Checchino dal 1887 (Rome, Italy)

Checcino has been run by the Mariani family since 1887, and Mario Batali says that this place has consistently been his favorite restaurant.  It's famous for serving the quinto quarto (aka, organ meats).  It also has a killer wine list (inexpensive compared to US restaurants) and cheese list (5 kinds of pecorino!). 

Rigatoni with pajata (intestine of suckling pig fed with its mother's milk, tastes way better than it sounds); Bucatini Gricia with pecorino and bacon; oxtail stewed for 5 hours in tomato sauce with celery, pine nuts, raisins and a sprinkling of chocolate; the special "Buon Ricordo" plate we received.

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