Splurge in Rome
A friend and I are traveling in March and will be going through Rome for 4 days en route from Egypt. She has never been to Italy, so as a Christmas gift, I would like to give her a 'voucher' for a special dining experience in Rome on me.
It has been 7 years since my last visit to Rome, and I was on a pretty tight budget then - ate mostly at cafes and enotecas. This time I am looking for something that is a bit more of a splurge, where we can have a few courses each and a bottle of wine for about E300-.
Looking more for the rustic, traditional type place, rather than something uber-trendy. We are not a couple - romantic is fine, but not a requirement! All the places I have found online seem to be super trendy or over the top fancy. Ambiance, food, wine & service all important. Celebrity sighting and stuffy waiters are not!
Thanks in advance for your advice, Chowhounds!!
Al 34 would not be most people's idea of a place for a special occasion. It's crowded and full of tourists, though not only. The food is not half bad, but it's really nothing special. The atmosphere is hectic. Nino, too, is scarcely a splurge. It's been chugging along for generations doing the same thing, but a few years ago emerged as fashionable.
Your figure is high for rustic-traditional (Checchino is not rustic but could be an idea, at half the price, but great wines) and slightly low for the higher tiers, such as Il Convivio. Piperno is special enough for a special occasion but traditional (Jewish menu), classic rather than rustic.