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Rome/Trastevere - MARCO G

This is the beauty of Chowhound. Sorry for your experience Jpan01 but I am sure am grateful for your man-on-the-street 1st hand real-time instant report on this place. I am fairly savvy about all things on the net but this one almost fooled me. Thanks to you and Zerlina(marketing tool indeed!)... I will pass on Marco G.

Aug 25, 2011
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Rome/Trastevere - MARCO G

Thank you Zerlina. It did seem a little too good to be true. Your analysis is greatly appreciated and I think your suspicions are quite compelling ones.

Aug 25, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

Rome/Trastevere - MARCO G

I see no reviews or even mention of this restaurant in Trastevere. Has anyone eaten here, and what can you tell us? All replies greatly appreciated.

Aug 24, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

Any reviews of Ambasciata d’Abruzzo in Rome/Parioli?

Thank you both. How reassuring that this place is still living up to it's reputation so many years later. I will revisit it for sure upon my return to Rome in Sept. Thanks again for taking the time to reply. Really do appreciate it.

Jul 30, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

Any reviews of Ambasciata d’Abruzzo in Rome/Parioli?

I ate at this restaurant 20 years ago, before I had developed a more sophisticated palate, and before I had many Roman restaurants to compare it to. I have wonderful memories of the place, especially the salumi platter. I had been recommended to the owner by a friend of his and so perhaps we were treated with more care and special attention. He snatched the menus out of our hands saying you don't need these, and proceeded to bring us course after course of what I remember to be fabulous food. But I was young and green and I was in Rome and everything was filtered through rose colored (make that terra cotta) glasses. So my question is...has anyone eaten here and what is the consensus?

Jul 30, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

Lunch in Sperlonga

Planning day at the beach in Sperlonga in Sept., and looking for a good casual inexpensive to moderate lunch spot for an Italian meal. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Jul 09, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

Chowhound Challenge: 1 PERFECT ROME RESTAUARANT

Here's the criteria:

I need 1 Rome restaurant for our first night in Rome. Will be with my partner who not only has never been to Italy, he's never been to Europe. I'm looking to inaugurate our trip with a first night dinner at a good moderately priced trattoria/osteria/ristorante, anywhere in the center, that of course has decent to good food, but more importantly is also heavy on cozy old world atmospherics (this could be anything from subterranean vaulted ceilings, the classic checkered tablecloth etc...) I'd love to really immerse him in a visually quintessentially Roman dining experience that is not a challenging experience for weary travelers (negotiating a table...language barriers:we'll be exhausted) and is quite heavy on picturesque charm while still maintaining a reasonable level of quality preparation. IT WILL BE A SUNDAY NIGHT in late AUG. Can you help?

May 29, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

CHEAP EATS ROME

That ATAC-ROMA link is wonderful, it works just like the one I use at home so thanks for directing me to that. I like your idea to "keep re-researching" previous comments here, and I will. Yes I plan to wander out to those futher reaches in search of the great budget Roman meal. Report to follow in the Fall. Thank you Sernoff.

May 19, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

CHEAP EATS ROME

Zerlina - I really appreciate your comments. I found this most interesting of all:

"it's no longer required or expected that you order the full Italian meal from antipasto through dolce"

I LOVE eating the full Italian meal and on my past trips, I usually did eat that way, but I was only there a week at a time so cost was not an issue as much as it will be this time staying a full month. We will not be the ugly Americans ordering as little as possible and sharing everything. Our appetites are greater than that!!! But your comment about this is comforting to know...that this is not expected, and if not going the full route will not bring great disapproval upon us.

Your suggestion to become a repeat customer is a GREAT idea and will plan to find those special places to return to. Thanks for this post.

May 19, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

CHEAP EATS ROME

This is fantastic info., and, being new here, I was not aware of that search feature so thanks for that tip. I'm intrigued by the Flaminia area and the chance to dive into a real Roman food shopping experience in a neighborhood not as widely trafficked by tourists, and so close by to my apt. Will definitely check out the Mercate Rione, and these other excellent ideas. Thank you Jen!

May 19, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

CHEAP EATS ROME

The apt. I rented is on Via Della Penna, across the street from hotel Locarno. I am not familiar with the Flaminia neighborhood so on this trip I will definitely be checking that area out. Thank you for your suggestions.

May 18, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

CHEAP EATS ROME

Thanks Sinjawns for your helpful reply. 25E not too steep so thank you for the Da Franco ar Vicoletto suggestion.

May 18, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

CHEAP EATS ROME

All great suggestions Elizabeth. I'm making a note of all of them. The markets will be a must for our nights eating in. Thank you thank you!

May 18, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

CHEAP EATS ROME

Many thanks for this list. I very much appreciate your suggestions and will investigate them in Trastevere.

May 15, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

CHEAP EATS ROME

Thank you so much for taking the time to offer these suggestions. I will definitely check them out.

May 15, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy

CHEAP EATS ROME

I am new to this forum and I find it an amazing place to research the cuisine and restaurants of Rome and Italy. What a wealth of fantastic information here. The discussion is literate and informed and beats anything I've yet to find on the net anywhere else when it comes to food. It also seems dominated by those who have managed to make some money in their time, and are able to travel and eat pretty much anywhere without regard to cost or budget. That must be a wonderful luxury. But it is not mine.

I have rented an apt in Rome for the month of Sept. I do not have a lot of money. But I have a modest amount. I will need to watch it and budget carefully. The apt is near P. Popolo. I did not pick the place for the location, as it seems to be among the more expensive neighborhoods of central Rome. But it was a steal that I couldn't pass up, and looks charming and has a terrace and so I chose it.

My challenge is to find restaurants that serve authentic freshly prepared regional Roman and Italian food that are not tourist traps and also not high end break the bank experiences. I live in San Francisco and while there are plenty of super duper expensive restaurants here, there are also, if one knows about them, plenty of great restaurants that are either dirt cheap or very reasonably priced. There must be trattorias and enotecas and cafes and pizzerias in Rome that offer great meals at affordable prices.

Any recommendations or suggestions (including grocery shopping!!) would be greatly appreciated.

May 09, 2011
michaeldempsey in Italy