Appreciate the info (you too cmm2)! We will be in these locations on a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. From what I've read those are relatively low probability days to be closed but I'll certainly check. Dinner only would obviously pose a problem!
Re: Rome - I think we will be in St. Peter's Square when our 90 minutes starts. I was assuming it was unrealistic to cross the river but perhaps my sense of distance is off, so if you think that would work I'll consider some of those options as well.
Re: Naples - We get off the boat in Naples and then we're taking a train to see Herculaneum until lunch time. We will either stay in Herculaneum for lunch (and apparently try Viva Lo Re) or get back on the train and head back to Naples and eat there. What time we finish in Herculaneum will probably dictate that choice, though if there is a can't miss option we would certainly work to make that happen. The rest of the afternoon is on our own in Naples. Does that help?
The grandparents are taking a group of 10 of us (4 kids ages 6-10, 4 parents, and 2 grandparents) on a Disney cruise in the Mediterranean. Breakfast and dinner will be on the boat, but we're looking for some terrific, authentic, local food for lunch when we're off the boat and exploring. Obviously with kids in tow we're not looking for high-end uber-foodie kind of places, but we want to avoid the tourist traps at all costs.
A few other notes:
OK. I always search these boards when I travel within the US and did the same for this trip. For each day I've listed the options I'm currently considering and would love feedback about which option (or a different one I haven't listed) best hits the goals I've described.
Rome (Vatican area)
Naples (near Centrale train station)
Thanks in advance for any advice you can share.