About La Scaletta

It is 1939, Italy is at war. Maddalena is a strong mother and works hard to support her family. She manages a restaurant on the Esquiline Hill, the area around the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. In 1943 she had to close her business because of the continuous bombing. The whole San Lorenzo and a part of the Esquiline area were destroyed.

Reinventing Yourself

Oh well, when you have a family to look after, you have to reinvent yourself, even if you are in the middle of the Second World War. And this is what Maddalena did.

New Restaurant New Beginnings

She came back to Rome and found a new location for her restaurant, in an area called Parione. It was a worn, shabby room with a staircase in the middle and it was perfect for what she had in mind. When she was a child she used to go there and see the street artists perform their shows. The legend says that after only three days and three nights, with the help of a bucket, some water, soap, and an old rag, she turned that dark hovel in to a presentable restaurant. The name of the new restaurant seemed obvious: the little staircase of the performance artists - La Scaletta degli Artisti.

Continuing Tradition

Maddalena had managed La Scaletta for more than 50 years, until 1995. Today, we keep alive her tradition of Roman cuisine, and as Maddalena used to say, it is a "gastronomic bijoux" in the heart of Rome.

La Scaletta Degli Artisti
Italian Restaurant Rome

We accept ReservationsYes
+39 06 68 80 55 07
Cash and Credit Cards Open Everyday
12pm to 12am
5 stars - based on 250 reviews
We only use fresh ingredients
Air-Conditioned Central Room
Heated Outside Eating Area
Major Credit Cards Accepted
Free Wi-Fi

Rome Restaurant Rome Restaurant

The central room of our Rome restaurant is air-conditioned, classically decorated and offers intimate setting for lunch or dinner.

Rome Wine Bar

Rome Wine War

Our wine bar is adjacent and accessible from the restaurant. With a more modern feel it is an ideal location to have an after dinner drink.

Outside Eating Area

Outside Eating Area

As we are located on a quiet side street, our front eating area allows you to soak up the atmosphere but not the noise of Rome.


Italian Wine Restaurant

We have an extensive list of Italian and International Wines as well as non-alcoholic drinks.

Rome Beer Bar

We have the best Italian beers on draft as well as a full selection of international and local bottled beers.

Piazza Navona
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Located right behind the Church of St. Agnes in Piazza Navona. You can relax at our restaurant after a day's sightseeing.

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