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Mar 8, 2012 02:50 PM

Rome restaurants - best places for 2 people to eat for about 100 euros

I will be in Rome March 22nd-27th. What are the best places for two people to eat for around 100 euros?

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  1. Hi M,
    Maybe share a little more information (neighborhood you're staying in, lunch/supper expectations, foods you like, prior experiences in Rome, pizza preferences, wines you are dying to try, gelato from your home-town vs. your idea of what you can get, your willingness to walk/affinity for mass transit and so on).
    Lots of good resources on this board. Meet them half way.

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    1. re: steve h.

      Thanks for responding! We will be staying near the Vatican, but we are willing to go anywhere for a good restaurant. We want to try traditional meals as well as some more modern dishes. We love seafood. I am primarily interested in places for dinner. I already have found some good places for lunches, pizza, and quick bites. I have the Eat Rome app that has been very helpful, just trying to get as many opinions as I can. Places I'm considering are Trattoria Monti, I Quattro Mori (near our hotel), La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali, Hosteria Costannza, Renato e Luisa, Osteria de Memmo, Hosteria L'Orso 80, Perilli, and Nino. I would love opinions on these and any other suggestions! Thanks!

      1. re: Maryanny

        Hello Maryanny

        I will be in Rome the end of March. Can you share with me the places you have in mind for lunches or quick bites? We are looking for inexpensive places. Thanks.

        1. re: Trungtr

          Here are the places I'm planning for lunches: Pizzarium, Roscioli Bakery, Forno Campo De' Fiori, and Il Cartoccio. Have fun!!

        2. re: Maryanny

          Sor'eve is very homey and is near your hotel. It makes its own pasta. The address is piazza della Rovere, 108.

          1. re: Maryanny

            Well, of the places on that list, Trattoria Monti is great, though it is not traditional Roman. The family that runs it is from Le Marche. Taverna dei Fori Imperiali is extremely overrated and expensive for the food quality. The owners are very nice people but especially since moving to a new location, the food has taken a nosedive. This decline has been documented by a number of English language food bloggers. No italian blogs that I know of even rate that place. The other venues don't really represent the best of Rome. If I had five days in Rome and was willing to travel, I would check out

            Tuna or Il Sanlorenzo for seafood (very expensive but far superior to anything else in the center). La Gensola could be a moderately priced substitute
            Sforno or La Gatta Mangiona for thick-rimmed pizza and fried things
            Pizzarium for Pizza by the slice
            Palatium and Enoteca Provincia for wine bar/restaurant dishes made with very local ingredients
            Settimio for very simple Roman dishes in an old school atmosphere (which is more interesting than the food, actually)
            Checchino dal 1887 for the very traditional rigatoni con la pajata, trippa alla romana, and coda alla vaccinara
            Roscioli for a modern carbonara and cacio e pepe
            Armando al Pantheon for gricia

            The pizza rossa at Forno Campo dei Fiori is great; bianca not as good as Forno Roscioli. Is il cartoccio the one on corso vittorio?



            1. re: katieparla

              Is the Settimio being referred to Settimo al Pellegrino or one of the others named Settimio?

              If it's Settimio al Pellegrino, I'm going to part company with Katie Parla in her view that the atmosphere is more interesting than the food. I've been to Rome many times, I live in Italy. I really don't need to be surrounded by an old-school atmosphere, yet I returned to Settimio al Pellegrino for the food. Its potato gnocchi on Thursdays I doubt can be bettered in Rome. Its simple, market based dishes -- like an endive soup in winter -- and simple secondi of high quality ingredients, expertly cooked (meaning, left alone) make for a wonderfully enjoyable meal for the traveler. Rather surprisingly, they make a killer Mont Blanc (which they serve without the slightest nod to "presentation", even the historic presentation of this fun dessert).

              I could readily understand that for people living in Rome whose job it is to track down the latest excitement on the Roman eating scene that Settimio al Pellegrino isn't serving "interesting" food. But it's delicious!

              If the Settimio being referred to is some Settimio other than al Pellegrino, then I've no opinion of that because I've not eaten there.

              1. re: barberinibee

                that's the same settimio. the mont blanc is one of my favorite things on earth. it is so sickeningly sweet and i cannot get enough of it and those sugary meringue chunks. i would be happy for it to be a part of my last meal.

                i actually find the gnocchi there to be above average (most places in rome have truly disgusting gummy gnocchi made with dehydrated potato flakes, settimio's are a step above). but the greatest gnocchi are at l'arcangelo (whcih i should have put on the list above along with suppli). the food at settimio is simple and many of their dishes are good or great. i love the grilled meatballs and involtini, which remind me of my grandmother's. but the place is a simple trattoria and i never walk out of there paying less than €45-50 so maybe the lack of value is what leaves me a bit cold. so when i said not interesting i meant not totally worth the price tag. i should have elaborated. but as far as cucina casalinga in the center of rome, it's head and shoulders above the competition.



                1. re: katieparla

                  I also enjoyed the grilled meatballs and involitini, and we did note the first time we were there for lunch that we paid as much for a very simple meal in an undecorated setting as we would have had we eaten in some place more elaborate. But we were really happy with our food, including the fact that lunch, portion-wise, resembled the kind of lunch we would prepare for ourselves.

                  I didn't find my monte bianco sickeningly sweet (not like half the pastries I sampled in Napoli). It was distinctly chestnutty and the meringue terrifically crunchy. I was very surprised. It was the best version of the dish I've ever tasted, and being something of a chestnut freak, I've had it lots of places in Italy and France.

                  I can't compare the gnocchi at Settimio with that at l'Arcangelo, but I am heartened to hear there are at least two places in Rome serving the genuine article with no shortcuts and of such high quality. For people coming to Italy who have only tasted gummy gnocchi, Settimio's is worth paying the price for if you want it and aren't able to get to l'Arcangelo.

                  With all this talk of prices, I wouldn't want people to think that Settimio is a budget-buster. You will pay roughly the same you do at trattoria's elsewhere, perhaps a euro or two more with each plate. (I recall my gnocchi was 9 e.) Where I live, in view of the sea, it is common knowledge that the better food will add some euros to the bill. To me it is worth it, and the money quite plainly goes into the dish and its preparation. It doesn't go for the decor.

              2. re: katieparla

                Thanks for the great advice!! Yes, Il Cartoccio is on corso vittorio. Lunch isn't as important to us as a good place for dinner. During the day we usually spend so much time sightseeing that we forgot to eat!!

            1. Thanks for all your suggestions! Packing now and will be leaving in just 4 days!

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              1. re: Maryanny

                Enjoy! will be looking forward to hearing about your trip.