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Il Boscaiolo: Pizza with a heart
Il Boscaiolo is one of those little, unpretentious local places that you're always looking for when you travel. It's located between ritzy Via Veneto and Via Sistina, the long street that runs in front of the Spanish Steps. The facade is rather plain so you really have to look for it as you walk up Via Liguria, the little street between Veneto & Sistina. The name means "the woodsman", which you can deduce from the cozy, somewhat rustic decor with wooden carvings on the wall showing hunters & woodchoppers. It's also tied in with the wood-fired pizza oven, which is the first thing you see, although they have plenty of treats other than the pizza. Depending on the time of day, you'll see predominantly tourists or locals (the locals always show up later in Italy), and the fact that locals do patronize it is a true sign of quality. 2 courses with wine will set you back between $15-20, even with the awful exchange rate at the moment.
Favorite Dish: Of course there is an amazing assortment of pizzas and they're all delicious, but the real surprise is that they come in the shape of a heart! Since it was autumn, I was gobbling up the mushroom variety with fresh porcini. The pasta & appetizers are excellent as well - the bucatini amatriciana was as good or better than any I've ever had in Rome.
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