Sorry to be so behind on blogging! Ho da fare! (I have much to do) with our pending exit from the Embassy, from the workforce, and our move to a new apartment. PLUS we are about to go to Paris for week, our son arrives a couple of days before I retire in May, my brother and SIL are coming in June when we will take a three week trip together, and there are cat-sitters to arrange! Ho da fare, in fatti! Today I am laid up at home with a swollen knee (that’s another story) so I am catching up.
But enough about me….
Our friends Bill and Melissa suggested Il Corallo. We forced them to select the restaurant for our Friday night pizza so we would have a new place to try. It is so appealing to go back to the same old favorites, once-in-awhile we need inspiration to try a new spot. We met in the lovely Piazza Navona where a fire-eater/dancer was performing semi-nude in the cold February night. At least he was doing something for his hand-outs and he seemed to be gathering a few Euros.
Moving on we wandered the alleys to Il Corallo. It’s a very cute place, and it seems just enough English is spoken to take orders and chat a bit, but we experienced a decidedly local crowd. The pizza is from a wood oven and there are creative choices including the three we had among the four of us dining. Wine is not expensive: thank God as we consumed two bottles! (Hey, there were FOUR people!) Bill and Ric ordered desserts. I sampled a fine semifreddo, crunchy with hazelnuts, but was too full to appreciate it. I did down my entire pizza!
Il Corallo is a little cramped but not as impossibly so as some other places we have dined. No outdoor space to speak of, although perhaps that is a different story when the temps are above 50 Fahrenheit. If we are near Piazza Navona and craving pizza, this is definitely I place I would choose again. Thanks Bill and Melissa!
Via Del Corallo, 10; Tel. 0668307703
Pizza Quality: 2 This is good pizza and probably worthy of more than a 2, but a 3 is reserved for best-of-the-best by OWP. If my scale was 1 to 5, I would give it a 4.
Service: 3 Nice people, efficient, but they let you linger, unlike at La Pratolina. Limited English but that doesn’t bother us, of course.
Ambiance: 2 A bit crowded but not impossibly so. You may have to ask the guy at the next table to move so you can get in. Although we had a reservation we were seated right by the door, which I would think would be left for walk-ins, ma va beh!
Total Points: 7
Returnability: Go-to Place –
fine excellent if you are in the area