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Rustic food in Rome, Sorrento and Bari - Ciao!

Ciao, Chowhounds!
I"ve read the boards on Rome restaurants but am hoping some of you will give me very up to date advice for a specific request: Thanks in advance!

We are taking our two boys (8 & 13) to Rome next week, followed by a week in Sorrento and then to Bari, in Puglia region. We are frequent travelers, but haven't visited Italy for some time. We are looking for restaurant recommendations for DELICIOUS, rustic food, preferably in a small setting, with no restrictions on price. The boys have pretty sophisticated palates and are able to dine late.

In Rome, a suggestion for lunch near the Coliseum and also one near Via Veneto would be great. Anyone familiar with Il Matriciana near Vatican? For dinners, near Spanish Steps/ Via Veneto, but cuisine must be regional Italian, nothing nouveau.

Finally, any specific restaurant suggestions for dining outside on any of the beautiful Roman piazzas?

A suggestion or two for Sorrento would be very much appreciated as well!!
Grazzi mille!!

Jun 19, 2010
ms92657 in Italy

Paris - 5 dinners - what do you think?

Bon jour,
Great ideas for restos. One thought, Jules Verne is horribly expensive and there are many better restos in Paris. If you're going to go big, try the fine dining room at Plaza Athenee' or the glorious Hotel de Crillon, whose service outshines Jules Verne by 100 fold. Love L'Epi Dupin, very solid choice, and Closerie des Lilas is always a favorite for brasserie conviviality with piano music.

Sep 10, 2009
ms92657 in France