My wife and I are heading to Italy at the end of March, hopefully beating the Easter crowd. We went to Florence/Venice/Milan in 2006, and will focus on Rome (about 5 days), Naples, Amalfi Coast (too early in season?) and Umbria this time.
It will be the first time for my wife, but I visited Rome 8 years ago on my own. It is truly a magnificent city, but I was somewhat disappointed in the food. Perhaps it is the season (summer), perhaps it is the location (Centro Storico, Termini), or perhaps I succumbed too soon in the heat, but I had a hard time finding eateries with a favorable tourist/local ratio. The food is decent and cheap, better than what an average tourist eat in many US cities. I would be content if it is Florence or Venice, but I expect more in Rome. Where do Romans eat? I normally have no problem finding great bistro in Paris full of Parisians just 2 blocks from major sights.
I just started browsing this board, and collecting ideas. So far the short list includes:
* Antico Forno Campo de Fiori (take out)
* Al Bric
* Trattoria Monti
* Sant’ Eustachio and Tazza de Oro (coffee)
* Pizzeria Buffetto (pizza)
I am sure the list will grow as I spend more time on the board. It has served us well in the past. Meanwhile I am counting on the collective wisdom of the board for the following questions:
1) What areas are good for just walking around at evening, and discovering good trattoria with traditional food and lots of locals?
2) We are not big meat eaters, and will focus on pasta and vegetable anti-pasta. We both love seafood though, particularly fish. Can someone recommend a good place for seafood? Where can we have Sardinia style pasta with bottarga? Or shall we wait till we get to Naples?
3) We want to have one special occasion meal, to celebrate, well, just being in Rome. It would be at the end of a busy sightseeing day, and we want it to be relaxed, not having to “live up with the service level”. Would Antico Arco be a good choice?
4) Where can we sample authentic Roman Jewish food?
Thanks in advance.