Rome party of 15 . . . impossibile?
Help! I called a few restaurants (Da Enzo al 29 and Osteria Barberini) and they don't take reservations for 15 people. Can anyone recommend some good restaurants that will reserve a table for our large family? We will be in Rome the second week of July.
Also, our first night there will be my husband's birthday. I wanted to have pre-dinner drinks on the roof of Minerve Grand Hotel and then walk over to Renato e Luisa for dinner. I sent them both an email requesting a reservation and neither one has replied yet. Does this mean they are not interested?
I would be grateful for suggestions. Doesn't have to be fancy, just good food!
Since you want to have drinks at the Minerve (by the way, I LOVE having drinks up there on the roof), I'll suggest that you see if Amando al Pantheon would be an option for you. The night I was there 2 weeks ago, there were two parties of 10 in there at the same time. If they could do that, I imagine a party of 15 would be doable. Armando is just maybe a block away, from the Minerve it would be on the street to the left of the Pantheon.
I agree, that you may be jumping the gun a bit with the reservations. Most simple restaurants will not take reservations this far in advance.
Although I love it, I think Renato e Luisa probably isn't the best choice for a group your size. Instead, I would suggest one of the following:
Gigetto - They have a huge back room, which could easily accomodate your group. This is located in the Jewish Ghetto, and is not too expensive
Pompiere - a bit more upscale than Gigetto, but with more or less the same hearty Roman food. This is located on the piano nobile (second floor ) of Palazzo Cenci, and has three lofty rooms that are perfect for big groups.
Vino e Camino - A bit more 'creative' , and akin to Renato e Luisa.
Pierluigi: If you'd like to splurge a bit, this is the most expensive of the bunch. But you are also paying for a drop dead gorgeous location on Piazza Ricci. Maybe that is the perfect answer?
i think you'll probably do better via phone - we ate at renato e luisa on a recent trip and really enjoyed it. in fact it was the place i thought of when i read the title of your post about 15 people (its a fairly large space - the main room was anyway, we were seating in the slightly smaller back room, still fairly spacious but we live in NYC so everything seems spacious)
Glad to hear you liked Renato e Luisa. The reviews and photos I have seen of their food sound/look so delicious. I am sooo looking forward to eating there! Any other suggestions for large groups would be welcomed! I am thinking I may just have to book four tables under separate names. I totally understand why smaller restaurants would be worried about holding tables for large parties from out of town but I would never book and not show up.
I don't think it's impossible but restaurants in Italy rarely take reservations so much in advance from people they don't know. I suggest to ask the managment of your accommodation to call them on your behalf. In a city like Rome a meal for 15 people should be easy.
thank you for your reply. I did send an email to my hotel asking for help but did not get a reply from them either. It is a reputable establishment near the US Embassy, not some sketchy hotel. I think you are right, perhaps I am being a bit of an eager beaver and should just wait till closer to the time. i was just worried that since we are such a large group we wouldn't get in if we didn't book early enough. Thanks again.