Rome, looking for real Roman food/great seafood?
Looks like I'll be in Rome with my family in July. We will be staying at the Hilton outside of town (I know, I know, we had the points, though!) I was wondering if I could get a few specific restaurant recommendations. We are extremely big on trying unique Roman specialties, lamb and red meat, and truly excellent seafood, and would like to focus on those areas. I think my parents and I would also very much enjoy visiting a couple of off-the-beaten path but really top notch little restaurants. Something distinctive, unique, so forth....
We will also being going to Pompeii. Is there anything worth eating within easy reach of the ruins?.
La Pergola - This is going to be our blowout meal. Is it still worth every penny?
La Rosetta (seafood)
Osteria Il Bocconcino
Checchino dal 1887
Sounds like this place might appeal:
off the beaten path: check
good seafood: check
atmospheric (in a bright and noisy way): check
Da Franco ar Vicoletto
Via dei Falisci 1/b, San Lorenzo
Bonuses: cheap, local, not a tourist in sight.
This resto is in the San Lorenzo/ University area, just south east of the train station, off Via Tiburtina. We were in Rome for a long stay, and wish that we had tried it at the start of our trip and not at the end. The big tip off was the crowd-- it is jammed every night of the week. A great place for a group. It is mostly, if not exclusively, seafood.
osteria del pesce on the v. di monserrato in rome (off the campo de' fiori) is open for dinner. i missed it on our last trip, we just flat ran out out of time. give it a shot if you like fish.
On the subject of seafood, has anyone eaten recently at Ezio on via Chiana (near via Tagliamento)? I haven't been there in years, and would be grateful for a recent report. Thanks!