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First thank you to all of you who have contributed to this forum. I've been doing a bunch of research on our upcoming trip and this is my list of lunch and dinner places to hit on an upcoming (late Feb/early March) trip to Florence and Rome. We'll be in Florence for 2 dinners and three lunches and Rome for four dinners and three lunches.

I also have an etiquette question. I've had lap band surgery so while I can eat a wide variety of foods, I can't eat very much volume. The way around this in the US is my husband and I share everything. We'll get say two starters and a main and I'll eat the total equivalent of one of the starters. No one seems to care that we pass dishes back and forth or say we're splitting dishes but sometimes I do have to awkwardly explain that yes, I do like my meal. From what I gather no one really demands that you get all four courses in an Italian restaurant but is plate switching considered rude? At our fanciest meal, All'Oro, I don't mind buying however many courses are required and my husband can either get extra or we'll leave a bit behind but I don't want to be rude. Any feedback would be appreciated.

As for the list, I'd love any constructive criticism/alternate ideas. We want a wide variety of food/experience (though my husband could also eat pizza every day). Is there a rule of thumb for determining which of these will need a reservation? I realize All'Oro and Sostanza will.

Florence:

Due G
Trattoria Sostanza
Il Fagioli

Rome:
All'Oro
L’Arcangelo
Cesare al Casaletto
Roscioli
Pommidoro
Pizzarium
La Gatta Mangiona

Thanks!

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  1. Sharing is fine. You can also ask for "un piattino" -- a small plate -- to facilitate the passing back and forth. I don't believe All'Oro requires anything, unless they've recently changed policy. It always used to be possible to order à la carte as well as the tasting menus. They have either recently moved or will soon. Of the places in Rome, you need reservations everywhere except Pizzarium, which is a pizza al taglio. I presume you've looked at a map to see where all these places are. They are quite scattered around mostly non-central areas, but you may not care.

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    1. re: mbfant

      Thanks -- good tip on the piattino!

    2. I wouldn't over worry about leaving food on your plate. Due to my work - where I often have to try a variety of dishes at one meal - (and even have several lunches or dinners on a single day!) - I'm a big one for leaving food on my plate. Just explain that it was delicious, and pat your stomach to say you were full.

      Reservations: Almost always better to have them, than not. Of all the places above, you definitely need them (except Pizzarium)

      Good choices. The only one I'm not so sure about is making the effort to go to Pommidoro. I haven't heard great things about it lately.

      www.elizabethminchilliinrome.com

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      1. re: minchilli

        Thank you - Pommidoro was only there so I could try spiedone di pajata but since my husband isn't in to that dish I pick another place.