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Lunch in Rome on Sunday and Monday

Close to the forum and Colosseum is Pizzeria Li Rione, Via dei ss. quattro, 24. In 2010 we enjoyed several dinners here (mostly pizza and salad) in the large and pleasant indoor dining room (decorated as if you're siting in a piazza). Very reasonably priced. Can't speak for current opening hours, but MAY be open for lunch as well as dinner every day but Tuesday.

Jul 01, 2012
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Suggestions for a modest group lunch in Rome, August 29th?

Thanks very much for your comment, dhcrusoe. I'm still trying to weigh the pluses and minuses of my short list here, and I have to say you've given me more food for thought --but haven't helped me make my decision!! Oh well, at least I still have a bit more time to contemplate our choice. Thanks again.

May 15, 2012
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Suggestions for a modest group lunch in Rome, August 29th?

Thanks, mbfant and minchilli, for your very helpful insights. I guess from my original list of possibilities I'm down to these two, since (of course) we hope to avoid mediocre food:

- La Quercia (arrange a light fixed menu)
- Open Colonna (partake of the lunch buffet)

Do I get the sense that La Quercia is more low-key and informal? If so, that would probably suit us better than Open Colonna just in terms of atmosphere.

I gather that Pompiere's specialty is fried food, which might not be our first choice that day, for lunch anyway.

BUT please feel free to continue to add suggestions that aren't on my original list! Every time I think I've pretty much rounded up the contenders, another few come along and take my thoughts up another notch. Lucky I've got four months still to plan!!!!

Thank you~

Apr 19, 2012
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Suggestions for a modest group lunch in Rome, August 29th?

Thanks for your suggestions, barberinibee. I won't worry about reserving yet then--though I wouldn't mind having a plan!

So in the meantime, I'll welcome anyone's thoughts about various lunch options, especially about places that offer a weekday lunch buffet. I think that's a brilliant compromise for the various appetites we're likely to bring to this lunch.

Apr 18, 2012
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Suggestions for a modest group lunch in Rome, August 29th?

Oh, I just came across M Fant's recommendation of the buffet at Open Colonna. How would that compare to Babette?

Apr 18, 2012
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Suggestions for a modest group lunch in Rome, August 29th?

Thanks, both barberinibee and jen kalb; the combination of your comments is inclining me even more strongly to Babette, since I gather it too has a nice courtyard and the air-conditioned option if it's really hot. Yes, why am I banging my head against a wall here looking for alternatives to a well-recommended buffet, where people can satisfy their own appetites, whatever they may be?! Now if only Babette would reply to my inquiries. . .

Apr 18, 2012
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Suggestions for a modest group lunch in Rome, August 29th?

Just to add some more challenges to the familiar ones you experts often comment on, I thought I'd see what you might suggest for our group of about 22. Most of us will have only just arrived in Rome that morning from Vancouver, and so probably won't really know which way is up for their stomachs; nevertheless, we're trying to plan a really memorable lunch stop on our walk around the hotel we'll be staying in (near Piazza Barberini). Our walk will take us in a skinny loop to the Pantheon and back; we're hoping everyone will feel up to getting out, so as to adjust their brains and start reveling in Roma.

So we're looking for a nearby place that could accommodate a group our size for lunch, in Ferragosto--and that can deliver a really memorable overall "welcome!" experience without breaking the bank. I doubt any of us will be starving, but I think we'll really appreciate starting our holiday with some well-prepared and characteristic dishes in friendly, pleasant surroundings. I must confess that I'm not looking so much for a solely gastronomic experience as an overall "WOW--we're eating wonderful food in bella Roma!!" choice. At the same time, relatively modest pricing and a low-key, traditional style would probably trump more upscale, splashy options.

Here are some of the suggestions that have crossed my radar to this point. I'd love any insights you might be able to share on any or all of them for our situation. Thank you kindly! Laura

- Otello alla Concordia, Via della Croce, 81
- Taverna degli Amici, Piazza Margana, 37
- Babette, Via Margutta, 1
- La Quercia, Piazza della Quercia, 23
- Abruzzi (Via del Vaccharo 1),
- Enosteria Capolecase (Via di Capo le Case, 53),
- Trattoria della Stampa (Via dei Maroniti, 32),
- Santa Cristina al Quirinale (Via della Cordonata, 21), and
- Ristorante La Cabana (Via del Mancino, 7)
- Rasella, Hosteria Rasella, Via Rasella 34/35
- Hostaria Romana, Via del Boccaccio, 1
- L'Asino d'Oro, Via del Boschetto, 73
- Osteria Barberini, Via della Purificazione, 21

Apr 17, 2012
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Lunch in Orvieto- Where not to miss?

Thanks, bropaul. Looks like this might be a good bet.

Jan 29, 2012
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Lunch in Orvieto- Where not to miss?

What about a simpler meal for people who have only a few hours in town, want to photograph or paint, but also want to eat good food? Or is that asking too much?? Anyway, that's my question!

Jan 28, 2012
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Group dinner in Quirinale/Nazionale area of Rome: ideas?

And am still open to additional thoughts, if anyone would like to offer any :)

Jan 28, 2012
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Group dinner in Quirinale/Nazionale area of Rome: ideas?

Thank you kindly for your suggestions; we will note them down and check them out closer to the time. I'm thrilled to have some ideas!!

Jan 25, 2012
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Group dinner in Quirinale/Nazionale area of Rome: ideas?

Hi there,
We're planning a welcome dinner for a large group (about 20 people) at the end of next August. We'd like to find a friendly place with good, modestly priced food not too far from this area. I'd love your suggestions! Thank you.

Jan 23, 2012
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