We are spending 3 nights (Thurs., Fri, Sat.) in Rome mid-May, staying behind the Pantheon on Via Santa Chiara. We are eager diners, he a fish lover (the more suction cups, tentacles, whiskers, and eyeballs the better) while I am more of a land animal eater. We will happily spend 40-50 euro each including wine for a simple, tasty meal of a shared appetizer, a pasta each, and maybe a shared secondi. We are completely uninterested in being punished for the sin of being tourists (seated in the basement or attic, charged extra, etc.) no matter how good the food might be. Unless there is new information, that leaves out Grano and Antico Arco.
We don't mind eating at the same place twice, and understand this might be an advantage. We don't need a variety of Italian -- fresh, simple, seasonal is perfect.
Good value wine is important to us. I'm a recently-graduated sommelier, so I know it doesn't have to be expensive to be good. Unfortunately, my teacher was dismissive of Italian wines; part of my mission on this trip is to fill in the gaps in my education. But it doesn't have to all happen in Rome as we are headed to Tuscany and Cinque Terre later.
We hope to take in one major sight in the morning, eat a good lunch, take a nap, and head out for a decently late dinner -- we LOVE eating late Euro style.
Based on what I've been able to discern from the staggering number of posts on the topic of eating in Rome, I've got a pretty small list. Please correct me if I have the neighborhoods wrong or it's not walking distance -- and add something if you are truly called to do so. All comments are appreciated.
On our first night we thought we would wander around the immediate Pantheon area and have dinner in the neighborhood or close enough to walk. I've narrowed it down to:
Armando al Pantheon,
Osteria Enoteca al Bric
Friday lunch near the Colosseum:
Hostaria de Nerone
Enoteca Cavour 313
Friday Dinner near Spanish Steps:
Saturday lunch near Vatican:
a picnic from the Mercato Trionfale
A repeat maybe or a place we didn't hit on Thursday or Friday
Thank you all,
Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT
Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT
Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT
Enoteca Cavour 313
Via Cavour 313, Roma 00184, IT
Piazza della Cancelleria, 73, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT
Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT
Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT
Piazza Rondanini, 53, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT