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Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Great recommendations.
Thanks Jen.

Jun 22, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Thanks. This is helpful.

Jun 22, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Hmm, not sure I get your point.
Why would you assume I am "not familiar with the base cuisine and the foodstuffs"? That's patronizing.
Not necessarily looking to economize, just looking for good places that are "not too expensive, (or formal)," which is what I have said.
To be specific, I would therefore exclude places such as Da Fiore in Venice and La Pergola in Rome, from what I have read.
More specifically, I will be coming off off two days of flying before I land in Venice. The night before I will have eaten at a pizza place. I will then be spending two nights in Venice, the first night of which will be a Saturday. I would like that meal to be memorable, and if I have to pay for it that night, I don't mind. When I posted asking for suggestions, the responses were not bountiful and were more along the lines of correcting my spelling errors. In doing my own research on this board, it seemed like the best choices, in terms of food, ambience, and availability, for the two nights in Venice would be Alla Testieri (by a wide margin), then Bancogiro and Fiaschetteria Toscana. If you consider those who post here the ones who are "touristical," then perhaps I am looking in the wrong place.
If you have better suggestions than Alla Testieri, where you just admitted you have never been, I would love to hear them, as I don't see any in your posts.
As for Rome, we have been several times. We are more relaxed about it. My question is simple, and has yet to be answered, of the four restaurants I spoke of, which on the average (which is relative of course, it can apply to the experience of anyone who has dined at them), is the most expensive? That is the one I would gladly drop. As I also said, my daughter is not an offal eater, so I don't feel the need to sample Checchino for what is its well-documented forte. On the other hand, we can usually all find something we like at ANY restaurant, so I'm not worried.
Same thing for wine, I have spent months in Italy drinking its best wines; this trip isn't necessarily about that.
I would love to hear your suggestions for food as good, maybe for less, in Rome too. (Oh and btw, I culled my list for Rome off of Maureen Fant's website; it seems to me she is a reputable source, is this not correct?)
I would really appreciate any concrete restaurant suggestions. I find them much more helpful than the critiques of my posts.
Thanks!

Jun 22, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Yeah, think I'm going to definitely keep Alle Testieri. No problem dropping Checchino though.
Thanks!

Jun 21, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

How about if you had to rank them from most expensive to least, based on your own meals there?

Jun 21, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Can someone give me an idea of price range for the three of us (two adults and a child) at the four Roman restaurants:
Al Ceppo
Piperno
Checchino
Antica Arco?
I may just have to drop the most expensive one due to budgetary cutbacks!

Jun 21, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Indy,
Ya I know, but...
A friend of mine who lives half the year in Italy is great pals with the owner of Matricano, and I promised him I would stop in.
Also, with my 11-year-old, I dont need two very expensive meals, and I dont think shes a big offal fan (Checchino). On the other hand, Iiving in Los Angeles, I don't feel the need to eat in someplace very modern (Antico Arco). I could easily be convinced otherwise however.

Jun 20, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

We decided to go the "relaxed" (and less expensive) way on the first night after 15 hours flying and just go for the pizza at Isola d'oro before moving on to Venice.

Jun 20, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Also made a reservation at Isola d'Oro in Fiumicino for our first night. Anyone ever been?

Jun 20, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Reserved for Alla Testieri on Saturday and Bancogiro on Sunday. Thanks.

Now focusing on Rome. Trying for reservations at:
Il Matriciano
Vecchia Roma
Al Ceppo
Piperno
And on the final night (Friday) trying to choose between Antico Arco or Checchino dal 1887.

Any opinions?

Jun 20, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

PBSF,
I would love to try Bancogiro, but I was told it is closed Sunday. Is that not true?
Thanks.

Jun 18, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

We booked Alla Testieri for Saturday night in Venice, but it seems like most places are closed on Sunday. Anyone have a good Sunday night recommendation?

Jun 18, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Also does anyone have a restaurant recommendation for one night near Fiumucino, when we are staying at the airport Hilton? Any love for Bastianelli al Molo?
I also read, per Batali, there are two excellent porchetta trucks or stands near the harbor. Anyone know where I can find them, what their names are. and which might be the best one?
Thanks.

Jun 17, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Sorry, I thought Il Ritrovo was Da Fiore's pizza place on the Campo S. Giacomo del Orio. Did that close already? Or maybe I have the wrong name for it?

Jun 16, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

BTW, since we will be 5 nights in Rome, we were hoping that in choosing from two of the above restaurants in venice, we might be able to find some unique things there of the region, that we might no experience in Rome. If that helps narrow it down for anyone who might have suggestions in Venice.

Jun 16, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Thanks you. Yes, I am a wine nut. When I originally posted here, I was actually paraphrasing from another web board, dedicated to wine.
But as I said, on this trip, I am trying to find more casual places that the family will enjoy. If they happen to have good wine too, all the better!

Jun 14, 2009
OrpheusPro in Italy

Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

My wife, 11-year-old daughter and I are spending 5 nights in Rome and 2 in Venice next month.
My daughter is well-traveled, has already been to Italy, and enjoys dining so we are looking to dine at nice places, but not too expensive or formal.
If anyone can help choose two restaurants in Venice to eat dinner from among this list, I would appreciate it:
La Zucca
Bancogiro
Il Refolo
Il Ridotto
Il Ritrovo
Ca d'Oro
Alla Testieri
Fiascheterria

Also, does anyone have any up-to-date recommendations for Rome? I have seen nice things on the board about both Trimani and Cul de Sac, but wonder if they are just wine bars, or do they have a nice enough atmosphere and good enough food for my wife and daughter to enjoy?
Thanks.

Jun 13, 2009
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