Hi there -- I've been meaning to post about a recent weekend trip to Rome, since I took many suggestions from Chow and all of you. Here goes:
Trattoria Monti -- We decided to have our fancy-ish meal at this little place, and we thought it was wonderful, although not life-changing. A lot of comments on this board mention the number of tourists who frequent this place, but we didn't notice any other anglophones (not that that would have been a problem). As for the food -- we started with a plate of fried appetizers -- particularly memorable were little olive and meat-filled concoctions. My husband had a pasta (name is escaping me) with an egg yolk in it that floods the plate once you cut it open -- lovely. I was on a guanciale kick the whole time we were in Rome, and enjoyed my rigatoni with guanicale at Monti. My husband had the rabbit special, and we opted for coffee but not desert. The check took a bafflingly long time to arrive, and the service was a bit hurried, but overall we'd love to go back to this place. Our dinner was under 100EUR with a bottle of wine.
Piperno -- We didn't have reservations, but just walked into this place for Saturday lunch. We shared gnocchi all'amatriciana (more guanciale) and fried artichokes -- both were awesome. We had palle del nonno (grandpa's balls) for dessert -- delicious fried chocolate and ricotta puffs. We really enjoyed this meal. Lots of families eating multi-course feasts -- we wished we were hungrier. This place is not cheap, but the quality is high.
Maccheroni -- Dinner here wasn't so memorable, but the waitstaff were really sweet, and the location was central. The gnocchi with pear was good.
Da Augusto -- We had a delicious and cheap lunch here. I liked my rigatoni all'amatriciana (I said I was on a guanciale kick) so much that I almost ordered another plate. My husband had cacio e pepe, and then we shared lentils and sausage. I think our bill was 25EUR with a glass each of house wine. I'd love to go back.
Hope this inspires some happy meals in Rome --