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Girls Weekend in May

Thanks all! There are some great suggestions here. Will we even have time to lie by the pool and go for a massage :)? We have made reservations for Elements our first night (curious as to why no love on this board?) because we are harried moms who just want to fly in and relax in a gorgeous setting when first arriving :).
We've also made dinner reservations at FnB and Citizen Public House, but they're late-ish so we can take advantage of other spots for pre-dinner drinks etc. I will also take note of some of the restaurants for midday eating, but we probably won't make reservations just so that we can remain flexible.

I will definitely report back our dining experiences after the weekend - thanks again for your advice and recommendations!

May 03, 2013
nicolafrow in Phoenix

Girls Weekend in May

Thank you for your recommendations! I had Cowboy Ciao, FnB and Citizen Public House on a first draft list, so I'm glad to see them recommended again.
We're still figuring things out but will definitely report back!

Apr 28, 2013
nicolafrow in Phoenix

Girls Weekend in May

A girlfriend and I are spending 3 nights at the Sanctuary On Camelback in May, and I'd love some restaurant suggestions in the area.
I think we'd likely do one dinner at Elements, since we're staying at the resort, but otherwise we'd like to try a couple of spots in Scottsdale.

Would prefer something on the more casual side, but great food and great wine is still a priority. (Thinking of trying 5th & Wine?)
Someplace vibey but not too loud.

If you're a Scottsdale local, and you were moving away, what would your final 3 or 4 restaurant choices be?

Thanks!

Apr 21, 2013
nicolafrow in Phoenix

Family-friendly restaurants over Christmas in Vienna

Thanks Sturmi! This is all very helpful. Happy Holidays :)

Nov 06, 2012
nicolafrow in Europe

Family-friendly restaurants over Christmas in Vienna

My husband and I will be spending Christmas in Vienna with our 3 year old son.

We have booked Christmas brunch at Palais Coburg, but would love some ideas for family friendly restaurants that are open in the few days after Christmas. (We arrive Christmas Eve, but based on previous threads it looks like we'll probably have to eat dinner at the hotel, not much is open then.)

We typically prefer to eat local cuisine while traveling, but if you have a favorite that fits the family-friendly bill, please do suggest it, regardless of whether it's Viennese or not :). Although we do want to try some great wiener schnitzel!

We're staying at Le Meridien, but don't mind traveling around. And our son is quite used to eating in restaurants, so the suggestions don't have to be totally cheap and loud :). We're just not looking for Michelin quality establishments for this trip (alas).

Thanks!

Nicky

Nov 05, 2012
nicolafrow in Europe

Tuesday lunch in Covent Garden or South Bank.

Thanks! Great suggestions. I've passed them onto the friends I'm meeting and letting them make the final decision, since they're the locals. And if we don't meet at Terroirs due to being too meat-centric, I might try pop in there with my husband. I'm a sucker for a superb wine.

Oct 09, 2012
nicolafrow in U.K./Ireland

Tuesday lunch in Covent Garden or South Bank.

Hi!

I'm looking for a casual, comfy vibey lunch spot in either of these two areas. Good food, not too loud, a place where one can have a good catch-up conversation... Nothing too touristy, although I do realize it's Covent Garden.
And not too expensive - alas I can't give a dollar/pound amount, because I'm not sure what the average cost of lunch is in London anymore, but I'm not looking for Michelin star.

Oh, and I think one of my lunch partners might be vegetarian, so something with a few non-carnivorous options would be good...

I'll have eaten at Opera Tavern the night before, so not that spot :).

Thanks for any advice!

Nicky

Oct 06, 2012
nicolafrow in U.K./Ireland

Sunday dinner near Liverpool Street, plus couple more recs needed

Thanks everyone!

Sep 25, 2012
nicolafrow in U.K./Ireland

Sunday dinner near Liverpool Street, plus couple more recs needed

Hiya,

I'll be in London mid-October for a few days, and need a couple of recommendations. I've read some threads, and perused various lists online already.

My husband is there on business, and I'm tagging along because I once spent a couple of years in London, but haven't been back in over 10 years!

We're staying at the Andaz on Liverpool Street, and arriving around midday on a Sunday. We're thinking we'll just hang around that side of town that afternoon, and would like a casual meal somewhere close by. Modern, contemporary, French or British cuisine would all be fine, and we do enjoy a good wine or beer list. (On that note, any recs on a pre-dinner drink?)

Monday night we have reservations at the Opera Tavern, and Tuesday night we'll be eating at L'autre Pied.

No plans as yet for Wednesday night, but we'll probably want something fairly casual again.

While my hubby is working I'll be doing my own thing, maybe meeting a couple of old girlfriends for lunch or coffee. Any recs for the Chiswick area? I used to live near Chiswick High Street, so I may go for a literal trip down memory lane, pop in for a light lunch somewhere.

Thanks for any suggestions!

N

Sep 24, 2012
nicolafrow in U.K./Ireland

Hertog Jan, Den Dyver or Aneth? (BRUGES)

Hi there,

We will be in Bruges for a few days in April, and are trying to decide on a special place for a 'date night'. It's a family vacation and one night Granny will babysit the two year old so we can go out for a nice meal.

Our top choices are Hertog Jan, Den Dyver, or Aneth.

Which would you recommend?

We don't want to be too formal, but enjoy really good food and wine/beer. We are staying in the city center, but will have a rental car.

Thanks in advance!

Mar 18, 2012
nicolafrow in Europe

Hey Chicago, it's your birthday. . . where would you eat your "perfect" birthday lunch and dinner?

For my husband's birthday last November, we celebrated with a party of 8 at Girl & The Goat (booked months in advance for a lovely 8:30pm Sat table). It was a very enjoyable evening and great for a party of that size.
For my birthday (coming up in February) we'll celebrate with one other couple at Sepia. The ambience is more what I'm looking for: warm, moderately quiet. Typically I like to try someplace new, but I loved Sepia the one other time we've dined there.
Others on my shortlist were MK (since we haven't been in about 5 years!) Moto, Spiaggia or Tru.
If Avec took reservations I would have highly considered it. Hmm. Maybe we should pop in there for a glass of wine before our Sepia reservation, since it's just around the corner.

Jan 20, 2012
nicolafrow in Chicago Area

Roman Food Holiday - A Review (Long)

Thanks Hande. And my husband says 'thank you' too! :)

Oct 30, 2011
nicolafrow in Italy

Roman Food Holiday - A Review (Long)

Thanks!
Yes, I believe it is only the fixed menu for lunch - I'm sure that if we had gone in the evening and had different options I would have enjoyed it much more.

Oct 29, 2011
nicolafrow in Italy

Roman Food Holiday - A Review (Long)

Attaching one more pic. Best gelato of the trip. We had to get past the elderly Italian man yelling at someone across the way, but it was worth it.
Il Gelato 2
Piazza Monte D'Oro 91/92

Oct 28, 2011
nicolafrow in Italy

Rome restaurants, late October, would love feedback on choices

Hi all - I've posted a report on our trip to Rome in a new post. It's rather lengthy, so thought it best to start anew.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814630

Oct 28, 2011
nicolafrow in Italy

Roman Food Holiday - A Review (Long)

My husband and I just returned from a 5 night getaway to Rome. Thanks to some great advice and tips on this board, as well as some great Rome food blogs (Minchilli, Parla, Fant), we ate some wonderful food & gelato, drank beautiful wine and coffee, and in general managed to avoid tourist-trap eateries.
Now I am not a food writer, and it also seemed odd to take out a notebook during a meal, so my reviews below may be somewhat fuzzy, and certainly not as articulate as the above, but here goes anyway!

Day 1: Lunch at L'Asino D'Oro
I wish I could start on a higher note (it does get better) but I was fairly underwhelmed by this spot. Certainly great value for money, but nothing really wowed me. It is a fixed menu for lunch and the main dish was rabbit, which I do not care for. But that is my issue, not theirs - we were just not a good fit. I also don't actually care for lobster, or duck - perhaps this is why I'm a 'wannabe foodie' and not a true-blue one...

Wine Tasting/Class with Vino Roma
This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! Hande hosted such a fun and interesting class in her lovely home, and it was a great introduction to Italian wines. I thought they were all delicious, and it was the perfect way to start our holiday. Thank you so much, Hande!

Dinner at All'Oro
We originally made reservations at Checchino dal 1887 for this night, but I happened to be 'consulting' with a family member’s friend - a Sicilian, living in Rome for 17 years, and a teacher at the Sommelier Association in Rome. He absolutely did not steer us away from Checchino, but he did recommend that we try All'Oro at some point during our stay, and that first night ended up being the only time it would fit. What a find! We ate at a variety of places, so comparisons can sometimes be apples to oranges, but this has gone down as our very favorite meal in Rome. The restaurant is small, only about 8 tables, but it just felt warm and cozy and intimate. The service was impeccable, but not aloof, and in general, extremely hospitable and gracious. We had the 6-course tasting menu, and just asked the chef to surprise us. We had them choose wine pairings as well. Every single dish was a delight, the wines were stunning and perfect with the food, and they were kind enough to email us afterwards, itemizing the menu. (My comments in caps)

Salt-code with bacon and rosemary flavored potatoes foam
Mezzelune pasta filled with Burrata, tomatoes and anchovies
Roman bread broccoli sausage and “cacio&pepe” sauce (WOW - just amazing.)
Ravioli filled with mascarpone, duck ragout and red wine reduction
Home made cappelletti filled dry broth, Parmesan cheese and saffron (THIS WAS LIKE A LITTLE LIQUID EXPLOSION IN YOUR MOUTH!)
Beef cheek, chestnuts, ginger and pan d’epice
Predessert apple and cinnamon
All’Oro tiramisù
Chocolate ganache with caramel gelato (I ASKED MY HUSBAND IF HE WOULD MIND NOT TALKING. THIS WAS SO DELICIOUS I HAD TO FOCUS.)

Wine:
Berlucchi Cellarius Franciacorta 2007
Vermentino Bolgheri Grattamacco 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon Refolà Le vigne di San Pietro 1997
La Viarte Tazzelenghe 1998
Madeira Finest full rich 5 years Henriques & Henriques

The chef, Riccardo, came out to our table to greet us and chat for a bit, which was unexpected and very kind. All in all, a fantastic experience, a pleasure from start to finish, and it would be my #1 restaurant recommendation in Rome.

Day 2:
I hesitate to admit this, but due to jetlag, sleeping in too late and rushing to our 12:30 entry time at the Vatican Museum, lunch was a slice of pizza in the museum cafeteria. Oh well, can’t hit a home run every time.
After the Vatican, however, we sought out Caffe Sant’Eustachio, which I had read on some coffee blog somewhere that it was the best coffee in Rome. I’m sure they are right. It was dreamy, and not only did we return there during our stay, we bought some ground coffee home in the hopes we could replicate the taste.
We also had San Crispino gelato that day. My husband had the lemon and tangerine sorbets (just bursting with fresh, citrusy flavor) and I chose pear, and the chocolate with meringue flavor. Heaven. We continued strolling and finished our gelato just as we came across Grom, but alas, my party-pooper husband suggested we not eat gelato again immediately, considering our plans later that evening. So, onto…

Dinner at La Pergola
This was a reservation we'd made many months prior, and we'd been very much looking forward to this particular 3*** Michelin experience. We'd expected that we would choose the tasting menu, but decided instead to go with the a la carte menu as a few of the tasting menu items didn't appeal, and at those prices I want to be sure I’ll enjoy every single bite ☺.
We were seated at the window, overlooking the twinkling lights of Rome below. So pretty. Although, I must admit this end portion of the dining room felt a little cold because of all the glass. I would have preferred to be seated in the front end of the restaurant. We chose our water from the water menu (no, we did not pick the 200 Euro bottle with Swarovski crystals), and were then given our ‘his & hers’ menus. His with prices, hers without. Thankfully my progressive, feminist self is secure enough to just think it’s kinda funny.
For an appetizer, I had the Crispy bread cannoli with amberjack and a brunoise of melon and celery, while my husband had the Emincé of sea bass marinated in vervain, with sweet pepper and aromatic herbs. He said it was the best use of peppers he’d ever tasted.
For the first course, we each had the Tortelli with braised lamb on pecorino sauce and menthe. We both agreed that this tasted like the very best comfort food in the world.
We also decided to stick with the same dish for the main course, and each had the Soya-poached fillet of beef and potato purée scented with jasmine tea, sake sauce. Wonderful.
The Sommelier chose wine pairings for each of our dishes, and I only wish I knew what they were, because they were delicious.
After the main course – dessert. And to be more explicit – the Grand Dessert. Oh. My. Word. When they switch out your tea lights for a different set of flickering candles, you realize they’re setting the scene for something magical. There was a pre-dessert, then a trio of hot desserts (including some kind of coconut-y drink that was sublime), followed by a trio of cold desserts. All this was accompanied by the ‘magic box’, filled with little treats, sweets and cookies that were all delicious. This, paired with a perfectly chosen dessert wine. Delicious.
A great place for a special occasion, and if you are in the mood for something a bit more formal.

Day 3:
Lunch at Palatium
Despite arriving at what we thought would be fairly early, this place was totally buzzing, and absolutely full downstairs. After a few minutes at the bar, we were ushered to the top floor dining room, and the ambience there was fairly disappointing compared to the ground level. At first all I could hear were British and American accents, so I was afraid the top floor was where they put all the tourists, but I had to remind myself that it was indeed full downstairs, and after a while the tables were filling up with Italian voices too. We shared a plate of meats and cheeses – it’s very hard for me not to enjoy prosciutto and parmesan, so that went down quite well. I then had pasta – cacio e pepe – and it was delicious. The house wines were… ok. There is only so much wine one can drink and we were not up to splitting a bottle, so the house wine is what we ordered. To be fair, it came on the heels of the wine tasting with Vino Roma, and wine pairings at All’Oro and La Pergola, so my wine palate was now entirely too used to drinking the nectar of the gods.
We decided to forgo dessert there so that we could suss out another gelato place, and top of my list of places to try was Il Gelato. This was fairly close to the Ara Pacis (yes, we managed to see a couple of sights in Rome, it was not all about food. Colo-what?) and we managed to find this little hideaway thanks to the Eat Rome app and the handy iPhone maps feature. You really do have to know it’s there, and that it’s worth finding – but, oh boy. Definitely vies with San Crispino, for sure. My husband went the citrusy sorbet route again, while I unceremoniously mixed flavors like cinnamon, wild fig, and something caramel-y. I couldn’t help myself. We just had too few days with too many gelato flavors. Next time in Rome, I’m getting the hotel wake-up call at 8:30am and I’m starting with gelato early.

That day we walked and wandered many miles, including down along the Tiber to the Jewish Ghetto (in search of what we had heard was the most amazing Chocolate Ricotta cake), and when we found the storefront closed we realized it was Saturday. Duh. Probably just as well, but we did go back the next day, and while that cake was sold out (by 11am!), we had an incredible cherry marzipan pie slice… There isn’t even a name over the bakery door, it’s just a hole in the wall and diagonally opposite the sign that says “Jewish Info Point”.

Back to Saturday’s story, that evening we had reservations at Trattoria Monti. Now, Hande did pre-warn us, and thankfully my husband is quite secure, but I do believe I was surreptitiously gawking that whole evening. Rome is full of beautiful people, but the two brothers who own/run/manage that restaurant give everyone else a run for their money. They should be the models on one of those ads where they shoo all the tourists off the Spanish Steps for some or other designer clothing or cologne.
But this is Chowhound, so I will say that it would be worth going to Trattoria Monti even if the two brothers were not there. It was just such a lovely, relaxed place – perfect to unwind and chat after a long day of walking. The house wines on offer there were very very good (I was a bit nervous to just order the house wine, but it was a good choice), and we just moved from white to red as the courses progressed. I had the radicchio flan for an appetizer, while my husband had the aubergine (I think?) flan, and they were both delicious. The radicchio one had just the right amount of ‘bite’ to it. I then had the raviolo stuffed with spinach, ricotta and runny egg. I’d never had a single raviolo before, and certainly not one filled with runny egg. Yum! That was followed by expertly seared beef tenderloin, and the house red packed just the right smooth punch to accompany it. The environs were warm, inviting and charming, and we loved it.
For dessert, we decided to consult the Eat Rome app for a nearby gelateria, and there was one within a 10 minute walk, so off we went. The streets were deserted and we did wonder if we had made the right decision after a little while, but then we spotted the Palazzo del Freddo Fassi. And when we walked in we realized why the streets were deserted – everyone was getting a gelato at 11:30pm! This place was buzzing, with all types of people. We loved it. We got our gelato, snagged a table, and enjoyed the people watching for a while.

Day 4:
Sunday lunch had proved to be the reservation most difficult to make. Initially we’d decided to go with Perilli (one particular blog post about it being a suitable last meal before the Rapture was particularly enticing), but then, honestly, I was scared off by reading some other reviews online which indicated they could be less than friendly towards non-Italian speakers or locals. We just didn’t feel like taking the risk. We still wanted to be in the Testaccio (or at least, Trastevere) neighborhood for lunch, so our options were fairly limited. We booked at Roma Sparita, but a last minute check on Katie Parla’s site revealed it had been struck from her hit-list, and so we cancelled that, opting instead to try Flavio al Velavevodetto in Testaccio, as per some earlier advice on my original Chowhound post. Traditional Roman food, with a modern twist, according to those in the know. Before lunch, we met our Sicilian/Roman/Sommelier friend and his wife for a cappuccino, and he persuaded us to walk over to 00100 for some suppli’ and a beer. Quite yum, and unexpected, because I’d read about 00100 but hadn’t put it on the itinerary. This didn’t bode well for our big Roman Sunday lunch at Flavio, however. We’d already eaten some cherry/marzipan decadence in the Jewish Ghetto, had a cappuccino, and now for a sampling of 4 or 5 suppli, chased down with beer? It’s not like we’d been starving ourselves in the days prior either… but how do you say no to a charming Sicilian and his beautiful wife?
Nevertheless, we did manage to order and eat some fried zucchini flowers (I think – really at this point I have a food coma just remembering all these meals!), and some very very delicious rigatoni carbonara. We just couldn’t manage to finish off our plates though, and with our limited Italian and the server’s limited English, we hoped they didn’t think we didn’t enjoy the food. Flavio is a great little spot, a restaurant carved into the side of Monte Testaccio, and you can see the old jars & vases that make up the hill, behind glass windows on the back wall. Pretty cool.

That evening we met up with an old friend, and took a cab out to La Gatta Mangiona – a delightfully local pizzeria in the ‘burbs’. After a round of suppli, and a fantastic Italian beer recommended by the owner, our pizzas arrived, and it felt so good to just tuck into some cheesy, doughy deliciousness. I had a blanco pizza with potatoes on it, certainly not a topping you find in the States, but it was great. After dinner, and back in the city center, we managed to once again step into San Crispino, and the honey and whiskey flavors were just phenomenal. Seriously, Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen Dasz are just never gonna cut it anymore…

Day 5:
Monday, our final full day in Rome, dawned. Off we went down to Testaccio again, and stepped into the small marvelous world of Volpetti. A sweet and friendly young man behind the counter came out to assist us in choosing some salami and prosciutto, various cheeses, olives, artichoke hearts, some fried goodies, a few thin slices of nutty bread and a decent bottle of Chianti, for a picnic lunch. And then he proceeded to arrange it all on a plate, in the order in which we should eat it. Nice touch. He uncorked the bottle for us, wrapped our platter carefully, provided us with napkins and plastic cups, and we put it all in a navy blue Volpetti shopping bag for good measure. Up the Aventine Hill we marched (or strolled, rather. I’m not much of a marcher), through the Piazza di Malta after peeking through the keyhole (cool!) and into the Garden of Oranges. We spent a good hour or two there, munching on our picnic fare, toasting each other and Rome, acknowledging the ‘thumbs up’ from the local businessman who ate his lunch there and noticed our Volpetti bag, with a view of Rome in front of us, and the obligatory kissing couple stretched out illegally on the grass, right next to the ‘don’t go on the grass’ sign. It was the perfect way to spend a few hours.

And then, our final dinner, was another cab ride away. Not too far though, only about 20 minutes, and worth the ‘trek’. Le Tre Zucche was recommended as one of the best restaurants in Rome, and not one frequented by tourists. What a charming place – friendly service (again, most gracious with us non-Italian speakers), and the food was delicious and creative. We had the tasting menu, and again had wines by the glass paired with the courses. I cannot remember all the dishes, but one that I can remember as being fantastic had slow-cooked beef cheeks. And the carbonara, topped with truffles – perfect! The portions were just right. After a few days of solid eating, my husband ALMOST had us cancel the reservation, he wasn’t sure if he could eat dinner. Gasp! I was not going to bypass this place, and we were both so glad we went through with the reservation. Thankfully, the dishes were perfectly sized, extremely tasty and yet light. Just enough to feel satisfied.
This was another restaurant that felt extremely hospitable, and to top it off, they presented us with a little box of pasta to take home with us to Chicago. Then they followed us outside to the cab, unable to contain their curiosity as to how on earth a non-Italian speaking couple from the USA, on their first visit to Rome, had found out about them, even to the point of making reservations! Clearly this was no ‘we just stumbled upon it’ restaurant. So we told them about Elizabeth Minchilli, and Eat Rome, and Hande Leimer and Vino Roma, and it seemed they were quite thrilled. As we were, honestly. We ended on a high note at Le Tre Zucche.

Places we wish we’d had the time to frequent, but are on the list for our next visit to Rome (barring any striking from ‘top’ lists, of course!) are: Roscioli (we stopped in but had just eaten elsewhere), Checchino, Pizzarium, Grom, Os Club, Sforno, L’Arcangelo. Places we’d return to in a heartbeat: All’Oro, San Crispino, Caffe Sant’Eustachio, Volpetti, Le Tre Zucche.

To all who commented on my original post/request for feedback, thank you so much for your wonderful insight and advice – we are convinced that our getaway and introduction to Rome would never have been as delicious and satisfying without your help.

Nicky

(Attached - 2 photos: One, choosing picnic fare at Volpetti. The other, Round 2 of the Grand Dessert at La Pergola)

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

Palatium
Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

Checchino dal 1887
Via di Monte Testaccio, 30, Rome 00153, IT

Perilli
Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

Roscioli
Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

San Pietro
Piazzetta San Francesco, 2, Cetara, Campania 84010, IT

Pizzarium
Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

Sforno
Via Statilio Ottato, 110, Rome, Lazio , IT

Grom
via del Campanile, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT

All'Oro
Via Eleonora Duse, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

La Gatta Mangiona
Via Federico Ozanam,30, Rome, Lazio 00152, IT

Flavio al Velavevodetto
Via di Monte Testaccio 97, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

Oct 28, 2011
nicolafrow in Italy

Rome restaurants, late October, would love feedback on choices

My husband will have a jacket - we have to dress up for La Pergola at least, so perhaps he'll just take it along to other places just to be safe.

Oct 09, 2011
nicolafrow in Italy

Rome restaurants, late October, would love feedback on choices

Thanks - I will check those other restaurants out! The schedule has changed somewhat since I last outlined it, including the fact that we've moved our Vino Roma event to a wine tasting on the first day (Thursday). I moved some things around once I started mapping things out. Yes, on a large map of Rome, with different color highlighters on restaurant locations on different days - we don't want to criss-cross unnecessarily. :)

I've just spent 2 weeks in Cape Town (I'm South African, now married to an American and living in Chicago), so my Rome plans have been shelved until now, and that is also why I have taken so long to respond. I appreciate everyone continuing to give their feedback. :)

Oct 09, 2011
nicolafrow in Italy

Rome restaurants, late October, would love feedback on choices

Apart from La Pergola, which will be very dressy, I think I am going to take a chance on mostly dark skinny jeans, with a dressy top, jewelry, heels (at night).

Elizabeth's Rome App is called Eat Rome. If you go to her website (see her signature above) you'll find a link to it.

Enjoy your trip! We are so excited, and I'm looking forward to giving some feedback on our dining experiences.

Sep 25, 2011
nicolafrow in Italy

Rome restaurants, late October, would love feedback on choices

Ok, I think I have it sorted!
With the exception of La Pergola, which of course is dressy - will jeans & a nice blouse/heels be appropriate for most other restaurants?

THURSDAY:
Lunch at Vino E Camino
Visit the Vatican
Pre-dinner drinks at Palatium
Stroll from Spanish Steps to Camp De Fiori (or vice versa)
Dinner at Checchino dal 1887

FRIDAY:
Lazy morning - visit a market perhaps? Any good ones in particular for people watching and pretty location?
Wine & Cheese Lunch with Vino Roma
Colosseum
Dinner at La Pergola

SATURDAY
Lunch: Trattoria Monti
Dinner: L'Asino D'oro
(Or we could do that in reverse order - does it matter? )

SUNDAY
Lunch: Perilli (I will order the Carbonara and I will force my husband to order the Amatriciana so that I can taste that too.)
Dinner: La Gatta Mangiona

MONDAY:
Completely unscheduled day except for dinner at Tre Zucche, which sounds great, and we love the idea of traveling further afield!

Grazie mille per tutti i tuoi consigli e le raccomandazioni!

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

Palatium
Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

Checchino dal 1887
Via di Monte Testaccio, 30, Rome 00153, IT

Perilli
Via Marmorata 39, Rome , IT

La Gatta Mangiona
Via Federico Ozanam,30, Rome, Lazio 00152, IT

Aug 31, 2011
nicolafrow in Italy

Rome restaurants, late October, would love feedback on choices

Thank you so much for your feedback, Elizabeth & Cristina! And for your kind words about our plans - it's encouraging! It can feel so difficult when you don't know a city at all, and there is so much to see, do, and eat - how do you narrow it all down?! (I guess that is where Chowhound comes in, but still, so many choices...)

Elizabeth - you should know I have already downloaded your Rome Food App, even before posting here! I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but I'm sure it will be very helpful.
I should say that we don't consider ourselves foodies. Wannabe foodies, perhaps? :) We just enjoy good food and delicious wine, and 5 nights away sans baby, I don't want to take chances on bad food & service on a romantic getaway!

It seems that Trattoria Monti, or Primo, are both not worth considering? I found these restaurants on a Conde Naste article, and they seemed intriguing.

Do all the restaurants mentioned require advance reservation? I don't speak Italian (I will try and rehearse some phrases ahead the trip, of course), and am nervous to even attempt calling. We have a friend in Rome who could potentially make them for us - in fact, we'll eat with him at La Gatta Mangiona, so we'll get him to make that call :). But otherwise will it be enough to have the hotel concierge make the other reservations when we arrive?

Thank you so much for your insight!

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

La Gatta Mangiona
Via Federico Ozanam,30, Rome, Lazio 00152, IT

Aug 31, 2011
nicolafrow in Italy

Rome restaurants, late October, would love feedback on choices

My husband and I will spend five nights in Rome in late October - our first big trip without our son (2 years old) and are looking forward to relaxing, exploring neighborhoods, and enjoying leisurely meals! We don't like to plan too much, and want to soak up the atmosphere, barring a couple of the 'must-see' sights.

I've been reading through a number of discussions, and have found some great ideas/tips on restaurants. I'd love some feedback on our tentative schedule!

Arrive Day One (Thursday) mid-morning. (Hoping jet-lag doesn't interfere with these plans!)
Lunch at Vino E Camino.
Visit Vatican, etc in the afternoon.
That evening, stroll from Campo De Fiori to the Spanish Steps, followed by dinner at Palatium.

Day Two (Friday)
Sleep in (no 2 year old, remember?) :)
Lunch: We've booked a Cheese & Wine Lunch with Vino Roma, and are very excited about this! I found out about it through this board.
Visit Colosseum in the afternoon.
Dinner: La Pergola (our big splash dinner, the reservations have already been made.)

Day Three (Saturday)
We'll explore a couple of neighborhoods, hope to just stumble across a little spot for lunch. I don't want to make a reservation as I'm not sure where we'll be midday.
Dinner: Considering Checchino dal 1887 OR L'Asino D'Oro OR Primo (Trattoria) OR Trattoria Monti.

I know they're probably all such different experiences.Thoughts on these? I think the night after La Pergola we'd be more interested in a vibey, casual atmosphere, and Checchino may not fit the bill, but I have heard such good things about it so I think it's probably worth eating at sometime during our stay?

Day Four (Sunday)
Lunch at Pierluigi OR Trattoria Monti OR Primo (as far as I can make out, these are both open for lunch Sunday.) I've heard good things about Pierluigi on this board, and the location sounds lovely. However, I have also read some reviews (perhaps elsewhere, can't remember now) that said Pierluigi has more recently been pushy with tourists, and overpriced.

Dinner at La Gatta Mangiona

Day Five (Monday)
I think we'll just take this day to relax, explore some more, visit markets, and people watch. No reservations necessary. But any suggestions for our last night in Rome dinner-wise? Casual, laid-back, vibey atmosphere?

TUESDAY - alas, we leave. But I'm sure I will be dying to hug & kiss my little boy by then, so it will bittersweet to pack our bags.

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Aug 30, 2011
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