Italian food made just how we like it: the hard way.Owner and head chef Andrea Dal Monte would like you to take note of one very important thing. “Cream is for sissies,” he says, giving me the metal horns (also a generations-old Italian symbol to ward off evil spirits). A native of Rome, Dal Monte knows that the faces of evil are reflected in so-called “Italian” dishes that don’t involve a bit of elbow grease. Rapidly whisked butter and cheese are the basis for many of his authentic, sumptuous dishes notcrema. Take for instance the rich Rigatoni alla Carbonara. Served piping hot, the mix of wheat pasta, bacon, egg, and pecorino will stick to your bones just like your nonna intended. In addition to creating rich dishes, Dal Monte is an accomplished screenwriter and sommelier, able to recite thousands of wines from memory. Don’t let the beautifully curated décor of the establishment fool you. Campo de Fiori is designed in a typical, down-home style for Roman culture, which as it turns out, is a little fancy for Americans. Feel free to come as you are and eat to your heart’s desire.
Rigatoni alla Carbonara, $12
Gnocchi ragu Bolognese e piselli $15
Prosciutto Parma Galloni 24 months, $12
Speck dell'Alto Adige, $10
Sweet onions and Balsamic vinegar, $5
Pasta e Fagioli soup, $8.50
TuesdayThursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
FridaySaturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.