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Rome - Restaurant for Special Dinner?

I just wanted to follow up: my wife and I went to Antico Arco and it was perfect for what I was looking for. It was just the right amount of upscale feel and the dishes were grounded in local ones. And it was a lot more affordable than the other upscale places often discussed. We got the tasting menu and an affordable but excellent bottle of wine. The highlight of the menu for us was the carbonara, but everything was very, very good. It was nice to be able to select any dessert as part of the menu and they were nice enough to bring us a third dessert with a birthday candle (but not sing happy birthday, which my wife hates to see in restaurants). Thank you very much for the suggestion. Hopefully, we'll have a chance to go back and try some of the other restaurant suggestions.

Also, we ended up going to Pierluigi for lunch, mainly because the weather was excellent and we wanted to sit outside at a place near our hotel. The food was very good, but the staff pushed some of the expensive dishes/wines which was a bit annoying. Other than that, we had a great lunch there.

May 01, 2012
john_t in Italy

Rome - Restaurant for Special Dinner?

Thank you very much for the suggestions - it certainly gives me a number of options to consider. I will look at the menu and photos of each and see which one appeals to us the most. I doubt that I could go wrong with any of these great restaurants in Rome...

Apr 10, 2012
john_t in Italy

Rome - Restaurant for Special Dinner?

My wife and I will be in Rome for only one night and will be celebrating a special occasion. I haven't been there in a very long time, but we both love Rome. I've been researching online for months, mainly on Tripadvisor which is not necessarily the best place, but there are a lot of reviews posted. We are in our 40's, "urban", and appreciate good, authentic food.

Need a place that fits the following criteria:
-Italian food. Nothing too experimental or new age. Could have a twist, but should be Italian or Roman.
-Romantic atmosphere, not super modern, but not too casual.
-Genuine, friendly service without the attitude.
-Central, preferably close to or inside the old city or other monuments.
-No more than $200 per person including a bottle of wine.

Thank you for the suggestions.

Apr 09, 2012
john_t in Italy