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Advice for lunch near Rome's main tourist sights


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Advice for lunch near Rome's main tourist sights

seaalice | Jan 12, 2013 10:35 AM

I will be in Rome with my teenage DD for a week next month. We will be visiting the main tourist sights and I want to try to plan out in advance exactly where we will have lunch to avoid the trap of just going to a convenient touristy place because we are tired and hungry and not sure where else to go. From my research so far I have found the following recommendations:
Near the Colosseum: Cafe Cafe
Near the Borghese Gallery: Arlu or Colline Emiliane
Near the Vatican: Romeo; Sorpasso; Pizzarium
Near the Pantheon/Piazza Navona: Osteria del Sostegno; Ponte e Parione; Trattoria Antonio; Vino e Camino; Costanza; Renato e Luisa; Armando al Pantheon

We are staying near the Pantheon and will probably want to eat dinners within walking distance which is why I have collected a few restaurants in that area.

We are looking for good standard fare - pastas, pizza, etc - nothing too fancy. Any advice or other suggestions greatly appreciated. Should I plan to make reservations for both lunch and dinner in advance or can we do it once we arrive? I do want to have a good place planned for our lunch on the day we arrive - maybe Armando since it has gotten such good reviews. Is there a place near the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish steps if we wander over there on our first day? From past experience, we are likely to conk out before dinner on our arrival day so I do want to plan a nice lunch. We arrive on a Saturday.
Thanks in advance.

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