solo in Testaccio ??
I'll be in Rome for only one night at the end of September on my way back to the USA after spending time in Naples. I am staying on the Aventine Hill just above Testaccio. UNfortunately it's a Monday night and several recommended places are closed that night.
I have Da Felice and Perelli, on my possible list but have also read that they don't necessarily make everyone welcome who tries to make a res. IF I can't find a local to join me, do you have any suggestion for where I could go as a solo traveler and still feel welcome??
I'll order a full meal and wine and although I don't speak a lot of Italian , I understand a good deal!
I start most conversations by apologizing in Italian for my poor ability!
Grazie mille for any advice.
I ate solo for years in Rome and never had a problem. If I could offer one bit of advice, go to eat on the early side, around 8:00 places will be relatively empty and the proprietors are less squeamish about giving solo diners a table. Also, in the warm weather, if you offer to sit inside rather than ask for prime real estate outside, your offer will be appreciated. Seriously, though, just go and enjoy yourself. I'm not sure if Da Bucatino is open on Monday, but they are usually very accomodating.
Via Luca Della Robbia, 84, Rome 00153, IT
I agree with bropaul. Since 1998 I've dined mostly solo in Rome. I've done what bropaul has suggested: arrive early. I've usually had no problems, even when wishing to sit outside. Only once was I treated like trash, at a restaurant near the Pantheon supposedly noted for its fish, perhaps 10 years ago. I got up and left. I've had a harder time in Venice. Where I've had gruff servers hasn't been in a Roman restaurant but at the Holy Grail for ice cream, Giolitti: You may not like the abrasion; you can't complain about the product.
I should add that I don't mind my service starched -- my usual experience at my beloved La Campana -- provided that someone of the restaurant indicates that it wants my business. I also wear a coat and tie in the evenings.
Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT
Go wherever you want. Roman restaurants often don't make newcomers feel welcome. It's part of who they are and has nothing to do with how many or how few in your party. Act as though you take your food seriously, ask questions, make comments, enlist the waiter's help in formulating your dinner, and you'll be fine. But if you want to take the coward's way out and eat cafeteria style, you can always go to Volpetti Più. FWIW I like Felice better than Perilli.
Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT