If you have Italian-American parents, you might be familiar with the constant pressure to eat, eat, and eat more. Except when it comes to bread, which they tell you not to eat at all to save your appetite for the main meal.
Gran Tivoli is an Italian restaurant where it’s impossible to skip the bread. They pack their breadbasket with wild yeast filone, grape tomato focaccia, seeded bread, cauliflower pizzettes, and wholemeal Grissini breadsticks, which requires more than one helping of pasture-fed butter.
Then there’s the pecorino starter, which is as simple as it sounds: chunks of pecorino cheese from Lazio with olive oil drizzled on top. After all this, you’re supposed to order antipasto plates and full meals.
My go-to order is the seafood risotto with hake and monkfish. There are plenty of other fantastic dishes worth sacrificing the breadbasket for, but the biggest reason to not get too full is Peppi’s Cellar, the underground bar below the restaurant. After your meal (if you’re still standing), head downstairs to one of my favorite spots in the city, where you’ll find a rotating wine list, classic Italian cocktails, and live jazz.