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Mar 8, 2011 10:26 PM

Sunday lunch in Rome

Two of us are off to Rome for a long weekend this month and the one gap in our itinerary is a restaurant for a nice leisurely lunch on the Sunday. Our taste tends towards modern creative cooking rather than the strictly traditional. For example the highlight of our last Rome trip was a meal at Agata & Romeo. Glass sounds like our "cup of tea" so to speak, and we're hoping for dinner there, but several places that appeal are ruled out because they don't open for Sunday lunch.

Any suggestions much appreciated.

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  1. Sunday is a bit difficult, especially towards the modern/creative end of things. If you want to go more rustic , then I could recommend Perilli.
    But on the modern side, my first choice would be the newly opened L'Asino D'Oro on Via Boschetto.
    La Gensola for fish, in Trastevere.
    Os Osteria: This is a very newly opened restaurant, creative and also a very modern setting, within it's own private garden near the Colosseum.

    Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

    La Gensola
    Piazza della Gensola, 15, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

    Os Osteria
    Via delle Terme di Traiano, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT

    Os Hostaria (Os Club)
    Via delle Terme di Traiano 4A, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT

    1. If you are looking for modern creative, then Pastifico San Lorenzo is a good choice. It is open on Sundays at lunch. Be sure to book a table.

      The Hostaria in the OS Club serves brunch on Sunday doesn't it? I havent had brunch there, but the lunch I had in December was very disappointing. Friends have had similar disillusionment last week. I get the sense the focus there is on private parties and the fine dining restaurant in the complex, Iolanda.

      If I may throw in my two cents regarding modern creative dinner, Glass is a very good choice, but I quite like All'Oro as well. It is in Parioli, so a taxi ride away from the center, but it serves excellent modern food (with some Roman roots)...think cod "tiramisu", oxtail "rocher".

      **Having problems linking! Hostaria is via delle Terme di Traiano 4a
      Pastificio San Lorenzo is on Via Tiburtina 196**


      Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

      Via delle Terme di Traiano, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT

      Pastificio San Lorenzo
      Via Tiburtina,196, Rome, Lazio 00185, IT

      1. Agata e Romeo is one of our favourite "top-class" restaurants. We stayed there last year having a memorable dinner experience!

        Let's try to add something to the great suggestions already provided in previous replies. A good option is Giuda Ballerino (restaurant rather than osteria) that recently has been awarded with a Michelin star. The restaurant opens for lunch only on Sunday.
        It is located in Tuscolano suburb that is quite far from downtown but it worth the trip. The best way to get there if you don't have a car is by Subway (Metro A) - Giulio Agricola stop.
        On Sunday but only for dinner a great place for modern creative food is Antico Arco in Gianicolo area.
        All'Oro would be excellent for what you're looking for but as far as we know it is closed on Sunday.

        *** Giuda Ballerino - largo Appio Claudio 344 - Tel. +39.06.71584807 -

        Antico Arco
        Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

        Agata e Romeo
        Via Carlo Alberto 45, Rome 00185, IT

        Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

        Giuda Ballerino
        Largo Appio Claudio, Roma, Lazio 00174, IT

        5 Replies
        1. re: tavoleromane


          Giuda Ballerino
          Largo Appio Claudio, Roma, Lazio 00174, IT

          1. re: tavoleromane

            We recently had an excellent Sunday lunch at Giuda Ballerino. The subway ride is quite painless, and after lunch you can take a walk in the Parco degli Acquedotti. I wouldn’t use the word suburb, which can make it seem farther than it is. Tourists tend to think of cities only in terms of the historic centers, but they're much larger. Tuscolano is more urban sprawl than suburb.

            All'Oro is superb, but not for Sun lunch. Al Ceppo is good (and you can walk in the Villa Borghese after). We also like Tram Tram for Sun lunch. I've also been to Le Lumie di Sicilia on the Gianicolo, which was good and fun, but it's been a while. Also Piperno. Also Grano.

            Tram Tram
            Via dei Reti 44-46, Roma 00185, IT

            Al Ceppo
            Via Panama, 2, Rome 00198, IT

            Monte de' Cenci, 9, Rome, Lazio , IT

            Piazza Rondanini, 53, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

            Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

            Giuda Ballerino
            Largo Appio Claudio, Roma, Lazio 00174, IT

            1. re: mbfant

              Wondering what you ate at Guida Ballerino?

              Le Lumie di Sicilia
              Via Fratelli Bonnet, 41, Rome, Lazio , IT

              1. re: jen kalb

                Some highlights from our last visit at the Restaurant.
                Lovely startings: prown in "pasta fillo" with "mortadella" mousse and courgette flowers with mozzarella souce, bottarga and anchoves.
                We still remember their way of cooking "quaglia" (quail) with black rice, green tea and wasabi...excellent course!
                "Tonno bluefin" was also nice, including 3 different kind of tuna preparations.
                "Tiramisu" as dessert, with 3 layers in a large glass: "mascarpone" with chocolate drops, "savoiardi" crumbled biscuits, coffee mousse with chocolate). In our opinion not at the level of the other tasted food.

                We like also their Osteria that has much lower prices and of course some differences in cooking and service.

                mbfant you are right, "urban sprawl" is a better definition.
                Sorry for our many mistakes in English writing.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  ok, this is not very up-to-date, but might give you an idea on how Giuda Ballerino the restaurant part is:

                  Giuda Ballerino
                  Largo Appio Claudio, Roma, Lazio 00174, IT

            2. Vecchia Roma-if you change your mind about traditional-lovely place.
              Make a reservation. Order the artichoke-last time I went, it wasnt on the menu, but they still prepared it for us.
              Vecchia Roma, Rome
              via della Tribuna di Campitelli, 18, Rome 00186
              +39 6 686 4604

              Vecchia Roma
              Via della Tribuna di Campitelli, 16, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT