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.
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.
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.
The central room of our Rome restaurant is air-conditioned, classically decorated and offers intimate setting for lunch or dinner.
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.
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.
We have an extensive list of Italian and International Wines as well as non-alcoholic drinks.
We have the best Italian beers on draft as well as a full selection of international and local bottled beers.
Located right behind the Church of St. Agnes in Piazza Navona. You can relax at our restaurant after a day's sightseeing.