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Eating in Rome on Christmas

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mcarcab Nov 22, 2006 07:13 AM

We'll be in Rome on Christmas day, and people warn me that "everything" will be closed. I assume that restaurants in hotels will be open, but I don't want to just walk in randomly. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  1. jen kalb Nov 22, 2006 08:40 PM

    YOu might want to do a search on this Board and International - there have been other threads on this topic. A minority of restaurants will be open, but you WILL find some - certainly there are Romans who want to eat out on this day - probably better luck at lunch than dinner and probably not so great in the central business district which tend to be closed on Sundays and holidays. I would try in areas like Monti, Testaccio, Prati,San Lorenzo,Caelio, where more romans live and, if you are arriving before Christmas day, walk around and note the signs - restaurants will usually post if they intend to close. If you see one you want to go to, walk in and reserve.

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      billinroma Nov 22, 2006 09:03 PM

      Fair number of restaurants open in Rome on Christmas day. We had a great Christmas dinner at Al Ceppo, via Panama 2/a, 39-06-841-9696, in Parioli. Well known and well regarded. Reserve, fairly expensive. You can probably find reviews on line. The restaurant at the Eden Hotel is good but quite expensive.

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        billinroma Nov 22, 2006 09:19 PM

        I should add that a lot of Roman restaurants do specials December 24th, which is when Italians tend to eat out for a special meal. I would think many if not most of the well known restaurants will be open Christmas Eve. We used to go the the Hotel Eden for a spectacular Dec 24th evening, but has gotten just too expensive in recent years.

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          KMERC Dec 20, 2006 08:28 AM

          I read somewhere else on this board that someone was going to Il Pagliccio is open on Christmas day (not sure if lunch or dinner) , you might want to check them out. But yeah, the big day for dinner here is the 24th.

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