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Rome/Naples Restaurants, suggestions welcomed

As I have posted previously, my wife and I are leaving next week for our honeymoon in Rome and Naples. I have the itinerary planned as where we will be but I do not have all of the restaurants filled in. I am leaving several open incase we decide to just pop in to some place, etc. but any suggestions are welcomed! We are staying at a lovely B&B right next to the Piazza Monte Di Pieta, so suggestions near there would be most appropriate.

October 17th: Arrive Rome
Lunch at Antico Forno in Campo Di Fiori
Dinner at 8pm, Pier Luigi
October 18th: Vatican Museum Tour @ 10am
Lunch @ Currently Open
Dinner @ Fiammetta
October 19th: Depart for Naples @ 9:30am
Arrive Naples @ 11am
Lunch @ Would like pizza
Dinner @ Open
October 20th: Visit Pompeii
Lunch @ Open
Dinner @ Open
October 21st: Wander Naples
Lunch @ Open, just walk into a place
Dinner @ Same
October 22nd: Capri
Lunch @ Open
Dinner @ Open
October 23rd: Depart for Rome @ 11am
Arrive Rome @ 1pm
Lunch @ Open
Wine Tasting Tour from 5pm to 8pm
Dinner @ Il Convivio @ 9:30pm
October 24th: Wander Testaccio/Trestavere (unsure of how close to each other but should be able to hit both)
Pick-up lunch at Volpetti’s
Dinner @ Open
October 25th: Underground Rome Tour
Pick up lunch on the go
Dinner @ Trattoria Da Envo
October 26th: More of Rome, wander about
Pick up lunch on the go
Dinner @ Pier Luigi (our finale with Giorgio)

Again, thank you for your assistance. I have found this site to be invaluable so that we can enjoy our favorite city in all of Europe!

Sam

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  1. Hi Sam - I just got back from Rome last week. I would give the thumbs up to two places - La Piazzetta and Il Fico. The food at both was excellent, the value was good, and the locations charming. They both have kind of a hidden away feeling, which I think is great for a honeymoon. It is also nice in a city like Rome, where many places are pretty bustling.

    If I may offer one additional suggestion....go for a drink at the Palm Court at the Hotel Hassler (top of Spanish steps, off to the right). It is a beautiful garden bar. They pipe in classical music and the whole place feels like an oasis. Overpriced, to be sure, but it is a great experience.

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    1. re: shopwinedinefine

      I'm glad you liked them. La Piazzetta is our local, and Il Fico gets a prize for being open Sunday evenings.

      1. re: mbfant

        MB - First thanks for your help in these boards.

        I saw you suggested La Piazzetta and Il Fico. How are they for dinner? Or are the more of a lunch place?

        1. re: serialportme

          They are proper restaurants serving complete meals, so yes to dinner.

    2. Congratulations! Honeymooning in Italy is a sublime start to a blissful married life.
      Capri: So romantic; Valentino owns Villa Cercola there.
      Lunch- La Canzone del Mare, Marina Piccola, lunch only 12-4; if the weather's warm, dine here on their outdoor terrace & soak up the views & fab food. Fiona Swarovski owns the deco mansion above it.

      Anancapri: Take the chair life up to Mount Solaro (photo ops) & then hike to Da Gelsomina for wonderful food. Afterwards,walk just past it to the right end of the island for incredible views. You'll understand why Tiberius ruled Rome from this island paradiso.

      dinner: La Capannina, Via Le Botteghe 14; owner Antonio De Angelis, reserve. Garden Room. 7:30-10:30

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      1. re: RomeAddict

        RomeAddict,

        How close is Fiammetta to Campo Di Fiori? It is where we will be coming from when we head to dinner there. Your continued and resounding recommendations have me sold.

        Thanks in advance,

        Sam

        1. re: samlev

          dont have time to give you a link but there are some meaty reccs on Naples - as well as Rome - if you dive in and search this Board.

          1. re: samlev

            Hi Sam, It's very close. Just promise me you'll have the eggplant parmiagiano at least once. You'll take Cancelleria,cross Vittorio Emanuele to San Pantaleo to Via S. Maria d. Anima (runs parallel to Navona) to Zanardelli for a short block--you'll see the Genio Hotel on the left & immediately turn the left corner & there it is. The address is Piazza Fiammetta but it's truly just a short side street. It's named after Cesare Borgia's mistress, Fiammetta. You'll have to post when you return; I look forward to reading it.
            You'll pass Santa Maria dell Anima & try to return there when it's open, M-F, 10-12 only, just to see Raphael's Sybils fresco on the right as you enter. It's so beautiful.
            Since you're going to Pierluigi, buy your bride a bauble at Liliana Michilli, Vie dei Banchi Vecchi,37. Tiny jewelry store with exquisite jewelry...copies of Bulgari,Cartier,Tiffany,Chanel...average cost 75 Euro. Tell Fabiano hello. After buying many pieces, the owner kept telling us "Luigi Beautiful" & pointing across the street. She took us over there to meet Luigi who owns Old Bench (clothing) who was on Bold & the Beautiful. I love this street.

        2. With the exception of Il Convivio and Volpetti (the tavola calda around the corner from the shop to eat in or the shop to take out), which I love, I think you're not really doing justice to the Roman restaurant scene. I hesitate to say you shouldn't go to Pierluigi twice, but I wouldn't. In Pompeii, I love Il Principe for lunch or dinner. It's quite upscale but they are not put off by people arriving dusty from the site. Roscioli, via dei Chiavari, very near you, has better pizza than Antico Forno, not that the Forno is not good. Both are standup places. Roscioli on via dei Giubbonari is same mgt but different.

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          1. re: mbfant

            MB,

            Of the restos on the list, I can replace one of the Pierluigi visits, Trattoria Da Enzo and La Fiammetta (although RomeAddict might hunt me down if we don't try it). The rest I have reservations for. La Piazzetta was going to be one of the lunch stops and I am not familiar with Il Fico. I will continue to search and update the list as I go. I do appreciate the advice and suggestions greatly!

            Sam

          2. Here is my updated dining itinerary. I will continue to do this until we leave on Tuesday. Thank goodness for my blackberry so I can check the web while traveling, email too....

            October 17th:
            Lunch @ Roscioli on Via dei Chiavari
            Dinner at 8pm, Pier Luigi (reservations made)
            October 18th: Vatican Museum Tour @ 10am
            Lunch @ Currently Open
            Dinner @ Armando Al Pantheon @ 9pm (reservation confirmed)
            October 19th: Depart for Naples @ 9:30am
            Arrive Naples @ 11am
            Lunch @ Di Matteo
            Dinner @ Da Dora @ 9pm
            October 20th: Visit Pompeii
            Lunch @ Pick-up on the go
            Dinner @ Il Principe
            October 21st: Wander Naples
            Lunch @ Open, just walk into a place
            Dinner @ Same
            October 22nd: Capri
            Lunch @ La Canzone Del Mare
            Dinner @ La Capannina @ 9pm
            October 23rd: Depart for Rome @ 11am
            Arrive Rome @ 1pm
            Lunch @ La Piazzetta
            Wine Tasting Tour from 5pm to 8pm
            Dinner @ Il Fiammetta
            October 24th: Wander Testaccio/Trestavere
            Pick-up lunch at Volpetti’s
            Dinner @ Il Convivio @ 8:45pm (reservation confirmed)
            October 25th: Underground Rome Tour
            Pick up lunch on the go
            Dinner @ Checchino Dal 1887 @ 9pm (reservation made)
            October 26th: More of Rome, wander about
            Pick up lunch on the go
            Dinner @ Pier Luigi (our finale with Giorgio)

            If anyone has a suggestion for a fantastic end of stay resto in Rome, it would be greatly appreciated. I love Pierluigi, especially due to Giorgio, but would like something that would truly WOW.

            MB, with Checchino, I am not much of an organ eater (foie gras excepted) or offal so can I expect a fine, non-adventurous meal here? Just wondering.

            Thanks again,

            Sam

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            1. re: samlev

              Cocktails at the Stravinsky Bar in the Hotel de Russie, Via del Baubino 9, near Piazza del Popolo, followed by dinner at Dal Bolognese (bronzini to die for) would be a spectacularly special ending.

              Il Matriciano, Via del Gracchi, 10 min. N of Vatican for fabulous pasta lunch. ilmatriciano@romatour.com
              Piccola Trattoria da Lucia, Vicolo del Mattonato 2, closed M, Cash, Renato--grandson of Lucia Antonangeli who started it in 1938.

              My favorite secret tour in Rome is the Palazzo Farnese (right beside Navona) with the Carracci Frescoes of Love Among the Gods. Email Virginie Pisa at visitefarnese@france-italia.it & request a tour (free & 45 minutes duration) for the Mondays or Thursdays you'll be in Rome in either French (4:00) or Italian (3:00). Give her the dates & your names & she'll email you back. Truly divine even if you don't speak the languages. It's not open to the public but....follow my secret instructions & if they're not full (20 people) you'll be in. It's the most fabulous Rennaisance palace in Rome...oh to be the French Ambassador.

              1. re: samlev

                Checchino is perfectly safe. My faves are abbacchio alla cacciatora or scottadito and the involtini. Also saltimbocca alla romana. The coda alla vaccinara, oxtail, is super.

                For WOW, perhaps L'Altro Mastai. We usually get chills and thrills outside Rome, rarely within the walls any more. But Agata e Romeo still does it for us, as does Il Convivio. Been to L'Altro Mastai once, but it was perfect.

                1. re: mbfant

                  Thanks Rome and MB. I truly appreciate all of the advice and suggestions. We are going to have an absolute blast while in Rome for our second time (her second, my third). It is the city where we fell in love so it is going to be great to close the circle so to speak. I will provide everyone with my observations on the restaurants with what I had when we get back.

                  1. re: samlev

                    And, a golden circle it is. Congratulations and best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness. I look forward to hearing from you when you return.

                    1. re: samlev

                      Hope you had a great trip. Are you back yet? I leave next week and are counting on your reviews!

                      THANKS!

                2. another lovely and delicious place in rome is da augusto, an old osteria in trastevere. i was there a few years ago and remember it being a delicious, satisfying family-style meal.

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                  1. re: AriannaC

                    For your open date October 18 lunch after visiting the Vatican Museum, try one of our favorite restaurants in that neighborhood, just a short walk from the Museum. Giarrosto dal Toscano on Via Germanica 56 (between Via Ottaviano and Via Vespasiano). They don't open until either 12:30 or 1 PM for lunch, so you don't have to leave the Museum early to eat. We had a great lunch there last December from about 1:30-3 PM. Reasonable prices, good pastas and roast or grilled meats