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girlonavespa Jan 12, 2014 10:00 PM

This is pretty vague but I thought, hey, shot in the dark....

In June my husband and I went to a restaurant in Rome for dinner that I had found from perusing chowhound. It was mentioned a number of times, one of the more frequently suggested options on these forums. Now I can't recall where it was! This is what we remember, I know it's absurdly vague:

-It was on a small narrow street.
-It was hard to find, like I remember we had walked past it a number of times or didn't go far enough or something....and the glass front of the restaurant was kind of small and hard to see unless you were basically right there.
-Not an overly touristic area. So, not Armando al Pantheon or anything like that.
-I believe I had an incredible pasta e ceci soup, not 100% about that (that MAY have been at La Campana instead), but I think so. We had either a ravioli or tortellini filled with buffalo mozz and in a pesto sauce (this may have been a special dish, not typically on the menu). My husband thinks he had scampi for his secondi.
-We think the whole restaurant was small and kind of one narrow room.

I know this is a total shot in the dark but thought I'd try. We have been to Rome four times so far and will definitely be going back in the next 18 months or so, and would like to remember it. We'll recognize the name, I think.

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    barberinibee Jan 13, 2014 02:22 AM

    Although your description of the difficulty of finding the restaurant could have been any one of a thousand, it did remind me of Settimio al Pellegrino, which does get recommended on this board. But then when it comes to some the dishes you recall eating, less of a match, but the menu changes daily. So here are couple of pictures and descriptions

    http://www.cross-pollinate.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/photo-11.jpg

    http://www.puntarellarossa.it/site/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/settimio_intro.jpeg

    http://www.menuale.it/ristoranti/roma/Settimio-al-Pellegrino.aspx

    http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.com/2011/02/rome-trattoria-settimio-al-pellegrino.html

    http://amuzemybouche.com/2012/07/16/s...

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      girlonavespa Jan 13, 2014 09:31 AM

      I don't think that's it, but I followed your links to Elizabeth's page and think I found it....I think it was Taverna Dei Fori Imperiali. Thank you for your help!

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