Recs are very much appreciated. Thanks bruddas.
Oh, and I literally like every type of food there is, even vegan. Def prefer peasant food to the fancy stuff though. My favorite meal is rice and beans.
Well, I think that the best way to describe it would be through the restaurant itself, which is pretty illustrative of the differences. Osterias in Rome are typically pretty ristic places. Even the "Americanized" versions are often only well decorated by the standards of the 1980s. They feel like someone Italianized a Ponderosa steakhouse. On the other hand, Locanda has beautiful, professional, waitstaff, and the hardwood floor is emaculate. The lighting is uniformly warm - I think that they must have hudreds if not thousands of edison bulbs in there. And while you sit on high stools, they are all uniform and artfully minimalist, as if you showed a Craftsman style furniture maker a popular, and told them to make a version of that. The reclained aluminum table tops are also nicely and professionally aged.
So it is with the food. The portions are the same as they'd be for any "nice restaurant", and the presentations are artfully rustic. The meats are all well seasoned and well cooked. But it feels a lot more thought out than a place in Rome The seasoning, especially. It's much more herbal. In a lot of Roman places, it's salt, pepper if the cook is feeling fancy (you probably wouldn't call them chefs), and olive oil. Maybe a bit of garlic, depending.
It's definitely different from something that arose organically. Which is sorta what Americans are good at anyway. Take something from somewhere else, and add value to it. I like it, but at the same time, I wish that there were places with similar styles of food and less ambition, that would never make their way into a food magazine.