of the quirkiest and fun restaurants in Rome. Everything about this place is great, the decor, the atmosphere, the aperitivo, the food and the drinks.
The restaurant's interior is a combination of rustic and contemporary. You enter through a sort of lounge, with velvet sofas and marble tables where most people sit to have an aperitivo. This area is very relaxed, where you can come and chill whilst sipping on an aperol spritz and enjoying their cured meat platters and bruschetta. You pay 10 Euros and you have a choice of a drink, and they will also bring you so much delicious food that it will keep you filled up for the whole evening. The food includes bruschettas with four toppings, crisps, a large cured meat platter and olives. They do have one of the best aperitivi of the city.
The main area is inside the restaurant has a large warehouse feel, as it is very spacious and decorated with a few interesting objects such as a motorbike and a DJ set. This room has a very relaxed and chill atmosphere, perfect for lunch or dinner.
The menu is definitely varied, with a huge selection of different dishes. As for starters you can find a seafood carpaccio, aubergine parmigiana, mozzarella di bufala, a mixture of tempura called "fritti misti" and what I ordered, a spinach tartlet. This starter was actually delicious, it was a light and guilt-free option before filling up on pasta.
In terms of the main courses my eyes always drop to the pasta, as being away from Italy for so long, I need to make the most out of it every time I come back. Pasta options include the traditional carbonara, Aglio olio e pepperoncino, Cacio e pepe, amatriciana and gricia. The chef, Luca Mattana loves his original dishes and is very experimental and adventurous with his cooking and comes out with some extraordinary dishes. In fact the menus change very frequently as the chef always thinks of creative new dishes. In this varied pasta menu, you can chose things such as pasta with artichokes, fettuccine with smoked salmon and pasta with sea bass ragú. They also offer a variation of meat and fish dishes that change every season.
The bar is also very experimental in terms of its cocktails. They have a very intriguing drinks list, such as Brandy Crusta (brandy, orange liquor, maraschino, syrop, lemon juice, boker’s bitter) or The Avenue (bourbon, calvados, passion fruit, grenadine, orange flavoured water).
The chilled atmosphere coupled with top quality food (and affordable pricing) makes this a perfect go to place for every occasion. During the week it is quite quiet so no need to book, but at the weekends, especially in the evenings, i would recommend ringing up or passing by and booking a spot.
Address: Via Tacito 18, Roma, 00195 [Closest tube stop: Lepanto - 5 minute walk]
Contact: 06 9437 8141