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Dec 26, 2013 03:56 PM

This weekend in Rome

Hi all, I'm a bit behind in my research and already here in Rome! I arrived today, but was feeling under the weather so decided to stay in and recover so I can make the most of the remaining days, but I also missed out on a day of food! I will need to cram as much as possible in Friday - Monday.

I noticed reservations are recommended at most CH-popular restaurants. Is this also necessary for a single diner? I did read PixieM's reports and she seemed to only mention reservations when her husband was in town.

Most recommendations that I've read are for restaurants in general, but I'd like to ask for specific Roman/Italian dishes and where best to experience them. Is there something in particular that is in season right now?

I *think* the following are considered local dishes. Please correct me if I'm wrong and if not, please recommend your favorite restaurant for each:
- cacio e pepe
- bucatini all’amatriciana
- spaghetti alla carbonara

I'd like to try Steve R's recommendation of pajata at Perilli. I can't seem to find a website to see reservation availability though?

I will be heading to the Vatican tomorrow and will stop by Pizzarium since pizza is also on my list.

And one non-food related question if anyone knows... The Galleria Borghese has availability almost all day on Saturday, and it's free! Which makes me wonder if something else going on in the city or if certain exhibits are unavailable this Saturday?

Thanks for your time!

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  1. Yes, those are Roman dishes. Do not expect websites that take reservations. A few places have them, but not traditional old places like Perilli. Yes, you usually need reservations, but not much in advance. Just a call ahead is often enough, or just take a chance but have a plan B. Single diners are the same as anybody else since they occupy a table. Winter is the season for the chicory and broccoli families, both large. Also artichokes, and you will want to try puntarelle (Catalonian chicory), served in Rome as a salad with anchovy garlic dressing.

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    1. re: mbfant

      Thanks for the info! I didn't think of myself taking up a table since in the States I usually sit at the restaurant bar if I'm dining alone.

      1. re: Jay H

        Right, but here there are no bars like that.