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Aug 14, 2011 11:50 AM

A Week in Rome

I know this is a very broad spectrum and a bit of a hard question to answer, but I need suggestions for the best of the best in Rome. Cheap eats, beer, best pizza, best pasta, best farmers market, best cheese shop, anything. I'm staying in the Spanish Steps area.
All suggestions & info are greatly appreciated!

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  1. Antica Birreria Peroni should fill your needs for beer and food on the cheap. It's close to your hotel area (just off the Via del Corso on the Via di San Marcello). Roscioli, a fine foods shop near the Campo, has a very good cheese selection. You can sit at a two-top in the front of the house next to the cold cases for lunch. The buratta is wonderful, pastas and breads are too. Wines are very good. It's cramped, pricey and noisy. Not for everyone. I like it a lot.

    1. i would eat pizza al taglio at pizzarium three times per day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

      well at least try it once, it's great. it's four stops on the Metro from the stop at the Spanish Steps (get off at Cipro, and it's a half a block away). it's not a sit-down place -- you order and then eat at the bench or on the counter.

      there is also a new, but really great gelato place somewhat near the spanish steps. it is in piazza monte d'oro, a couple blocks west of via del corso. there is a blog post about it on -- the gelato is slightly different from other places, it is a bit colder but the flavors are really good and worth the walk.

      if you are looking for a place to sample foods and maybe take some home, try volpetti's in testaccio. it is expensive but you can try lots of things first.

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      1. re: calumin

        thanks for the mention calumin! the place to which you refer is il gelato di claudio torce. the branch in piazza monte d'oro is the newest one. there other central location is on viale aventino. have you been to gelateria fatamorgana on via bettolo? ...12 min walk from pizzarium just sayin:)

      2. Well, since you asked for 'best' what you really mean is what is each of our personal best preferences, right? Well, here goes:
        Cheap eats: Enoteca Corsi
        Beer: Open Baladin
        Best Pizza: Gatta Mangiona or Sforno for sit down; Pizzarium for by the slice
        Best Pasta: my fave is the carbonara at Perilli
        Best Farmers Market: Sat/Sunday Farmer's Market at Testaccio (not bio, but the Farmer's Market in back)
        Best Cheese Shop: La Tradizione
        And Gelato is already covered above: Il Gelato by Torce.
        All of these places are mentioned on other threads, and I'm sure everyone will have their own favorites, but these are mine!

        Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

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

        Via Statilio Ottato, 110, Rome, Lazio , IT

        Enoteca Corsi
        Via del Gesù, 87, Rome, Lazio , IT

        Open Baladin
        Via degli Specchi,5, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

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        1. re: minchilli


          Can you provide the address for
          Il Gelato by Torce. I cant seem to find it.

          1. re: importedtexan

            adding link. the info on his website is a little different however so hopefully one of the Romans will surface if updating is needed.

            Il Gelato di Claudio Torce'
            Viale Aventino,59, Rome, Lazio , IT

            1. re: jen kalb

              There's also a *new* location in the historic center.

              Il Gelato di Claudio Torce'
              Piazza di Monte d'Oro 91/92, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

              1. re: jen kalb

                monte d'oro location is the newest. There is one on Viale Aventino and his HQ is in EUR.