After a visit to San Stefano Rotondo on the Celian Hill, John and I went to lunch at Trattoria Luzzi near the Colosseum.
It's on Via San Giovanni di Laterano just across the street from the wonderful San Clemente church.
We were surprised to find such a treasure in this tourist hot-spot. Luckily we arrived just before the hungry crowds of locals and tourists began to line up.
We were pleased to see a wood-burning oven on the premises.
John likes to take pictures of staff at work.
Including the kitchen where a wide variety of pastas and main dishes were being prepared.
Luzzi serves up unpretentious, delicious fare like my great insalate mista -- crispy mixed greens and tomatoes
or John's simple tomato salad. Like most Roman eateries Luzzi brings olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the table to allow diners to dress their own salads.
It is a rough and tumble pace with a great mix of diners, attentive, no-nonsense staff and big portions of grub.
The house wine is hearty and suits their rich, cheesy pizzas perfectly. The couple next to us shared a big dish of mixed seafood that smelled and looked yummy too.
We were utterly stuffed when we headed out into the street that looks onto the Colosseum. If you are not an 18-year-old boy you might want to share one of the main dishes.