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Restaurants in and around the Aventino

sutcher Dec 13, 2009 09:40 PM

We are living in the Aventino, for six months starting in February. What are your favorite places to go? We will be on a student's budget so cheaper places are preferable, but that is not to say we will not have our splurge nights.

Thanks in advance. I appreciate all the advice I can get.

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  1. mbfant RE: sutcher Dec 14, 2009 12:42 AM

    "student budget" and "Aventino" are rarely found in the same sentence. The actual Aventino has nothing. There are some OK places on viale Aventino frequented by FAO people, but what you want is Testaccio, the neighborhood at the foot of the Aventino just across via Marmorata. Search Testaccio on this board and you'll find plenty.

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      sutcher RE: mbfant Dec 17, 2009 01:45 PM

      Thanks for the advice, you are always extremely helpful.

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      profjmm RE: sutcher Dec 15, 2009 12:53 PM

      The Aventino is just beautiful, but there is nowhere to eat on the hill itself. One good option down the hill is la Villetta de 1940, on the Viale Aventino. Great Cacio e Pepe. Also, on Via Marmorata is the Volpetti deli. If I lived there, I would be tempted to get carry out from the deli every night.

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        bropaul RE: profjmm Dec 26, 2009 03:13 PM

        Just want to second La Villetta. I lived in that neighborhood too and La Villetta was always a good choice. A little closer to the Pyramid isTaverna Cestia - a very Roman place. A good choice if you want seafood, but they also do pizza in the evening. Da Pietro is very reasonable place for pizza and pasta. Once the weather warms up a bit, indulge yourself now and then and have coffee or ice cream at the Cafe du Parc at the bottom of the Aventine. It's a quintessential Roman experience! Also, never go to Volpetti's with more money than you can afford to spend.

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        badabingdesi RE: sutcher Dec 16, 2009 08:18 AM

        Trinity Rome program by any chance? There are plenty of place in Testaccio with great local food for reasonable prices and you are a pretty short walk to Trastevere with the same. Honestly, since you are there so long you will eat your way through Rome (I did).

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          sutcher RE: badabingdesi Dec 17, 2009 01:44 PM

          Yes! I am excited for the program.
          What were your favorite places to go to on a casual night, when you didn't want to go far or spend lots of money?
          Thanks for the advice.

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            badabingdesi RE: sutcher Dec 18, 2009 10:23 AM

            You'll have a blast. Scary thing is I was there over decade ago (the lire was still in place, the dollar was strong and food was dirt cheap) and haven't been back since. Going back next week and will give you a report of any finds (I'm staying nearby the convent on the Aventino). Don't worry you will find plenty after a week but I am gong to revisit some of my old favorites in Testaccio and Trastevere and will let you know if they still hold up.

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          profjmm RE: sutcher Dec 16, 2009 01:33 PM

          Da Bucatino is a great choice in Testaccio. Also, as the prior poster said, you'll be within walking distance of many food neighborhoods: Trastevere and the Campo de Fiori for example.

          1. jen kalb RE: sutcher Dec 18, 2009 10:36 AM

            the timeout website has a lot of recommendations for the area near the Aventine - Testaccio, Ostiense, Trastevere - which are not on the chowhound radar screen and cater to more economical tastes.. As others have pointed out there is nothing whatsoever on the Aventine hill itself but there are lots of places to shop and eat in Tescaccio and places to pick stuff up on the Viale Aventino. Hope you get to experience and enjoy Volpetti, Volpetti Piu (the tavola calda next door) and the Passi bakery, as well as the Testaccio market.

            1. Sid Cundiff RE: sutcher Dec 19, 2009 08:05 AM

              I endorse what the others have said so far: nothing on the Aventino, lots in Testaccio (known for its tripe). I ate very well at Da Oio a Casa Mia, Via Galvani 43-45. Try the carbonara, then the coratella. And the matron of the place provides an auditory scene. For your splurge, Checchino dal 1887 is one of Rome's best, expensive, yet with reasonable wine prices. Full disclosure: I ate in both places 2006. Other Chowhounders might wish to provide updates.

              Time permitting, I'll post Downie's views on Testaccio and ask for Chowhounder judgements.

              I've been on the Aventino often to see the sights there. It's not all that far to hike down the Clivo di Rocca and to walk along the Tiber to the Velabro area, the Ghetto, and Trastevere.

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