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Sep 3, 2014 09:35 PM

Rome reservation check

Husband and I will be spending 3 nights in Rome this month, one of which is my birthday. Staying near the Pantheon and have reserved dinners at Armando al Pantheon, Pierluigi (b-day dinner), and Roscioli Ristorante. We're not in search of modern cooking on this trip, just the equivalent of what in France would be 'bistro cooking.' I would welcome comments on these choices, keeping in mind that we prefer not to travel across the city for meals. Thanks!

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  1. First of all, happy birthday!

    I think you've made excellent choices. You've managed to pick restaurants with great food, all near your hotel and all quite different from one another.

    I love Pierluigi, and think it's the perfect spot for a b-day celebration. One thing to keep in mind, though, is the price. The only thing I don't like about Pierluigi, is that if you don't know what you are ordering, the dishes can add up and get a bit out of control price wise. This tends to happen with the seafood antipasti and with the fish. So if the waiter says "would you like a little seafood antipasti' ask him to be more specific and make sure you get the price for each item. That said, it's all very good!

    Some of my favorite dishes there include: sopressata of octopus; spaghetti alle vongole; scampi risotto;

    For photos of this dishes you can see my blog post on it:

    Have a great time!

    1. I think you'll find Armando to be very much what you are looking for in the equivalent of bistro cooking. The food is fresh and simply prepared. The service is professional but easy going. You order, they bring your food. No pretenses ant you are made to feel comfortable. If you like desserts, order the torta antica Roma. It's a simple piece of cake, but it is delicious.

      Buon compleanno!

      1. Thank you both, I was hoping these were good choices. Spaghetti alle vongole on a terrace in Rome on my birthday. Priceless! (Well not quite; thanks for the heads up about cost, Elizabeth.)

        1. All 3 of these restaurants have been discussed here often over the past few years. If you use the Search feature in the upper right-hand corner of this page, you can search for comments on all 3 places. Here is what a search for "Roscioli" yields:

          1. I'm so relieved to see the comments, I have reserved all three (maybe not roscioli, have to check my emails) plus Piperno for lunch after our Ghetto tour and another I think I have forgotten. I'm getting super excited! Now just have to research gelato...