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Jan 2, 2009 09:06 PM

non Italian in Rome

I know this is strange, but I wanted some recommendations for non-Italian places in Rome. I've been in Italy (Venice and Florence) for 9 days now and been eating Italian for lunch and dinner every day, I can't eat it anymore. I need a one day break. What else is there to eat around here?

Any recs appreciated!!!

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  1. You're going to get a lot of guff for this question, but it deserves an answer (but only nine days?). Avoid most Chinese, though Green T (via Pie' di Marmo, near Pantheon) is an exception. There are numerous Japanese places in the center. Hamasei is one name I remember, via Mercede, off P San Silvestro. Charley's Sauciere, which is Swiss, on via S. Giovanni in Laterano, has beef fondue and French onion soup. Jeff Blynn and Duke in Parioli are high-end somewhat American places. There are a couple of Argentinean steak places called Baires, one in via Cavour, one just off Corso Vittorio on Corso Rinascimento. Babington's is the fabulously expensive English tearoom on P di Spagna. And a lot of the chi-chi new youth-oriented places have a somewhat international outlook. There are also increasing numbers of Middle Eastern kebab joints. Unfortunately I never go to most of these places, so I can't recommend anything (exc Green T). But there's a lot more than there used to be.
    I must, however, admonish that if you have been eating truly local food in Venice and Florence, you have been eating two quite difference cuisines, and Rome is yet another. What Italians do for ethnic variety is go to a restaurant of a different region. When you get tired of Roman, try Sicily or Sardinia.

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    1. re: mbfant

      Ya, defintiely I know that the cuisines in each of these regions differ, that's why we've tried to mix it up by eating pasta, pizza, paninos, risottos, seafood, meat, etc.

      At the same time, if my friends visited Japan for 9 days and went to Tokyo and Osaka, as different as the cuisines are, I could understand if they wanted a change

      1. re: gachimai

        The only non-italian restaurant with which I'm familiar in Rome is Hamasei, as mentioned by mbfant above. We've enjoyed it very much having eaten there several times.

    2. Only 9 days and you are fed up with Italian food!! What the h... are you doing there?