Many thanks to contributors to this board for helpful guidance in creating a neighborhood-specific restaurant guide to Rome for our 10 day trip that included Christmas and New Years. The food – from restaurants, bakeries, butchers, etc. – was a real highlight for these New Orleans chowhounds.
The only impression that was soon dispelled was the reported lack of excellent restaurants that would be open on the eve and days of Christmas and New Years. Our strolling in and around the Piazza Navona, via dei Coronari, via della Croce, villa della Vite and elsewhere revealed a wealth of attractive choices. Tops on the list were Le Segrete (via della Scrofa) on Christmas Day (also open New Years) and Antica Enoteca (villa della Croce)(New Years Day). Both were superb, filled with Italian locals and tourists, and serving their normal (and reasonably priced) menus. We were so pleased that we ate at both twice. So, for future reference, do not fret if you are in Rome on these holidays.
Other notables include Osteria Memmo (via dei Soldati), La Campana (Vicolo della Campana), La Berninetta (across the river on Via Pietro Cavallini), Cantina & Cucina (pizza)(Via del Governo Vecchio – a wonderful street with a gluvien stand) and La Taverna degli Amici (Piazza Margana).
It is a wonderful time of year to travel to Rome.