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Rome in October- hoping for decadent delights

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My husband and I will be traveling to Italy for our 14 anniversary. This is our first time out of the US (sad to say it has taken so long) so I really want this to be an excellent trip. We will be in Rome for 5 days at the Bee-hive, and then heading North to Parma and Bologna. I do not want to waste time, tastebuds or money on a bad food experience. We are the kind of people who plan our trips around food, all the more so the older and wiser we get. I have been doing research from various guide books to internet recommendations. I see that there is an overwhelming amount of choices for Rome and that there is equally as many good places as bad. I am trying to learn Italian but I seem to have a language block. The road to fluency is rough ahead. But I am determined.

Anyway, I have a list of places to try. We plan to eat out every night and find either wine bars or picnic for lunch. We do not mind spending between 20-50 euro a person each night and hope to splurge one night at a romantic place up to 100 euro or so per person. We enjoy most varieties of food: pastas, veggies, meats, etc. But not a fan of most items from the sea other than fish and lobster/prawns. I know, so sad. But I am trying to work my way up to octopus and keep an open mind.

So for the list (and I will say that we love to walk and do not mind hoofing it a ways for quality eats):
Taverna Angelica
Roscioli
Maccheroni
Da Giulio Trattoria
Tavern 48
Trattoria Monti
La Fraschetta
The Library
Ristorante Lagana
La Taverna degli Amici

I would like to hear thoughts on these places and an other suggestions. Where would you take your friends to eat in Rome for great food and fun?

I have many more places but this is what I have narrowed down with cross-referencing. I am spontaneous but abhor bad food, so I want to have plans with the flexibility to follow my nose.

PS I would travel the ends of the earth to find the BEST Tiramisu.

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

Maccheroni
Piazza delle Coppelle, 44, Rome 00186, IT

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

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  1. You will love Roscioli - for lunch or dinner or take-out! The best tiramisu I have ever had was at Roscioli - just divine. Although I am sure you already have, be sure to check out Katie Parla's recent post on pizza in Rome.

    I just posted a report on our travels around Parma that you might find useful too.

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

    4 Replies
    1. re: ekc

      If is was the long one I did and it looks very helpful. I can't wait to go to Parma and Bologna. I am obsessed with cheese. I usually have a minimum of 8 different types in my fridge and that is on a light day. I make my own ricotta often...it is so delicious. Thanks for the post on Parma. It is harder to find information on that region.

      I did see Katie's post on Pizza. I plan to check out her suggestions when we get there.

      1. re: munshado

        if you like cheese, dont miss beppe e i suoi formaggi (Via Santa Maria del Pianto 9A/11) in the ghetto. the owner (beppe) makes a lot of the cheeses that are displayed and you can purchase them to take away or sit at one of the tables and eat them over a bottle of wine.

        1. re: katieparla

          That sounds utterly delightful. I am probably going to gain 10 pounds in the 2 weeks we will be in Italy. But it will be worth it. I hope to walk alot so maybe only 8...heehehhehee.

          1. re: munshado

            dont think pounds. think kilos. it sounds better. 10lb=4.5kg:)

    2. Hi Munshado, i love tiramisu too. and i would travel great distance for it. but tiramisu is a very subjective thing and you will encounter several variations in rome. i like the ones at flavio velavevodetto (served in a cup with a spoon), at da danilo, at lo scopettaro (not sure i would go out of my way to eat there, tho i like it just fine, but the tiramisu is quite good).

      OK now to your list...for the splurge meal, Roscioli could do the trick. it's easy enough to drop 70 euros per person or more there. it's hard to spend less than 50. if you really want a proper high end meal (romantical, michelin star, the whole 9) i would recommend all'oro. it isnt outrageously expensive given the quality and creativity of the food. expect to spend from 65euros per person. the only other place on the list i would highly recommend is trattoria monti (go for lunch, at dinner service gets messy). i also like eating outside in the piazza at taverna degli amici. they also have a pretty damn good millefoglie. maccheroni is a place i wouldnt wish on my worst enemy. and the others arent that exciting.

      regarding your price range, bear in mind that rome is not a cheap city for dining and it's pretty tough to eat a full meal at a restaurant for much less than €35 ( if you plan on drinking house wine, more for decent bottles).

      For lunch at wine bars you can check out cul de sac, il goccetto, l'angolo divino, la barrique, and cavour 313. if you want to shop for picnic stuff, there are a million places to buy bread and cold cuts. for posh stuff there is roscioli on via dei giubbonari, while you can get their bread (very affordable) nearby on via de' chiavari

      in conclusion, aside from roscioli, trattoria monti, and perhaps taverna degli amici, ditch the restaurants on that list and check out the other threads on the board for more suggestions

      www.ParlaFood.com

      1. Very exciting that this is your first trip over!
        Regarding your list, I would only keep Roscioli and Trattoria Monti.
        For your blow out meal I would recommend All'Oro. On the fancy side, but serving some of the best food in Rome today.
        For simple, but good, Roman food try Sora Margherita or Perilli. Sora Margherita has what I think are the best carciofi alla giudea around.
        Since you've asked about Tiramisu, I have to say I had one of the better ones the other night at Giuda Ballerino. This is one of Rome's best restaurants, but located a bit out of the way. That said, if you are staying at the Beehive, then you can take the Metro almost directly there and then take a taxi back. (the folks at the Beehive will tell you how) Go to the Osteria, not the restaurant.
        Other places to consider: Settembrini, Taverna dei Fori Imperiali, Glass Hosteria and (near you) La Campana.
        Hope this helps,
        Elizabeth
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        www.elizabethminchilli.com

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

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

        Perilli
        Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

        Sora Margherita
        Piazza della Cinque Scole, 30, Rome, Lazio 00100, IT

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

        Settembrini
        Via Luigi Settembrini, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT

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

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

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        1. re: minchilli

          I am getting a better idea. I have been reading all other posts about Rome from the last month and it is great. So information that is just more than food related too. I love red wine so this will be a real treat. I am salivating already. : )

          1. re: munshado

            I really appreciate all the help and recommendations from everyone. It really has been very helpful. I looked at a lot of the menus and I think my list is now looking like this:
            Romantic high end dinner- All'Oro
            Lunch on Sunday- La Campana
            Other lunch/dinner- Pizzarium, Roscioli, Taverna dei Fori Imperiali,
            We might try Cavour 313, I don't mind the crowds or seating.
            I will also keep in mind Roma Sparita, Giuda Ballerino/Osteria, or maybe Taverna degli amici.
            I think we will make reservations at All'Oro on Saturday night and leave the rest up to what we feel like once we are over there. Of course I also read to make reservations at La Campana for Sunday lunch.

            Grazie!

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

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

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

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

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

            1. re: munshado

              I am getting so excited and I still have 6 months before we go. Is there any other helpful advice as far as traveling- not necessarily food related- that would be helpful to know. For example- are nice dark jeans acceptable to wear out most of the time? I plan to dress up for All'Oro. For a man is a suit too much or appropriate. I live in Northern California and in my town people stare if you dress up too much. I still do anyway but casual is way too acceptable. No one ever wears a suit here unless to a funeral, and even then??

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

              1. re: munshado

                Rome in October may be the best time to visit period if we are talking food. I was there first week in October and was able to catch both porcini season and the beginning of white truffle season. Seasons vary and the posters who live there may be better able to clarify, but you should try to plan your trip maybe 2nd or 3rd week of October to make sure you catch truffle season.

                The whole roasted porcini at La Campana at 16 euro and plate of fettuccine with generous shavings of white alba truffles at 45 euro were some of the best things I've ever tasted in my life. There are very few decadent delights in this world that I would rather have than those two dishes.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/740543

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

                1. re: Porthos

                  I live in North California and love mushrooms. They go great with wine, pasta...well really everything. We will be there around the 12 or so. That is one of the reasons I want to go in October. Fresh vegetables are great for May and June, but there is nothing like fresh mushrooms. I have not had to many truffle experience...yet. I plan on changing that. Thanks for the heads up about October.