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Rome restaurants, late October, would love feedback on choices

nicolafrow | | Aug 30, 2011 09:13 PM

My husband and I will spend five nights in Rome in late October - our first big trip without our son (2 years old) and are looking forward to relaxing, exploring neighborhoods, and enjoying leisurely meals! We don't like to plan too much, and want to soak up the atmosphere, barring a couple of the 'must-see' sights.

I've been reading through a number of discussions, and have found some great ideas/tips on restaurants. I'd love some feedback on our tentative schedule!

Arrive Day One (Thursday) mid-morning. (Hoping jet-lag doesn't interfere with these plans!)
Lunch at Vino E Camino.
Visit Vatican, etc in the afternoon.
That evening, stroll from Campo De Fiori to the Spanish Steps, followed by dinner at Palatium.

Day Two (Friday)
Sleep in (no 2 year old, remember?) :)
Lunch: We've booked a Cheese & Wine Lunch with Vino Roma, and are very excited about this! I found out about it through this board.
Visit Colosseum in the afternoon.
Dinner: La Pergola (our big splash dinner, the reservations have already been made.)

Day Three (Saturday)
We'll explore a couple of neighborhoods, hope to just stumble across a little spot for lunch. I don't want to make a reservation as I'm not sure where we'll be midday.
Dinner: Considering Checchino dal 1887 OR L'Asino D'Oro OR Primo (Trattoria) OR Trattoria Monti.

I know they're probably all such different experiences.Thoughts on these? I think the night after La Pergola we'd be more interested in a vibey, casual atmosphere, and Checchino may not fit the bill, but I have heard such good things about it so I think it's probably worth eating at sometime during our stay?

Day Four (Sunday)
Lunch at Pierluigi OR Trattoria Monti OR Primo (as far as I can make out, these are both open for lunch Sunday.) I've heard good things about Pierluigi on this board, and the location sounds lovely. However, I have also read some reviews (perhaps elsewhere, can't remember now) that said Pierluigi has more recently been pushy with tourists, and overpriced.

Dinner at La Gatta Mangiona

Day Five (Monday)
I think we'll just take this day to relax, explore some more, visit markets, and people watch. No reservations necessary. But any suggestions for our last night in Rome dinner-wise? Casual, laid-back, vibey atmosphere?

TUESDAY - alas, we leave. But I'm sure I will be dying to hug & kiss my little boy by then, so it will bittersweet to pack our bags.

Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT