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Apr 17, 2011 10:04 PM

Great food with interesting neighborhood in Rome - need help, please.

My wife and I will be in Rome for 3 nights in September. We're staying near the Spanish Steps. I imagine being busy all day - returning to the hotel - chill for a bit then head out for dinner. The first night I think we'll eat at Edy. Close to the hotel and apparently great food.
La Campana is a thought for Sunday. Is it a good (i.e intersting) walk from the Spanish steps to there?
Also thinking of All'Oro for one night . Is that far to walk to? If too far - is it a good destination to take a cab and walk around the area?
Is there a area I should not miss to stroll around at night - and also a great restaurant in that area?
Sorry - I don't know the layout of Rome well.
I appreciate any and all help.

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

Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

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  1. I love Edy. It's an old fashioned restaurant in that area, and has excellent vitello tonnato. Another favorite is Nino's.
    All'Oro is one of the best restaurants in Rome these days, but it's a taxi ride away and no, it's not a neighborhood to walk around in. It's in Parioli, and very residential. After dinner you can hop in another cab and head to the area around Piazza Navona/ Via Governo Vecchio. Bar Fico or Bar della Pace are good places to head towards, as is Etabli or Circus. This area is lively at night, but not as 'wild' as Campo dei Fiori.
    La Campana excellent choice for Sunday lunch. A bit more 'Roman' is Perilli, located in Testaccio.
    Make sure you reserve ahead, especially for Sunday lunch. If you send your hotel an email, maybe they can take care of it for you.
    Hope this helps,

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

    Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

    Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

    1. The walk from the Spanish Steps to La Campana is interesting enough. It is quite a short distance (just 10 minutes) through a quite section of the field of mars. Cut through Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina and stick to the back streets and it will be just lovely.

      Palatium is one place in your neighborhood that you might consider, at least for a drink and a snack, if not for a whole meal. They serve excellent food and wine from the Lazio region.

      For a great area to stroll around at night, the neighborhood around Campo dei Fiori is quite festive and filled with beautiful renaissance and Baroque architecture. Roscioli is the place to eat in that area. You could also pop over the river to Trastevere for a stroll and or dinner. There are lots of restaurants over there. In order of descending price: Glass, La Gensola, Il Bacocco.

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

      Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

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

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

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      1. re: katieparla

        Thank you both. I'm in the midst of work (no fair to have work get in the way of fun) and don't have time to fully digest your excellent recommendations. I will tonight and might pick you collective brains a bit more. Thanks again for the quick replies and help.

        1. re: TandT

          looking forward to your questions. ciao!

      2. In the Prati neighborhood is a pizzeria/ristorante San Marco. Reasonable prices, warm welcome, full of locals and great food.

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        1. re: Doreen

          Hey Doreen, are you referring to this place, on Via Tacito?

          1. re: jen kalb

            That certainly sounds like it. We stayed at Hotel Farnese in the Prati neighborhood. The day we arrived our room was not ready so we strolled towards St. Peters. We passed this restaurant and only Italians were eating there and it smelled fabulous. The address I have is Via Sardegna, 38. The link you sent looks good too.