I just returned from Rome having read Diane Seed's book prior to my departure. I have lived in Italy in the past, was a former chef, speak Italian, and work in the travel world, and all I can say is for my last meal on earth I would request the Artichokes al Mattone at Evangelista for my piece of heaven on earth.
Evangelista was recommended by two good friends in NY, who said this was their favorite restaurant in Rome. I ordered the artichoke al mattone, and it was wonderful. I had the lamb as a second, and my partner had the filet. Both dishes were excellent. Between courses, we were offered a tasting of olive oils. For dessert I had a delicious pear strudel and my partner had the home-made pistachio ice cream. The service was good and friendly. This is a must when you come to Rome.
We chose this from our Fodor's book and it did not dissappoint. We were the only Americans in the place, which I took as a 'plus'. The restaurant is small and reservations are essential. The menu is hand written in Italian - and our very patient waiter said 'It looks like you could use some help' and then proceeded to go thru the entire menu with us. DO get the artichoke appetizer - it's fantastic. We had pastas and soup and homemade breads. My husband ordered a steak and described it as 'amazing'.