Staying near Piazza del Popolo, what's great over there?
We rented an apartment near Piazza del Popolo overlooking Villa Borghese for a week this July. We usually stay in places a bit more central, but were getting sick of being totally in the heart of the center of Rome. If you know of any great casual restaurants, cafes, bakeries or farmer's market in that part of town, I'd love to hear about it.
I find that area a little difficult, but here are few suggestions.
Via della Croce 8
Nothing fancy here, chose from 2 freshly made (the carbonara, when they have it is one my favorites in Rome) pasta dishes a water and a glass of wine for 4 euro. Lunch only from 1:00pm
A glass of wine and plate of cold meats and cheeses at Enoteca Antica
Via della Croce 76/b
In the mornings there is usually a very small vegetable market on (or near) this corner.
Fiaschetteria Beltramme is a good, old fashioned, trattoria.
Via della Croce 39
The service can be slow as molasses, but I love a cocktail at the Hotel Locarno on via della Penna.
Fatamorgana - one of Rome's best artisan gelaterias just opened a new location near the spanish steps on Via Laurina 10.
is your apartment inside or outside the gate? Plotkin writes about a lively local shopping strip outside the Porto del Popolo, but we have never explored there ourselves
Explore the Via di Ripetta. There are some trattorias and restaurants, an excellent butcher, a great wine shop where you can sit down and have a little something to eat, and a variety of food shops. But Piazza del Popolo doesn't overlook Villa Borghese, Villa Borghese overlooks Piazza del Popolo (sort of), so your apartment may not be so near the piazza.
I was going to say same as maureen - if you can give a street name, we can help you better, it looks like you might be in another area altogether....
A second for Fiaschetteria Beltrame, a block or two west of Piazza Spagna.
I wish I could be more specific, but I've had fun at 'Gusto. Restaurant, food store, kitchen shop. Go south on the Corso from Piazza del Popolo perhaps three or four blocks and turn right for a block or two. Its a big and happening place.
Piazza del Popolo is very close to Parioli - a beautiful suburb of Roma, where you will find a wonderful restaurant called Duke's on Viale dei Parioli, 200 (there are others as well if you find this a bit expensive). You will find it a completely different experience than going where the tourists go. The clientele is better, the service is better and the food is better - and you get a chance to check out "real" Italy, not to mention Parioli is, in itself, a beautiful neighborhood where you can just go into one of the shops and come out with fruit, rolls, salami and wine and have yourself a wonderful picnic.