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momski May 17, 2013 10:12 AM

Hello Chowhounds - I've been overwhelming myself reading the threads about Rome, purchasing the apps of Elizabeth Minchilli and Katie Parla and Michelin in trying to plan out my meals for our first trip to Rome. We're Chow fanatics and use it to plan all our trips stateside, but for the first time I'm feeling a bit under water with the choices for Rome, so please bear with me.
We're (my husband and me) staying near Plaza Barberini, arriving Sunday, 6/9-Friday, 6/14. So far, these are my choices:
Sunday: either Al Ceppo or La Campana (staying close to hotel because of jet lag and dealing with Sunday)
Monday: Il Localino (cannot find info whether they're open on Mondays?)
Tuesday: Colline Emiliane (is this good? many mixed reviews)
Wednesday: Roscioli (thinking of reserving the evening of wine/cheese class - anyone recommend this, or is just dinner a better idea?)
Thursday: Antico Arco (I am most excited by this restaurant)
We have reservations on Monday for Colosseum in the morning, so thinking of Nerone or Enoteca Corsi for lunch
Vatican on Tuesday at 11:30, so late lunch somewhere
Scuderie del Quirinale on Wed at 11:00 - L'Asino d'Oro?
Thursday, open...
If I'm missing some wonderful restaurant, I am completely open to changing any of this - would love more options like l'Asino d'Oro - that looks like the type of restaurant/food/ambiance I love. Am not a fan of molecular gastronomy nor of tasting menus. Much prefer food that is vibrant, fresh and satisfying (who doesn't?)
After Rome we're off to a stone cottage with a kitchen on an agrotourisme farm near Cortona - am busy researching that as well, but this seems more manageable!
Any feedback would be most welcome and thank you in advance!!

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    chowing kat May 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    I've only been to Roscioli for dinner, but it was a fantastic dinner. I don't think you could go wrong with either of your Roscioli ideas.
    For you post-Vatican eats, perhaps Sorpasso. Or, if you are also taking the Metro back to Piazza Barberini, walk down to the Cipro Metro stop and have some amazing pizza at Pizzarium.

    1. mbfant May 17, 2013 10:22 AM

      Sunday: either Al Ceppo or La Campana (staying close to hotel because of jet lag and dealing with Sunday)
      If you're tired, and it's closer, La Campana will be easier. They have an antipasto buffet and it's more casual. Al Ceppo is lovely, however, and overall a better restaurant. It's more upscale, but not so very much.

      Monday: Il Localino (cannot find info whether they're open on Mondays?)
      Don't know it.

      Tuesday: Colline Emiliane (is this good? many mixed reviews)
      It's good, but it's true people have been complaining lately. Unless you are craving tagliatelle al ragù or tortelli di zucca, I'd probably pass.

      Wednesday: Roscioli (thinking of reserving the evening of wine/cheese class - anyone recommend this, or is just dinner a better idea?)
      I'd probably just have dinner, but never did a class. Could be very interesting.

      Thursday: Antico Arco (I am most excited by this restaurant)
      I like it, but not everyone does.

      We have reservations on Monday for Colosseum in the morning, so thinking of Nerone or Enoteca Corsi for lunch
      Nerone is closer to the Colosseum by at least a kilometer and I think it has better food.

      Scuderie del Quirinale on Wed at 11:00 - L'Asino d'Oro?
      Probably a good choice. Also near the Scuderie and easy for lunch (no reservations) is Open Colonna in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (via Milano/via Nazionale). You need to reserve Asino d'Oro.

      1. minchilli May 21, 2013 12:20 AM

        All of your choices sound good to me!

        Localino is open on Mondays.
        Make sure you reserve at L'Asino d'Oro for lunch, since they book up.

        What are you missing? I"m a fan of Renato e Luisa, and also Vino e Camino. Both are slightly more upscale and creative versions of traditional Roman fare. Neither is fancy (just the oppisite) but will give you a slightly different take of eating in Rome.

        I'm also a big fan of Osteria di Monteverde and Tre Zucche, but don't know if I'd send you all the way out to these places (which would involve a taxi ride) But if you're up for it, both are excellent. Again, slightly more modern take on things.

        www.elizabethminchilininrome.com

        1. steve h. May 21, 2013 02:54 PM

          Everything you've mentioned in Rome sounds really good.

          My modest thought is you've researched things way too much. Rome is best enjoyed on foot: visit a neighborhood, stroll its cobblestone alleys/streets and pop into places that pique your curiosity. It's ok to make mistakes because discovering that one cool place is well worth the effort.

          In short: walk around, poke your nose into corners, trust your gut, try your Italian and pay with cash. Reservations at good/fancy places are always a good idea but discovery has its rewards, too. I wouldn't emphasize one approach at the expense of the other.

          Don't worry about missing something, you'll be back again.

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            elizabeth2929 May 21, 2013 07:35 PM

            You are on top of things. Nothing substantial to add except to remind you that Armando al Pantheon is a short pleasant walk from Quirnale. If you are interested, do reserve.

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              Dee74 Jun 7, 2013 08:16 PM

              My husband and I just got back from Italy in April and we found Elizabeth's app most useful of the apps out there. I loved L'Asino d'Oro for lunch and kept meaning to go back a 2nd time but just never got the chance.

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