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Sep 8, 2013 12:33 PM

Rome-October, please advise

I think I have our meals planned. I've tried to look at recent reviews to make decisions. How does this look:

Arrive Sunday
Lunch La Campana
dinner Cesare al Casaletto

Da Remo


Armando al Pantheon

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  1. Looks good to me. In fact, looks pretty similar to what we have planned for October as well. Of this list, we've only be to La Campana before and we enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to Roscioli and Cesare al Casaletto.

    1. To me looks like too much and too late on day swap out pizza for that night and do Cesar
      when not jetlagged

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      1. re: jen kalb

        I wondered if I should.

        Which dinner would you eliminate if I had something else for dinner?

        1. re: Texasproud

          I would not make any plans for Sunday evening. Have a full-dress lunch at La Campana and go to bed early on Sunday night. You might take a walk and find a nice gelato. Or just take the walk.

          You of course meant Pizzarium, not Puzzarium -- a crucial slip from one key to the one next door. Speakers of Italian are ROFL.

          1. re: mbfant

            I"m with Maureen. Just have a big lunch on Sunday, and forget a real dinner. If you are up for something, then a glass of wine and some nibbles should do you. Cesare would definitely be overkill
            Either Cesare or La Campana would be good for Sunday lunch. Although Cesare can be painfully slow on Sundays for some reason.


            1. re: minchilli

              Thanks everyone for the advice. Looking at my dinner choices over those days which restaurant should I eliminate? Roscioli -due to service? Armando al Pantheon?

              1. re: Texasproud

                Yes, eliinate Rosciioli because of its service. Definitely try Armando and Campana -- both of which are my favorite examples of quality Roman Trattoria. You might look at my list for Roman restaurants posted as "Sid's Short List Rome".

              2. re: minchilli

                I can't imagine schlepping out to Cesare on a Sunday, especially the first meal of a short trip to Rome, when Campana is in the middle of one of the most interesting neighborhoods on earth, perfect for wandering around before and after lunch.

              3. re: mbfant

                not really, mbfant. Most of us Italian speakers get it that while spelling corrections are helpful, mocking people is not, especially if you don't even let the innocent mis-typer in on the joke. Plus, I guess sophomoric humor no longer leaves me ROFL.

                But I'm with the crowd in agreeing that you shouldn't commit yourself to a restaurant dinner your day of arrival, or any particular eating plan. See how you feel and what the weather is.

                1. re: barberinibee

                  Yes, I neglected to mention, puzzare means to stink, infelicitous for an eatery.

                  1. re: mbfant

                    Lol. Oops. I hope that's not a sign. :/

          2. Okay so which should I eliminate Armando al Pantheon or Cesare al Casaletto? Or Roscioli?

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            1. re: Texasproud

              So which did you end up with? My Rome trip in June is very similar to you. I can't decide between Armando al Pantheon or Cesare al Casaletto and have time for 1 at lunch.

              1. re: Texasproud

                eliminate Roscioli. Do not eliminate Armando. When you go to Armando, the waiter with the beard is a bit formidable, yet he knows his stuff. Take seriously the waiter's suggestions. I had one of the finest Roman artichokes there, and Spaghetti Carbonara as it should be.