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Antico Arco, Glass Hostaria or Casa Bleve.....

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ibirdie18 Apr 4, 2011 07:20 PM

Headed to Rome with my wife, daughter (18 months) and the in-laws. My wife and I get one night out by ourselves. Please steer me the right way.

Thanks!

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Antico Arco
Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

Casa Bleve
Via del Teatro Valle, 49, Roma 00186, IT

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  1. mbfant RE: ibirdie18 Apr 4, 2011 10:25 PM

    Not Casa Bleve. It's lovely, but there's not much of a dinner menu.

    My one experience of Glass Hostaria was pretty bad (some awful food among the very good and inept service), but it has a Michelin star and everybody else loves it.

    Of the three, I'd vote for Antico Arco, which I've been following since the beginning and found better than ever the last couple of times I've been.

    I presume you've combed the board already to make your short list. If not, you might find still more possibilities. All'Oro could be an idea too.

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    Antico Arco
    Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

    Casa Bleve
    Via del Teatro Valle, 49, Roma 00186, IT

    All'Oro
    Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

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    1. re: mbfant
      tavoleromane RE: mbfant Apr 5, 2011 06:13 AM

      2 votes for Antico Arco!
      I've been there many times and I always had great time...and food.
      I agree with Maureen that it is also improving with time. In my opinion it should deserve a Michelin star.
      Glass Hostaria can be another good option, quite different in terms of atmosphere and food.
      It is in Trastevere area, the link you included is not the right one.

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      Antico Arco
      Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

      1. re: tavoleromane
        jen kalb RE: tavoleromane Apr 5, 2011 09:51 AM

        adding link

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        Glass Hostaria
        Vicolo de' Cinque, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

    2. vinoroma RE: ibirdie18 Apr 5, 2011 02:13 PM

      One more vote for antico arco, though glass is nice as well. Casa bleve, like maureen says, is not what you want for your night out. But also consider all'oro and settembrini.

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        GillH RE: ibirdie18 Apr 14, 2011 12:28 PM

        We were treated as tourists at Antico Arco, sadly, and our overall experience was disappointing as a result. Here's my initial review:

        "The food was also fantastic at Antico Arco, but the experience marred by some awkwardness when we arrived - we were led to the upstairs room which was completely empty and soul-less. We asked if we could have a table by everyone else downstairs. There was a bit of a performance involving a phone call to check, and eventually we were led downstairs again. From then on, service was good, though not particularly warm. But it was probably another 45 minutes before any other party went up to that floor, so had we stayed at our designated table we would have been eating on our own for the majority of our meal."

        Subsequent to writing that review, I received our credit card bill. 2 days after deducting the amount we signed for (which included a tip), another charge was made by the restaurant to our credit card, equating to about 10% of the previous bill. I suspect they rely on it being too much hassle for people to complain once they get home, but it left a bad taste. So if you look and speak like a local, you may be treated well; otherwise, beware!

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        Antico Arco
        Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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        1. re: GillH
          tavoleromane RE: GillH Apr 14, 2011 02:22 PM

          So sorry to read about your bad experience in one of the restaurants I love more in Rome.
          Especially the 10% extra charge you had on your credit card is so bad. Independtly from the amount you have to complain and I'm sure it will be easy to have your money back. It could be a mistake, also if this is not a justification. But I've never read of this kind of issues with Antico Arco and I've seen with my eyes a very professional treatment also for tourists.

          Next time you'll be in Rome if you are looking for a "warm" atmosphere and not empty restaurants better to reserve later than 7:45pm (9pm is the most common hour).
          I've read your complete review, thank you for sharing all these details!

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          Antico Arco
          Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

          1. re: GillH
            cristinab RE: GillH Sep 9, 2012 02:37 AM

            That is a pretty harsh accusation to let it go without further investigation! you should try ask the restaurant what happened. In Italy, in restaurants, you cannot charge a credit card unless the holder is physically there with the card and can sign it. One other thing you can do is call your c.c. company and challenge the charge: your signature is not on the receipt, right? Also, the fact that the restaurant was empty for 45 minutes means little: a restaurant might have all tables reserved at a later time and/or guests might be late (in Rome it is the rule). Antico Arco has been around for a long time and Patrizia Mattei is among the top chefs in Rome. All'Oro, great restaurant, great chef, Riccardo, proposes a modern cuisine, sophisticated and often experimental. The crowd is lately mostly made up by foreign gourmets. Antico Arco proposes a traditional cuisine, sometimes lightened up versions of classics. Antico Arco has a very deep and articulated wine cellar and crowd equally includes locals and tourists. On the other hand, it'd be crazy not offer that service to tourists: with a location like that! Also Antico Arco is more suitable for bringing a small baby, just in case your in-laws change their minds!

          2. minchilli RE: ibirdie18 Apr 15, 2011 12:45 AM

            Antico Arco is a good choice for high end. Good food, elegant setting. I agree with Maureen, that All'Oro would be my first choice.
            For something a bit more relaxed, but excellent, Glass Osteria is a great choice. Creative cooking in a modern setting (also centrally located in Trastevere.)
            Skip Casa Bleve. They have a 'new' chef, and now serve a more extended menu, but I haven't heard anything great about it yet.
            Elizabeth
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            www.elizabethminchilli.com

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            Antico Arco
            Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

            Casa Bleve
            Via del Teatro Valle, 49, Roma 00186, IT

            All'Oro
            Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

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            1. re: minchilli
              katieparla RE: minchilli Apr 15, 2011 07:04 AM

              i have eaten at Casa Bleve a few times recently and the pasta and fish dishes ive tried are good but not anything great (as they should be at those prices), their strong suit is still the whole cold antipasto thing.

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              Casa Bleve
              Via del Teatro Valle, 49, Roma 00186, IT

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