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bhouston Jun 13, 2011 09:53 PM

My wife always does the leg work
This time, I’ve done the research of where to eat for our upcoming trip to Rome, scouring this board and our Eat in Rome iPad app.
Unfortunately, I’ve only narrowed it down to ten restaurants, twice as many as we can eat in!
HELP!
Pasta and charcuterie are high on our list and we are more interested in a great meal than a high end dining experience, although could go hand in hand.
The too-long list is as follows-

Roscioli
L'Asino
Il Pagliaccio
La Campana
L'Arcangelo
Flavio al Velavevodetto
Perilli
Al Ceppo
Antico Arco
Trattoria Antoni Bassetti

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Il Pagliaccio
Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 130, Roma 00186, IT

Antico Arco
Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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

Al Ceppo
Via Panama, 2, Rome 00198, IT

Perilli
Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

L'Arcangelo
Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

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

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  1. vinoroma RE: bhouston Jun 13, 2011 11:37 PM

    I guess your question is: feedback?
    Roscioli - I have stopped recommending them. Not because I don't love them or they are not good, but bcs. it is one of those places that can be enjoyed in a certain mindset & certain conditions. I personally love them, but can see not everyone loving them. If charcuterie is high on your list, definitely the place to go.

    L'Asino d'Oro, I guess? Great place for pasta. Nothing light about this place, it is very "earthy", Umbrian-Lazian cooking.

    Il Pagliaccio is fine dining, 2 michelin stars. It is very good, but maybe a "closer to Roman cooking but still fine dining" experience is more recommendable - Try All'Oro, at half the price and 1 michelin star.

    La Campana is my go to place (it is close to me) for good Roman trattoria.

    L'Arcangelo is very good if you know what to order, it is one of those places where you can't just have what you want and expect to be happy ;) some research here and on Parlafood will tell you what to order.

    Flavio is a good Roman trattoria, too.

    Perilli and Al Ceppo are good, though I do think that again, these ones are better when you become a regular.

    Antico Arco is modern roman dining - I'd put it just below All'Oro. Wine list is very good (better than All'Oro)

    Don't know Bassetti.

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    Il Pagliaccio
    Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 130, Roma 00186, IT

    Antico Arco
    Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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

    Al Ceppo
    Via Panama, 2, Rome 00198, IT

    Perilli
    Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

    L'Arcangelo
    Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

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

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

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

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    1. re: vinoroma
      jen kalb RE: vinoroma Jun 14, 2011 06:49 AM

      I think Bassetti is da Tonino on via del Governo Vecchio. never been there, however.

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

      Da Tonino (aka Trattoria Bassetti)
      Via del Governo Vecchio,18, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

      1. re: jen kalb
        vinoroma RE: jen kalb Jun 14, 2011 07:16 AM

        oh, if Da Tonino is meant by Bassetti then it is a fun and not bad, simple, cheap, trattoria. Good for a lunch if you are in the area.

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        Da Tonino (aka Trattoria Bassetti)
        Via del Governo Vecchio,18, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

    2. mbfant RE: bhouston Jun 14, 2011 06:45 AM

      Roscioli
      What Vinoroma said
      L'Asino
      haven't been, but a recent report from a trusted native was negative (his opinion a definite minority)
      Il Pagliaccio
      what Vinoroma said
      La Campana
      haven't been in a long time but everybody seems very enthusiastic. they seem to have got a second (or umpteenth, given the age of the place) wind
      L'Arcangelo
      known for lightening up traditional fare
      Flavio al Velavevodetto
      Perilli
      You won't want to go to both. Personally, I prefer Checchino dal 1870. We recently tried both Flavio and re-tried Perilli after having abandoned it years ago. Service at Perilli was great, totally old-style, but the food underwhelming. Flavio had both underwhelming food and amateurish service.

      Al Ceppo
      I like it a lot, but can see where it would mean more to a resident than a visitor.
      Antico Arco
      Very good.
      Trattoria Antoni Bassetti
      Never been, and you probably can't reserve, but it sounds like fun.

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      Il Pagliaccio
      Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 130, Roma 00186, IT

      Antico Arco
      Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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

      Al Ceppo
      Via Panama, 2, Rome 00198, IT

      Perilli
      Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

      L'Arcangelo
      Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

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

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      1. re: mbfant
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        Jeremy M RE: mbfant Jul 5, 2011 02:51 PM

        Maureen,

        Have you tried Pecorino on via Galvani? Roman friends have recommended it as an alternative in Testaccio.

        Thanks,

        Jeremy

      2. jen kalb RE: bhouston Jun 14, 2011 07:23 AM

        since you have a good solid list, my advice is to work your way through your itinerary (where you will be at lunch time) and the restaurant closing days (each has one or more weekly closing days) and I think you will be able to develop a plan. Lunch is a nice meal for diningt in italy as opposed to grabbing something quick - hope you will consider trying that approach,

        1. minchilli RE: bhouston Jun 14, 2011 09:00 AM

          I agree with vinoroma. I too have stopped reccommending Roscioli, for all the same reasons.
          If it were me, and I had to narrow this list down to five, here is where I would go, and why:
          Perilli: this is my favorite restaurant in Rome for traditional Roman food. It has (in my opinion) the best carbonara in the city.
          L'Asino d'Oro: Given that you love pasta and charcuterie, I would definitely send you here. The menu is slightly Umbrian, with great attention to quality. Although they have tables outside, I like eating inside, which is quieter.
          Al Ceppo: I love this place, and was there recently and had a fantastic meal. It's not cheap, but is a true Roman experience of a certain kind. Old world. Great wine list. Open fire with grilled meats, and excellent pasta.
          La Campana is a good choice, especially for Sunday lunch.
          All'Oro: I would definitely add this to your list, as vinoroma suggests, in place of Il Pagliaccio.

          Is there a reason you haven't included pizza? At least for one meal? If so, I would send you to Gatta Mangiona.
          Hope this helps narrow things down. And I hope your wife approves!

          And my Eat in Rome app, did you mean Eat Rome, my app? If so, make sure you download the update before you come over. It should be out any day now.
          Elizabeth
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          www.elizabethminchilli.com

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          Il Pagliaccio
          Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 130, Roma 00186, IT

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

          Al Ceppo
          Via Panama, 2, Rome 00198, IT

          Perilli
          Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

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

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

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

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          1. re: minchilli
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            Oakland Barb RE: minchilli Jun 14, 2011 10:05 AM

            Thanks so much for helping us plan our eating in Rome.
            It’s seemed quite daunting.
            I’ve been in charge of the other 2+ weeks in Italy so I thought I’d let my husband try this for a change.

            And yes, Elizabeth.
            We have “the” app!

            It’s been fun to browse the restaurants and photos.
            We’ll look for the update.
            I’m amused at the distance to the restaurants from our home.

            After a little further research and we added L’Asino d’Oro and Le Colline Emiliane to the line up.
            And now, Al Ceppo is there as well.

            Pizza- it seemed to be a great lunch option?

            So the line up, at the moment, is as follows-

            Sunday night- La Campana
            Monday night- Perilli
            Tuesday night- L’Asino d’Oro
            Wednesday night- Le Colline Emiliane
            Thursday night- Al Ceppo

            A question about dining times.
            If we eat dinner at 8 PM is this early in Rome? Sunday night?
            Typically, if we vacation in NYC we make 9 PM reservations but I’m a little worried about jet lag the first few days.
            We don’t eat early meals at home but all bets are off if I can’t see straight.

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

            Al Ceppo
            Via Panama, 2, Rome 00198, IT

            Perilli
            Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

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

            1. re: Oakland Barb
              jen kalb RE: Oakland Barb Jun 14, 2011 11:50 AM

              most pizza places are evening only (the exceptions being the pizza al taglio places, (Like Pizzarium, or the two places in Campo d'Fiori - these slice places will likely not afford seating,.

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

              1. re: jen kalb
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                Oakland Barb RE: jen kalb Jun 14, 2011 10:47 PM

                Thank you!
                I had no idea.
                What other dishes are served at a pizza restuarant in Rome, if any?

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                  DaleJ RE: Oakland Barb Jun 15, 2011 08:55 AM

                  Pizzaria Remo in Testaccio also serves deep fried bacala. Take the Metro to Piramide, walk west down via Marmorata, turn left at Volpetti and you will be a block or so away. Ask anyone. Its a local institution. You'll have to armwrestle for an outdoor table.

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                    mbfant RE: DaleJ Jun 15, 2011 09:30 AM

                    All pizzerias serve fried baccalà. There's no reason to fight the crowds at Remo unless you're in the neighborhood. Speaking of the neighborhood, I always used to like Pizzeria Nuovo Mondo on Via Amerigo Vespucci, but haven't been in years.

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                    Nuovo Mondo
                    Via Amerigo Vespucci, 15, Rome, Lazio , IT

                    1. re: mbfant
                      tavoleromane RE: mbfant Jun 15, 2011 04:28 PM

                      I was at Pizzeria Nuovo Mondo few days ago and I can confirm it is a good option (it's closer to via Marmorata). And tonight I'm just back after a great pizza at Remo and I was lucky to be seated outdoor! After midnight there was still people waiting for a table. It may appear incredible, but in my opinion the reason is clear.
                      Other dishes served at a pizza restaurant? Supplì is easy to find and it is one of my favourite Roman food! You can not find it in other Regions in Italy. The famous Arancine in Sicily may look "similar" but have different preparation, ingredients and taste.

                      Dining at 8pm is early for Romans but I'd say not too early: all places are open and it can be a way to enjoy a quiter dinner also in usually crowded restaurants (when not touristic of course).

                      Finally just a quick note about your "shortlist": you have choosen 3 / 5 restaurants serving mainly food from Italian Regions outside Lazio/Rome (Umbria, Marche, Emilia). I'm suprised especially because (if I have understood correctly) you'll be travelling in Italy for other 2 weeks.

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                      Remo
                      Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

                      Nuovo Mondo
                      Via Amerigo Vespucci, 15, Rome, Lazio , IT

                      1. re: tavoleromane
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                        Oakland Barb RE: tavoleromane Jun 15, 2011 05:26 PM

                        We'd be very much open to other thoughts!

                        And if it's useful, we'll be staying at the St. Regis.

                        This list was determined in a rather hit or miss fashion, oftern because a particular dish cuahgt someone's eye.
                        Feel free to make alternate suggestions.
                        They're much appreicated/

                        1. re: Oakland Barb
                          tavoleromane RE: Oakland Barb Jun 16, 2011 04:25 PM

                          Within a walking distance I would try to include a dinner at Trattoria Cadorna. I like in particular their huge antipasto (including charcuterie) and traditional pasta dishes (carbonara, cacio e pepe, gricia, ...).
                          Anyhow it depends also on which other Italian Regions you will visit during your travel.

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                          Trattoria Cadorna
                          Via Cadorna, 12, Roma 00100, IT

                        2. re: tavoleromane
                          mbfant RE: tavoleromane Jun 15, 2011 11:26 PM

                          I used to go to Remo back when everybody still called it Corrado, but to me no pizza is worth thronging on the street to wait for, then eating while others throng. I understand some feel differently. I would also add that it is nowhere near the Piramide metro station, but is convenient to the buses on via Marmorata and Piazza dell'Emporio.

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                            DaleJ RE: mbfant Jun 16, 2011 09:31 AM

                            The stroll from Piramide station to Remo is ten or fifteen minutes.

                            1. re: DaleJ
                              mbfant RE: DaleJ Jun 16, 2011 10:35 AM

                              I know. It's about 1200 meters. That is not close in terms of urban public transport. The walk from a bus stop on Piazza dell'Emporio or Via Branca or Via Marmorata is two minutes. Plus, crossing that piazza outside the metro station is awful. You don't start strolling till several minutes into the trip.

                            2. re: mbfant
                              tavoleromane RE: mbfant Jun 16, 2011 04:31 PM

                              Usually I choose Remo for a late evening pizza. No more than 5 minutes wait and nobody waiting you finish close to your table. Just the waiters sometimes when it's really late ;)

                              1. re: mbfant
                                Ruth Lafler RE: mbfant Jun 20, 2011 04:11 PM

                                I agree completely about the piazza in front of Piramide -- it's a nightmare! From the St. Regis you can take the 95 bus into Testaccio (I've spent two weeks in Rome and only took the metro a couple of times -- I must prefer surface transportation!).

                        3. re: Oakland Barb
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                          GeraldI RE: Oakland Barb Jun 17, 2011 02:08 PM

                          To be contrarian, I would not waste a meal in Rome on pizza. I personally find most pizza in Rome insipid. The exceptions are the pizza's at Roscioli, Campo di Fiori, and the other fornos in town--which is not so-called "Roman Pizza". Other than Naples--where pizza is a religious experience (I have been known to take a 70 minute train ride from Rome for Neapolitan pizza--I wouldn't waste a meal in Italy anywhere on pizza and I have tried most of the ones mentioned. There is plenty of good pizza in the US, but the restaurants in Rome (the good ones that is) are not to be missed.
                          As an aside, if you like wine, I would recommend Casa Bleve for lunch. It's a little pricey, but the plates of antipasti are sublime and the wine list and physical space are sublime.

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                          Casa Bleve
                          Via del Teatro Valle, 49, Roma 00186, IT

                          1. re: GeraldI
                            steve h. RE: GeraldI Jun 17, 2011 03:13 PM

                            Pizza in Rome, for me, is a late-night snack. Done right, it sets up a nice post-pizza stroll to a favorite gelato place. Extended lunches in the city are highly underrated. Casa Bleve can be a good example.

                      2. re: Oakland Barb
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                        lsernoff RE: Oakland Barb Jun 17, 2011 09:26 AM

                        The OP and his wife have gotten great advice. For the dining thoughts of this recent Rome visitor--who was "schooled" by many of the same advisors--see my dining report filed on May 20th. Your hotel is close to the Repubblica metro stop. I suggest you arrive in Rome with a beginning concept of the metro and bus systems. Google the ATAC website to see what metro and bus routes you may want to access for touring. It will save you money and aggravation. Rome is wonderful, but not user-friendly. A little advance work pays off.

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                          Oakland Barb RE: lsernoff Jun 17, 2011 08:33 PM

                          Thankd so very much to all who took the time to reply.
                          We leave in the morning!
                          I think we're both overwhelmed with much left to do for work at this point so a lot of the extra browsing will be done enroute.
                          I will file a report after we return.
                          And try to do justice to all this!

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                      florenceinsider RE: bhouston Jun 21, 2011 11:49 AM

                      Here is a very useful tip to follow:

                      Avoid the places that are set in tourist hot-spots. This is not to say that there aren't a few good gems tucked away in there, but you need an insider to point them out to you (a local resident or a guide). The farther out you go from those crowded tourist traps, the better the food and service will be- I promise you (and oftentimes better value for your money).

                      a presto,
                      xoxo, C

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                        mninj RE: florenceinsider Jul 5, 2011 02:32 PM

                        I've been following this thread carefully, and wonder if you might comment on a few places that have been recommended to us for our upcoming trip:
                        Osteria de Memme/Santori; Ristorante Santa ristina al Quirinale; Ristorante Tema; Casa Coppelle; Ristorante il Gabriello; Babette; Trattoria Lilli
                        Sorry it's an extensive list, but we're in the "fact-gathering" stage right now. We want good food, decent atmosphere (not filled with tourists), and they don't have to have Michellin stars, just pleasant people.
                        Thanks for any info.

                        mninj

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

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                          Oakland Barb RE: mninj Jul 16, 2011 03:42 PM

                          I intend to write a report on our eating all over Italy when I'm a little less jet lagged.

                          We ate at none of the fore mentioned restaurants.
                          After all our very careful consideration we were rather disappointed with the quality of the food we ate in Rome.
                          There was no one restaurant that stood out as "good" and one that was appalling.

                          I do greatly appreciate all the help offered on this board, however!
                          I'm happy to elaborate at a more lucid time.

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