I have been in Rome for the past two weeks alone with my two year old and so far our dining experiences have been less than exciting, which is fine and maybe to be expected given that my priorities are different than they used to be. Six years ago I lived in Rome for 7 months and I had my share of wonderful meals then. Now, we have visited a few of my old favorites and had disappointing meals at them. I have avoided others because I thought they would be too difficult to manage with a toddler. Anyway, Da Gigetto, Da Sergio, Al Galletto. All have been mediocre meals. Possibly they have gone downhill in the many years past, possibly they had a bad night and possibly we have been eating too early and are getting lunch leftovers (soggy fiori di zuchinni at Da Gigetto?)? I don't know. Random bars & caffeterias and pizzerias have been better. And we have been cooking at home, which is always good:)
But.....my parents & husband are arriving this week for a few days and I would like us to have better sit down meals so I am looking for recommendations. I have read many of the posts, but I could use help finding some places that will work with our toddler. That means one of two things. If he is sleeping in his stroller, a terrace works well, because it is not as loud as indoors, or a not too raucously noisy & cramped indoor location would be fine. If he is not sleeping, a terrace still works well but especially when it is in a piazza or on a street with restricted traffic. He tends to want to wander and although I will watch him, I can't relax if there is a lot of traffic and I worry that he will be run over if I take my eyes off him for a few seconds. Budget is not so important, we can splurge or be frugal. We are staying near Campo dei Fiori.
Also, on a side note, my husband & I will have one night out without the baby. (Thanks nana & papa!) We had wanted to go to Hosteria Del Pesce which we used to love, but it seems to be closed. Can you recommend a good alternative?