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Hi All,

After scouring the Chowhound forum, I´ve narrowed down my list of places to try when I bring my family (all adults) to Rome for the first time. Unfortunately... there are more delicious-sounding places than we have meals to eat! Can you please help us narrow things down?

About Us: We´re looking for very good, authentic Italian food -- it´s likely to be my parents only trip to Italy so I want them to have some memorable meals! We have some wiggle room on the price range, but we dont want to have to put on a jacket or tie. Also care more about the food than the wine list.

Here´s our plan. Please let me know what you think!

DAY 1 (Fri): Arrive by Train from Florence at 7pm
Dinner at: Santa Cristina al Quirinale

DAY 2 (Sat): Private Tour of Vatican City in the AM + Campo/Trevi/Spanish Steps in PM
Morning Snack at: Pizzarium
Lunch at: La Campana
Dinner at: Zucca Gialla? Trattoria Lilli?

DAY 3 (Sun): Private Tour of Ancient Rome in AM + Trastevere in PM? (open to ideas!)
Lunch at: Cavour 313 or Orso 80? Can we get a pre-lunch drink at the rooftop bar at Aroma?
Dinner at: Is Osteria La Gensola open? (considered Antico Arco, but seems a bit too stuffy for us)

DAY 4 (Mon): Kids Leave, Parents Tour Borghese
Lunch at: Lo Stil Novo or Palatium
Dinner at: Roscioli? Taverna dei Fori Imperiali?

Specifically, I´m having a tough time distinguishing between these spots: Zucca Gialla, Trattoria Lilli, Roscioli, and Taverna dei Fori Imperiali. Are they all in a similar price/quality range?

Thank you,
Laura

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Antico Arco
Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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

Palatium
Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

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

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

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

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

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  1. Ciao Laura, reading your list I started thinking "what is the red line?" but seeing your concluding question I see you really don't know about these restaurants. I have never heard of Zucca Gialla, Trattoria Lilli is a very basic (but very nice) trattoria, Roscioli is upscale (not jacket and tie, but not relaxed) and if you don't care for wines and have elderly parents with you, just skip it, Taverna dei Fori Imperiali is a nicer trattoria (which I do not recommend anymore but there are still lovers of it here).
    Also important in your planning: which month are you planning to be here? If it is August, you have to deal the cards anew.
    I had guests go and like Santa Cristina but have no 1st hand experience.
    Pizzarium opens at 11. I can't imagine eating something there and then going to La Campana. (both great, btw).
    Orso 80 is terrible, Cavour 313 is closed sundays in the summer. There are no pre-lunch drinks at Aroma (is there anywhere in Rome for that?). La Gensola is open.
    Lo Stil Nuovo is fine dining, Palatium is good traditional Roman food in a modern setting.

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

    Palatium
    Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

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

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

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

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

    1 Reply
    1. re: vinoroma

      Thanks, vinoroma. This is just the information that I needed!

      We´ll be going at the end of June.

      Appreciate your help!

    2. I always send people to Orso 80, especially when you are a biggish group. Everyone always loves it. The thing to do is get the antipasto, which comes to the table on small plates. You probably don't need to order much more than a pasta after (if that)
      I've never heard of Lo Stil Nuovo, Zucca Gialla , Santa Cristina or Lilli?
      I am a huge fan of Taverna dei Fori Imperiali and was just there the other night. I especially like their new dish, a pasta with orange and lemon (agrumi).
      All of the other places you mention are good, but like Vinoroma, I can't imagine having Pizzarium then La Campana.
      Hope this helps a bit.
      ________
      www.elizabethminchilli.com

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

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

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

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      1. re: minchilli

        Elizabeth, Orso 80 sure does deliver a lot of food with that antipasto spread, my problem is the quality of it - I have seen some terrible practices there, too (half eaten plates refreshed and sent out to new tables). I differentiate between tripadvisor and chowhound eateries and for me it definitely is not chowhound worthy.

      2. Thanks for the suggestions, vinoroma and Elizabeth. Here´s our updated plan:

        FRIDAY:
        dinner: Santa Cristina Al Quirnale

        SATURDAY: Vatican City + Spanish Steps/Trevi/Navonna
        lunch: Pizzarium + gelato stop
        dinner: La Campana

        SUNDAY: Ancient Rome + Trastevere
        lunch: lasagna at Le Colline Emiliane
        dinner: La Gensola

        MONDAY: Borghese + wandering/shopping
        lunch: Tratoria Lilli (near our apt)
        dinner: La Teverna dei Fiori Imperiali

        I appreciate your feedback!

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

        Colline Emiliane
        Via degli Avignonesi, 22, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

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

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

        3 Replies
        1. re: rtr2008

          depending on what exactly you mean with ancient rome, colline emiliane might not be very close for lunch.
          I think lilli is closed mondays.

          1. re: vinoroma

            adding a couple links.

            including weekly closing days for Lilli and Santa Christina

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            Trattoria Lilli
            Via di Tor di Nona,23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

            Santa Cristina al Quirinale
            Via della Cordonata,21, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

          2. re: rtr2008

            rtr2008: Based on our recent one week trip to Rome, I think you are on the right track restaurant-wise. We very much enjoyed dining at Pizzarium, Campana, La Gensola and Le Colline Emiliane.

            My concern is that some of your plans seem to have you scooting back and forth around the city. Have you studied a decent map? Do you have plans to access the subway? Have you accessed the ATAC website, which tells you, in English (point your mouse at the Italiano icon in the upper right hand corner) exactly how to get from point A to point B by bus or subway? Getting a grip on the transportation system can save you money, aggravation and exhaustion and help you to most efficiently align your dining plans with your touring plans. Rome is wonderful, but it isn't particularly user-friendly.

            P. S. Sunday lunch at Le Colline is not an easy reservation at the last minute. Call well ahead. One of the brothers who service the dining room is both charming and apparently comfortable with a variety of languages.