As waves upon waves of frantic tourists crash down around me I feel like I am sometimes drowning. Rome is a beautiful city with so much to see, but you will most definitely be accompanied by a mob of likeminded tourists around every corner.
I’ve currently been living in Rome for three months and every now and then I crave for a bit of escape. Escape in any form, in a small trip out of town, a good book, movie, or concert. Or best of all; some foreign food. I recently stumbled upon a tiny alley near Piazza Navona and there I found Il Clan. F rom the outside of this cosy Brazilian restaurant you will see that it is completely tattooed. Covering the walls around the outside dining area is praise and thanks written in twenty different languages. Il Clan is authentic Brazilian food, opened by two amazing sisters. If you aren’t in the mood for Brazilian they offer a variety of Italian dishes but if you want something unique then you have to order from the Brazilian approach; after all it is a Brazilian restaurant and that is their specialty.
Budget travellers rejoice! For only five Euros you can order a specialty plate, which includes white rice, black beans, and a delicious cooked spinach. Along with that are my favourites, a vinagrete made with red pepper flakes, tomatoes, and olive oil and a tapioca flour which are absolutely incredible when used as a garnish. Now this isn’t Italian cooking so that means we are not eating in courses and you have a mountain of food all on one plate. The sisters actually encourage you to mix it all together in the true Brazilian fashion. And it really mixes perfectly, sprinkle a little bit of the provided fixings over the top and you are good to go. If you are with a group there is a super sized version of this Brazilian dish for fifteen Euro, they will bring all of the pieces to the puzzle out separately and allow you to dish up yourselves with these awesomely big portions. It will usually feed three people depending on how greedy your friends are feeling. Il Clan has outdoor seating in summer and every table is candle lit. After dinner you have to try the house special dessert, a Brazilian spin on the Crème Caramel.
This will be the last article to push you over the edge of falling in love with these sisters and Il Clan altogether. Make sure to express your new found love on the outside walls of the restaurant, tuck it in between the Mandarin Chinese and Hebrew. Then take a food drunk jaunt over to Piazza Navona and join back into the throngs of fountain photographers. Il Clan is number 21/22 on Via Sora and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily; I suggest dinner. Great atmosphere and very kind people.
Photo of Brazilian food by stu spivack