After much research on this board and others, I contacted our concierge at the St. Regis Grand in Rome and asked for his recommendations for two dinners (one in Trastevere, the other near Piazza Navona or the Pantheon.) We are looking for excellent food, service and ambience. We want to walk and explore Rome before or after dinner, and therefore, we are not looking for a 3-hour dining extravaganza. Price is not as important as quality, service and comfort. Here are the restaurants the Concierge recommended (some of which I have seen discussed on these boards, others unknown to me.) What would you advise?
1. Antica Pesa (Trastevere)
2. Piperno (Jewish Ghetto)
3. Il Cantuccio (Piazza Navona)
4. Al Moro (Trevi Fountain) * I did see discussion about the staff at Al Moro being snippy and indifferent?
1. La Pentolaccia (near St. Regis Grand)
2. Santopadre (10 minutes walk from St. Regis Grand)
3. Nino (Spanish Steps)
4. Pierluigi (Campo dei Fiori)
I also asked the Concierge about Antico Arco (Trastevere) and Quinzi e Gabrieli (Pantheon). He agreed that these restaurants are both "very good," and then, he added his own suggestions.
I am totally overwhelmed with restaurants! That's why we take cruises -- so that we don't have to decide where to eat each night. Please help and advise what to do! Thank you!