Few restaurants are so steeped in history as this place. Antonio Canova’s sculpture studio was kept as a workshop by the descendants of his pupil, Adamo Tadolini, until 1967, explaining why even today it is littered with tools and sculptures in bronze, plaster, and marble. The whole thing really does seem like a museum, with tables squeezed between models, drapes, and bas-reliefs. The Sala Giulio is dominated by a giant copy of Giulio (Adamo’s grandson) Tadolini’s statue of Pope Leo XIII (the original stands on the Pope’s tomb), while the whimsical (and slightly creepy) Sala Anatomia is decorated with odd bits of marble arms, legs, and thighs once attached to complete sculptures. The pasta menu features a tasty version of spaghetti alle vongole and alla carbonara, while the entrees offer more interest, from the veal chop grilled with rustic potatoes and rosemary to the tagliata, a sliced beef salad with arugula, cherry tomatoes, and Parmesan.
Via del Babuino 150A–B
Our Rating Neighborhood Near the Spanish Steps & Piazza del Popolo Hours Mon–Sat 8am–8:30pm Transportation Metro: Spagna Phone 06-32110702 Prices Main courses 11€–25€ Cuisine Type Roman Web site Canova Tadolini
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