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Sep 19, 2011 03:05 PM

Rome: Der Pallaro, Pizzeria Pannettone, Osteria d'augusto

These are the places some friends/wine people recommended as their spots in Rome. I'd love to know what the consensus on this board is about them. Thanks!!

Der Pallaro
Largo del Pallaro 15, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

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  1. The pizzeria is the one better known by its nickname, L'obitorio, the morgue, for its marble tables. It's good, also loud, always crowded, and -- at least used to be -- better suited to, say, grabbing a bite before a movie than spending a leisurely evening. It's on Viale Trastevere and is an institution. I used to go there before the movies at the Pasquino because it was fast, but they closed the Pasquino and I haven't been to the obitorio since.

    Pallaro is near Campo de’ Fiori and has its staunch fans, but it is better loved, by those who love it, for its price-quantity ratio than its price-quality ratio.

    Augusto, in Trastevere, is an old-style paper-tablecloth joint serving a very traditional menu. Here too, the main attraction is that it's cheap. Some people see charm, others not so much.

    What all three have in common is a low price and relatively central location. Although there must be people who love the food for itself, possibly neighbors who have cultivated relationships and favorite dishes, usually the main attraction is the price. L'obitorio is a possible exception, because the pizza is (or used to be) quite good.

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    1. re: mbfant

      Maureen summed it up completely!

      1. re: mbfant

        Quantity over quality is definitely not our thing. And since we're planning this trip in advance we fortunately have time to save and therefore don't have to be that budget conscious. I really aPpreciate thebthorough/honest feedback. I figured this would be the place to ask.

      2. Pannettone actually is named Panattoni or l'obitorio as Maureen guessed.
        I still go there when I want a quick Roman thin pizza, especially when it's very late and it's not easy to find other open places serving food at the table.
        Der Pallaro has a fixed menu and it is not between my favourites restaurants. It's some years I don't go there but reading the comments it looks like it is not changed so much with time, except for price that currently should be 25 euros per person.

        Der Pallaro
        Largo del Pallaro 15, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

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        1. re: tavoleromane

          I love the number of nicknames some of the Roman places have (like ai Marmi)
          it can make it hard for visitors like me to sort it all out sometimes

          adding links

          Piazza de' Renzi, 15,, Lazio 00153, IT

          Pizzeria Ai Marmi AKA L'Obitorio AKA Panattoni
          Viale di Trastevere 53-55, Rome , IT