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Nursemegg Mar 27, 2011 05:51 PM

I have been reading the Italy boards for about a month now, in anticipation for our trip to Rome this week. We will arrive on Saturday, April 2, staying 5 nights at the Hotel Delle Nazioni which seems to be in the middle of the historic district.
I am so very confused by all the options! While I am definitely a foodie, my husband is sadly, not. I'm looking for mostly low key places.
Perilli is on our list and we can make that one of our Sunday meals since Sunday options seem to be limited.
I'm liking the Pizzarium as well as Trattoria La Casalinga.
what else is low key and relaxing. How important are reservations?
I've been researching Katie and Elizabeth's blogs but am only getting more confused!!
thanks in advance!

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Perilli
Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

Pizzarium
Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

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  1. vinoroma RE: Nursemegg Mar 28, 2011 12:04 AM

    relax, if you are reading the two blogs, you are in good hands. Katie just posted a lovely list of sunday options, too.

    Pizzarium is great, and open everyday (sundays from 1pm on instead of the usual 11am). But do realize this is not a sitdown place.

    Most lowkey places don't accept reservations, for those who do, a day ahead is usually enough.

    I suggest making a list. Start with Katies blog (she does have lists of her favorite places, with which I agree almost 100%) add/subtract/modify with Elizabeth's recs and Maureen's here on Chowhound and you are good to go. Take a map of central Rome, even just a print out, mark the places that interest you most, take the map and the list with you so whenever hunger strikes, you can see what is closeby to where you are. That way your husband won't be frustrated with "everything being planned out" and "running all over the city just for a meal". It will all happen "naturally" so he will be relaxed and you'll get your foodie meal!

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    Pizzarium
    Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

    1. minchilli RE: Nursemegg Mar 28, 2011 12:23 AM

      Sorry you are getting confused! I can understand, since there are so many options. And I realized that going to my blog gets overwhelming (which is why I wrote the App Eat Rome) But, to narrow it down a bit, here are a few that should make both you and hubby happy (and most within walking distance).
      Perilli for sure, for Testaccio experience
      Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
      Al Moro - right near your hotel. Very old fashioned, on the expensive side. But I was there last week and had one of the best meals I've had lately in Rome.
      L'Asino d'Oro
      Nino
      Palatium
      Matricianella
      Pizzairum for sure, but as Vinoroma points out, this is just stand up.
      These are all pretty low key and relaxing, but you should make reservations to be on the safe side. Your hotel can do this for you, when you arrive.
      I hope this helps!

      And while we're on the subject of Vinoroma...i hope that everyone realizes that Hande (vinoroma herself) does fantastic wine lunches, to introduce guests to the joys of Italian wine. I know she can't blow her own horn here. But I can!
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      http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.com/

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      Matricianella
      Via del Leone, 4, Roma , IT

      Palatium
      Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

      Perilli
      Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

      L'Asino d'Oro
      Via del Boschetto 73, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT

      Al Moro
      Vicolo delle Bollette, 13, Rome, Lazio , IT

      Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
      Via Madonna dei Monti 9, Rome, Lombardia 00184, IT

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        vinoroma RE: minchilli Mar 28, 2011 01:01 AM

        *blush* thank you Elizabeth!
        Then we should definitely add the following excellent things in Rome that are interesting for foodies:

        *Maureen has lovely "shop at the market then cook & eat together" days as well as market tours that end with lunch at a great trattoria,
        *Katie offers very insightful tours, not only food related ones, and it amazes me every time we talk how much she knows. She is my hero. She is also the one foodie in Rome where my personal taste matches together the most.
        * Elizabeth just put together a lovely app on eating in Rome that doesn't require you to have internet roaming when you are here. Katie also has a pre-form of an app (I don't remember the technical name for it) accessible through pc, as well; I think the real version is coming up in the summer.

        I do have my eyes on a couple more boards on chowhound and I do think the Italy board is one of the best when it comes to the contributors!

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          sunniew RE: minchilli Apr 18, 2011 03:23 PM

          Hi Elizabeth,
          I just got your app Rome Eats - love it! Yes. so many to choose from. I have narrowed down my two nights in Rome to La Campana and Roscioli (hoping both have availability). Do you recommend any back-ups to these? Also for lunch I was thinking Nino's or Babette's (any thoughts) I figured Nino's because I will be shopping in the area. Thanks.
          sunnie@maui.net

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          La Campana
          Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT

          Roscioli
          Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

        2. mbfant RE: Nursemegg Mar 28, 2011 12:31 AM

          Note that Pizzarium is just a shopfront with little seating and usually many people. I have never heard of Trattoria La Casalinga, except the one in Florence. Pizzarium could be for lunch the day you go to the Vatican Museums, but I wouldn’t drag a non-foodie out there just for a slice.

          In the evening, reservations are important but not very far in advance.

          Is it that your husband is allergic to waiters or that he doesn’t like new foods? There are lots of places that are a little bit spiffy but very informal and have a varied enough menu to satisfy both. Grano and Palatium are two. More classically Roman would include La Campana, Armando al Pantheon, Enoteca Corsi, and all the ones in Testaccio, but if you've settled on Perilli, that is probably enough of Testaccio. If he eats seafood, I'd say go to Tuna. Also consider Trattoria Monti and Colline Emiliane. For something a bit upscale without too many trappings, I like Al Ceppo and Achilli.

          Believe me, there is no need to sacrifice your trip on the altar of your husband's nonfoodieness. Try to be a little more specific about your desires and his limitations and you'll see.

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          La Campana
          Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT

          Trattoria Monti
          Via di San Vito,13a, Roma , IT

          Palatium
          Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

          Al Ceppo
          Via Panama, 2, Rome 00198, IT

          Perilli
          Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

          Colline Emiliane
          Via degli Avignonesi, 22, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

          Pizzarium
          Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

          Grano
          Piazza Rondanini, 53, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

          Enoteca Corsi
          Via del Gesù, 87, Rome, Lazio , IT

          1. katieparla RE: Nursemegg Mar 28, 2011 07:07 AM

            Hi Nursemegg! you're already in good hands will all this advice but if there are specific questions about places you encountered on ParlaFood that need clarification, let me know!

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              Nursemegg RE: katieparla Mar 28, 2011 09:32 AM

              Thanks all.
              I did know that PIzzarium was really just a stand up joint.....but everyone has seemed so excited about them reopening we wanted to try it.
              Ha, no, My husband does not have a waiter allergy, more of a new food allergy and he really does not take the time to appreciate tastes/flavors. High end, expensive places are a total waste on him.
              I certainly don't want to sacrifice my trip on the altar of my husband's nonfoodienss (I love that line!), but at the same time I don't want him to be miserable the whole time.
              Good pasta, spicy sauce and bread will keep him happy. I'm much more open-minded.
              we are heading to Florence after a 3 day stay in Tuscany, so my mix up in restaurant locales was based on future eating.

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                jen kalb RE: Nursemegg Mar 28, 2011 10:21 AM

                the kind of restaurants recommended here are mostly classic middle of the road trattorias, In the US I would think of them as good classic business restaurants. I think the level of the food should satisfy both a person who wants to experience new tastes (if you havent been to italy before it will be new and interesting to you) and to a person who isnt interested in exploring - the pasta and meat dishes whould satisfy

                maureen, is this the right Achilli? coulld you tell more about their food? The reference I saw talked about delicious canapes/tartine nothing more.

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                Armando Al Pantheon
                Salita de' Crescenzi, 31, Roma 00186, IT

                Tuna
                Via Vittorio Veneto, 11, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

                Nino aka da Nino
                Via Borgognona, 11, Rome, Lazio , IT

                Achilli Enoteca al Parlamento
                Via dei Prefetti, 15, Rome, Lazio , IT

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                  mbfant RE: jen kalb Mar 28, 2011 01:46 PM

                  Achilli is a venerable old wine shop with a lot of sweets and jars of jam and things. At the front is a bar where you can stand and have wine by the glass with very fancy tartines. But a couple of years ago (I think not more, but time flies), they installed a proper restaurant at the back. The service is very smooth and proper, and the menu varied enough for all tastes. It tends to emphasize all the top-line ingredients, by name, and offers essentially variations on classic themes. There is no wine list -- you get up and go into the shop and choose, and you pay retail, no restaurant mark-up. I've only been once, but I really liked it.

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                  Achilli Enoteca al Parlamento
                  Via dei Prefetti, 15, Rome, Lazio , IT

                  1. re: mbfant
                    jen kalb RE: mbfant Mar 28, 2011 03:19 PM

                    that really sounds quite nice - thank you. Is it correct to assume that this is traditional Roman fare?

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                  katieparla RE: Nursemegg Mar 28, 2011 11:43 AM

                  question: does your husband like beer or wine? wine bars or pub-brasseries like 420 could be a fun way to satisfy both of your appetites.

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                  4:20
                  Via Portuense, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

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                    tavoleromane RE: Nursemegg Mar 28, 2011 12:09 PM

                    Pizzarium is not a relaxing place but you can experience there one of the best pizza by the slice in Italy. Taste also the simple "pizza al pomodoro" (just tomato), better take away and eating it in a nice outdoor place (weather permitting)...and I'm sure your husband will enjoy it too!

                    I love suggestions higlighted by vinoroma and you are really in good hands.
                    Maybe for your needs it can be helpful also if you have a look to a post about the best Trattorie/Osterie we wrote a couple of months ago for an Italian online magazine (Dissapore). It includes our favourites and most recommended places in comments written by the magazine's readers, some of them very expert about Rome food.

                    The English version is available in our blog:
                    http://tavoleromane.wordpress.com/rom...

                    Sorry for the self-reference, usually I don't like to do it. But I hope in this case an exception is welcome by the Board contributors and readers.
                    In this CH Board you can find comments and information about many of the places mentioned in the post.

                    Enjoy Rome Nursemegg!

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                    Pizzarium
                    Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

                    1. re: tavoleromane
                      jen kalb RE: tavoleromane Mar 28, 2011 12:59 PM

                      thanks for the link! Great info! If anybody wants to read the dissapore article, with its long comment thread the wonders of google translate make it pretty accessible.

                      http://www.dissapore.com/mangiare-fuo...

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                        Nursemegg RE: jen kalb Mar 28, 2011 07:02 PM

                        Beer or Wine? Of course we are worlds apart here too! I'm a wine, he's a beer....but I'd happily give up a night of wine (well, maybe not so happily) to find him a beer place that would make him happy for a lunch or dinner....

                        Thank you all so very much! I love this message board!!

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                          katieparla RE: Nursemegg Mar 29, 2011 04:45 AM

                          in that case you should check out 420 and Open Baladin, both of which have fantastic beer menus and serve food (I prefer the food at 4:20 to Open, which is very inconsistent, but Open is very central and 4:20 is south of the center).

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                          4:20
                          Via Portuense, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

                          Open Baladin
                          Via degli Specchi,5, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

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                            vinoroma RE: Nursemegg Mar 29, 2011 04:48 AM

                            And, adding to Katie, la gatta mangiona a thicker style pizza place with some great beers and wine!

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                              jen kalb RE: vinoroma Mar 29, 2011 07:51 AM

                              adding link

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                              La Gatta Mangiona
                              Via Federico Ozanam,30, Rome, Lazio 00152, IT

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                            tavoleromane RE: jen kalb Mar 29, 2011 06:34 AM

                            Thank you Jen Kalb, happy you like it!

                            Concerning beer places I totally agree with Katie recommendations. Love 4:20, but probably Open Baladin is closely to areas you'll visit anyway. If you want to relax there I'd suggest when you reserve to ask for a table upstairs. The main room at the ground floor usually is quite noisy.

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                            4:20
                            Via Portuense, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

                            Open Baladin
                            Via degli Specchi,5, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

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                              Nursemegg RE: tavoleromane Mar 29, 2011 07:37 AM

                              thank you all!

                              Katie....I work in New Brunswick...anything you want me to carry over from Clydz? happy to meet you to drop off. you didn't have any tour time available for when we are in Rome. :-(

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                                katieparla RE: Nursemegg Mar 30, 2011 11:26 AM

                                ahhh! no way! are you at RWJ? Just guessing from the name! can you bring me some pulled bison ravoili from clydz? that would be really great! kidding...sort of;)

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                                  Nursemegg RE: katieparla Mar 30, 2011 03:49 PM

                                  hey, if daddy parla can pack it for travel sure. Not sure that is possible though. Yes, at RWJ...we fly out on Friday so if you want something need to know by tomorrow. I will happily travel with it for you.

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                                    katieparla RE: Nursemegg Mar 30, 2011 04:07 PM

                                    my dad is on a diet and we need to keep him away from those ravioli!! no need to bring anything. everything i love from jersey travels badly:( next time youre at clydz, just order a plate and eat them for me. promise?

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                                      Nursemegg RE: katieparla Mar 30, 2011 04:57 PM

                                      it's a deal!
                                      thanks for all the tips. sorry you are all booked up for tours, would loved to have met you!

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