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Oct 14, 2011 06:55 AM

One night in Rome -- where to eat?


My mom and I will have one night in Rome on our Italy trip and I'd like to make the most of it by going to a great restaurant (preferably with really good pasta!). Doesn't have to be fancy. We are staying near the Spanish Steps so something near there would be great. Thank you (in advance) for suggestions!


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  1. Before the regular Rome posters jump into reply that a search of the boards will reveal an answer, I'd like to offer that the other day, I tried to locate previous threads with some specific recommendations for a neighborhood in Rome i knew had been discussed within the past year, and I personally found the search feature frustrating. Half the choices it gave me in response were threads where responders essentially said "Please search the boards for previous threads," - or else I was presented with threads on Rome from 5 years ago, or longer.

    Because I remembered key words and who had participated in the discussion, I finally ended up going to google and typing in a search string with some very specific words I recalled followed by Chowhound Italy 2011, and thus I finally located the long thread I was looking for that had a robust discussion of many individual restaurants., all over Rome But simple searches for Rome on Chowhound didn't produce useful results.

    It is possible I don't understand how to use the map feature, and that this would be a good way for Lola05 to search the boards for ecommendations for excellent pasta near the Spanish Steps But a response of "please do a search of the boards first" -- at least when I tried it on Chowhound -- might need more elaboration, or maybe people who are aces at locating the rich and recent discussions of many restaurants in that neighborhood could put a link in their response to get the OP started. Often discussions of Roman restaurants on Chowhound make no mention of where they are located or what they excel at.

    9 Replies
    1. re: barberinibee

      OK, here's a link for the OP. If she clicks on it, then on Browse nearby, she will get a list of restaurants in the area, and clicking on the names will get her to recent discussions of them.

      Alla Rampa
      Piazza Mignanelli,18, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

      1. re: zerlina

        I think that is much more helpful. I would only add for Lola05 that the clickable "Browse nearby" option is located directly under the map.

      2. re: barberinibee

        In defence of the contributors of the Italy board, I would like to say that I posted a similar question for a visit of 5 days, about 3 weeks ago and a lot of helpful folk weighed in. I will post my experiences soon in a separate thread. For the OP, the place near Piazza Di Spagna, I enjoyed most was Palatium. In fact that was prob my fave meal in Rome. You can follow this with gelato at Claudio Torce's outpost nearby and a walk to the Trevi fountain to cap off your night.

        In contrast, I posted something similar on the Spain board and there were no replies at all.

        Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

        1. re: mikey8811

          Don't remember ever seeing your post on the Spain board. Was it recent?

          1. re: PBSF

            Hi PBSF

            Yes, it was towards the end of Sep just before I went - it wasn't a fresh post but rather tagging along someone else's similar question which also received scant replies. The OP then had similar reservations as I did and I thought I would just add on rather than cluttering the board with a fresh post.

            I just researched it the labourious way after that - I remember reading some of your replies to other posts and a lot of Juan Doe's on Madrid. I just figured maybe the posters on the Spain board didn't like answering the same questions over and over again.

            1. re: mikey8811

              It is a very good chance that your post didn't get any reply because it got lost in the 'add, tag on' shuffle. Or maybe that the original post was very 'generic and no one bother to revisit it'. The Spain board is different from Italy or France in that there are very few local contributors, especially Barcelona. The board is less convoluted and easier to navigate. Barcelona dominates that board. The few of us that contribute are either recurring visitors (not many) like me or recent visitors that stayed for a few days. Most short term visitors to Barcelona are basically looking for the same: molecular/modern Catalan, alternative to Can Roca, tapas/pintxo crawl, Eixample, Born, etc. And the responses are the basically the same group of places. Many posters don't realize this site is a forum and not always an one to one exchange. I just came across your post and it definitely have some very specific points/places that you wanted some feedback on. Sorry that I missed it and glad you had a great meal at Can Fabes.

          2. re: mikey8811


            I wasn't criticizing the contributors to the italy board for any failure to respond. I was hoping to alert them to a problem that arises when, with all good intentions, the response to a fresh inquiry about Rome is to suggest the inquirer search the Italy.board for past discussions. I discovered what you discovered when I recently tried a search -- it is labourious -- and for all the labor, one doesn't come up with the wealth of recent discussions and answers that the suggestion implies it will. Or at least it didn't in my case. Hence my suggestion that suggestions to do a search include some pointers or links for searching.

            Would it help the original poster here if you posted a link to your thread of 3 weeks ago?

            1. re: barberinibee

              here is a link to Mikey's post and it should have the followup.
              its easy enuf to click on a poster's name and see the threads he was talking on.
              I learned a new tool yesterday too - if you find a post that is particularly on point, you can click on "permalink" - that will create a URL for that post which can be pasted in here.
              lets see how it works.

              1. re: jen kalb

                Yes, but if the poster is a prolific poster and didn't start the thread, one ends up picking through a lot of posts.

        2. OK, I won't tell you to search previous posts, but I will tell you you can't ask this kind of question without saying what time of year and day of the week you're talking about. Also how far from the Spanish Steps you're willing to walk. Any decent restaurant in Rome that isn't totally exotic will have good pasta.

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          1. re: mbfant

            She asked for really good pasta. I had gotten the impression from reading Chowhound that restaurants serving really good pasta near the Spanish Steps were now an extremely short list all year round.

            1. re: barberinibee

              Restaurants serving really good FOOD near Piazza di Spagna are an extremely short list, which is why I asked how far they were willing to go. If the restaurant is good, the pasta is good. Palatium is near and good, but I heard they were renovating or something. Also, it's not the friendliest.

              Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

              1. re: mbfant

                That's a helpful elaboration, plus a recommendation.

                I tend to read questions from new posters coming here as driven by the assumption that there are people regularly posting on Chowhound who (a) have a wider experience of Rome eateries than they do and (b) such people have an enthusiasm for seeking out the best available eating, within limits, so it is worthwhile to seek their recommendations I read them as asking, in essence: "If you were near the Spanish Steps and wanted to eat really good pasta, where would you go?"

                I realize that there is more than one honest answer possible other than the names of one or two restaurants (i.e,, "There really isn't any place good in that neighborhood" or "I don't like pasta" or "I think you should consider what else you'll be eating too". But sometimes a cigar is really just a cigar, and somebody really is just curious about where somebody who knows the difference between good and bad pasta might choose to go to eat really good pasta someplace they intend to be in Rome.

                1. re: barberinibee

                  "But sometimes a cigar is really just a cigar, and somebody really is just curious about where somebody who knows the difference between good and bad pasta might choose to go to eat really good pasta someplace they intend to be in Rome."

                  Huh? I don't understand this at all. Could someone please translate the post?