We are spending 10 days near the Pza del Clodio. Love the apartment and the neighborhood. This is our second trip to Rome (the first for 2 weeks 2 years ago). Our culinary experiences in Rome have been somewhat mediocre (but then we live in a serious travel destination and understand that there are a few great restaurants in our town, surrounded by the rest that the tourists eat at.) My apartment here has internet access so I have been furiously querying the boards to find places to eat - so thanks to you all so far.
1. Enoteca Cortina (on Via del Gesu) - had lunch there with a to die for veal stew along with a nice tiramisu. I asked the American couple at the table next to ours (who were eating the two pasta dishes on the menu their recommendations - one was a timbale and the other a pomodoro - they said the pomodoro which was not fabulous. After they left, a table full of Italians came in and ordered the timbale. Good value, good food. (primi around 7 euro, secondi around 10 euro) only open at lunch?
2. Bibi e Romeo (on Via della Giuliana) the main draw is that this is one door away from our apartment. My husband had the filetto with balsamic vinegar reduction and it was the best he's ever had. I had pasta con vongole. (I dunno, but somehow I expected better than dried packaged spaghetti with clams, garlic, and butter, not complex, very greasy). Probably won't return....(around $90 US for one beer, one water, one salad, one primi, and one secondi).
3. Dino e Toni (on Leone IV) - admittedly not fabulous food, but a terribly fun experience. Roughly half of customers are north american, and the other half are Italians. Tony cooks and Dino brings food out. You eat what he tells you to. There was an amazing display of antipasti ranging from very very good (pizza with blue cheese and fried bites with what appeared to be a honey-cream mixture in them) to very, very sad (pizza with a glob of cold cooked spinach on it), entries - a good all'amatriciana, take a pass on the pasta with raddichio, and we got 4 or 5 desserts for the 2 of us - the granita was nice, crem caramel OK. A very good time was had by the audience. This kind of reminded me of destination eating experiences with a dinner theater. (58 E for 2 including 3 large beers and a gazillion plates).
More options to come, appreciate everyone's opinion, we live in Park City, UT, so I'll try and help people out on that board.