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Rome in May

sernoff | | Mar 4, 2011 05:56 PM

Chowhounders: You have enriched our dining experiences in years past in Venice, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Barcelona and Madrid. We thank you for past advice and seek comments on our planned one week trip to Rome in early to mid-May.

A little background may be helpful. We have carefully researched existing comments on this site and other dining related sites on the internet. We have been to Rome before; three decades ago. We are seniors, and thus travel at a more measured pace than we did in our younger years (but, thankfully, without disabilities). We will be staying in the Prati area, closest to the Lepanto metro stop. We have developed a dining routine that works for us in the trips mentioned above: 1) We generally eat our main meal of the day at a late lunch and snack in the evening; 2) We prefer traditional regional cuisines (the latest cuisine trends and tasting menus are not our thing); 3) We are fairly light eaters (a primi or secondi with an appetizer or salad and wine may well suffice for each of us; 4) Price is relevant, but our experience and dining habits tell us that we are happiest paying more for better; 5) We understand that regular customers and native speakers may get some preference, but would prefer to avoid dining destinations where there is a serious risk of disrespect for presentable, well-behaved tourists, who make reservations (which we have not heretofore experienced).

All that said, the following is a list of restaurants we have assembled, grouped, however awkwardly, geographically, and without reference to quality or prices, upon which we will appreciate pluses, minuses, additions, or corrections: PRATI: L'Arcangelo, Da Cesare, Il Matriciano, Il Ragno d'Oro da Marco e Fabio, Osteria dell' Angelo, Dino Express, Cacio e Pepe, Micci, Lilli (not in Prati, but close); COLOSSEO/CAVOUR: Nerone, Taverna Fori Dei Imperiali, L'Osteria della Suberra, L'Asino D'Oro, Trattoria Monti (near V. Emmanuele metro stop), or La Piazzetta (which may have closed last year); TESTACCIO: Checchino dal 1887, Da Felice, Perilli; NAVONA/PANTHEON: Grano, Da Gino, La Campana, Armando al Pantheon, Vecchio Locanda (near Torre Argentina); CAMPO/ GHETTO/ TRASTEVERE; La Gensola, Roscioli, Piperno, Filletaro Santa Barbera, Roma Sparita; PZA. DEL POPOLO, PZA. DEL SPAGNA, PZA. BARBERINI; La Colline Emiliane (Bolognese), Tuna, il Margutta, Hostaria Romana.

I have not mentioned wine bars, pizza al taglio, tramezzini, gelato , caffe, etc., destinations because I think I have the picture. But, If there are Prati/Vaticano spots you think are notable, particularly those that are a close walk from the Lepanto metro area, we would welcome them.

One last note: We know that traditional Roman cuisine is heavy on vegetables, meat, and offal. The above-list includes restaurants that we gather feature worthy seafood options. We are not lovers of fin-fish but love dishes, with or without pasta, built upon crustaceons or mollusks that are memorable. If there are restaurants that feature vongole veraci, fritto misto, insalata de frutti mare, or other seafood classics that shouldn't be missed, please mention them.

Thanks to all commentors will be delivered. So as not to unduly extend the string, I will forbear from delivering them one by one.

Thans in advance to all.

La Campana
Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT

Trattoria Monti
Via di San Vito,13a, Roma , IT

Osteria dell' Angelo
Via Giovanni Bettolo, 24, Roma , IT

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

Via Marmorata 39, Rome , 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

La Piazzetta
vicolo del Buon Consiglio, 23a, Rome, Lazio , IT

Colline Emiliane
Via degli Avignonesi, 22, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

Il Matriciano
Via Dei Gracchi, 55, Rome, Lazio 00192, IT

Piazza Rondanini, 53, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

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

Hostaria Romana
Via del Boccaccio, 1, Rome, Lazio , IT

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