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George80 Jun 20, 2011 09:38 AM

We are a party of 4 who have been to Italy and Rome a few times before and definitely appreciate good food. As you know many restaurants in Rome are closed in August so we did our research, send emails, received replies and now have a list of restaurant options for August.

I would like your recommendations based on your experiences or what you have heard about the following restaurants reputations:

Taverna Trilussa
Santa Lucia
Girarrosto Fiorentino
Porto di Ripetta
La Pentolaccia
Maccheroni
Flavio al Velavevodetto
La Gensola (open until the 12th of Aug)
L'Asino d'Oro
Santa Cristina al Quirinale

Also if you know of any places that will be open in August and you would recommend please let me know.

We like good traditional unpretentious food (not fans of fusion and creative cuisine), good service and nice atmosphere without the place being too stuffy. Money not an object.

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Maccheroni
Piazza delle Coppelle, 44, Rome 00186, IT

Girarrosto Fiorentino
Via Sicilia, 46, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

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

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

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

  1. tavoleromane Jun 20, 2011 04:04 PM

    Hi George, what do you mean as "open in August"? I have some doubts these restaurants are open the whole month. Last year for a post in the blog where I contribute we did some reasearch about August openings and really few places were open/close all the month.

    In terms of recommendations, from my direct experience and according to your preferences I'd select the following three:
    - Taverna Trilussa
    - Flavio al Velavevodetto
    - La Gensola

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

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

    1. minchilli Jun 22, 2011 08:02 AM

      I agree with Tavole Romane, you should check depending on your dates.
      Of the restaurants you mention, I would choose:
      Flavio Velavevodetto
      La Gensola
      L'Asino d'Oro

      I'd also add Taverna dei Fori Imperiale which stays open in August.

      Have you researched the other threads on Chowhound? Because there are a lot of places on your list that none of us Romans usually go to.
      Elizabeth
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      www.elizabethminchilli.com

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

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

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

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        George80 Jun 22, 2011 08:20 AM

        I have a question%3

        Restaurants like Assunta Madre, Santa Lucia, La Pentolaccia, Dal Bolognese, Antica Pesa and Palazzacio are supposed to be some sort of "celebrity" hot spots, some of the websites of these restaurants are full of pictures of celebrities (recent ones) who visited the restaurants and in various internet reviews (Frommer's, Fodor's etc) many of them are described as famous and well known restaurants.

        Others like Girarrosto Fiorentino and Ambasciata d'Abruzzo mention on their websites that their famous clientelle includes Meryl Streep, Francis Ford Coppola, Mel Gibson, Willem Dafoe.

        lso most of these places are well reviewed and recommended by websites like Tripadvisor, frommer's, Gambero Rosso etc.

        Yet all these restaurants are very rarely discussed here, if not at all. What is the reason? Are these not good restaurants? Were they once good restaurants and not now?

        Is it just to keep the crowds away and keep them more exclusive? (although this can hardly be the case for Dal Bolognese)

        Can someone please explain?

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        Girarrosto Fiorentino
        Via Sicilia, 46, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

        Ambasciata d'Abruzzo
        Via Pietro Tacchini, Rome, Lazio 00197, IT

        1. re: George80
          minchilli Jun 22, 2011 02:34 PM

          Of the places you mention, Assunta Madre is pretty good. Santa Lucia used to be very good, but I've heard it has gone down hill lately. (but I do mean to try it again)
          Dal Bolognese, Antica Pesa, Girarosto Fiorentino and Ambasciata d'Abruzzo were kind of big in the 60's and 70's but have become overpriced and somewhat touristy. The fact that movie stars go there should be a big tip off that they aren't that good. Movie stars are usually brought to places by their pr agents who often get a kickback from the restaurant.
          Tripadvisor is helpful up to a certain point. But I'd like to think that those of us who are commenting on the restaurant scene here in Rome - and go out quite a lot here and are all more or less food professionals - have a different set of criteria than most trip advisor restaurant reviewers.
          Elizabeth
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          www.elizabethminchilli.com

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          Ambasciata d'Abruzzo
          Via Pietro Tacchini, Rome, Lazio 00197, IT

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            mninj Jul 5, 2011 01:46 PM

            Elizabeth...now that you've eliminated (!) the places that the celebs visit, what would you recommend for two couples visiting Rome in September? We don't want to drop a small fortune, and prefer places "locals" would go for a nice evening out (or even for a casual evening out!)...We will have four dinners in Rome.
            Thanks for your advice.

            1. re: minchilli
              steve h. Jul 5, 2011 02:33 PM

              Hi Elizabeth,

              It sounds like you've had a significant change of heart about Assunta Madre. Why is this?

              It is a favorite of celebs (limos/photographers cluttering up the Via Giulia) so I've been reluctant to book a table even tho it's in the 'hood. Your heartfelt disdain for the place has kept me away.

              Still, I'm a big fan of seafood and would love to know what event(s) have conspired to make you change your mind.

              --steve

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                zerlina Jul 5, 2011 03:08 PM

                I find it a bit surprising that of all the restaurants mentioned you only acknowledge Assunta Madre as "pretty good" and fail to mention that your husband was scammed there for 800 Euro, as detailed in two reports in this forum. And as far as I know, Ambasciata d'Abruzzo is still quite a bit less expensive than the other restaurants you describe as overpriced.

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            tiram Jun 22, 2011 10:06 AM

            I believe they are open (but not 100% sure) : Spirito Di Vino. My favourite in Rome (so far)

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              George80 Jun 22, 2011 02:44 PM

              Ok many thanks for the advice and the recommendations

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