A TYPICAL TRATTORIA (OR WHAT IT USED TO BE)
Photo Essay : Italian typical restaurant style
Once upon a time in Italy it was easy to find a typical trattoria. They used to be simple and cheap restaurants, serving a few home-made dishes in a picturesque decor, tables dressed with checkered tablecloths and all kind of objects in the walls and shelves.
Displaced by more fashionable or ethnic restaurants, many of the original trattoria – often a family business – closed some thirty years ago. After a while, however, they came back, although often revisited and in a more modern – albeit less authentic – fashion.
Today, finding a trattoria like it used to be in the past is a challenge, especially in the cities. The restaurants going under this name are most of the times recreating an atmosphere from the past, but the food is rarely the same, like the prices.
Once a cheap option, it’s not uncommon to get a bill similar to any other restaurant and the appeal of a trattoria is mostly in its charm from the past.
They still are among my favorite places. As for authenticity, however, there’s not much left.