A few weeks ago I finally went to lunch at Sora Margherita with two friends.
Annie has her own scooter guide/tour guide business and often sends her clients to Sora Margherita. Our friend Marianna, who used to live in Florence and Milan, was in town from New York City.
The restaurant is located in the Jewish Ghetto. The Jewish community in Rome is one of oldest in Western Europe. In 1555 the Ghetto was formed with three gates that locked the occupants in at night.
The word ghetto comes from Venetian dialect. It has a different connotation now but not all ghettos were poor. The Venetian one was very affluent.
The gates in Rome came down in 1888 but the Ghetto was reinstated during the Nazi occupation.
The history of this area is incredible. I can't imagine over 30,000 people forced to live in such a small space. Once the gates came down the wealthier occupants bought property else where. Of course now it's one of the most expensive areas in Rome.
The restaurant is a little hard to find. There's no sign. It's small and gets crowded very quickly. The crowd is eclectic. From construction workers to judges, this is a well-known local place for down home Roman and Jewish cuisine. It's not fancy...at all. The prices are moderate and the food is so good. I will be back.
When you go for the first time you have to fill out a little card to become part of the "Associazione Culturale". Reservations recommended.
Piazza delle Cinque Scole, 30
If you go when artichokes are in season, you must try the deep-fried ones.
Cacio & Pepe. Still thinking about this dish. This is a half-portion.
Marianna looking fab.