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L'asino d'oro? Restaurant Recco's in Rome?

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Hi Everyone,

Do you prefer L'asino d'oro for lunch or dinner? Do you need reso's for lunch?

Is Cul de Sac a lunch spot or just a place to sit outside, enjoy wine, and a few appetizers? Anyone have feedback on Maccheroni (my colleagues in Rome enjoy it here very much ) or Colline Emiliane? I only have 4 lunches in Rome so please share your top 4 spots!!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. L'Asino d'Oro has a bargain lunch that offers no choice. If you want to choose, go in the evening. Reserve both.
    You can have meals at Cul de Sac.
    I have never heard one good word about Maccheroni, but I've never been there. Anyplace can be likeable if you make it your regular spot and develop a relationship, which your colleagues evidently have.
    Colline Emiliane is best for Emilian-style pastas, same at lunch and dinner. It has zero atmosphere and iffy service these days, or so many posters say. It's more a winter cuisine, but I've always liked their beef salad in summer.

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    1. re: mbfant

      Here is my review of L'Asino D'oro:

      Lunch is a 12 euro fixed menu (best deal in Rome!) Including a glass of wine and water. I could see, if I lived here, going there very often. We started with a little crostini of olive and ricotta paste. Next was bread soup with beans from Bolsena. Next course was the best for me—a lovely crespelle stuffed with cheese and covered with a “sugo finto”, simple but packed with flavor, tomato sauce. Last was a plate with 2 small meatballs, saucy beans and carrots topped with some fantastic olive oil. It was a lot of food for me but Ken thought it was perfect. The food was very “down home” not at all fussy but the flavors were all true, fresh and full.

      1. re: mbfant

        Thanks! Maybe we'll skip Colline Emiliane since it may be too heavy cuisine for July. Do I need to make reservations weeks in advance for places like L'asino? IE: should i call now to reserve L'Asino D'Oro for lunch or can it be made a few days before? What are your favorite places for dinner? We're already booked at Checchino dal 1887 and Piperno so we have 2 more dinner reservations to make.... would appreciate any feedback. thanks again!

        1. re: jessicablock

          In April, two days in advance was plenty of time for a lunch reservation at L'Asino d'Oro--but a reservation is definitely necessary.

          1. re: jessicablock

            Actually, L'Asino d'oro does fill up every day for lunch. Since it's such a good deal. So definitely call ahead and reserve.
            Macheroni is not horrible, but not great either. No reason to waste one of your four precious meals there!
            Also, your lunch choices will depend a bit on what you are doing for dinner. Which you don't mention. By lunch do you mean some place a bit lighter? And faster?

            www.elizabethminchilliinrome.com

            1. re: minchilli

              Just replied to my original post: What are your favorite places for dinner? We're already booked at Checchino dal 1887 and Piperno so we have 2 more dinner reservations to make.... nixed dal bolognese..maccheroni.. would appreciate any feedback. thanks again!

        2. What are your favorite places for dinner? We're already booked at Checchino dal 1887 and Piperno so we have 2 more dinner reservations to make.... would appreciate any feedback. thanks again!

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          1. Just back from Rome and had the worst meal ever at L'Asino D'oro -- lunchtime --bargain meal was inetable. They brought us a stale piece of bread with some brown sauce on it...bean we think. Then it was followed by the same colored soup made of farro and vegetables, just OK. This was followed by the most overcooked "timbale" of pasta -- a big disappointment. Worse still they ran out of the entire, did not inform us and then brought us a riff on insalata roussa with chunks of hard/dried meet and maybe potatoes or turnips , glued together with a maynonaise-- with a side of biter overcooked cauliflower --"ubriaco" they called it Even if I had been drunk that meal would have been the worse one we had on our entire trip. Stick to Felice, Roscioli and Monti.