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3 Days in Rome--Light Lunch Advice Requested

This coming week my wife and I will start a 23 day journey in Italy with three days in Rome. Relying significantly upon research on this board, we are reserved for dinners at Perilli on Thursday, Checchino on Friday, and La Pergola on Saturday. We will be arriving at our hotel on Via Piacenza in Quirinale early Thursday morning no doubt heavily jet lagged. I am thinking Colline Emiliane, but am uncertain whether a "light lunch" would be achievable (or acceptable) at this Emilian restaurant. We will be doing "Ancient Rome" on Friday afternoon, and were considering Roscioli beforehand. Finally, we'll be spending Saturday morning in the Vatican Museums, and were thinking of something in Trastavere if possible (but we will be happy to go elsewhere for the right meal).

The key here is delicious but light--as you can see, our dinners are likely to be substantial, and my wife is liable to leave me if I arrange something that is "too much" for lunch.

It has been a pleasure reading this board over the last few weeks; I thank you in advance for any additional advice you all might offer. As seems to be the custom here, I will start separate threads on "light lunches" around Arezzo, Emilia Romagna (Bologna/Ravenna/Ferarra), and Piemonte (Monforte d'Alba and surrounds, and Soriso), the three other areas we'll be spending most of our time.

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Perilli
Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

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

Colline Emiliane
Via degli Avignonesi, 22, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

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  1. I hope once you leave Rome you will consider having at least some of your major meals at lunch time. With the late dinner hour in Italy, heavy evening meals can be less pleasant than a leisurely lunch followed by a nap or walk - its also more on accordance with the custom of the country - there is a reason why most pizzerie are only open in the evenings.

    Colline Emiliane does not seem like a perfect light lunch destination - and since you are heading to E-R, its not really necessary in Rome to sample that cuisine. Maybe the fixed price lunch at L'Asino d'Oro, or a wine bar would be good for that first lunch. Depends on where you hope to be at noontime.

    For Friday, perhaps you could consider having fish as your light lunch meal .
    For Saturday, given your big deal dinner, maybe Pizza al taglio for lunch? Pizzarium is in the area of the Vatican Museums, but it doesnt really have seating.

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

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

    1. hi carlvin, for lunch on thursday, id ditch colline emiliane in favor of a salad at la barrique or something at enoteca provincia romana (loads of light choices). mia market on via panisperna is another option for a light lunch.

      the best dishes at salumeria roscioli (burrata, carbonara, cacio e pepe, spaghetti with butter and anchovies) aren't particularly light. i find their salads pretty lame. so if you want to do roscioli on friday, go to the forno (via dei chiavari) for small slices of pizza by the slice instead of the salumeria (via dei giubbonari). alternatively if you do la barrique on thursday, you can go to enoteca provincia romana on friday.

      if you want to eat in trastevere on saturday, you can grab a nice fish meal at la gensola.

      you might also consider going to roscioli for dinner instead of perilli or checchino (i prefer the latter).

      enjoy!

      www.parlafood.com

      1. Another light-lunch possibility: Casa Bleve. Pricier than the other light-lunch options mentioned, but if you've reserved at La Pergola, price is presumably no object.

        And another vote for Checchino over Perilli.

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        Casa Bleve
        Via del Teatro Valle, 49, Roma 00186, IT

        1. Aside from the fact that I would in any circumstances skip Perilli and go to Checchino, I would never go to both two nights in a row and consider Colline Emiliane in the same week, much less a week that contains La Pergola. Light lunch would not be my primary concern. I'd advise to plan your dinners better and let lunch just happen. Pizza al taglio or a sandwich in a bar -- and there are some very nice bars in every neighborhood -- is all you need, and why stress yourself in the middle of the day trying to reach a place you've reserved. Or, if you know you'll be leave the Colosseum or the Vatican or La Rinascente for that matter at lunchtime, plan for location and eat what you want.

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          Perilli
          Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

          Colline Emiliane
          Via degli Avignonesi, 22, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

          La Rinascente
          Via Gatti,3, Trapani, Sicily , IT

          1. I'd also ditch Perilli and substitute either with l'arcangelo or roscioli (prefer the latter). Thursday lunch either what katie said or l'asino d'oro's lunch menu for 12 euros which is just enough to get you thru the day without weighing you down. Pizzarium might be a good idea for lunch before la pergola if you can restrain yourself. Or also sorpasso where you & your wife can have as much or little as you like, including nice salads/vegetables.

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            Perilli
            Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

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

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            1. re: vinoroma

              I second what Vinoroma suggests. I did all of L'Asino D'oro's 12 EUR lunch which is prob one of the best value lunches I've had, Pizzarium after St. Peter's & The Vatican and Roscioli for another lunch although Roscioli did npt turn out to be light in the end as I had both a burrata plate and a carbonara (the former after watching the guy in action at the deli counter) but stick to the one course and it will be "light'. I'll post my experiences in a separate thread.

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

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