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mmclandy Aug 18, 2011 04:26 PM

Hi all,
My husband and I are heading to Rome in a little over a week, and we are having trouble nailing down enough recommended restaurants that are open that week (last week of August/first week of September). I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations to fill in the gaps! If you know a restaurant is open that week, that would be super-helpful, but even if you don’t know for sure, please recommend a name, and I’ll take it from there! Here’s what we have so far:

Aug. 27, dinner, arrival: Cul de Sac wine bar (confirmed open)

Aug. 28, lunch—empty
Dinner—Ai Marmi (open? Not sure if they’re open in August)

Aug. 29, lunch—Osteria La Gensola (confirmed)
Dinner—Antico Arco (confirmed)

Aug. 30, lunch-- Al Ragno d’Oro da Marco e Fabio (we need something close to the Vatican—not sure if they are open?)
Dinner—empty!

Aug. 31, lunch—Enoteca Corsi (open? Not sure)
Dinner—Roscioli (they have confirmed they are open, but for some reason they won’t reply when I ask for a reservation!)

Sept. 1, lunch—00100 (open?)
Dinner—L’arcangelo (I made a reservation via their web form, but they have not yet confirmed)

Here are some places that I have confirmed will not be open during our visit:
Taverna Fior Imperiali
La Campana
Checchino Dal 1887

At this point, we’re looking for options on the cheaper or modest side, since we view Antico Arco and Roscioli as splurge meals. We’d rather spend the remaining opportunities with mid-priced meals or cheaper options. We’re staying near in the Navona neighborhood, and appreciate conveniently-located options but would also be willing to trek a bit for meals that are worth it. We will be relying on public transit and our legs, which we like to use walking! : )

We also prefer for the most part to stick with traditional Roman cuisine for our remaining open spots. Appreciate any help, advice or insight anyone can offer! Thanks!

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Antico Arco
Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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

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

Cul de Sac
Piazza Pasquino, 73, Rome, Lazio , IT

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

  1. tavoleromane Aug 21, 2011 04:08 AM

    Hi mmclandy, I'll try to add some information in order to fill the gaps in your schedule and add some considerations.

    On Sunday the 28th I'd suggest a mediterranean style brunch. Margutta (vegeterian) is certainly open or you can try to contact Salotto 42 in the wonderful piazza di Pietra (light bio brunch) or Caffe' delle Arti inside Villa Borghese. In all these options you will not find top quality food but buffet food is ok and places are typically loved by Romans to chill out on Sunday (when we don't go at the sea side).
    For a Roman pizza on Sunday evening I Marmi should be open but maybe it's easier for you to go in the loved/hated Montecarlo or Baffetto. Typically you can not reserve a table in these places and it is better to go early or late evening.

    On Tuesday the 30th I'd recommend Pizzarium pizza at lunch time if you don't mind to eat standing up (it worth it!) and a restaurant outside historical center for dinner. Open places easy to reach with public transportation are Giuda Ballerino osteria (A metro to Giulio Agricola) and Da Cesare (tram 8 from largo Argentina to the opposite terminal). The first one has more creative food and the second one has more Roman traditional.
    Otherwise if you prefer a shorter distance Flavio in Testaccio is open all days. It could be a nice option also at lunch time.

    The 29th La Gensola at lunch and Antico Arco at dinner can be tough! Of course it depends on your "resistance", personally I'd split them in two different days.

    Finally, in Navona area don't miss Forno del Campo, Gelateria del Teatro and Chiostro del Bramante caffetteria for short breaks during the day. I'm sure you have already read a lot about these places.

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    1. re: tavoleromane
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      mmclandy Aug 21, 2011 06:39 PM

      Tavoleromane,
      Gosh, this is so much helpful information! Thanks! Sunday brunch is such an interesting idea, and I have to admit it never crossed my mind. I am very excited about the options you present.

      May I ask why you recommend Montecarlo or Baffetto instead of Ai Marmi? Pizza in Rome seems so controversial it's hard to know where to choose to go. Is it purely a logistical recommendation, or do you think Montecarlo or Baffetto are superior?

      Da Cesare looks really delicious, and I have emailed them asking for a reservation, although it is so tempting to go to Flavio instead. I'm still not sure I made the right decision!

      I can see why you would say that about La Gensola and Antico Arco in the same day, but when I travel my stomach is a bottomless pit : ) I almost feel like eating more earlier in the day helps me eat more at dinner.

      Once again, thank you SO much--it is impossible to express how helpful your advice has been. I was feeling very overwhelmed and lost, but now I feel like I have direction.

      Thank you!

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      Antico Arco
      Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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

      Da Cesare
      Via del Casaletto,45, Rome, Lazio 00151, IT

      1. re: mmclandy
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        zerlina Aug 21, 2011 09:14 PM

        Umm, are you sure you e-mailed the right Da Cesare? The one Tavoleromane means is Da Cesare al Casaletto in Monteverde, and I don't think it has a Web site or an e-mail address. The better known Da Cesare is on Via Crescenzio near the Vatican, is Roman-Tuscan, a ristorante rather than a trattoria (although these days the distinctions are blurred) and more expensive.

        1. re: zerlina
          jen kalb Aug 22, 2011 06:41 AM

          for reference

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          Ristorante Cesare
          Via Crescenzio 13, Roma 00193, IT

          Da Cesare
          Via del Casaletto,45, Rome, Lazio 00151, IT

          1. re: jen kalb
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            mmclandy Aug 23, 2011 06:55 PM

            Zerlina & Jen,
            Thanks so much for the Da Cesare info and clarification. I had no idea there were two, and you have helped me avoid an error. Thanks so much!

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            Da Cesare
            Via del Casaletto,45, Rome, Lazio 00151, IT

        2. re: mmclandy
          tavoleromane Aug 22, 2011 03:21 PM

          My pleasure mmclandy, thank you for your very kind reply!
          Concerning pizza my suggestion was only logistic, in my opinion pizza at Ai Marmi (also named by Romans "l'obitorio" - the morgue - because of the marble tables where they put directly the pizza plate) is comparable to Montecarlo and Baffetto and the difference doesn't worth to move so much. Consider that Roman pizza style (thin and crisp) usually is not based on high quality ingredients and preparations, but it is still a cheap eat loved by locals. Instead if you are looking for top quality pizza you will not find it in these places. In this case you have to move from the historical center and close areas.

          Zerlina is right: Da Cesare I mentioned in the previous post is the one in via del Casaletto. Let me know if you need any support to book a table. In case I can try to help you.

          1. re: tavoleromane
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            mmclandy Aug 23, 2011 06:54 PM

            Thank you--I see what you mean about pizza! I am thinking we will play it by ear about pizza, and will see where we are when we get hungry : )

            I am very glad that the "Da Cesare" was clarified--I easily could have wound up at the right place. I am really excited about all of the dining options, and again, thank you so much for your help and guidance. I really do feel so much better about everything.
            Thanks!

      2. z
        zerlina Aug 18, 2011 05:20 PM

        There's a thread here about restaurant closings/openings with links to lists and articles:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798991

        And this Italian food blogger has a day-by-day list of places open in August:

        http://www.puntarellarossa.it/2011/08...

        Not mentioned, but it reportedly reopens on August 24: La Gensola.

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        1. re: zerlina
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          mmclandy Aug 18, 2011 07:31 PM

          Thank you so much for the help--this definitely helps. I do already have a reservation at La Gensola for lunch on 8/29.

          The only issue I'm having with the information in the links you provided is I'm hoping for recommendations--every meal in Rome is so precious that I'd like to do what I can to increase my odds of a good meal and decrease the odds of a bad one. I will use the info in the links as a jumping off point for further research but would also appreciate further input and guidance on quality. Thanks!

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

          1. re: mmclandy
            mbfant Aug 20, 2011 07:04 AM

            "The only issue I'm having with the information in the links you provided is I'm hoping for recommendations"

            Well, that's a different question, and one I think you'll find has already been answered in numerous other threads. You'll have to search.

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              mmclandy Aug 20, 2011 04:36 PM

              I appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment, but I have to say that I *have* spent hours upon hours upon hours reading the threads, blogs, emailing restaurants, etc. That's actually how I came up with the list of restaurants in my schedule.

              At this point though the places that seem thoroughly vetted and are open at the right times seem few and far between. The question I asked in my OP was whether there are any recommended restaurants that could fill in the gaps.

              The links provided by zerlina were invaluable. HUGE help. But it's a list of restaurants that for the most part I've never heard of, and I was hoping that someone with more information on restaurants in Rome would be willing to help out.

              1. re: mmclandy
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                zerlina Aug 20, 2011 05:08 PM

                OK, here's a hint. Some of the Roman trattorie on the various lists are: Armando al Pantheon, Felice, Flavio al Velavevodetto, Vino e Camino. L'Asino d'oro is Umbrian.

                There are almost endless comments - pro and con - about all of them.

                1. re: mmclandy
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                  zerlina Aug 20, 2011 06:29 PM

                  Roma Sparita, another Roman trattoria much discussed here, says on its Web site that it's closed from August 13 to 31.

                  1. re: zerlina
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                    mmclandy Aug 21, 2011 06:34 PM

                    Zerlina,
                    Thank you so much, once again, for your very helpful leads. The trouble now will just be choosing between them! : )

                    I'll report back once we've chosen where to go.

                    It's amazing to me how much the restaurant culture in Rome differs from that of San Francisco. I'm so excited.

                    Once again, thank you so much.

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