Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Italy >
Apr 27, 2007 04:23 PM

Rome picks..How did I do?

I Just recently found this website and I love it. I have to read everything I can before I go away and plan each dining experience to the best of my ability. I have read some great suggestions here. Hopefully you all can tell me if I should avoid any of the places I thought sounded good.
Haven't been to Italy for 11 years, leaving in 30 days. Any Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

OSteria Del Gallo Viccolo di Montevecchio 27 Near paizza Navona
Dal Bolognese Piazza del Popolo
Ristorante Il Matriciano, Via dei Gracchi 55
Sabatini, Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere 13
Hosteria Nerone Ancient Rome Via Terme Di Tito 96
Colline Emiliane Via Avignonesi 22

Thank you so much in advance for any help you can give me.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Gallo is nothing special. Bolognese is discussed in other threads, but essentially it's good if that's what you want. Matriciano has its fans, not including me, but I'd give it another shot. Sabatini is a relic, generally considered overpriced though good. I haven't been in decades, and would seek several opinions, not including those of English-language guidebooks (exc if written by me, of course), before shelling out for it. Nerone is a very good basic trattoria convenient to monuments. I actually go there. Colline Emiliane is wonderful for what it is, Bolognese cooking in trattoria setting. On a trip to Rome I would not go to both Colline and Dal Bolognese. Choose for atmosphere.

    6 Replies
    1. re: mbfant

      Interesting to read your lukewarm comments about San Gallo. We've eaten there twice over the course of ten years and have had wonderful meals. Both times, we ate one of their themed tasting menus. The first time, the theme was truffles and the second time, the theme was fish.

      The fish-theme meal occured days after we had eaten at Alberto Ciarla, an entirely forgettable experience beyond the effort to get there from our Piazza della Rotonda hotel location and our table on the porch. Our fish meal at San Gallo was far superior.

      Mbfant, I know you've mentioned your guidebooks before. (Once there was a discussion about photographs without captions to identify locations.) Unfortunately, I didn't make note of the title then. Could you please share your title/s again? Thanks.

      1. re: Indy 67

        her name is Maureen Fant. We are lucky she has stepped into this "room" to talk with us but she is not allowed to self promote so have pity and look up her book titles.

        For myself,I think the real genius of Roman restaurants is experienced in the trattorias, with their highly civilized but not formal atmosphere, rather than the larger formal or more luxurious restaurants, some of which have frenchified food. We've had major disappointments with the latter over the years to the point we now avoid altogether and stick with the traditional tratts like Armando and Nerone. We thought Campana had slipped a bit on our last visit, however. These places are aging, too. I wonder whether new trattorias are springing up or whether this restaurant format is endangered?

        1. re: jen kalb

          Thanks so Much for the input. Reading everything can be so overwhelming.
          I chose Dal Bolognese because it is open sundays; but it sounds like Colline Emiliane is the better choice for our visit. SO, now I need to find a new place for dinner on Sunday. From what I have read...that is not so easy. Orso 80 has such mixed reviews. We do prefer the Tratts also.
          Also, I will skip Sabatini, sounds like it is way too pricey. Love the whole outdoor dining idea, but that is easy enough to find elsewhere. Where is your favorite?
          Thanks again

          1. re: buccibabe

            I have just returned from a big lunch party where I heard two separate bad reports about Dal Bolognese, based on nothing specific. I myself haven't been for years but have always liked it. Another open on Sunday in Vecchia Roma, which most people (esp Americans, don't ask me why) love. My husband won't go there on grounds the food isn't any good, though I would go back. It has super atmosphere, esp in summer outside.

          2. re: jen kalb

            Thanks for the information about Maureen's books.I'll definitely check them out!

          3. re: Indy 67

            Sangallo, in Vicolo della Vaccarella, is a different place, where I've never been. Osteria del Gallo is in Via Montevecchio. It's very cute, but when I went it was nothing special. It may have changed since then, but in any case is not the same as Sangallo. We went to Ciarla once, and were underwhelmed.

        2. While it's not a "regular" restaurant, but a wine bar, by far my nominee for do-not-miss is Cul de Sac, on the Piazza Pasquino. They have an unbelievable wine list and you can select from a huge assortment of meats and cheeses. It's served with the spectacular bread I came to expect in Rome, and is definitely a meal. (The only downside I could see is that, if I had gone there my first night in Rome I might not have gone anywhere else, it's that great!) Another place where we had a terrific meal was Ristorante Montevecchio, Piazza Montevecchio 22. It is very small (about 8 tables), so a reservation is a good idea. The beef and fish dishes were excellent, though my lamb was overcooked. Osteria del Gallo (and it's cousin, Ditrambo) were OK, but just a short walk down the via dei Pellegrino from them is Al Bric, which is MUCH better. I also have to put in my favorite gelateria, Gelateria al Teatro, via san simione 70, just off via dei Coronari.

          1 Reply
          1. re: kate7047

            Sunday - for a trattoria, why not Tram Tram out in San Lorenzo, or in the same neighborhood, a little more refined, nice wine list Uno e Bino. I personally like Ditrambo which is also open sunday.

          2. Dining in Rome can be even more tumultuous than a love affair, but the best places are hidden safely away on streets even the most seasoned taxi driver has to look up...
            Case in point - "Le Mani in Pasta" via dei Genovesi, 37 (Romans WILL correct you if you don't get the "dei" out properly). This tiny, hole-in-the wall on the southern side of Trastevere is ALWAYS packed and for good reason; the food is exceptional and the gentlemen know their clients (I don't even have to order any more) well. You must make a reservation or you will not get a table. They have carpaccio di spigola that a friend travels from Washington, DC just to savour, and they make the BEST carbonara, bar none, in the entire world (I'm fat and it's my favorite, so I know). All in all it's the complete Roman dining experience and you won't be disappointed. Another stellar example is Antico Forno a Testaccio on via Americo Vespucci, 28. This is another mom & pop place that has a wood burning oven for traditional pizza, but their stand out is their "norcina," which is a sumptous treat of mushrooms, pancetta, and sausage in cream sauce over pasta... They also have fabulous veal dishes like the vitello ai funghi, which has tons of yummy mushrooms in it!
            I could go on like this forever...
            *** Side note - Sabatini is the place where my employer sends visitors who need a touristy place to go...

            1 Reply
            1. re: binks70

              My've got my mouth watering just reading about these places. Thank you all very much for all of your Wonderful Suggestions. I am starting to feel more confident about making some BETTER choices for our dining experience in Rome. Do you know if either one of the 2 places above that you just mentioned are open on Sunday?
              Thanks a bunch ...Lori