For a special dinner in Rome, why not go to a restaurant where the table linens are white and crisp, the waiters are decked out in bow ties and waistcoats, and the seafood is some of the best in the city? That place is Capo Boi. And it’s about as mercifully off the tourist track as you can hope to get.
In fact, Capo Boi calls the Coppede district home; a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of area. Its Rome’s smallest neighbourhood, populated by whimsical buildings in styles as varied as medieval, ancient Greek, and Art Nouveau, with plenty of eye-catching frescoes, arches and natural greenery to enjoy along the way. A meander through this tiny, yet picturesque pocket of Rome is just enough to work up an appetite for lunch or dinner at Capo Boi; and you should, not just for the scenery, but because the food here is so good that to go without a hearty appetite is bordering on a culinary crime.
This is a Roman ristorante where you can start with a platter of fantastically fresh, brackish oysters before moving on to some finger-licking lobster or a plate of masterful mixed fish grill. Before, of course, tucking into some light, rich tiramisu or a plate of deconstructed profiteroles; the latter might make you forget your elegant surroundings and sweep your finger around the plate to get at every last bit. There’s also a thoughtful list of Italian wines to enjoy alongside your fish-centric meal. Although there’s a token beef dish on the menu, to partake would be to miss out on the full Capo Boi experience.