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Hi Rome Chowhounders,
My husband and I will be arriving in Rome by train from Venice on Monday, 1/30, and will stay until Sat. morning, when we take the train to Milan. As I wrote already in my Venice post, we are coming from S. Florida and are looking for a leisurely pace, centered around great food. We are looking for fresh, local flavors and cuisine, and though we are not on a tight budget, we generally are not looking for any break the bank options. We are staying at the Majestic Hotel.

If I had to name the theme of our trip to Rome in one word, it would be PASTA. If I had to use two words, they would be "pasta, pizza." We are constant dieters at home and live to eat with abandon on our trips. There is nothing we love as much as pasta and pizza, so it's been extremely difficult for me to choose 9 meals (lunches/dinners) based on the lurking I've done on the boards for the past couple of months.

Here is our tentative itinerary:
Monday:
Arrive afternoon by train
Evening wine tasting of "My Italians" at Vinoroma.
Dinner at Da Remo

Tuesday:
Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere
lunch?
Testaccio
Dinner?

Wednesday:
Ancient Rome
Lunch?
Pantheon
Dinner at Pizzeria Tonda

Thursday:
Vatican City
Lunch at Pizzarium
Vatican City
Dinner at L'Arcangelo for gnocchi

Friday:
Galleria Borghese
Lunch?
Strolling/Open
Dinner at Antico Arco

Here's the hard part - I have 3 lunches open and 1 dinner and I have interest in all of the following:
Colline Emiliane (since we're not going to the ER area and my husband had his heart set on bolognese)
Roscioli
Perilli
Palatium
L'Asino d'oro
Trattoria Monti
Da Danilo
Trattoria Cardona

We have no problem with eating our large meal during the day and eating lighter in the evening, but we may need to eat 2 big meals in order to fit in more choices! Do we give up one of our pizzas? :(

Thank you in advance for your advice and guidance!

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Antico Arco
Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

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

Palatium
Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

Perilli
Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

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

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

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

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

Da Danilo
Via Petrarca 13, Rome, Lazio , IT

Da Remo
Via del Campo,4, Foligno, Umbria 06034, IT

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  1. how lovely to read you will be coming to vinoroma! I would swap monday & tuesday evening, then. Monday evening, after the tasting, you could go to L'Asino D'Oro or Da Danilo or Trattoria Monti (all very close) and Tuesday evening is perfect for your da Remo pizza fix (with some fried appetizers beforehand!) since you plan to spend the afternoon in Testaccio. Btw, are you sure? The morning would be more interesting, because the market will be open then. Just a thought. Then you could have lunch at Perilli. Colline Emiliane could be done for Friday lunch, if you are going to Antico Arco late (after 9!), otherwise it might be too much for one day. Another option for after Borghese would be Palatium.

    1. You're starting out your stay on the right track with vinoroma!

      Tuesday:
      Sora Margherita for lunch. A hole in the wall, with fantastic gricia and caccio pepe. And most likely they will also have fried artichokes.
      Dinner: Perilli

      Wednesday:
      Lunch: Taverna dei Fori Imperiali or L'Asino D'Oro
      Dinner: I haven't been to Tonda yet (others have and can chime in) but I'm partial to Gatta Mangiona.

      Thursday
      Lunch and dinner: Perfect choices!

      Friday:
      Lunch at Trattoria Cadorna: It's a pleasant walk from the Borghese to there. Although a lot of food, so maybe Palatium is a better choice?
      Dinner: So hard to choose. I guess you've done your work, and have chosen Antico Arco for a reason? It's quite good, but on the expensive/fancy side. If you're going to go in that direction, then I'd choose All'Oro.

      www.elizabethminchilli.com

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      1. re: minchilli

        Thank you both for your suggestions! We are very excited to come and timed our vinoroma tasting for the first day, so we can take advantage of what we learn for the rest of the week. (Btw, how early should we book the wine tasting for 1/30?)

        A couple things to note:

        We will always return to our hotel before dinner, so matching our afternoon sightseeing with our evening meal isn't necessary (except it does make sense the night of our wine tasting).

        I chose Antico Arco because we were thinking of doing one slightly more upscale meal and the menu looked good to me. If I had to drop it to somehow fit Colline Emiliane into the mix, I probably would (should I???).

        Regarding Pizzeria Tonda, I wanted to sample both roman and neopolitan styles. Among the neopolotian styles (Gatta Mangione, Sforno and Tonda), Tonda looked the most geographically convenient. Am I wrong? Is that a terrible way to make the decision?

        I agree that we should switch the Jewish Ghetto and Testaccio times so we hit market time. I just need to make sure the things I want to see in the Ghetto will be open in the afternoon - since it's winter and everything closes earlier.

        Thank you again!

        1. re: tlubow

          Definitely go to Perilli and have the carbonara! You could probably do it on tuesday, but make sure you check their openings, they are definitely closed one night.

          1. re: Wannabfoode

            Perilli is closed on Wednesday.

          2. re: tlubow

            Antico Arco for an upscale meal and Tonda for a "napolitan" style pizza are great choices in my opinion!
            Elizabeth, if you have been to Sforno consider that Tonda has a very similar offer (same owner as you know) plus they have 00100 small "trapizzini" (triangular pizza filled with Roman ingredients such as polpette or pollo alla cacciatora, just for tlubow information).
            Gatta Mangiona anyhow is a good alternative.

            Finally, since the main trip theme is pasta I'd definitely include Flavio al Velavevodetto in the Testaccio morning/afternoon.
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            www.tavoleromane.it

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            Antico Arco
            Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

            Sforno
            Via Statilio Ottato, 110, Rome, Lazio , IT

            La Gatta Mangiona
            Via Federico Ozanam,30, Rome, Lazio 00152, IT

            Flavio al Velavevodetto
            Via di Monte Testaccio 97, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

          3. re: minchilli

            Elizabeth - don't feel left out. I got your app for the trip and have been following your blog!

            1. re: tlubow

              :)

              1. re: minchilli

                I bought it as well. I'm looking forward to using it on site!

                1. re: Nancy S.

                  Hello Again to the Rome Chowhounders,
                  Based on your trusted advice above, I've modified the schedule slightly but I still need some more help and have a few slots with overlap.
                  New tentative itinerary:
                  Monday:
                  Arrive afternoon by train
                  Evening wine tasting of "My Italians" at Vinoroma.
                  Dinner at L'Asino d'Oro

                  Tuesday:
                  Testaccio market and tour
                  Lunch at Perilli or Flavio al Velavevodetto
                  Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere
                  Dinner at Da Remo

                  Wednesday:
                  Ancient Rome
                  Lunch at Da Danilo or Colline Emiliane
                  Pantheon
                  Dinner at Pizzeria Tonda

                  Thursday:
                  Vatican City
                  Lunch at Pizzarium
                  Vatican City
                  Dinner at L'Arcangelo for gnocchi

                  Friday:
                  Galleria Borghese
                  Lunch at Palatium or Colline Emiliane
                  Strolling/Open
                  Late Dinner at All O'ro

                  What time are normal lunch hours? Is figuring about 1 to 1.5 hours for lunch sufficient? I'm most concerned about Wed., when we have to get to the Synagogue/Jewish Museum by about 3:00 p.m.

                  So you can see that I dropped Roscioli, Monti and Trattoria Cardona entirely (something had to give), I added L'Asino d'Oro after Vinoroma (how soon should I book the wine tasting?), and I'm still trying to figure out where to fit Colline Emiliane, Da Danilo and Palatium. I just read on another post that L’Asino is closed on Monday. Is this true? From my very limited Rosetta Stone Level 1 Italian, I thought the website said closed just for lunch on Monday.

                  I switched Antico Arco to All O'ro after reviewing the menus again and reading additional information. For some reason I thought AllO'ro was much more expensive than Antico Arco, but I don't think it is. I also read that AA has been adding a 10% service charge, sometimes after the fact.

                  So I narrowed it down a bit, but as you can see, I still have 5 places trying to fit into 3 slots on Tues., Wed., and Friday. Help please.

                  1. re: tlubow

                    I just read on Katie Parla's blog that L'Asino d'Oro is closed on Monday so maybe we should switch Da Remo or Pizzeria Tonda back to Monday and go to L'Asino for dinner on Tuesday or Wednesday? Or eat at Da Danilo after Vinorama on Monday and either skip L'Asino entirely or substitute lunch at Palatium on Friday? The bottom line is that we don't have enough time!

                    1. re: tlubow

                      L'asino d'oro is closed for lunch on mondays, but open for dinner.

                      1. re: vinoroma

                        We are narrowing things down and I was wondering a couple of things about timing and reservations. Do we need reservations for lunch at Perilli and Colline Emiliane (I don't think Palatium takes lunch reservations) or can one walk in during the week in early Feb? If not, is the day before early enough time to make them? Is 1:30 a typical lunch time and how long will a lunch at these places usually last?

                        Thanks again - it's finally less than a month away.