Yikes...heading to Italy in a couple of weeks and feeling overwhelmed by all the dining options! We are staying in apartments in both Rome (near Campo Fiori) and Florence (near Palazzo Ciompi). We plan to eat breakfast and most dinners in (gotta trim the budget somewhere!). But we would like to eat lunches out (some sit down - like after touring the Vatican for 4 hours) and some more casual (we can find a bench to eat pizza). We would also like to have one good, yet reasonably priced dinner out in Florence and in Rome.
The kids are pretty good eaters (2 boys, 2 girls)...the hardest will be the little one, but she would be happy with ravioli or pasta, which I imagine we can get anywhere.
Other than one day visiting Tivoli Gardens in Rome, we are local. We are taking 2 day trips from Florence, so only need 2 lunch recommendations there.
The key for us is keeping expenses low....we obviously want the kids to experience authentic italian dining, but don't feel the need to spend a fortune on good food. Meals get expensive with family of 6!
Thank you in advance for any and all suggestions!!