One Splurge Night in Rome w/our "tween" children
My wife and I will be in Rome for 4 nights in mid-June with our 11 and 12 year old kids. We are trying to pick one restaurant for a splurge while we are there. After research and tips from various sources, we are considering Perilli, Roscioli, Ad Hoc and Il Gabrielli but are generally overwhelmed with the plethora of choices and very open to suggestions.
For context,this is our first trip to Rome; all of us, including the kids, are adventurous eaters and patient enough for the Italian dinner marathon experience; we are staying near the Barbierini metro stop but will go anywhere in the city; for this one night, price is not a concern; this likely will be a Tues or Wed night. We would love to find a lively place with truly memorable food.
Thanks in advance for your wisdom!
None of your restaurants are break-the-bank splurges. Of the four you mentioned, Roscioli is probably the most expensive, and the most sophisticated in terms of cooking.
In terms of going somewhere that is family friendly, I can't think of a better choice than Perilli. It's very authentic, old fashioned Roman cooking. I think they have the best carbonara in town. It's always my family's first choice (my two are now past tween stage, but it's been their favorite since they could walk).
It's definitely lively, and you will have memorable food. In addition to the carbonara other first courses not to miss include amatriciana and caccio pepe. For secondi don't miss their roast pork, roast lamb and if you like innards their tripe and corratella (lamb liver and lungs) are excellent.
And they may have the best roast potatoes in the world.