L'Insalata Ricca is a popular chain of eateries in Rome and before you gasp in horror ("You ate at a CHAIN???") these little trattorias are a far cry from Olive Garden. Insalata Ricca means 'rich salad': there are a bunch of them on the menu and they're rumored to be very large, very fresh and very good. We didn't have one: go figure. Winding up here at the end of a long last day in Rome (2007), we had an appetizer, a secondi apiece, and some lively dinner conversation with a couple of astronomers from the States who, by the way, said they ate here often as it was always good.
If I remember correctly, Jerry had fork-tender Bistecca di manzo: beef in a traditional sweet and sour sauce. I had salmon baked in parchment with vegetables: a little on the fishy side but also good. Both entrees were very reasonably priced, wines were inexpensive and good, and the place was packed with locals and tourists alike. The menu includes salads (of course), pasta, pizza, fish and a few meat dishes. Don't eat anything that moos or clucks? Not to worry; their many meatless offerings make it a good choice for vegetarians. As of this 2012 update, the place is still getting good reviews from travelers for quality and value.
The website lists all locations; we ate outside at the one on Piazza Pasquino, 72, just a little southwest of Piazza Navona.
Favorite Dish: Nothing in particular- we read many recos based on quality of food and reasonable price. I'm not posting a PP price based on ever-changing exchange rates, menu upgrades and total per number of courses ordered.
In between our visit to St. Peter and the Vatican museums, we had lunch here.
It's part of a chain and offers great value, especially the salads.
On the website (link below) you can find locations for the various restaurants about town.
Favorite Dish: I chose the Insalate Imperiale (€8,50) with crayfish, mushrooms, mixed salad and a pink sauce. It was delicious and that means a lot, coming from me, because I'm not a big salad fan.
Of course you can also eat a good pizza and many other dishes.