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Ristorante Pallotta

Map shows the loaction of Ristorante Pallotta

Ristorante Pallotta has been serving traditional Roman dishes for nearly 200 years from the same location on the Piazzale Ponte Milvio.

The Ponte Milvio in the north of the city is one of the oldest bridges in Rome and recently became the scene for an unusual but typically Roman story. Taking their cue from the book I Want You by Federico Moccia, young couples came to the bridge to swear eternal love by fastening a padlock to a lamppost and throwing the key into the Tiber.

When the lamppost collapsed under the accumulated weight of the padlocks, there were attempts to ban the practice. This brought on a political row in which Rome's mayor was accused of "violating lovers' rights".

As a compromise, steel posts were erected on the bridge and strung with chains which lovers can now use to attach their padlocks and declare their love without causing damage.


Patrizia dines al fresco on Spaghetti alla Vongole - spaghetti with clams

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