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May 15, 2011 03:05 AM

Rome in June, for the weekend

I am going to Rome with my family for a birthday dinner at le pergola. I arrive sat am, leave mon am and was trying to plan some meals around the big night. We're staying fairly new Spanish steps.

Sat lunch: keep it light. Pizza, ice cream. I was thinking rosciolli in campo di fiori
Sat pm: le pergola
Sun lunch: thinking la Rosetta or piperno for Jewish cooking. Probably a something trad.
Sun dinner: somewhere casual and buzzy.

What do you think? And what wd you suggest for sun dinner? We're staying in an apt so I was also thinking of picking up some food for Sunday . I think I geared about a fancy food emporio centrally located called gusto or something?

Any thoughts wd be gratefully accepted. Travelling incidentally with a Michelin star snob dad.

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  1. Roscioli would be all right (but do you mean the bakery or the restaurant in the shop?) or just sandwiches of pizza bianca from Antico Forno in Campo de’ Fiori. Palatium is good for light but interesting lunch near Piazza di Spagna.

    Sun lunch, not Rosetta (very expensive fancy seafood) after La Pergola. Piperno would be fine. Pasticceria San Lorenzo could be an idea for casual and buzzy on a Sunday evening, at least I think it's open then. Maybe Tram Tram, more chaos than buzz, though. Gusto is everything but a food emporium. The one people talk about (where I have shopped for 30 years) is Volpetti, but you needn't go all the way there to pick up provisions for a picnic. The Campo de’ Fiori and Pantheon area have sufficient shops, including the excellent Roscioli.

    Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

    Tram Tram
    Via dei Reti 44-46, Roma 00185, IT

    Monte de' Cenci, 9, Rome, Lazio , IT

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

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    1. re: mbfant

      Thanks. Sat lunch:probably the restaurant in the shop as I am not sure the parents wd be up for a meal on their feet but from what I gathered, it's good for casual light food? And I'll take your advice and do food shopping there. Thanks for the warning about gusto! Btw is the restaurant called il San Lorenzo? Or pasticceria San Lorenzo? I can't find it online.

      1. re: chiki

        I think it's Pastificio San Lorenzo. Il Sanlorenzo is a pricey fish restaurant.

        Pastificio San Lorenzo
        Via Tiburtina,196, Rome, Lazio 00185, IT

        1. re: zerlina

          Right, sorry. The brain said Pastificio but the keyboard produced pasticceria, consequence of not yet having had coffee. I like Il Sanlorenzo too -- less pricey than the top tier of fish restaurants but just as good or better.

    2. Some places that are seldomly mentioned here , but that falls in the casual and busy catergory with tasty fresh food and fine service:

      Tutti Frutti - Testaccio
      Ne Arte De Parte - Testaccio
      Avenue 95 - Campo Di Fiori area (not far from Roscioli)
      Le Mani In Pasti - Trastevere

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

      1. Saturday lunch should definitely be light, since you want to arrive at La Pergola with empty stomachs! Osteria dell'Ingegno, in Piazza della Pietra, is a good choice for salads, light things. Another option is to stop by L'Angolo Divino, an enoteca where you can have some cheese, hams, etc. and a glass of wine.
        Sunday lunch at Piperno's is great in June. Make sure you ask for a table outside. Definitely order fried zucchini flowers and fried artichokes.
        For food shopping, if you're around Campo dei Fiori on Saturday, go to the market for sure. Then stop by Norcineria Viola for everything porky your heart could desire. And then across the square, at Ruggeri, a nice alimentari. There is also a great cheese store, Beppe e i Suoi Formaggi, in the Ghetto, that has some of the best cheeses in Rome.
        Casual and buzzy Sunday night: If you do go out for lunch that day, I'm not sure how hungry you'll be. Maybe you feel like having a great pizza? Gatta Mangiona, a taxi ride away, is a good choice.
        Have a great trip. And report back about your meal at La Pergola!

        Monte de' Cenci, 9, Rome, Lazio , IT

        L'Angolo Divino
        Via dei Balestrari, 12, Rome, Lazio , IT