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Pop the question in Rome and then eat where?

Proposer Mar 16, 2007 12:12 PM

I am looking for a restaurant in Rome to eat at after I propose to my girlfriend and she (I hope!) accepts. So, the place should be romantic and really special. The food should be outstanding. She eats fish, but no meat, chicken, etc., so it is best if the place can accommodate that diet. But she ordinarily finds many things she is interested in at any restaurant. I eat everything.

Money is no object, but this does not necessarily have to be the fanciest place in town. It just has to be the perfect place.

Thanks, 'hounds for helping me plan one of the biggest meals of my life!


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  1. mnosyne RE: Proposer Mar 16, 2007 01:52 PM

    The fanciest fish restaurant in town is La Rosetta. The food is very good but the service can be iffy. But it is a charming place.

    1. jen kalb RE: Proposer Mar 16, 2007 06:01 PM

      Perhaps Trattoria San Teodoro http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guid...
      I havent been to this restaurant but have had it on my radar screen for a couple of years - it is a seafood specialist and IMO it is in one of the most romantic areas of rome, an area up around the roman forum/campidoglio. Walk out after dinner and look down into the illuminated forum - its magical. There are also two tiny ancient churches nearby that are major roman society wedding destinations and are quite lovely - San Teodoro and San Giorgio in Velabro, as well as an old market arch (next to San Giorgio, and down the hill, the Bocca della Verita - good if you are making promises!.

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        Flour Child RE: Proposer Mar 16, 2007 06:34 PM

        I love Piperno. Their fried artichokes will make you cry tears of joy. It's romantic and VERY charming.

        1. mbfant RE: Proposer Mar 18, 2007 07:55 AM

          You don't say what time of year, but if it's warm enough to eat outside, Vecchia Roma, in Piazza Campitelli, is probably the most romantic in town, though not the best. Al Presidente, near the Trevi Fountain, is excellent, specializes in fish and has an outdoor patio that should pass muster. Skip La Rosetta till after you're married. Il Convivio (all indoors) should do nicely too.

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          1. re: mbfant
            Indy 67 RE: mbfant Mar 19, 2007 06:55 PM

            Il Convivio is a wonderful place to propose. The service is warm but polished, and you'll feel special before you even bring out the ring. The waiter will bring a mini-stool and place your soon-to-be fiancee's purse on the stool. I have this vague recollection of receiving a glass of Prosecco at the beginning of the meal and an amuse bouche. I just asked my husband if my memory of Prosecco was correct. His reply: "Other than really enjoying the meal, I don't remember a thing except the bench for your purse.

            The food is sublime. I've included a link to the menu. Although you'll see a couple of straightforward Italian classics, the emphasis is on inventive versions of the classics.

            The only downside of Il Convivio is finding the place. The restaurant is located on a Vicolo, a street so narrow that you'll worry you've turned into an alley rather than a bona fide street. You'll turn off Via dei Soldati to get to the restaurant on Vicolo dei Soldati. Since you'll want the evening to go smoothly, you might want to do a practice walk there prior to the big night.

            Incidentally, wherever you decide to dine, I recommend you let the restaurant know in advance. With this information, I'm confident the restaurant will do everything in its power to add to the magical of the evening.


            1. re: Indy 67
              mbfant RE: Indy 67 Mar 20, 2007 08:39 AM

              It was almost certainly not Prosecco but a metodo classico (i.e. spumante).

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                Indy 67 RE: mbfant Mar 20, 2007 07:45 PM

                All I know is that a glass of something bubbly was served to each of us shortly after being seated. We never saw the bottle from which the drink was poured.

                I'm curious. Why do you say it would have been spumante rather than prosecco?

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                  mbfant RE: Indy 67 Mar 20, 2007 11:20 PM

                  As with most of what I know about Italian restaurants, I found this out by doing something embarrassing. We went for a Saturday lunch to a three-star restaurant, Il Pescatore, near Mantua, and when asked if we'd like an aperitivo, we asked for Prosecco. The wine, whose bottle we didn't see, was delish, and when we asked what the Prosecco had been, we were told it was not Prosecco, which they didn't even have, but a metodo classico. After that I noticed that indeed restaurants with purse stools (which I love) don't pour Prosecco for the aperitivo. And I've been to Il Convivio enough times to know that the rule holds there, but I just can't recall the bubbly we had last time. They also pour an excellent (still) Frascati as aperitivo as well as Champagne.

                  1. re: mbfant
                    Indy 67 RE: mbfant Mar 21, 2007 06:29 AM

                    I'd offer to start a thread about purse stool restaurants, but I think I've exhausted my supply with the mention of Il Convivio.

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                      mbfant RE: Indy 67 Mar 21, 2007 07:44 AM

                      I've seen quite a few and not just in Italy. Agata e Romeo (a favorite) has them and probably La Pergola. Of course you still need to keep an eye on the purse, or your ankle through the strap or something.

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                        Proposer RE: mbfant Mar 22, 2007 03:24 PM

                        I think I am going to try Il Convivio! Thanks so much.

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                          Sid Cundiff RE: Proposer Mar 24, 2007 08:58 AM

                          You'll not be unhappy at Il Convivio. The wine steward in particular knows his stuff. I've been there 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004 twice, 2006, 2007.

                    2. re: mbfant
                      bellaitalia RE: mbfant Mar 26, 2007 03:15 PM

                      Quite common in top Italian eateries. Try Don Alfonso 1890 in Sant'Agata sui due Golfi near Sorrento. Best restaurant in the world. The stool you get for your purse is better upholstered than any of the furniture in my house.

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                        Sid Cundiff RE: bellaitalia Mar 31, 2007 01:26 PM

                        I last ate at Don Alfonso March 2002. If it's as good now as it was then, I warmly second bellaitalia's motion.

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              synergy RE: Proposer Mar 18, 2007 09:49 AM

              I too have been to Piperno and think it would be a lovely place for you to propose & celebrate.

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                ktm RE: Proposer Mar 18, 2007 06:33 PM

                Hosteria del Pesce on Via Monserrato near Campo dei Fiori is great. Nice casual comfortable romantic atmosphere. Fantastic fish. A favorite of many Roman celebs. Pricey, but worth it. My favorite restaurant in Rome after living and eating there for 8 months. A good special occasion place.

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                  mbfant RE: ktm Mar 20, 2007 11:09 PM

                  I wouldn't like to start a marriage there. I, and my husband and tablemates, found the atmosphere entirely too hectic and the owner a bulldozer ("you want this"). The food was good but unenjoyable. The price comes under the "doesn't get a second chance" category. I realize mine is a minority opinion.

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                  synergy RE: Proposer Mar 21, 2007 01:59 AM

                  Just as another thought...how about one of the rooftop hotel restaurants? The view would be lovely. We enjoyed drinks and munchies at the Minerva Hotel.

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                    Proposer RE: Proposer Mar 21, 2007 05:44 AM

                    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions, and please keep them coming! I am going to look into all of these places. Just to be clear, I will not propose at the restaurant but beforehand.

                    Thanks again!

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                      Indy 67 RE: Proposer Mar 21, 2007 06:26 AM

                      If you were to dine at Il Convivio, you would be very close to Castel Sant'Angelo. The view from the terrace of the Castel is very dramatic and would be a wonderful place to pop the question. Assuming my Italian is correct, the web site says the Castel is open Tuesday through Sunday until 7:00 p.m. For my taste, the Piazza Navona and the Piazza Rotonda, also located reasonably close, are a bit too hectic for a proposal of marriage.

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                        mnosyne RE: Indy 67 Mar 21, 2007 10:16 PM

                        Isn't that the very parapet from which Tosca jumped?

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                          mbfant RE: mnosyne Mar 21, 2007 11:33 PM

                          Yes. Nevertheless, it's a great idea for a romantic spot.

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                      tedking RE: Proposer Jun 11, 2007 03:57 PM

                      What restaurant did you end up during your proposal? Would you recommend it? Do you have a better recommendation?

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                        Debjani RE: tedking Jun 14, 2007 01:15 AM

                        Please don't leave us hanging! Did she accept? And where did you go for your meal?

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