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Good Italian Restaurants for kids--Rome and Venice

mbfant,
You are right, I've never been to Rome and haven't taken the kids there. I didn't mean the waiters were hostile, exactly. The children were in an angelic age and people generally made a huge fuss over them. But I never felt welcome, myself, at any restaurant. The experiences in Venice were odd and, of course, related to the fact that the children were much younger (eight and five) but I'll never forget being told by Da Franz that they couldn't make a simple spagghetti al olio for the youngest child because they "didn't have any garlic, its a choice we're making!"

I never made it to any cicchetti restaurant when we were in Venice, partly because I was holed up with the youngest child by early evening. Sounds like its not a good bet. I'll have to leave it until I start travelling alone with my husband in a few years.

But that is why we've taken apartments in both places. I can cook for us--its just that I'd like to go out a bit and not have to do all the shopping, cooking, and clean up on top of the sightseeing. Still, I'm excited to have kitchens because I love to cook and to shop in the markets.

aimai

Apr 27, 2010
aimai in Italy

Good Italian Restaurants for kids--Rome and Venice

Here's my question and I'm throwing it out for all you fans of good food. I'm taking my children, aged 11 and 13, to Rome and then to Venice in June. They are really good kids, well behaved, interested eaters, no problem. But I would like to take them to some restaurants where we won't feel like the waiters are hostile or the service is just too slow. I had some impossible meals with them when they were younger, in Venice, at restaurants that just didn't seem to get how tired and hungry little kids get. We wound up eating in several chinese restaurants just because it was less of a drag.

Also, it looks to me as though Cichetti style snack places are definitely not a great place to drag such young children. Do italian families not eat out with kids at these places or at night?

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. We are staying in Monti, in Rome, in an apartment and somewhere near the Rialto in an apartment in Venice.

KateG

Apr 27, 2010
aimai in Italy

Can't Get Into Oleana, Where would you take Foodie from New York

soxchik and finlero what a fantastic suggestion! Is baraka cafe the one on pearl street? I'm going to google it. I actually had a long talk with them on the phone and they either don't have the patio open or they have decided to take reservatons for it because they didn't even suggest our trying to come and stand in line. Myself, I think Oleana's highly overrated. I loved ana sortun's cookign when she was at casablanca and some of the appetizers are fabulous but the main dishes are quite dull (of course I'm a chili freak). I was going to offer to cook my cousin the desired meal from the Spice cookbook but then I just decided that it probably wouldn't work out since everything I've tried from it hasn't come out well.

Thank you so much for the suggestion. Keep 'em coming!

May 14, 2008
aimai in Greater Boston Area

Can't Get Into Oleana, Where would you take Foodie from New York

Help, my cousin is coming in from New York. She actually has a food blog and really wanted to be taken to Oleana. Its Tufts graduation and there are no seats to be had. Where else would you take someone with great taste, high standards, looking for something unusual? Don't recommend Chez Henri, we just ate there for mother's day and it was terrible.

aimai

May 14, 2008
aimai in Greater Boston Area

Celebration Dinner In Cambridge

We love Chez Henri but you can't reserve a table for just two and it can get very busy and hard to get seated. I think Om is glamorous but I don't find it that comfortable and its a bit pretentious. Oleanna has great food but every time we try to get a table at short notice they are booked. I think in the end we eat out at Blue Room the most and for a lively fun meal I think it can't be beat but its not quite relaxing. Most expensive and most intimate is Craigie Street Bistro. Rialto is expensive and the booths are made for giants, not intimate dining. Why isn't there something else out there?

aimai

Feb 29, 2008
aimai in Greater Boston Area