First, a thank you to all who contribute to this board. I've perused my fair share of CH boards, and the depth and breadth of the Italy board is pretty cool.
My partner and I are headed to Italy for about three weeks of extravagant eating, and I want to reach out to make sure that I've got my head screwed on straight. I'm starting with Rome, I'll post separately on our wanderings beyond, but I don't want to clutter the board with too much confusion.
First a little bit about us. We are not really fine diners. Although we've had some amazing fine dining experiences, we generally prefer a family place with warm (if a little inconsistent) service to a high end place with more style than heart. We have a pretty open budget for this trip, but we take pleasure in eating the best food for the best price...and sometimes feel bummed if we feel like we paid too much. We are seasonal foodies (of the obnoxious sort that only eat asparagus in spring and fresh tomatoes in summer). I love offal, she loves artichokes.
We're staying for five days in Rome - on Via Guilia pretty close to the bridge to Trastevere. I've been creating a list that is surely too long, in the hopes that just having a map with good options on it will mean that we don't wind up eating a bad meal by accident. In other words, the theory is that we won't reserve every meal. That said, it seems like there might be some places that we have to reserve.
It is in that spirit that I offer this list (culled from these boards, Katie Parla's amazing app, and elsewhere). Let me know your thoughts.
Must tries (Reservations)
Gata Mangiona (she loves pizza)
The short list (No reservations?)
Roma Sparita (Cacio e Pepe)
La Campana (Lunch better right?)
Piperno (just for carcofi)
Forno Campo di fiore
00100 (on our Testaccio market day)
Thoughts? I have others on the map too - but this is long already. W
Will we be too late for artichokes in the beginning of July? Is there something spectacular that will be in season then that we should be aware of?
Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT
Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT
Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT
Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT
Monte de' Cenci, 9, Rome, Lazio , IT
Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT
Via Luigi Settembrini, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT
Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 16., Rome, Lazio , IT