Just returned from a visit to Rome, Venice and Florence and will post a report for each city in hopes it will be of help to others. In general, we looked for moderately priced places (30 to 50 euros for 2). It seems many of the reports on this board are more orientated towards a higher price point, and finding information for lower cost alternatives can be difficult. All reports and prices are for 2 people.
On our first day we had lunch at Trattoria della Stampa, a tiny hole in the wall near Trevi Fountain. Mom and Pop operation. We had pasta carbonara, veal scallopini, a side of artichokes, prosecco and bottle of water was 43.5 euros. Good but not great. I had read a glowing report about this place somewhere (not Chowhound) and was somewhat disappointed.
Dinner was at Fiametta near Piazza Navona...excellent! My wife had bucatini with cherry tomatoes, arugula and parmigiano cheese. I had pasta all'amatriciana. We had fried zucchini flowers for an appetizer and a bottle of white wine (Marino) all for 34 euros. We liked this place a lot...for the price, its great.
The next day, we had a cooking class at La Fate restaurant in Trastevere. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in a cooking class, and although we didn't eat there other than what we made in the class, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a meal in Trastevere. The food we made, using the chef's recipes and help, was excellent.
We weren't very hungry for dinner after our huge lunch, so went to a wine bar, Cul de Sac, near Piazza Navona. It sits in a small piazza of its own and has several tables outside. Very atmospheric. It was such a nice night we sat outside and ordered a bottle of Marino. Eventually we got a little hungry so we ordered some olives and a plate of cheese and meat. Wonderful! 29.80 euros.
The next day we didn't have much time for lunch, we grabbed a quick bite at a cafe...nothing to write about, although it was fine. That night, we were tired after being on our feet all day, so we wanted to eat somewhere close to our apartment in Campo de Fiori. We had a glass of prosecco and aperitivo at Aristocampo, then walked down the street to Al Bric for dinner. What a great meal! Truly outstanding. We had a bottle of Rosso de Montalcino...excellent. We started with a simple dish of eggplant, tomato sauce and mozzarella. My wife had cacio e pepe, creamy and sharp and peppery, and I had pappardelle cinghiale. Wonderful! For desert we had an apple tart with cinnamon ice cream. 88.55 euros. This was our "splurge" meal and we really enjoyed it.
After traveling to Venice and Florence, we returned to Rome for our last night since we had a fairly early flight home. Our hotel was located behind Termini, close to a metro stop, we decided to ride the metro to to the Spanish Steps and find somewhere to eat. We passed a few places and eventually found somewhere that looked interesting, La Fontanella Sistina. It turned out to be a good choice. Since we hadn't eaten pizza during our trip, we decided to try it. We ordered a margherita and a prosciutto, plus an insalata caprese, half liter of house red and a bottle of water. The salad was quite good, as was the pizza. The crust was wafer thin, with some nice char. We really enjoyed it, and the bill was only 31 euros.
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