Trattoria Priscilla is an old Roman trattoria (small restaurant) which serves typical local homemade dishes. At the beginning of the 900’s my grandparents, Margherita and Nazzareno, moved from Reatino to Rome and took over this already established business. They had four children, two boys and two girls.
As my grandmother got older she decided to leave the management of the kitchen to one of her two daughters, more precisely Renata, while the other daughter, Armenia, took care of table service. The trattoria was run this way until 1993, when I myself, Alessandro, took over.
We are an old-fashioned trattoria that offers typical, simple and genuine Roman food that has been managed by the same family for over 120 years. Alessandro Ratini is the fourth generation of his family to run this establishment.
The walls of the trattoria date back to the 1400’s when they originally housed a post office along the Regina Viarum, a place where travelers, once they arrived at the gates of Rome, stopped to refresh themselves and rest or change their horses.
The existence of our building dates back to 1436 with documented evidence coming from city hall maps that clearly refer to the building as an inn with a kitchen. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the inn was turned into a tavern, known as the Osteria dell’Acquataccio, which Luigi Canina refers to in some of his writings. In the 50s and 60s the restaurant enjoyed a certain notoriety thanks to the frequent attendance of film crews, during their breaks from filming various movies on the Appian Way (Appia Antica). Inside the restaurant you will find the the base of Priscilla’s tomb.