La Veranda Ristorante
Borgo Santo Spirito, 73
It’s near the Vatican and among the most atmospheric restaurants
in Rome. So the food isn’t great. It seems good enough when your
feet ache and your mind reels from a full morning at the Vatican Museum,
and you order simply – a pasta and, say, the very good steak –
and you are sitting in what seems to be a crumbling, ancient palace, which
indeed it is. There’s a courtyard garden to sit in when the weather
and the management permits, and an elegant hotel upstairs. (Check out the
public rooms when you go to the rest room.) The whole building was at one
time a haven for the Knights Templar, a medieval military religious order.
You’d know them as “crusaders.” Expensive.