Wildly popular, second generation place started in 1953 and run today by Mario’s sons Fabio and Romeo and their kids.
It’s a local institution – some customers have been coming here daily for decades – appealing to working-class folks seeking a quick refill and visitors looking for an undiluted, shoulder-to-shoulder, Italian lunch experience. Seating is intimate (i.e. tight) and arriving after 12:01pm will probably result in a short to medium wait out on the sidewalk.
Once inside order food one course at a time off the hand-written menu on the wall (the English translation is written to the side in tiny pen, so bring your glasses).
Specialties include the tripe (served on Mondays and Thursdays) and beef (bistecca).