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Apr 4, 2011 05:10 PM

Rome dining -- so much to choose from

I plan on carefully reading the posts on Rome dining, but I'll add another. My wife and I will be eating in Rome for 6 nights. We're not big or extravagent eaters. So I would like to know:

--- recommendations for simple fare visited by the locals (under 20 euros per person)
--- a moderate restaurant
--- a restaurant for a special ocassion, price no object.

We'll do the simple fare 4 nights, a moderate one and an expensive one, one night,


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  1. Something less expensive is Pizzarium. This is a pizza a taglio place much discussed on these boards. Stand up only, but well worth it.

    Simple: Dar Filletaro (only fried Bacala); Enoteca Corsi
    Moderate: L'Asino D'Oro, Renato e Luisa, Cammino
    Special Occasion: All'Oro, Settembrini, Glass


    Renato e Luisa
    Via dei Barbieri, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT

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

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

    Via Luigi Settembrini, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT

    Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

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      1. re: katieparla

        Yes, Vino e Camino. Ooops!

        Vino e Camino
        piazza dell’Oro 6, Rome, Lazio , IT

    1. For under €20 per person (excluding beverages) you can eat light meals and snacks in lots of places. The wine bars Cul de Sac and Il Goccetto are favorites of mine. Cul de Sac has an extensive menu of cheeses and cured meats, as well as hot dishes, while Il Goccetto serves cold plates, cheeses and salamis. Both have a nice wine by the glass list.

      Da Danilo is good for trying Roman classics among locals, though you will pay a little more than €20 if you order two courses. Roma Sparita is good for carciofo alla giudia and cacio e pepe (under €20pp),

      There are some good pizzerias in Rome (though I would say very few really good ones) where you can eat for under €20 per person. Try Da Remo for typical thin crust Roman pies, preceded by fried appetizers. My favorite pizzeria in Rome is Sforno. Definitely a local place, though a bit of a trek unless you are staying close to the Metro A. Then again, if you are around for 6 nights, it might be nice to have a change of scenery frpm the center. La Gatta Mangiona is my second favorite pizzeria and is about a 20-minute tram ride from Largo Argentina.

      I would discourage a visit to Renato e Luisa. I visited last week and had absolutely ordinary food and beyond terrible service. I observed how very attentive the servers were with regulars while they treated visitors with much less interest. Not to mention they tried serving our pastas while we were still eating antipasti.

      I agree with all of Elizabeth's suggestions for Special Occasion meals, and Ill throw in Oliver Glowig, which opened in the Hotel Aldovrandi near the Villa Borghese on Wednesday. I had a very nice lunch there today and enjoyed the Capri/Naples inspired menu.


      Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

      Cul de Sac
      Piazza Pasquino, 73, Rome, Lazio , IT

      Renato e Luisa
      Via dei Barbieri, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT

      Via Statilio Ottato, 110, Rome, Lazio , IT

      Da Danilo
      Via Petrarca 13, Rome, Lazio , IT

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

      Il Goccetto
      Via dei Banchi Vecchi, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

      Oliver Glowig
      Via Ulisse Aldrovandi,15, Rome, Lazio 00197, IT

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      1. re: katieparla

        Sforno and the close by giuda ballerino (the osteria part, not the expensive and starred ristorante part) are good places - but beware, at the moment metro line a stops running at 9pm, which is way before you will be finished with dinner and want to come back into the city. Except on saturdays, then the metro is running regular schedule (past midnight).

        Via Statilio Ottato, 110, Rome, Lazio , IT

        1. re: vinoroma

          @vinoroma: this is good to know!

          Slightly off topic - but which publications/blogs would one find this updated information for Rome? What sites do Romans refer to for the most up to date news in the city? Time Out Rome is pretty useless - I don't think it's received much new content from the last time I checked 6 mos ago..

          1. re: DistendedBelly

            If you are looking for updated information about food in English Katie Parla's blog of course!

            1. re: tavoleromane

              I think belly meant info like what i wrote (metro a limited hrs) and knows the right places to look for food info (of which katie's blog is the best one). Do you know a reliable blog, preferably in english (for belly and other tourists) that informs overall about such practical issues? Like special cases of transport malfunction, the settimana della cultura etc?

              1. re: vinoroma

                Apologies, I wasn't clear on the info I was seeking. @vinoroma - yes! This was what I was referring to. Actually, if even in Italian, that's ok too (will have to wrangle the translations off Chrome, but should be feasible).

                Thanks in advance to anyone that could provide a good site for this type of information.


                1. re: DistendedBelly

                  Good question! I think these websites should be helpful

                  ATAC (Transport website)

                  City of Rome culture site

                  A blog about many Rome topics (in Italian

                  Hope that helps!!

                  1. re: katieparla

                    Thank youssss!!! This is incredibly helpful :D

                1. re: tavoleromane

                  Sorry for the misunderstanding, it's my English that is too bad.
                  Suggestions posted by Katie are exhaustive!
                  I can just add the quite new web site from the Provincia of Rome. It can be helpful especially if you are interested to visit areas close to the city:

                  1. re: tavoleromane

                    Oh, no worries at all, I wasn't specific enough.. although yes, I'd agree that parlafood is most excellent :)

                    Cheers to all for the sites/info!

              2. re: vinoroma

                Just came back five minutes ago from Giuda Ballerino (osteria, not restaurant). Excellent. We took the M2 bus back, which runs instead of the metro and it wasn't too bad. Took us straight to Piazza Repubblica.

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

                1. re: vinoroma

                  We had a Sunday lunch some weeks ago at the Giuda Ballerino restaurant, and it was really very very good. Afterwards we took a lovely walk in the Parco degli Acquedotti, among the ruins of a Roman aqueduct.

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

                  1. re: vinoroma

                    Just realized i have, again, written a misunderstandable thing. Giuda ballerinos ristorante part is lovely, really nice food, i love it. Was just trying to make clear that i am suggesting the osteria part to the op because he was asking for more budget options.
                    I personally do not get that kind of info from a blog (though i'm sue there are some out there) but from newspapers and sometimes twitter.