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Rome: Openings for the Holidays

Thank you Elizabeth for your post and your kind words!

The selection you linked is now posted in English too, hope it complies CH rules if I link it:
http://www.tavoleromane.it/foodtours/...

You are right, contacting the restaurants take a lot of time and many of the owners do not like planning in advance.
But the hardest (and nicest) part is always choosing which are the best places to recommend for special meals on Christmas days and New Year's Eve.

Hope you like the selection and happy to hear any additions you would do.

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Dec 05, 2013
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Dining on Christmas in Rome, Italy

Hello,
research for the blog post published yearly with our Christmas and New Year's Eve recommendations has been almost completed. As always in Rome it's not easy to get in advance information about openings and menus. Thank you Gillian for your kind mention.

On Christmas day if you are looking for great Roman food Flavio (in Testaccio) and Cesare al Casaletto (not in central Rome but quite easy to reach with 8 tram from Largo Argentina) will be open with a bit narrowed menu choice than usual.
For a high-end restaurant I'd definitely recommend Pipero al Rex. They will offer special tasting menus: an amazing Christmas day menu at 150 euro per person and 10 "surprise" dishes at 180 euro on Christmas eve.
I'd add Imàgo at Hassler Hotel too. They will offer a Christmas brunch at 130 euro, but I can't comment about it since I've never experienced their buffet offers earlier.

The 26th is a public holiday too and not all venues and places will be open, but I'm sure you'll find enough choices.
Enjoy Rome during Christmas Season!
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Dec 09, 2012
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Christmas in Rome

Hi cathynav! This thread is from last year Christmas.
Here a new one:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/874655

Just completed the research for this year openings to write our traditional blog post. Will reply soon to provide some information to CHers.
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Dec 06, 2012
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Rome Recommendations on August 13

Thank you for the mention gmcguireinrome.

Rapsrealm, for your birthday dinner I'd suggest to move a bit outside the most touristic areas. Few euros for a cab can allow you to experience much better food and atmosphere. L'Antico Arco for example will be open and I personally love it for special occasions.
Consider that many restaurants will be closed for holidays in that period and on Monday there are many weekly closures too (e.g. Glass Hostaria and Pipero al Rex that are open for the whole month of August).
It should be a bit easier to find a spot for lunch, especially if you are not looking necessary for a restaurant.

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Jul 27, 2012
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Rome in August

Yes elasticwaistband, it is too early to be sure about many restaurants openings. We don't love advance planning in Rome!
In the meantime you can have a look also to last year CH discussion about August closings in Rome:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798991

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Jul 04, 2012
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Eataly Roma

The experience! ;-)
Seriously, chef Gianluca Esposito is young (29 years old) but already had very positive reviews by experts when he was at Eataly Bologna. The menu will include seasonal dishes representing Italian Regions diversity. 20 dishes (5 antipasto, 5 primi, 5 secondi, 5 desserts) from 20 different areas of Italy with frequent changes.
Wine selection looks great too.
Of course a tasting is needed to confirm this nice feeling.

Jun 23, 2012
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Eataly Roma

It's huge! I have been there for a pre-opening press tour and I blogged about it.
As frequent board readers know I'm a Roman and I love local food markets and little shops, but I'm more than happy about Eataly opening here. Rome is not a small city and I believe that a giant as Eataly can live together with artisanal high quality venues (not so many in that area actually). Something similar happens in Torino, isn't it?

I've been impressed by the beauty of the internal spaces and by the quantity of options you can find in a single place. There are also few live artisanal productions (mozzarella, pasta, ...) and a birrificio (craft beer production).
The "Italia" restaurant located at the top floor looks as a good candidate for future michelin-star. Hope to try it soon.
One more thing influencing my positive reaction: they have already planned many special events and interesting classes. If well managed it could become also a "food culture center" attracting people not only from Rome.

I strongly recommend to go there, but in my opinion few hours or half a day maybe are enough if you are not staying much time in Rome.

BTW the train station is not old, it was built for the 1990 soccer world championships and practically abandoned after it. I'm happy to see the whole building sparkling again thanks to Eataly and the new Italo trains.

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Jun 22, 2012
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Glass-Hostaria in Rome

Bruce Palling on WSJ about Glass Hostaria:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

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Jun 22, 2012
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Pizzeria for dinner in the center of Rome?

Do you and Elizabeth both mean NEW in terms of style? Because La Gatta opened more than 10 years ago and Sforno at least 4 if I remember well.
In the city hearth Li Rioni in my opinion is ok. Roman style pizza, located near Colosseum.

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Jun 19, 2012
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Glass-Hostaria in Rome

Hi doubleffs, you can have a look to the detailed post I wrote some time ago about Glass Hostaria: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8040...

I have been there also more recently and if possible their cuisine is further improving. Is the 2nd michelin star coming?

Note that Glass is open only for dinner and it is closed on Mondays.

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Jun 05, 2012
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Help, No Time, Venice, Florence, Rome, Amalfi and Honeymoon

Hope it's not too late.
Since it will be your Honeymoon you may be interested in high-end restaurants too. My recommendations for Rome are summarized below. For each place you can easily search previous comments in this board (better using google search with the restaurant name and "chowhound italy").
The most awarded (and probably expensive) restaurant in Rome is La Pergola at Cavalieri Hilton. Glass Hostaria and Metamorfosi are excellent to experience contemporary local cuisine at its top. Antico Arco a bit less expensive and more traditional. Pascucci (in Fiumicino, about 30 minutes by taxi from the historical center) and Il San Lorenzo for fish food.

Katie Parla has just released her app "Rome for Foodies" update: http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/rome-f.... It's a great resource if you have an iphone and it works also without wi-fi connection.

Enjoy your Italian Honeymoon!
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May 28, 2012
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2 nights in Rome

You don't have to be sorry vinoroma, I love Cesare too and if I remember well I was the first one to recommend it here in CH board, when "Cesare" was discussed only for the homologous (but very different) tuscan reastaurant in Prati area ;)
For sure you can evaluate much better than me the wine selection and I appreciate your comment. I wanted to mean I had not troubles to find good and not common wine bottles at reasonable prices in both places.
My opinion about outdoor seating is the opposite, but of course this is subjective.
However I'd not have doubts to choose Flavio if I'd stay only 2/3 days in Rome.

Finally some news I haven't read here: Flavio has just opened a second branch in Prati. It is located in piazza dei Quiriti (there was a Mexican restaurant before) and it has the same menu as in Testaccio. Just writing a blog post about it. Hoping the extension will not decrease food quality...

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May 26, 2012
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2 nights in Rome

You have done some research :)
Roscioli will be a nice experience! Better if you book it in advance, few days or a week should be enough.
Flavio and Cesare are two of my favorite restaurants for Roman traditional preparations.
In my opinion food quality and wine selection are at a comparable (high) level. I prefer Flavio for the atmosphere both in the internal rooms and in the nice outdoor seats, recently renewed and extended.
But the main difference is the location: Testaccio is an easy to get area if you stay in the historical center while via del Casaletto is about half an hour from largo Argentina with 8 tram or 20 minutes by taxi. Consequently you'll rarely find tourists at Cesare. Can this be a reason to prefer it? Of course it depends on what you are looking for...

Hope it helps.

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May 24, 2012
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Wine bars in Rome?

I'd add to the excellent list by vinoroma La Barrique in Monti (via del Boschetto). Great selection of wines and a menu not only to complement them.
The area is very nice for an after dinner stroll.

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May 19, 2012
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Testaccio Market in Rome will move in Spring 2012

A quick update: it has been officially communicated that the last day for the old market operation will be the 26th of May. Stalls will move to the new market building discussed in previous posts.

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Apr 22, 2012
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Rome - Restaurant for Special Dinner?

Reading your criteria it looks like Pipero al Rex could be the perfect venue for your special occasion! It is located close to the Opera House (Repubblica subway stop, not far from Termini train station).

In addition I've read few minutes ago the news that Glass Hostaria, the michelin starred restaurant in Trastevere area I love for the creativity in food preparations and contemporary atmosphere, is introducing a special menu dedicated to the traditional Roman "quinto quarto" (offal). I look forward to read something more about this new menu, and hopefully to try it! It can be another good option for your night in Rome.

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Apr 09, 2012
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Gambero Rosso: Rome + Naples

@cristinab Yes, absolutely! Roma nel Piatto has just released also a mobile app including content of their three 2012 publications (restaurants & pizzerie, ethnic food, food shops and street food). Great source of information for 3.99€.

@allende yes I undestood your point. Actually La Gola states their guide has 10.000 restaurants around Italy including contents from 12 guides. I bought it some years ago and it was helpful in some areas, but I prefer to read more detailed and specialized contents.
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Mar 18, 2012
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Gambero Rosso: Rome + Naples

Hello laubowski and thank you for the mention!
If you are looking to restaurants top scored by Italian gastronomic guides (including GR) the table at the following link can be helpful:
http://www.scattidigusto.it/2011/11/1...
Unfortunately it doesn't include the city name but the region, consequently it will require some additional google research for your needs.

GR Rome guide (more than 250 pages, 10 euros) in my opinion is between the most comprehensive publications about food (not only restaurants) available in the city. The majority of the "big names" between chefs and owners attend each year the new guide presentation show and I'd say it is highly thought by many of them (with some exceptions of course, Bonci"anger" against GR became memorable!).
I totally agree with allende that the score is not relevant alone but anyhow you can be interested to know that the top food scores in Rome (2012 edition) are Il Sanlorenzo, L'Arcangelo and Al Ceppo. Between the two "gamberi" there are Armando al Pantheon, L'Asino d'Oro, Da Cesare (al Casaletto) and Matricianella (the list is not complete). There aren't trattorie rated with three gamberi in Rome.

In case you understand well Italian and you are staying in Italy more than few days I'd definitely suggest to buy GR, using it not as a single reference but together with other guides (such as Osterie d'Italia) and additions/updates available through the web.

@allende La Gola in Viaggio is a compendium based on guides published the previous year.

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Mar 15, 2012
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Can you help me narrow the following list of 11 restaurants down to 8?

I can help you excluding two of the selected dinners:
- one of the three high-end restaurant. I'd keep La Pergola that is the top restaurant in Rome according to everybody and Metamorfosi where you can experience a great contemporary creative food in a less formal environment. Consequently I'd leave out Il Pagliaccio.
- one between Trattoria Monti and Al Ceppo. Both have cuisine mainly inspired by Marche region and one of the two can be enough in my opinion.

Concerning your lunch stops I'm not a fan of La Renella. It's a place that can be attractive for tourists because of the rustic ambience but pizza and bread quality is in the average and hygiene it's not all it should be. In Trastevere area I prefer Sisini (via S. Francesco a Ripa) where you can find a nice pizza by the slice and some of the best supplì (rice croquette deep fried) you can find in Rome. Shop sign is just "Il supplì".

Enjoy Rome and its food!

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Feb 27, 2012
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Chianina in Rome?

Hello Brady!
In my opinion the best chianina in touristic areas is available at Dal Toscano in via Germanico, near the Vatican. There are different restaurants with a similar name in other areas, better to check the street name before going there. I definitely suggest that one for meat's lovers and they have also other nice Tuscan preparations. For the meat I personally prefer their entrecôte more than fiorentina (big steak with bone). Reservation highly recommended few days in advance.
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Dal Toscano
Via Germanico 58,, Rome, Lazio 00192, IT

Jan 23, 2012
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Da Felice vs Perilli, L'asino d'oro... so many questions after reading the board!

Yes Testaccio market is closed on Sunday but during the weekend I often go at the nearby Farmer's Market. Actually you can find there much better food in my opinion! There aren't fresh fish stalls and the same atmosphere though.
One vote more for L'Asino.
Better to reserve La Gatta Mangiona few days in advance.
Enjoy your birthday in Rome!

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Jan 17, 2012
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Testaccio Market in Rome will move in Spring 2012

Yes, they will move and, as far as I know, almost all the stalls will move to the new market.
Price will increase about 40%, they will have water, toilets, security and common spaces cleaning.
I'm not a fan of the new market, maybe my previous comment was misunderstood.
I'll wait it will be running before evaluating it.

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Jan 14, 2012
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Buying Fresh Gnocchi in Rome

Also if you have choosen to eat gnocchi at Arcangelo it can be useful to other CHers to know that Volpetti has fresh gnocchi, not only on Thursdays. Today is Saturday and I just walked in front of their window, gnocchi were there! Cost is 7,90 per kilogram, I guess they don't use fiocchi di patate ;)

Jan 14, 2012
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Rome Sunday Lunch: Colline Emiliane or Trattoria Monti

Excellent selection DaisyM!
For Sunday lunch I'd suggest more a Roman trattoria. Monti as probably you have read has preparations from Marche region. However if I had to choose between the two I'd go for it instead of Colline Emiliane, that has many estimators in this board. The situation changes of course if you want absolutely to taste ER food in Rome, in this case I also agree that CE is the best choice.
Sorry for my English and I hope it helps.

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Trattoria Monti
Via di San Vito,13a, Roma , IT

Colline Emiliane
Via degli Avignonesi, 22, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

Jan 11, 2012
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Testaccio Market in Rome will move in Spring 2012

I think it will improve at least from the hygiene point of view. Maybe I'm an optimist but I prefer to say that things change, evolve, sometimes getting worst (I hope it is not the case of Testaccio Market as you foresee) other times getting better. The nearby Farmer's Market can be a good example: it revalued an amazing neglected building of the ex Mattatoio area and quality of the food you can buy there is great! unfortunately it is open only during the weekends.
Concerning the distance, the new market will be less than half a mile away from the current one.

Jan 11, 2012
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Testaccio Market in Rome will move in Spring 2012

It's not yet an official information as far as I know but I had it from a reliable source: at the end of March / begin of April Testaccio Market stalls will move to the new location in via Galvani (very close to the current market). Since Italian opening dates are often not met I'll try to keep you updated in the coming weeks.

Happy to share here other insights you may have and your comments about the new building too.
From an architectural point of view I already read much criticism...

Anyway I hope that a fully covered market with extended opening hours will contribute to improve quality of the offer in this historical spot for foodies in Rome.

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Jan 09, 2012
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Novita a Roma?

Adding link

PS. it looks like link addition is not working, Pipero's address is via Torino 149

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Pipero al Rex
Via Torino, Roma, Lazio 00184, IT

Jan 02, 2012
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Novita a Roma?

I'd add that Dino de Bellis, previously chef at Antica Osteria l'Incannucciata in north Rome, has moved to the new Venticinque (25) restaurant. I've not been there yet, but knowing the chef preparations I'm sure it worth a visit also if it is not easy to get there from historic center (about 20 minutes by car, near Corso Francia).

Completely agree with Katie's comment about Pipero al Rex!

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Venticinque Ristorante
Via Flaminia, Roma, Lazio 00191, IT

Jan 02, 2012
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splurge restaurant in Rome

I've not yet been at Metamorfosi but it is at the top of my "wishing list".
Have a look to this post, it is in Italian but there are many high quality photos:
http://www.altissimoceto.it/2011/12/2...

And yes, Settembrini and Glass are other great options for what you are looking for.
I'd add Pipero al Rex and Open Colonna too, both not far from termini train station.
You'll remain within your budget not exceeding with the wines selection.

Out of topic: I've read in another thread you will be in Bologna and Modena too, don't miss Bottura's Osteria Francescana!

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Settembrini
Via Luigi Settembrini, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT

Open Colonna
Via Milano, 9/a, Roma, Lazio 00184, IT

Metamorfosi
Via Giovanni Antonelli, Rome, Lazio 00197, IT

Dec 23, 2011
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Ristorante Christmas Eve

The following links can be a good starting point.

Previous thread on this board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/819050
Katie Parla's recommendations on NYT In Transit Blog: http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/20...
My blog: http://www.tavoleromane.it/foodtours/...

Better if you check by phone if seats are still available.

Enjoy your Honeymoon in Rome!

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Dec 22, 2011
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