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My wife and I will be spending four nights this month in Praiano and six nights in Rome, near Prati. She has been to Rome once before but wasn't too impressed with the food, I've never been to Italy. We are both adventurous eaters and are interested in eating local food/recipes. We are mostly interested in budget options (under 25 Euros per person excluding wine/service), but we will probably have one or two meals that could be around 50 Euros per person. I've found threads that mention specific restaurants in Rome, but they do not always mention the price and some of the places are listed as Restaurants on Chowhound but with a dearth of reviews.

I have a few questions and any response will be greatly appreciated, even if it's just a link to a previous thread.

1. Is Da Michele the best place for pizza in Naples?
2. Is Caffe Gambrinus the best Caffe in Naples?
3. Where is the best place to get sfogliatelle in Naples?
4. We are planning on going to Hosteria il Pino restaurant in Praiano, any recommendations?
5. Any recommendations for places in Positano/Amalfi/Ravello, preferably with an emphasis on fresh seafood?
6. Based on what I've read here the three places I'm interested about in Rome are La Campana, Roscioli and Checchino dal 1887 but I would like more information on how expensive they are?
7. As for Checchino dal 1887 is there a better or cheaper place to get adventurous Roman dishes?
8. Any recommendations for places that have fabulous homemade Roman pasta dishes: Carbonara, Bucatini all'Amatriciana, Cacio E Pepe?
9. Does Tazza D'Oro have the best cappuccino in Rome?
10. Does La Gelateria Frigidarium have the best gelato in Rome?

Da Michele
Via Cesare Sersale, 1, Naples, Campania 80139, IT

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

Checchino dal 1887
Via di Monte Testaccio, 30, Rome 00153, IT

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

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  1. Most of your questions (of the style "the best?") will get you a bunch of responses and you won't be any wiser in the end - the discussion for much of these are out there in the forum...
    As to more specific questions:
    6. La Campana is within your budget and very good, Roscioli can be within your "special meal" budget if you watch it a bit, and Checchino, too. Remember you don't have to pay "service" in any of these places - there is no tipping in Italy, and the ones you have listed do not add a fix service charge (which some places practice - it should always be written on the menu if this is so) so the prices you are looking at are your final prices.

    7. I love L'Asino d'Oro for adventurous dishes, not strictly Roman, but Umbrian, and also with offal.

    8. These 3 pasta have been discussed a lot here, my preferences would be Carbonara either at Roscioli (expensive) or Danilo, Amatriciana at Opificio or Roscioli, Cacio e pepe at Roma Sparita.

    9 & 10. No.

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

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

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

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    1. re: vinoroma

      I was just curious what people thought were the best and would be interested where this may have been discussed before.

      Thank you for your recommendations of L'Asino d'Oro, Danilo, Opificio and Roma Saparita, I will look into these places.

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

    2. Our first night in Praiano we ended up going to Hosteria il Pino and had a wonderful meal. We got there about 8:30 but I would recommend trying to get there a little earlier to savor the view of the coast and Positano. My wife had the best dish of homemade pasta, cuttlefish and asparagus. All of their seafood was quite good and the prices were reasonable. In Naples we paid a whopping 1 Euro for a Pizza Margherita from the walk up stand at Di Matteo, and we both agreed that it may have been best pizza we ever had. We also had two meals in Sorrento: Il Giardinieello is a cute little place on a back street away from the main square. The prices were reasonable and I enjoyed their gnocchi alla Sorretina but it was quite heavy. We also ate at the Mayflower adjacent to the Circumvesuviana train stop as we were in a hurry to catch the last bus back to Praiano. We both ordered homemade pasta which was very tasty and extremely reasonable. On our last day we went on a boat tour of Capri and had lunch at Il Verginiello and were blown away by the view. I had an excellent caprese salad and my wife enjoyed her seafood pizza. For our last night we decided to go to Da Vincenzo in Positano and had the best meal of our entire trip. The highlight for me was the grilled octopus and deep fried artichoke appetizer I had. If we are ever back on the Amalfi Coast, this would be a must stop for me.
      In Rome, we ate at Osteria dell’Angelo and I really enjoyed their rabbit and their chicory. We also got pizza from Pizzarium and liked it so much that we went back a second time. It was not cheap though as we payed like 4-5 Euros a slice. We also ate at La Campana and I particularly enjoyed their cold antipasta bar. My trippa alla romana was also the best tripe I ever had. We also ended up going to Osteria Pizzeria da Otello after we had attemted to go to Ristorante Paris in Trastevere which was closed (it was a Monday). Our meal was similar to ours at La Campana but nowhere near as good. We also stopped at Roscioli for lunch and we had the Cacio E Pepe which was good but not great and the smoked swordfish which was excellent. We did enjoy the food but it is a bit pricey for lunch. Our last meal in Rome was at Dal Toscano which was quite a treat. The tuscan antipasta was superb as was the fettuccine porcini. I ordered the veal steak and it was perfect. I was also able to have 2 Granita di Caffes at Tazza D'Oro (definitely want to come back) and also I got gelato twice from Gelateria dei Gracchi which was my favorite gelato of the trip.
      Overall my wife and I enjoyed our time in Rome, but wished we had more time to try out some other places in Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and Ravello.

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

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

      Di Matteo
      Via Tribunali, 94, Naples, Campania , IT

      Dal Toscano
      Via Germanico 58,, Rome, Lazio 00192, IT

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

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      1. re: jimmy98761

        Thank you for taking the time to report back!

      2. Well, I love it when someone asks 'what's the best'!
        6. La Campana, Roscioli and Checchino will definitely be above 25 euros.
        7. Much cheaper and (in my opinion) much better option to Checchino is either Perilli or Flavio Velavevodetto .
        8. If you're going to be including lunches too, the I would suggest not only Perilli, but also Enoteca Corsi and Sora Margerita for classic Roman cooking.
        9. Tazza D'Oro is very good, especially for granita di cafe. Best Cappucino? Once you start adding milk, they all start to even out. A local bar that makes great cappucino (and very pretty ones at that) is Il Baretto on Via Boschetto.
        10. No, Frigidarium is not the best gelato. The best is Il Gelato di Claudio Torce, which now has two shops in the center. In Prati there is Gracchi, Fata Morgana, and Settimo Gelom all among the best in town.
        Have a great trip!

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

        Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

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

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

        Flavio al Velavevodetto
        Via di Monte Testaccio 97, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

        1. When are you going? I've just got back from Naples and Amalfi and posted a trip report you might find useful.

          Sfogliatella - Pintauro on via Toledo in Naples - they were AMAZING from here

          Seafood and atmosphere without blowing the budget - Le Palme, in Atrani, just a short stroll around the seafront from Amalfi.

          We didn't eat in Ravello, it seemed a bit fancy and expensive for us. We passed a lovely looking place just outside the entrance to Villa Cimbrone (a must go place in itself) with its own organic garden and restaurant which looked gorgeous. Might have been called Villa Maria but can't remember for sure.

          Le Palme
          84010 Atrani Salerno, Atrani, Campania 84010, IT

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          1. re: joellybaby

            We were there from May 23rd to June 1st. We are definitely hoping to get back sometime soon and I'll have to check out the places you mention when we do, thank you.

            1. re: jimmy98761

              wow, i'm also going to Rome and Amalfi coast soon - what a great thread.

              i went to Rome once but had no choice but to be there in august so nothing great was open. the opening post is exactly what i was looking for - with the addition of Jewish cuisine of Rome. could you guys recommend some places?