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Jul 23, 2012 07:27 AM

Antico Arco or Glass Hostaria?

Will be in Rome for 3 nights and want to do 1 night a nicer dinner...from what I've read, I get the impression that Antico Arco or Glass Hostaria tasting menus would more than suffice! Which is better in terms of food and experience? Also, which has more Italian style food as opposed to continental? Are they both pretty centrally located in Rome? Staying in the Navona area. Thank you :)


P.S. If there are any others that are the same calibur that I should be considering, feel free to suggest.

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  1. I think there was a recent discussion about just this same thing.

    But anyway, for starters, Glass is more centrally located.

    Both are excellent, and on the 'creative' side, if that is what you mean by 'continental.'

    Both are definitely special occasion 'nice' places. Glass is the more modern, causal interior. Antico Arco more formal.

    Hope this helps somewhat. The food at both places has already been discussed a lot of this board.

    1. I prefer Antico Arco. It is less expensive and, though not traditional, more in tune with tradition (it "interprets" many old faves). Glass has a Michelin star (I am a minority in thinking that was a mistake), so is in a different category. Il Convivio and Agata e Romeo are more Italian than Glass. Pipero is relatively new and recognizably Italian, though quite creative. I think it's great. All'Oro could be an idea for you too.

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      1. re: mbfant

        I looked at the All'Oro menu and it looks great! I love how you can choose your own dish from each course, too. Thanks so much!

        1. re: mbfant

          I've been planning while in Rome in October to have dinner at both All'Oro and Antico Arco, but now I'm thinking I might want to switch out one of them with a casual dinner at a pizzeria. What are all your thoughts about this? While in Rome, my meals will be:

          1st day: Lunch at Roscioli, Dinner at L’Arcangelo (Thursday Gnocchi!)
          2nd day: Lunch at Piperno, Dinner now scheduled for All' Piperno would it be possible to just have a snack of fried artichokes, maybe some zucchini flowers, and the "Grandpa's Balls" for dessert? Or does it have to be a full complete meal there?
          3rd day: Lunch at Felice a Testaccio, Dinner scheduled for Antico Arco

          Then we go to Florence the next morning.

          By the way, if I have "explore the Campo D'Fiori Market" and try the pizza bianca, etc. at the Forno Campo Fiori and at the Roscioli Market too, should that be considered a meal? I was thinking it would just be a snack especially if we do it in the morning a few hours before lunch.

          Thank you!

          1. re: chattys82

            Im thinking too much food, overall, even if you are walking 10 mi a day the last day in particular I think will give you indigestion due to too much rich food..
            if you are intent at so many restaurant meals,and are staying at a hotel with breakfast try to avoid taking full advantage of it or keep it very light.
            the pizza bianca can be just a snack or a meal - you can specify the size of the piece you want.
            you could certainly eat less than a full meal at Piperno or elsewhere - just a couple of courses or pasta and a salad or other contorno, say - its not the local eating way but you can do it. I dont know if that would be my approach at the more major places on your list for dinner, though. We often skip the secondi when we arent very hungry.

            1. re: jen kalb

              So you think it might be a good idea to cancel one of the nicer meals out of All'Oro and Antico Arco? Which would you keep?

              1. re: chattys82

                All'Oro is a better restaurant. Antico Arco is in a more charming location.

                1. re: chattys82

                  I cant comment, having never been to either. Maybe you should look at your overall mix of traditional vs. less traditional and decide. My main point is that two full meals a day of relatively rich Roman food could be challenging.

                  On the other hand if you are young and can handle it, and the late dining hour if you are arriving after a long flight, c'est la vie!

                  1. re: jen kalb

                    Our first night when we arrive (traveling from Miami, Florida), I did make the dinner reservation at 8:30 p.m. instead of the later 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. that I made the other nights. My husband and I are in our 30's and very accustomed to eating a lot and late on the weekends, so I have confidence (and he REALLY has confidence, lol) that we'll do fine with chowing down a lot in our travels. :)

          2. Both are very good. But Antico Arco is more special. Italian food with a twist. little less central than Glass but definitely worth the trip to Monteverde.