Any restaurant, cafe or trattoria that has been in business for 38 years MUST be doing something right, no? For a quick basic lunch, staff at our hotel pointed us in the general direction of a neighborhood eatery just 7 or 8 minutes away. Da Sandro looked like a typical tourist trap offering a dozen or more of the local “Top 20” dishes, and little alarm bells were ringing… But when we sat down indoors, and realized two or three out of four tables actually had locals chit-chatting with with the owners/staff of the restaurant like “regulars”, we were very hopeful… We figured we would order the basics that the locals were also eating and see how it went from there… For the teen a small whole cheese or plain pizza with just enough sauce and a light sprinkling of dried oregano, a bowl of pasta a la vongole (clams) for Mrs. MM, and a tomato pasta for me.
The pizza that arrived piping hot out of their oven was very good. The crust perfectly done with a bit of singeing on the edges, and not overly sauced. The Teen was very happy. Mrs. MM’s favorite vongole more than passed muster, eyes rolling with the first few mouthfuls.
My spaghetti with tomato and basil sauce was just right. A bright flavorful sauce coating perfectly cooked noodles. I don’t know what it is about eating this dish in Italy, it is so much better than trying to replicate the same thing elsewhere on the planet. And don’t forget the cheese! This was exactly the kind of lunch we wanted and were so thrilled I think we ate here once or twice more during our stay. At roughly Euro10-12 per person, it was also reasonably priced. Da Sandro, address/details in photo below.