Who we are
CORIOLANO has belonged during three generations to the Guerra family from Amatrice. It started in 1935 as a typical Roman retail, licensed to supply and sell food and drinks, then over time it became TRATTORIA CORIOLANO, the favourite meeting place of those people who love tradition and taste.
You will find a homely touch, the typical Roman food, a friendly atmosphere, a warm environment, a scent of wood which colours the walls chestnut brown, among wood panelling, pictures and various souvenirs, a taste from the past blended with today’s taste.
Seasonal products and homemade delicacies, tradition and the best specialities of Roman cookery coexist together with modern dishes.
The most fanciful delicious sea and meat dishes.
The wine cellar is managed with concern and attention.
The owners will kindly and dedicatedly receive you; they will pamper you and, above all, they will comply with wishes and desires of any taste, even the most refined ones.
The chef ably combines wholesome raw materials with innovation and tradition showing his wise inventiveness and improved professionalism. He is very skilful and he astonishes with new dishes, typical Roman dishes and the restaurant’s historical specialties, such as homemade pasta, sweets and bread.
The whole staff works very skilfully, friendly and with dedication to make guests feel at home. Flavours, smells, colours and scents are looked after in order to rouse senses and to make every detail on the table special.
Walls are imbued with history that gives you the sensation of feeling in a cosy house, like being at your home, where you can find tradition, together with respect, good taste and innovation.
Its name indicates the qualities both of the restaurant and of the “trattoria” (it is a shop, like a restaurant, where you can eat and drink, but it is more popular and modest). From the restaurant it has an elegant ambience, silver plates, crystal glasses, linen tableclothes. From the “trattoria” it has the atmosphere, tradition, genuineness and prices.
It is acknowledged as a historical shop.
A historical restaurant abreast of the times, which doesn’t forget its origins.
TRATTORIA CORIOLANO opened in Ancona street on 29th March 1935, on two-door premises, in a building of the time of Umberto I erected by the Roman Institute of Real Estate at the end of the Nineteenth Century.
Ancona street connects two important reference points of the area: Principe di Napoli’s Square, today Alessandria Square, and Porta Pia.
At Alessandria Square there is a market, that also dates back to the time of Umberto I, enriched with wonderful wrought iron doors with gables decorated with the Capitoline she-wolf and Sabine women’s heads. It is not only a place where you can find wholesome products, but it is a real “piazza” considered as a meeting place to socialize and as a historical memory of this area.
Porta Pia is one of Rome’s gates in the Aurelian walls; it was built by Michelangelo Buonarroti on behalf of Pope Pius IV, after whom it is called Porta Pia.
The decorations made by Michelangelo on the Gate remind of a bowl with a towel around it and a soap in the middle. People say it was one of the artist’s jokes to Pope Pius IV, who boasted of being descended from the high-ranking Florentine Medicis, whereas he belonged to a Lombard family of barbers.
It is famous, above all, for the Risorgimento episode known as the Porta Pia breach, during which, on 20th September 1870 the troops of the Kingdom of Italy, mainly “bersaglieri” and infantry, clashed with the Vatican ones. This episode marked the end of the Papal States’ temporal power, after more than a thousand years, with the annexation of Rome to Italy.
Camillo Benso, Earl of Cavour, delivered his speech to the Italian Parliament on 11th October 1860.
“Our aim, Sirs, I plainly declare, is to make the Eternal City, which has obtained any kind of glory for 25 centuries, become the magnificent capital of the Kingdom of Italy”.
Inside the Gate, what was the customs house once is the Historical Museum of “Bersaglieri” today.
In 1873 a new town-planning scheme was launched owing to the proclamation of Rome as capital of the Kingdom of Italy. It provided for the urban adjustment the city that was going to contain the most important administrative buildings of the Country.
Thus, during the time of Umberto I Rome grew and the present seat of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Ministry of Finance and the Italian Railways appeared round Porta Pia. The new quarter has an urban structure in echelon formation and the buildings, planned to be grand with their façades referring to late Renaissance, have small balconies as a tribute to Turin, the city of origin of the Savoia family.
In this context restaurant TRATTORIA CORIOLANO opened as a typical Roman retail, licensed to supply and sell food and drinks.
Immediately after the war the two doors of the premises were separated and the licence was divided: one door had the selling licence, the other, at the street number 14, was licensed to supply food and drinks. The place was completely renewed and today it appears with the same structure it had at that time.