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Just back from Rome -- Report

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Just back from Rome -- Report

rpd | Oct 2, 2006 07:11 PM

Thanks to all for great restaurant recommendations for our anniversary trip to Rome. Thought Sora Margherita was great for simple, traditional Roman food and I absolutely loved hanging out in Testaccio -- away from the madding crowds! I was underwhelmed with Matricianella, perhaps we didn't order well -- the tiramisu saved the day however, it was brilliant. Orso 80 was def. the best, great antipasti de la casa, great everything! We enjoyed Enoteca Ferrara but more for the location and atmosphere, the food was a little to California/fusion-y for me, though my husband did love his squid pasta. I far preferred the wine bar at the Enoteca which is intimate and feels neighborhoody and has great small plates that you can have with your wine. The sommelier at Enoteca is extremely knowledgeable and he hooked us up to some of the best wine shops we have been to in Italy. Our favorite was on Piazza Cavour (it's huge, you can't miss it, also has a wine bar and is directly on the piazza) where they have a cellar stocked with important Italian regional wines, we came back to the States and couldn't believe the bargains we got bottle for bottle. Also, we went to Pizzeria Baffeto which we had been to on a previous trip to Rome, I thought the pizzas with the egg cracked on top were excellent and though that place is annoyingly touristy (as we were also tourists!), I thought the pizza was very good, def. better than Pizzare which I didn't like. Lastly, we enjoyed a glass of wine in the wine bar at Cul De Sac, that whole street is really cool, with great shops and places to sit and I very much liked the selection and atmosphere inside Cul de Sac which I read somewhere is the Rome's "first" wine bar. Gusto -- don't bother! Thanks again to everyone for all of your great input.

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