Fantastic Rome Restaurants suitable for a 20 month old
Hi, we are soon off to Rome for a few days and I am looking for some great restaurants. The kicker --- my husband and I are traveling with our 20 month old daughter. Therefore I am looking for some fantastic spots for lunch and dinner that are child friendly (in the sense that perhaps there is outside seating or typical Italian family restaurants off the beaten path).
We are staying in Campo Navona.
Any advice would be so welcomed!
Thanks so much,
I think Flavio might be good for you. Though its off the beaten path, it has good Roman food, an outdoor (as well as spacious indoorm for a hot day) space, and its in an interesting neighborhood to walk through with a stroller (the newTestaccio market, Volpetti, the Protestant Cemetery, the Pyriamid of Cestius and the gate, even the Aventine Hill.
Here are some ideas, for lunch, in places that will be comfortable to sit outside, with a stroller or that have enough room inside so that you won't feel cramped:
Vino e Camino - big inside.
Giggetto (outdoor seating) the owners grandkids eat lunch here every day, so very kid friendly. Outside may be too hot in summer.
Taverna dei Fori Imperiali - this place gets mobbed at night, but very easy to get lunch reservations. Again, you'll often find the owners grandkids here. Very kid friendly
Urbana 47 - big inside space, not cramped.
All of these places are discussed on previous Rome boards.
Hi, thanks so much for your replies. We are staying in an apartment. The general plan is to eat a great lunch out and about and then cook for ourselves at night.
I have been looking for similar posts but have found only one --- the recommendations centered what we had already planned (have an apartment) and also to be in places that have outside seating (so one can easily walk around with the little one) and also where the meal is confined to 2 courses or so (so unfortunately not the long lingering course after course meal....).
so any ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks again, Elizabeth
A little more detail would be helpful--e.g., are you staying in a hotel or an apartment? If the latter, are you amenable to cooking dinner in the apartment or procuring prepared foods? You say you're looking for "fantastic" food, but at what price point/range? Any food preferences? Have you reviewed similar posts for ideas?
I'm not discouraging you, as I've travelled to Italy with my kids since the eldest was the same age as yours, but it does take some thoughtful planning, in my opinion. You need to take into account Rome's relatively late dining hour, your child's sleep schedule (which may be seriously disrupted by travel), etc.
That said, I would say not Roscioli--the space is narrow and crowded and not conducive to a stroller. I had a Sunday afternoon pranzo at Flavio al Velavevodetto last year, and it was filled with families of all ages--plus there is a small terrace in front for a small walking break.
Hope this helps you get started.
Your entry did make me smile, however, because I remember reading an article recently about an Italian woman complaining that people are more patient with other people's pets than they are with other people's children. It was an article that had the most comments ever on La 27Ora.
With that said, I don't ever remember being at a restaurant in Rome and not seeing at least several families with children, but I am not one to frequent high-end restaurants. Most places that serve pizza/pasta should be very accommodating. Have a safe trip.
I was going to say basically the same thing. Granted it has been a few years since I was in Italy but I would say that the majority of places we dined were family friendly.
My parents lived there for years and one comment my mom always had was how open and accepting the Italians were to children-from museums and high end restaurants to the markets and small local/casual places. It's nice to see.