Rome Recommendations on August 13
I will be celebrating my birthday on August 13 and will be in Rome. Our plan for that day is to go visit the following:
I was hoping for some recommendations for lunch and dinner that is close to that area. It could also be close to our hotel which is on Fabio Massimo n°60 Street.
In terms of food we both love our pasta and eat pretty much anything except seafood.
Both Katie's and Tavole Romane's list are very helpful. I can also add the following that will be open in August, that I don't think are on their lists:
Pierluigi: Gorgeous setting in Piazza Ricci, and in the center where you are staying. They have great seafood, and it's definitely a special occasion type of place.
Gigetto: Another wonderful outdoor setting, beneath a Roman arch. Very good fried Zucchini flowers this time of year, plus I love their classic pastas.
Grappolo d'Oro: Piazza della Cancelleria. A modern take on Roman classics.
Flavio Velavevodetto: Open all of August, it's one of the best places in Testaccio. If you are going at night, ask for a table up on the terazza, not in the cortile. If you are going during the day, definitely sit inside, where it's cooler.
I just got back from Rome, staying close to Piazza Barberini. The last night we were there we had dinner at Hostaria Romana right around the corner from our hotel, which turned out to be one of my favorite meals in Rome. Very classic and simple but delicious, and not expensive. I had really good carbonara, which is what I'd been craving.
A friend of mine also had a great experience at Antica Enoteca which is close to the Spanish Steps.
Thank you for the mention gmcguireinrome.
Rapsrealm, for your birthday dinner I'd suggest to move a bit outside the most touristic areas. Few euros for a cab can allow you to experience much better food and atmosphere. L'Antico Arco for example will be open and I personally love it for special occasions.
Consider that many restaurants will be closed for holidays in that period and on Monday there are many weekly closures too (e.g. Glass Hostaria and Pipero al Rex that are open for the whole month of August).
It should be a bit easier to find a spot for lunch, especially if you are not looking necessary for a restaurant.