Review of roman restaurant La Viletta
La Viletta restaurant, which is a trattoria-pizzeria, we discovered by chance in early April while walking around the Roman district of Trastevere with our guests from South Africa, Chibon and Mile. I was pleasantly surprised by the hospitality of the owner, who not only did not forbid taking pictures against the background of his establishment, but also tried his best to give the appearance more harmony by opening the doors. The restaurant is located in one of the atmospheric streets of my beloved Trastevere at 2 Vicolo del Buco, Roma. After a couple of days, the editor-in-chief of Italy for Me, Yana Yakutsevich, and part-time my wife decided to come here for lunch. The interior of the restaurant is pleasant, there are a lot of paintings on the walls, it is light during the day thanks to the glass roof, there is an atmosphere of comfort. There are also tables located on the street, in the evening there is especially beautiful. Food prices at La Viletta are average by Roman standards. Spaghetti from 6 to 10 euros, Pizza from 4 to 8 euros, meat and fish dishes in the region of 10-15 euros. For me personally, on my first visit to any restaurant claiming the title of “Italian”, tasting begins with the simplest, most basic dishes of Italian cuisine. Usually it is spaghetti carbonara or bolognese, sometimes climbing. If the restaurant chefs cope with these simple recipes, then you can expect good quality from other menu items. This time the championship of carbonara tasting (Spaghetti alla carbonara) for 8 euros went to Yana, but I decided to try the risotto with shrimp and garlic sauce (Risotto alla crema di scampi) for 9 euros, which is not so common in Roman restaurants. After a 10-minute wait for the waiter, which, according to my personal criteria, with a half-empty restaurant is a null, we made an order. After about 20-25 minutes, our long wait was offset by the size of the dishes that were offered to us. Everything is delicious, but it’s worth noting just one incomprehensible shrimp in my “shrimp risotto”. The restaurant’s interior is in harmony with my shirt, which was quickly appreciated by Instagram @joldersman subscribers Arthur Yakutsevich. I admit, we all could not eat. A well-fed customer is a good customer. As follows from the menu, tips (service charge) in the amount of 12% are included in the bill. The total amount for our lunch was 28 euros, which, by simple multiplication, gives us 28 × 1.12 = 31.36 euros. Somewhat surprised by the decision of the waiter to round this amount to 33 euros, but that day I was in a good mood. The response would be more positive if at the end this scoundrel brought change 17, not 12 euros from 50 received from me. I was confused by the amount, because we did not eat 38 euros and I asked the owner of the restaurant to bring the bill, which the waiter promptly took with him. My calculations were correct, he decided to add another five euro. Of course, he apologized, but the fact that such errors are made in most cases not in favor of the client does not allow me to accept an apology. Like Don Corleone from the movie “The Fresh Father” I do not believe in chance. Will I be back here anytime soon? Unlikely.