I know that this title is a bit confusing, but well, now you know how I feel when I go to restaurant “Roma”. But I will try to clear it up for you.
Roma is a small family restaurant, located in a traditional part of Porto between Padrão and Poveiros squares. Tradition, good food, pleasant and familiar service, nice desserts and an interesting wine selection, is what you can expect from this place. Ah, and think about making a reservation or going early, or you may find it full or with less meal options.
I believe that some people have entered this restaurant seeking Italian food, and I bet that if they stayed to eat, while they are in Porto, “Roma” is actually more of a reference for Portuguese cuisine, than for the Italian capital itself. To convince you about this, try for example the “bacalhau à Braga” (fried codfish and potatoes), “frango da Guia” (small chicken, kind of barbecued), “Posta à Mirandesa” (Steak with garlic and baked potatoes), “Leitão assado” (baked baby piggy) and, worry not, there are some vegetarian options too. The white wine “Cabeço de Senhora” is a good option for the codfish, like the red “Montes Ermos” is for the meat. To finish in beauty try the “Toucinho do Céu” dessert and maybe a “Ponte de Marante” brandy with coffee.
When the check comes, I guess you will know why this was spotted by a local. Who still doesn’t know why is it called “Roma”!