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Oct 24, 2007 07:04 AM

Sunday dinner in Rome; help us choose

After a very long and fascinating process of selecting places to eat dinner during our mid-November week in Rome, we have settled on a number of classic places. Reservations are in place at Piperno, Checchino dal 1887, and Armando al Pantheon. A few others are pending (notably La Matricianella).

But the biggest problem is finding a good place to eat on Sunday evening. After trying to find out who's open when (there is often conflicting information on the net), I've narrowed our choices to the following: La Buca di Ripetta, L'Orso 80, Taverna degli Amici, and Antico Forno Roscioli. Ditirambo had been on the list but a friend and frequent visitor to Rome advises us that it has slipped a bit of late. After studying the various websites, menus, and reviews available online, I'm still not certain. So, I'm posting to ask anyone with experience of any (all?) of these places to help me sort them out. Anything you can tell me would be most welcome. Thanks!

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  1. I do agree with your friend about Ditirambo and I regret to inform you that Antico Forno Roscioli is also closed on Sunday.
    Out of the other 3 left on your list I would choose Orso 80 ( good local dishes, simple decor and friendly service.

    Taverna degli Amici has tables outside but you will be here in mid-November and I don't thing it is the case to have dinner alfresco.

    I do not want to drive you mad but after all the other traditional places you have already book I would suggest something more similar to Antico Forno Roscioli with modern italian cooking and more stylish decor . What about the following:

    Al Presidente

    Uno e Bino
    Via degli Equi 58 (San Lorenzo area - not very central
    )Tel. 06.4460702


    3 Replies
    1. re: antoniob

      Antonio, With respect, I beg to differ with you on Orso 80, which has gone precipitously downhill. My first meal there was wonderful and I remember it fondly, but my most recent - a year or two ago - was disastrous: Some of the dishes in the mixed antipasto were stale and/or reheated; the penne all'arrabbiata were too oily, and so on.

      1. re: zerlina

        Zerlina, I had to choose 1 out of those 3 listed. Orso 80 is absolutely not on the top of my list and that is why I was suggesting to try something else instead.


        1. re: antoniob

          I love Fiammetta; Best eggplant parmiagiano; bruschetta; Italian clientele; great location & open on Sundays.
          Sunday lunch is great at Dal Bolognese & then opt for a light dinner. Buon Appetitio.