Tre Pupazzi or the Three Puppets is close to the top of my favorite Roman restaurants. It was a big deal when I learned we were planning on going there. I had very fond memories of my food. And for some reason I also remembered the decor, which hadn't changed.
The first time I visited Tre Pupazzi was about 5 years ago. It was my first experience with risotto minus that funky dish a drug rep brought to the office once. I fell in love with the quality of the food, and I am still happy with the investment we put in in dining there again. Of course, I had the risotto again. We ordered Nora a Caprese, which she chose not to eat. So Paul and I enjoyed a second helping of fabulously fresh tomatoes. Paul had a specialty of the house: fettuccine in cream with peas and mushrooms. It was also very good, but very rich in conjunction with the four cheeses in my risotto. I will say, I found the portions to be almost perfect. It was the first time I had to leave a few bites on my plate. This restaurant is highly recommended by us tourists and by Star Mountain Travel. It is located in Vatican City, which means a higher tourist area, but it's a few extra blocks away from the main attraction and well worth any wait even though we had none.
Because it was a special weekend and we were a large group, this restaurant would only accept a reservation with a €25 pre fixe menu. That was far more than necessary. So, we declined and took our chances just showing up. There were no complaints about our two tables of 8. (We walked in separately and not all of the group participated.) The staff was exceptionally nice, especially to the toddlers, and especially when Nora felt the need to mix her own recipe by throwing ingredients on the floor. I believe the total price was about €15 per person.
If you're planning a trip to Rome, these are my favorite dining locations: Nino's, Tres Puppazzi, Pizzeria Baffetto, and Forno in Campo di Fiore. Be sure they're on your list.