The good: My wonderful, charming, handsome and sweet boyfriend (we are in our 40s) is taking me to Rome for a long weekend on Tuesday. I feel very very lucky.
The problem: It is going to be HOT.
He likes to wear shorts. Not "gym" shorts, but grown-up man shorts and teva sandals. I want to be able to eat lunches some where decent, but there is no way I am going to convince him not to wear shorts. Other than that he comes off as well "polished". He refuses to wear sneakers in Europe, "too American", but will wear shorts. I give up!
The question: How far can I push it with our restaurant choices given his attire?
He will wear pants to dinner but lunch it will be shorts every day.
I have lived in Italy. When I travel to Europe I am always "dressed" and often mistaken for a local in any city I am in be it Paris, Florence, Rome, etc. In hot weather I will be wearing a dress or a skirt during the day and cute flats. The last time I was in Munich three different people assumed I was Italian and started speaking to me in Italian first.
I have this vision of walking by some fabulous restaurant and not feeling dressed enough to go in. We have 4 dinners and 3 lunches.
Some of the places on my list are listed below. Any that I absolutely can not go into for lunch if he is wearing shorts? Any other suggestions?
L'Asino d'Oro - lunch only
Checchino dal 1887 - dinner only
I'm not eating Pizza except al taglio. (I discovered Da Michele in Naples over 25 years ago and it ruined me for life)
Checchino dal 1887
Via di Monte Testaccio, 30, Rome 00153, IT
Via del Portico d'Ottavia 21A/22, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT
Monte de' Cenci, 9, Rome, Lazio , IT
Piazza Dè Ricci, 144, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT
Piazza della Gensola, 15, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT
Via del Boschetto 73, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT