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Sep 23, 2012 08:54 PM

Times for lunch in Rome at Da Felice in Testaccio

How long would it take to eat lunch (on average) at Da Felice in Testaccio? Have a 12:30 p.m. reservation for lunch on a Saturday in October, but was planning to buy a ticket for the Galleria Borghese which would be from 3 - 5 p.m....but we need to be there a half hour early @ 2:30 p.m. I googled mapped it and apparently it's around a 15 minute cab ride from one to the other. I just want to make sure that lunch wouldn't be over later than 2 p.m. (so that would be an hour and a half lunch).

Thanks so much!


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  1. You should be fine because Felice has two sittings at lunch and they will be as eager as you to have you finish up and leave. You can streamline a bit by not all ordering different formats of pasta, but really it shouldn't matter. At the Borghese, you don't actually have to be there a whole half hour in advance. They have this insane system whereby you can't just print out your own tickets but have to pick them up then wait in another line. It doesn't take half an hour unless you also have to wait in line to check your bags, so you can save time by not bringing any bags or cameras.

    6 Replies
    1. re: mbfant

      Two seatings at lunch. Eager to have you finish up and leave. It's the first time I've heard that. Nothing like being rushed when you want to have a nice leisurely mid-day meal.

      1. re: allende

        Yes. Da felice has been in constant decline for some years now.

        1. re: vinoroma

          which of the Testaccio places are best in your book these days?
          There seem mainly to be recommendations for Checchino (of course) Flavio al Velavevodetto and Perilli recently.

        2. re: allende

          Have you ever heard anyone suggest Felice for a leisurely meal? For leisurely, I go to Checchino, where the courtesy never wavers well into the third hour.

          1. re: mbfant

            I was really into Da Felice because of their tonarelli cacio e pepe. :) Originally I was going to go to Roma Sparita for their cacio e pepe, but then started thinking maybe Da Felice would be better. Does Perilli make a great one, too? Just wanted to have a very traditional homestyle local-filled lunch one day and thought that Da Felice might fit the bill. Should I reconsider?

            1. re: chattys82

              Go to Felice. You'll be fine. Cacio e pepe is their specialty, mixed at the table. The tonnarelli are from a neighborhood pasta shop. It's better than Roma Sparita. I'm not crazy about Perilli, but their carbonara is good.

      2. You should be fine. But Da Felice wouldn't be my first choice for a traditional Roman lunch in Testaccio. I much prefer either Flavio Velavevodetto or Perilli. Da Felice has gotten a bit full of them self in the last few years, and the food just doesn't justify it.

        Where ever you end up, you can have the restaurant call a taxi for you.