I would like to ask a simple and straightforward question.
Before I ask it, I should say in advance that I am aware that there is a long history on Chowhound of discussions of restaurants in Rome. I have read a good bit of it, and it is fascinating. My difficulty is that I am not especially familiar with Rome, and I do not know the neighborhoods, though I am learning. When a restaurant is mentioned, I do not know whether it will be around the corner from where I will (or might) be or an hour’s journey away. While food is important, I don’t want to spend hours on transport to get to a particular restaurant when there is one just as good, or even one almost as good, nearby. So while the answer to my question is doubtless somewhere already up in the discussion groups, it is not in a form in which I can find it.
Perhaps I should also mention that I won’t be toting an iPhone or other similar device that could locate me and list nearby restaurants.
Having said that, let me ask for recommendations for lunch near the Palazzo Barberini. I specify nothing in advance about the restaurant, except that the food should be Roman (or Italian) and good. Upscale or humble, it makes no difference, except that I’m sure that by the end of a morning at the gallery we’d like to sit a while. Comfort would no doubt be welcome. We don’t have much Italian, but that somehow never seems to get in the way of a good restaurant experience in Italy, even in places not used to dealing with foreigners (if there are any such places in central Rome).