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In Rome for 7 nights... beginning Monday 3/18... Have Ideas... Done research...

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Nothing like a spur of the moment... request for suggestions:)

My husband and I, 18 year old daughter and 10 year old son are leaving for Rome this evening and scheduled to arrive tomorrow Monday around noon... We all love food/markets, the culture surrounding it... We're pretty flexible and willing to try most things... with the exception of my 10 year old who can be incredibly "foodie" at times... eating oysters and sushi.... and steaks done medium... but will sometimes balk at something for reasons know only to him...but he's well behaved in restaurants...

So I have a couple of questions regarding some of the restaurants we've researched and would like to go to while in Rome... Many are from Elizabeth's app/blog ... a few I came across in some food magazines... ie Bon Appetit did an article on eating with kids in Rome...Pizza, Pasta and Gelato... None of the choices are super high end... most are in the mid range.

I guess I mainly have questions about reserving ie. should we &thoughts about the choices especially when we are deciding between several. (keeping in mind we'd like a variety of experiences if possible) We are planning in most cases making our largest meal our midday/lunch... with perhaps a few dinners as well... really depending on our appetites (With a 10 year old in tow and considering the differences in dinner times... we thought that a main meal at lunch might work the best.)
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> Additionally since we are renting an apartment and will have access to a small kitchen... we home to take advantage of trying some of the prepared foods; cheese, bread, salumi, etc.) We have found the locations of several markets/supermarkets near to our apartment which in turn is right by the Pantheon. It seems to us that the Italians aren't particularly large breakfast eaters... which is fine with us... we tend to have yogurt and fruit or oatmeal or bread... But we must have coffee... which seems like it shouldn't be much of a problem...
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> Here is a quick skeleton breakdown of our itinerary and thoughts on eating... ( I have read that some of the best restaurants are on the edges of the city but since this is our first time... I'm trying to balance site seeing with good eating...>
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> Monday 3/18
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> We're flying Alitalia out of JFK on Sunday night
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> 2 choices for lunch...
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> -Enoteca Corsi
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> or I looked on line and it looks as if we can request a 14:30 seating at Roscioli ... (I've read all the reviews about the service... but the food sounds lovely and appealing... I'm not terribly thin skinned...(I've eaten in New York) and can handle brusque...& timed tables especially if I know to expect it...)
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> (Based on eating a late lunch -we'll definitely market and walk at night for gelato... no big dinner this night...)
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> Tueday 3/19
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> We're meeting Elizabeth Minchilli for a food tour ... Hurray... really looking forward to this... I also have a feeling we might not want a very large dinner this night...
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> Wednesday 3/20
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> The Vatican Museums... /hopefully Castel Sant'Angelo in the afternoon
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> for lunch Sorpasso ... really intrigued by this... or perhaps Romeo or (L'Arcangelo leaning in a totally different direction) ...
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> Thursday 3/21
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> We have a Context Family tour scheduled in the morning... Ancient Rome Discovery... Coliseum/Part of Forum...
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> for lunch... Taverna dei Fiori Imperiali
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> Afternoon in the Capitoline Museums
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> Friday 3/22
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> We'd like to go to Ostia Antica (My son has been reading a series called the Roman Mysteries-they take place here plus as much as I'd like to see Pompei some day... on this shortish trip I didn't want to spend 3hours getting there & Ostia sounds really appealing...) We're planning on eating lunch there...
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> The train to and from Ostia is near the Piramide metro stop and therefore by Porto Fluviale and Eat Italy... we'd like to go to Porto Fluviale for an earlier dinner...
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> Saturday 3/23
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> We have time/tickets at the Galleria Borghese 9-11 , walk through Gardens
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> Lunch at Localino Da Claudio or Nino
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> Spanish Steps...other walks -fountains...
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> Sunday 3/24
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> Plan on a Daytrip to Orivieto assuming decent weather... if you are at all familiar with Orvieto... any suggestions would be great... most of the guide books list the same 3-4 places..
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> Monday 3/25
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> Departure... leave Apartment for Airport at noonish... I think we'll have to go for a coffee and juice and such at Sant' Eustachio... although I'm sure we'll have already visited several times...
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> For the selections above... are reservations for lunch necessary... and when necessary... how many days in advance?
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> A couple of the places below are places I'm interested if we want a dinner in addition to lunch or even as replacement restaurants...
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> For Pizza
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> Forno Campo de Fiori
> Pizzaria Baffetto
> Gusto... I've heard/read all kinds of reviews-I know foodies aren't found of this...but I'm intrigued by the set up/store... would only go for pizza
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> Other Restaurants...for possible dinners
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> Dittrambo
> Armando al Pantheon
> La Campana
> Ditta Trinchetti- read good with kids (Bon Appetit)
> il Chianti- read good with kids (BA again)
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> Giggetto... not sure if we go to Sora Margherita...
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> Any help/opinions you can offer... would be appreciated...

I promise to do a review of how we make out... I believe in passing it forward... and it can be extra challenging when you have children to know what to select/do...

Thank You

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  1. Great choices!

    Ostia Antica is a fantastic outing. My now 16 year old still loves going for an afternoon.

    I really like both Eataly and Porto Fluviale.

    If you end up needing to eat in Ostia Antica, I had a good lunch in January in the (very small and sweet) Borgo Ostia Antica, just across from the park .

    http://www.ristorantebistrotpiazzarav...

    In Rome - my vote is for Gigetto. Great fried artichokes and traditional Roman pasta dishes.

    I don't love Bafetto, I went once 6 years ago. I prefer Montecarlo on via Savelli for cheap Roman Pizza in that neighborhood.

    www.gillianslists.com