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Rome, Spanish Steps area--Coffee and gelato

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BGRose Jun 11, 2008 03:02 PM

We'll be going to Rome in mid-July and staying at a hotel in the Spanish Steps area, which seems to be somewhat controversial on this board in terms of restaurants (some say it's mostly a tourist trap, others are more enthusiastic). But we are desperate for great coffee bars (to get us ready for our morning walks) and gelato stands (to end the day). Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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  1. mbfant RE: BGRose Jun 11, 2008 11:19 PM

    Actually I find the Piazza di Spagna area more attractive gastronomically than the Pantheon-Navona-Campo de' Fiori area, which, despite some gems, has become something of a tourist park. There's a really nice bar just across from the steps called Barcaccia, for coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. It also has a dining room upstairs that I've never investigated. For ice cream (and much else), go to Ciampini in Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina, just on the other side of via del Corso.

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      jen kalb RE: mbfant Jun 12, 2008 06:38 PM

      There is a great coffee bar south of the piazza, bearing right past the Propaganda. Folks have postedabout it before - you will hit it if you head in that direction.

    2. edible complex RE: BGRose Jun 12, 2008 07:19 AM

      here's my list from the Spanish Steps area and beyond:
      > > > > Ristorante 34- Via Mario de Fiore, 34
      > > > > P.zza di Spagna www.webeco.it/al34
      > > > > great sweetbreads with artichokes, and seafood lasagna
      > > > >
      > > > > Trattoria Otello alla Concordia- Via della Croce, 81 P.zza di
      > > > > Spagna eggplant parmesan and veal saltimbocca; antipasti plate
      > > > > with artichokes is a great starter; great desserts too
      > > > >
      > > > > Osteria Margutta- Via Margutta, 82
      > > > > P.zza di Spagna
      > > > > very cozy with fireplace; great seafood
      > > > >
      > > > > l'Enotec Antica- Via della Croce, 76
      > > > > P.zza di Spagna www.enotecantica.com
      > > > > happy, little wine bar with great cheese, roasted veggies and
      > > > > sausages
      > > > >
      > > > > Spinosi Alberto- Via del Mascherino, 60-62-64; Antica Trattoria
      > > > > Dal 1923 just outside, to the left of the Vatican Tipica cucina
      > > > > romana; best caprese and meat lasagna; great lunch place
      > > > >
      > > > > Le Naumache- Via Celimontana, 7
      > > > > Colosseum
      > > > > known for their fettuccini and tiramisu
      > > > >
      > > > > "Mystery" restaurant- either Rist. alle Rampa or Caffe Leonardo
      > > > > facing the Spanish Steps, on the same side of the street of the
      > > > > steps, go to the right and on your left is a row of restaurants
      > > > > next to Valentino and AMEX. there is one with outdoor dining and
      > > > > the best zucchini blossoms and fabulous buffet of all things
      > > > > Italian.
      > > > >
      > > > > Hotel Forum- Via Tor de'Conti, 25-30 www.hotelforumrome.com
      > > > > Roof garden restaurant with panoramic view of the Forum
      > > > >
      > > > > Rosati- Via del Corso and Via di Ripetta
      > > > > P.zza del Popolo
      > > > > Great Sunday brunch with terrific view of the piazza.
      > > > >
      > > > > Ciccia Bomba Pizza & Co.
      > > > > via del Governo Vecchio, 76
      > > > > great pizza place near the Piazza Navona; highly recommended by
      > > > > locals
      > > > >
      > > > > Ristorante La Carbonara
      > > > > Piazza Campo de' Fiori, 23
      > > > > overlooking the Piazza; great antipasti bar and pasta carbonara
      > > > > go to the Campo de' Fiori market first for fruit, veggies,
      > > > > flower, and spice market; very colorful; then have a long lunch
      > > > > at Carbonara
      > > > >
      > > > > Il Gabriello
      > > > > Via Vittoria, 51; near the Spanish Steps area
      > > > > fresh, homemade pastas; don't miss the grilled radicchio with
      > > > > gorgonzola
      > > > >
      > > > > Giolotti; Piazza Collona
      > > > > ice cream, gelati
      > > > >
      > > > > Tre Scalini; Piazza Navona
      > > > > sit outside and have the Tartuffo; a decadent chocolate gelati,
      > > > > truffle, bomb thing

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      1. re: edible complex
        erica RE: edible complex Jun 13, 2008 04:33 AM

        Most of those are not in the Spanish Steps area, as you noted. One that is, is Ristorante 34 on Via Mario di Fiore. I just have to note for the record that I my dinner there a few years back was one of the worst meals I've had in Rome. I would not recommend that place!

        One place I liked that is within an easy walk is Matricianella.

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        rumbumbacca RE: BGRose May 2, 2014 01:50 PM

        Whatever you do in the way of gelato, ABSOLUTELY avoid the Bar Ristorante Gelateria Antica Roma, near the spanish steps. They sell lousy gelato (not the real thing), and they rob you blind (E15 is not unusual for a medium cone--about quadruple what it should be). Not to mention that the witch behind the register hates you because you're a tourist--

        1. gmcguireinrome RE: BGRose May 4, 2014 04:25 AM

          Fatamorgana and Gelateria de Gracchi have wonderful artisan gelato.

          Fatamorgana: Via Laurina, 10
          Gracchi: Via di Ripetta 261

          I love Cafe Grecco at least once, full of old school charm.

          www.gillianslists.com

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