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manny6 Oct 20, 2011 11:09 PM

Thanks to you chowhounder regulars here on the Italy board I have eaten my way very well through Venice, ER, Florence and Umbria. There has been a marked difference between your suggestions and random places I went to or even those recommended by hotel conceriege, etc. The Gambero, Michelin, Ristorante d'Italia etc. stickers on the restaurant windows are also somewhat indicative of the food. I plan to share my favorites when I get back to NYC. 
I am now stuck in Rome, with limited Internet access and time until I leave (typing this up on my phone!). I beleive I have already had some of the best Venetian, Tuscan, Umbrian and Bolognese food and unless the place has some special twist one might appreciate, I'm really trying to get mind-blowing regional Roman food and pizza. Reading through previous Chowhound posts so far I have a short list:
Al Duello 
Forno Campo de' Fiori (tried once already at 5:30pm but was unimpressed, Pizza Bianca was decent though, maybe aim to go in the morning when they serve it hot and not cold and hard like when I went?)
L'Arcangelo 
L'Asino d'Oro
La Campana 
La Taverna dei Monti 
Pizzarium
Ristorante Santa Cristina al Quirinale 
Trattoria da Danilo 
Ditarambo (tried already, not bad, my first Cacio e pepe - it was good but not amazing)

So in short looking for about half a dozen choices that would really highlight the best of Roman cooking and sit-down pizza (I think I should be good with Pizzarium for taglio pizza). I prefer traditional or traditional with modern twist/ presentation but not looking for overly inventive or experimental cuisine. I am staying in Via Veneto a few minutes from Barebrini metro stop but plan to be all over Rome. I look forward to your suggestions. 

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

L'Arcangelo
Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

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

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

Santa Cristina al Quirinale
Via della Cordonata,21, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

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    xoxobleach Dec 28, 2011 09:54 PM

    Forno Campo de' Fiori's pizza bread at 8am was also cold and hard. i wonder why people rec that place.

    thankfully the tart bakery nearby saved the day. il forlino i think.

    1. vinoroma Oct 21, 2011 12:38 AM

      try roscioli on via Chiavari for pizza bianca.
      try the other roscioli around the corner on via dei giubbonari for a sit down lunch or dinner. reservations recommended but since you are alone you might get lucky.
      L'Arcangelo good, especially thursday gnocchi. otherwise suppli and cacio e pepe.
      L'Asino d'Oro great, though service can be off. Food is great. Best lunch deal in town, too.
      skip La Campana.
      Taverna dei Monti is lovely but not Roman.
      Pizzarium a must.
      sit down pizza either a bus ride to La Tonda or go to da Remo for roman-style thin crust pizza. both only evenings.
      skip Santa Cristina.
      Have cacio e pepe at Danilo!
      for gelato, in addition to those you have, go to il gelato di torce, multiple locations, central is on piazza monte d'oro (between Spanish Steps and Ara Pacis)
      happy eating!

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

      L'Arcangelo
      Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

      Remo
      Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

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

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

      17 Replies
      1. re: vinoroma
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        zerlina Oct 21, 2011 12:48 AM

        Taverna dei Monti is Roman and missable; Trattoria Monti is lovely but not Roman.

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        Trattoria Monti
        Via di San Vito,13a, Roma , IT

        1. re: zerlina
          vinoroma Oct 21, 2011 06:46 AM

          oh, thanks for catching that zerlina, i sure had trattoria monti in mind as i answered! the lovely, dreamy waiters must have confused me :)

          1. re: vinoroma
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            manny6 Oct 21, 2011 10:10 AM

            Either way, sounds like I could skip both!

            1. re: manny6
              vinoroma Oct 21, 2011 12:54 PM

              Nooo, don't skip trattoria monti, it's really good.

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          manny6 Oct 21, 2011 10:21 AM

          Thanks for the tips. I went to L'asino d'Oro today. Incredible food and value for lunch. Dolce excellent too. It wasn't quite traditional I guess but nevertheless great. Pizzarium - wow! They should rename it to world pizza research lab. Outstanding pizza with perfectly paired delicious
          toppings. I usually just love the plain old tomato only or margherita but this was ridiculous. I hesitate after eating all the pizza I've eaten before, but this was THE best although napoletana is a different beast.
          Going to L'Arcangelo tonight and Roscoili tomorrow night. Will try to check out da Remo and Danilo as well. What do you think of Nerone?
          I thank you again.

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          L'Arcangelo
          Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

          Remo
          Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

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

          1. re: manny6
            vinoroma Oct 21, 2011 12:59 PM

            Have the burrata and carbonara at roscioli. Other than that i tend to like their antipasti more than the secondi, but they make a mean beef tartar, too. You can specify what/how you want it. Service can be off, don't take it personally.
            Am not a nerone client, can't say anything.

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              manny6 Oct 21, 2011 10:30 PM

              Will try the burrata, carbonara and tartare at Roscioli.
              We did not like L'arcangelo last night. Service and clientele were too stuffy for my taste. Also felt like a kid in there although we are mid 30s. Besides all that, the food was the worst of our trip so far. Got the suppli which not mind-blowing, cacio e pepe and rigatoni al matriana which were too al dente to the point of being unpleasantly chewy. I know they are known for al dente, and even if their version is truly authentic I found it tough to enjoy (no pun intended). 3 dishes, water and an ungenerous pour of a glass of house white - 65 euros for 2 people. Certainly the most overpriced meal of our trip. I don't know whether they had an off night (doubt it) or perhaps its just a matter of different strokes for different folks! I think I'm done with cacio e pepe. After having one version that was cooked well but overly salty and another that was perfectly seasoned but overly chewy, I don't know what's considered authentic or good, but it's a pass for me.
              Looking forward to Roscioli tonight. Don't have enough appetite or time for more than 1 more big meal after that bit there's plenty of room for gelato, coffee and pizza! Any other Roman pizza you'd suggest that is closer to Via Veneto? Remo looks a bit out of the way.

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

              Remo
              Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

              1. re: manny6
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                mikey8811 Oct 22, 2011 01:32 AM

                On the last day of my recent Rome trip, i did Roscioli for lunch - had the burrata and carbonara - both outstanding but it was really too much food. You really can share that between two people.

                I did Remo for dinner - it is a bit of the beaten track but accessible by bus and/or tram. I am glad I made the effort to get there - it was worth it. I also had the pizza al taglia at Pizzarium the day before - they are different experiences.

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

                Remo
                Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

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

                1. re: manny6
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                  barberinibee Oct 22, 2011 04:14 AM

                  Fiore di Zucca , with a wood-burning oven, is not much of a walk from the via Veneto. Some years ago, I had a very enjoyable lunch of gnocchi there but really envied the pizzas I saw being delivered to other tables, so much so I've had it in my mind to go back ever since -- but I have not done so yet, so I can't give a personal recommendation and I'd hate to be responsible for you leaving Rome with a bad taste in your mouth, or less than the peak experiences you say you want.

                  If you read Italian, here are some reviews from Tripadvisor (which I don't put any stock in, but other people's recs don't seem to be necessarily helping you out either.)

                  http://www.tripadvisor.in/Restaurant_Review-g187791-d1163159-Reviews-Fiore_Di_Zucca-Rome_Lazio.html

                  Given its location, pizza prices probably tick up from other neighborhoods in Rome, and if you still want to take a flyer on it, you might do well to reserve ahead on a Saturday night.

                  http://www.ristorantefioredizucca.com...

                  1. re: barberinibee
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                    manny6 Oct 22, 2011 09:09 AM

                    Hey thanks for the suggestion. Going go Remo tonight and looking forward to it. Roscioli was incredible. Had the burrata, carbonara, mozzarella di bufala, rigatoni,
                    alla matriciana, some mortadella with pecorino and beef carpacio with pecorino - all of which were outstanding and probably the best versions of each I've ever head
                    except for the mortadella. The great prosecco and vermentino helped wash down all that food. Service was friendly and professional and although
                    a waiter spilled some sauce on me accidentally and ruined a favorite shirt of mine, it was handled very well. Gelato at caruso and ciampini both excellent although different from each other.

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

                    Remo
                    Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

            2. re: vinoroma
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              manny6 Oct 22, 2011 09:12 AM

              Pizza Bianca at Roscioli's bakery was right on!

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

              1. re: manny6
                vinoroma Oct 23, 2011 12:42 AM

                I am so glad my recs have proved to be helpful for you. Eat on!

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                  manny6 Oct 23, 2011 01:16 AM

                  Thanks again - Remo was phenomenal. Although it's well know and in the guide books I didn't see any tourists and the place was packed with locals lining up. Felt like a true Roman experience. Pizza was very different from napoletana or anything else I've had before but I loved it. I can see why one would claim it's the best in Rome.
                  No more (massive) eating for me today on my last day in Rome as I have engaged in too much gluttony for 2+ weeks. Will make an exception for coffee and gelato though. Are fattamorgana, gracchi and Settimo worth the detour or will giolotti do the job?

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                  Remo
                  Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

                  1. re: manny6
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                    mikey8811 Oct 23, 2011 02:30 AM

                    If you haven't already, try Claudio Torce's place it is hidden away in a small square close to where you are. It was my best gelato experience in Rome although I preferred Ciampini's marron glace.

                    Glad you found Remo worth the effort.

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                    Remo
                    Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

                    1. re: manny6
                      vinoroma Oct 23, 2011 04:27 AM

                      your detour should be for Il Gelato di Torce, on Piazza Monte d'Oro, between the Spanish Steps & the Tiber (and close to the Ferrari store). I do not recommend Giolitti at all.

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                        manny6 Oct 23, 2011 02:25 PM

                        Went there today. It topped all the best gelato experiences we had so far. And we tried over 20 gelaterias all over country many of which were already very good. Ciampini is great but a different kind oh Gelato. Torce has such a large amount of insane flavours it's hard to fathom how it's pssoible. I got 85% chocolate, celery and cream+gewurtztriminer. All just just astonishingly good.

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                          manny6 Oct 23, 2011 02:28 PM

                          Also had some great napoletana pizza at Al Forno della Soffitta today.

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                  manny6 Oct 20, 2011 11:26 PM

                  Also would welcome coffee and gelato suggestions. Tazza d'Oro was amazing but St Eustachio so far just good. Will keep trying. For Gelato I have Caruso, Fatta Morgana, Settimo and Gracchi so far. Please let me know if I need to make reservations at any restaurants you suggest. So far I've just been walking in and although I had a few close calls I've been able to get seated almost right away or within an hour or so.

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