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italydreaming Jan 4, 2012 09:29 PM

We are looking forward to our trip to Italy next month. We'll be visiting Rome, Tuscany, and Venice for two weeks. Based on this board, I've identified some restaurants I would like to try, I was wondering, can anyone give me a rough estimate on the price for these restaurants, assuming we order 1 appetizer, 2 antipasti, 1 secondi, 1 desert, 2 glasses of house wine? Also, I can't seem to find much information on when these restaurants are open - can you let me know if these places might be closed when we visit, and if so, recommend alternatives? If you would recommend other places, let me know as well!

Rome:
-Sunday lunch: Volpetti (on our way to Ostia Antica)
-Monday: Roscioli (spending day near colossem)
-Tuesday: L'Asino d'oro, Cul De Sac (spending day near borghese museum)
-Wed: Pizzarium, Palatium (spending day near vatican)

Tuscany:
-Th: looking for a quick place (pizza, sandwich to go) near Montalcino. Any suggestions?
-Sat: Malborghetto or osteria alla piazza
-Sun: L'Osteria or Antica Osteria Da Divo (Siena)
-Monday: Trattoria Chiribiri (San Gimigano)

Venice:
- Th: Alle Testiere
- Fri: Do Mori or Al Marcà
- Sat: Osteria La Frasca

Thanks a bunch!

  1. PBSF Jan 4, 2012 10:57 PM

    In Italy, most menu is divided into the following categories: Antipasti, Primi, Secondi, Contorni and Dolci. On your post, "1 appetizer, 2 antipasti...", they probably mean the same things?
    For Venice:
    Alle Testiere as of Spring last year: antipasti and primi 20euro, secondi are 25euro, dessert 9; house wines should be around 6 euros a glass depending on what is being offered. Open on Thursday, lunch and dinner..
    Do Mori and Al Marca are stand up only bacari with Al Marca standing outside on the campo because it is a tiny counter place. Both only serve simple cicchetti; about 1.5 euro per crostini, small panini, meatballs, etc. Wines start at around 2 euro for a small glass and goes up to ???. Both closes around 8:30/9pm. The food offering gets sparse by early evening; by that time, more for socializing and drinking than eating .
    Alla Frasca: haven't been there in a couple of years. Antipasti/primi should be around 10 euros, secondi 15, dessert 6 euro. House wine around 3 a glass. It is usually closed January through Carnevale, otherwise, open on Saturdays.

    1. vinoroma Jan 5, 2012 01:18 AM

      I agree with PBSF re: the menu parts. Please clear that.
      Rome: Volpetti is closed on Sundays. Roscioli is no where near Colosseum. Neither are L'asino d'oro and Cul de Sac near Borghese (whole day at Borghese? a bit much?). Pizzarium close to the entrance of the Vatican Museums but further away from St. Peter's, so plan accordingly. Palatium lovely choice if you are strolling to Spanish Steps after the Vatican.

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        italydreaming Jan 5, 2012 10:07 AM

        Sorry about the confusion. What I meant to order is 1 appetizer/antipasti, 2 primo, 1 secondi, 1 desert, and 2 glasses of wine.

        vinorama: Are there nearby places you would recommend for Sunday before we head to Ostia Antica then? We'll only spend 2 hours at Borgese, then plan to bus south towards San Pietro in Vincoli. I'll think about switching this up to avoid backtracking. Do you have data on the rough estimates on the prices for these places? Thanks so much for the questions and input so far.

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