In the heart of old Rome – built above the ancient ruins of Rome’s first theater – Da Pancrazio can claim one of the most historical settings in the city. Dedicated in 55 B.C., the theater of Pompey was the first permanent theater to be constructed of marble in ancient Rome. Attached to it was a large Curia used for Senatorial assemblies and it was here that Julius Caesar was assassinated.
People who come to Da Pancrazio to dine are no doubt intrigued by this history and are invited to descend into the lower levels of the restaurant to feel its unique 2000-year-old atmosphere. It is an awesome experience, but what makes dining here most memorable are not its cellars, but its kitchen. Pancrazio Macchione opened the restaurant in 1922 and today it is under the careful direction of his grandson, Paolo. In fact, the fourth generation of Pancrazio’s family are now involved in continuing a tradition of Roman cooking that has no parallel. Adjacent to the historic market square, Campo de’ Fiori, the restaurant need not go far to seek the freshest ingredients. When carefully selected and prepared masterfully by their chefs, these same ingredients are transformed into Roman dishes, pure and simple, some would say divine!
The cannelloni, with its delicate filling and rich tomato/béchamel sauce, is a dish fit for the gods. But so are the paglia e fieno and the saltimbocca. Indeed, the gods and we mortals have many choices here and we can fill our drinking vessels with the delightful house wine or choose from a list of many prestigious labels. Da Pancrazio is a restaurant that one returns to time and time again. Second to having the good fortune of living in this picturesque neighborhood, would be discovering this restaurant at the beginning of your visit to the eternal city, so that you can repeat what is truly a most gratifying experience.