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Saturday dinner near Pantheon or Piazza Navona?

annamikemc Oct 12, 2009 04:07 PM

Hi all, we will actually be vacationing in Tuscany but will be flying in and out of Rome. We will only have the afternoon and evening before leaving the next day, but want to end the trip with a nice dinner near Pantheon or Piazza Navona (staying at Albergo del Senato).

We are looking for something fairly simple and traditional with good homemade pastas, maybe a trattoria or other family-run place. Any suggestions?


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  1. mnosyne RE: annamikemc Oct 13, 2009 10:07 AM

    One piazza west of the south end of the Pantheon is Ristorante Sant' Eustachio which has lovely food and a very nice atmosphere. Then right across the street is the best coffee in Rome at Cafe Sant' Eustachio.

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      T42 RE: mnosyne Oct 14, 2009 09:59 AM

      We had dinner at Cul De Sac which is in Piazza Pasquino near Piazza Navona. We had a lovely platter of Local Cheeses to start and then finished with some salads. Reasonably priced....

    2. toitoi RE: annamikemc Oct 16, 2009 06:51 AM

      Armando al Pantheon - you'll need to make reservations, as it's usually at capacity.

      Their website and location:


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        jen kalb RE: toitoi Oct 29, 2009 12:14 PM

        I think Armando will satisfy your need, but dont think they make their own pasta.
        Stick with the simple roman specialties, pasta, lamb and such. their bruschettas, cicoria and puntarelle are also good.

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          erica RE: jen kalb Nov 1, 2009 11:51 AM

          Armando is just a few steps across the piazza from your hotel; I think it will satisfy your requirements as long as you follow Jen's advice and stick to the classics. Although it is not thought of as being particularly Roman, I did have a very good farro soup here...more like a stew than soup.
          I think (based on my own admittedly very limited experience with both) that the food is better here than at San Eustachio, which I believe is noted for its fritti. (I actually dined here at the recommendation of one of the staff at your hotel, a place I like very much)

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        LotsC RE: annamikemc Oct 21, 2009 03:36 AM

        Armando e Pantheon or also perhaps try Il Galluto near Campo di Fiori.

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          LotsC RE: LotsC Oct 21, 2009 03:37 AM

          Sorry I boobed I meant to say Osteria ar Galletto in Piazza Farnese. Very authentic.

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          rdnma RE: annamikemc Oct 25, 2009 01:59 PM

          Go to the Palatium 94 Via Frattina

          Was there Oct 1st - you won't regret it

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            vinoroma RE: rdnma Oct 26, 2009 01:05 AM

            Palatium, though having its merits, is neither simple nor a trattoria nor a family-run place nor close to Pantheon or piazza Navona.

            Palatium is the state controlled enoteca of the region of Latium - it has a stylish interior, has a chic clientèle and offers only wines and food products from Lazio - however the preparations are not simple or traditional. I used to like the food a lot and had problems with the service (a typical "I am employed by the state and don't have to excel" attitude) but now the chef has left (and opened his own restaurant, I hear), so I don't know how the food is, haven't been there since.

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              rdnma RE: vinoroma Oct 27, 2009 04:44 PM

              The food was good and the service was excellent-

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                wristband RE: rdnma Nov 20, 2009 06:43 AM

                I disagree. In May, the service was snooty and indifferent and the food was only average (very limited menu). As noted, this is most definitely not a family-run place and certainly not a trattoria that serves good pasta.

                Anna - Go elsewhere.

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                  wristband RE: wristband Nov 22, 2009 07:30 AM

                  BTW, Palatium is no where near their hotel. It is a considerable distance to/from the Pantheon to via Frattina. For your one night in Rome, this is simply not worth the effort.

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                    mbfant RE: wristband Nov 22, 2009 11:18 AM

                    This is like the blind men at the elephant: each has a point. For one night in Rome, anybody can walk from the Pantheon to via Frattina. It's not that far. BUT if I had one night in Rome I wouldn’t spend it at Palatium.

                    and yet, I believe it (usually) has excellent food (despite a shoe-leather saltimbocca I had once) with unusually good ingredients. The service was probably less truly snooty than inept.

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            sockster RE: annamikemc Nov 18, 2009 01:11 AM

            Armando is the place to go! Good warm service, and a brand new ktichen give the chef and his staff new, amazing energy. Had lunch there yesterday and chef made incredible homemade seafood with pasta soupl Amazing. Make sure you have a reservation.

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              wristband RE: sockster Nov 22, 2009 07:27 AM

              I suggest you check out Capranica. Had a terrific experience there in May - new chef, creative dishes, three Michelin forks, friendly and gracious service. C is formal. Only a short walk (up past Tazza d'Oro) from the Pantheon and set in a lovely square. In my opinion, Capranica offers a considerably better experience in food and comfort than Armando.

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