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An attire question for Rome - please don't laugh too hard!

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gowest | | Sep 11, 2011 07:41 AM

The good: My wonderful, charming, handsome and sweet boyfriend (we are in our 40s) is taking me to Rome for a long weekend on Tuesday. I feel very very lucky.

The problem: It is going to be HOT.

He likes to wear shorts. Not "gym" shorts, but grown-up man shorts and teva sandals. I want to be able to eat lunches some where decent, but there is no way I am going to convince him not to wear shorts. Other than that he comes off as well "polished". He refuses to wear sneakers in Europe, "too American", but will wear shorts. I give up!

The question: How far can I push it with our restaurant choices given his attire?
He will wear pants to dinner but lunch it will be shorts every day.

I have lived in Italy. When I travel to Europe I am always "dressed" and often mistaken for a local in any city I am in be it Paris, Florence, Rome, etc. In hot weather I will be wearing a dress or a skirt during the day and cute flats. The last time I was in Munich three different people assumed I was Italian and started speaking to me in Italian first.

I have this vision of walking by some fabulous restaurant and not feeling dressed enough to go in. We have 4 dinners and 3 lunches.
Some of the places on my list are listed below. Any that I absolutely can not go into for lunch if he is wearing shorts? Any other suggestions?
Pierluigi
La Gensola
L'Asino d'Oro - lunch only
Tuna
Checchino dal 1887 - dinner only
Giggetto
Piperno
Roscoli

I'm not eating Pizza except al taglio. (I discovered Da Michele in Naples over 25 years ago and it ruined me for life)

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Checchino dal 1887
Via di Monte Testaccio, 30, Rome 00153, IT

Giggetto
Via del Portico d'Ottavia 21A/22, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

Piperno
Monte de' Cenci, 9, Rome, Lazio , IT

Pierluigi
Piazza Dè Ricci, 144, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

La Gensola
Piazza della Gensola, 15, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

L'Asino d'Oro
Via del Boschetto 73, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT

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