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Good sit-down lunch near Vatican

ipferrara Mar 25, 2013 05:43 AM

Can anyone recommend a decent restaurant near the Vatican for lunch? I know Pizzarium is nearby, but I think the kids (and myself) will want to sit after hours at the Vatican museums. We aren't looking for fancy - just good food that is reasonably priced. Thank you!

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    Maximilien RE: ipferrara Mar 25, 2013 06:03 AM

    When in rome last September, I really liked Sorpasso.

    (some info here : http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...)

    1. minchilli RE: ipferrara Mar 26, 2013 10:23 AM

      In addition to Sorpasso, you can try out Romeo, which is the newly opened place that featured the cooking of Cristina Bowerman (Glass) and the Roscioli brothers. They have a more formal part, as well as a casual sandwich part.


      1. katieparla RE: ipferrara Mar 26, 2013 05:49 PM

        Definitely Sorpasso, which is going to be the least amount of walking, whether you exit the Vatican complex from the Vatican Museums or Saint Peter's Square. I may even see you there. it is my go-to lunch spot after Vatican tours;)


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          ipferrara RE: katieparla Mar 26, 2013 06:34 PM

          Wouldn't that be lovely :). Thanks for the input...it does seem like Sorpasso would be a good choice. One meal in Rome down...7 more to go!

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            chowing kat RE: katieparla Apr 12, 2013 08:38 PM

            Katie - if I were to try to go there on a Friday late afternoon, say 5pm, would I need a reservation as a solo? I think I'd like to try this one as my late lunch before I go to the evening Vatican tour.

          2. gmcguireinrome RE: ipferrara Mar 29, 2013 03:56 AM

            ALL of these are great choices. My vote is for Romeo, for it's flexibility. You can have a sit down lunch or a quick snack depending on the moods of everyone after your Vatican morning.


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              ospreycove RE: gmcguireinrome Apr 13, 2013 09:49 AM

              I can second gmcguire's rec. Romeo is very cool, yet really good lunches too.
              Cristina Bowerman, Chef/owner is an expert at what she does.

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              bawc RE: ipferrara Apr 9, 2013 06:21 AM

              Do you need to make reservations for lunch? We have a 1:30 entry to the Vatican, would eating at noon give us enough time?

              1. sarahbeths RE: ipferrara Apr 9, 2013 12:07 PM

                Da Cesare was delicious, one of the best pasta meals of my last trip to Rome. Be warned that the walk was a bit much, it was further than I was expecting in the heat. I would still go, but hop in a cab :)

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