We were in Rome on Sunday and made our way to our planned lunch destination, Maccheroni. We were immediately greeted and asked if we had made a reservation (uh oh... I thought we would be safe not making one!). They were booked solid for the entire day because of the 2009 Rome Marathon. Luckily, they told us we could have a table if we wanted to sit outside. That was fine with us. The weather was cool, but not uncomfortable. I was determined to eat there because it came highly recommended. It is a 'locals hangout'.
Our server, Andrea (a man, Andre-uh), spoke perfect english and was lively and attentive to us the entire time. He studied at Penn State and 'learned to serve' in the US. He said he likes to be a server to make the tourists' visit more enjoyable. We certainly enjoyed our experience there because he was great!
I ordered the recommended dish, gnocchi with gorgonzola and pear sauce. It was very good. I thought it would be heavy, but it was a very light (homemade) pasta and a very light sauce as well. Perfect for a lunch dish. The gnocchi was unlike any I had eaten before. It was almost fluffy in texture. We will definitely go back to that restaurant the next time we are in Rome! If you are there for a visit, give it a try!