Thoughts on Piperno
My boyfriend and I will be in Rome for 3 nights in November and still need a place for our Saturday night meal. So far...
Friday - Agata e Romeo
Saturday - ??
Sunday - Al Ceppo
I was thinking about Piperno for Saturday night after striking out at both La Pergola and Il Convivio when I tried to make reservations. I have searched the boards for comments on Piperno, however I didn't find any recent, thorough reviews...just some general (all positive) comments and MUCH praise about their artichokes. If anybody's been recently and can elaborate on Roman Jewish food I would very much appreciate it. Also, how much will a meal cost for two here? If anybody has a different idea to round out the 2 restaurants above I would appreciate any other suggestions. Thanks in advance!
I think your instinct to try Piperno is a good one. Here is a link to their website, which tells you everything you want to know about the restaurant today, the history of the neighborhood, and describes the specialties of the house. As for price, I would say that it is more expensive than your typical restaurant in Rome, but probably not as expensive as Agata e Romeo. One detail I think relevant to note is that this is a very traditional restaurant with somewhat "classic" atmosphere of dark wood, white tablecoths, and a fairly upscale clientele (plus tourists, of course). I am not saying that this is good or bad, just that it is not the most jovial atmosphere, nor is al Ceppo. Agata e Romeo has a more relaxed, contemporary atmosphere than the other two. However, if your main priority is finding a good sample of the best Roman menus/preparations, these three are good choices.
Thanks for the feedback. I am a little worried about your comment, "not as expensive as Agata e Romeo." How expensive are we talking here? We haven't exactly set ourselves a strict budget but I also don't want to be blown out of the water when we get our bill. I always like to have an idea of cost just so I'm not thrown way off guard. Thanks!
I would say that two primi, two secondi, two desserts, and a mid-range bottle of wine will come to about EURO 100 each, including the standard tip of about 10% for a good restaurant in Rome. Looking at it from the U.S. $ scale (with $$$$$ being the highest), I'd say A&R is $$$$, and Piperno and al Ceppo are both $$$.
Piperno, with its classic Roman Jewish menu, would round out your trio nicely, and it's very good. I haven't been in a long time, but I haven't heard any tales of decline. It's miles better than Giggetto or Pompiere, the other two in the Ghetto. If you want similar dishes slightly less expensive in somewhat more casual atrmosphere, there's Paris, in Trastevere. I don't know what it would cost, but probably less than Agata and about the same as Ceppo.