We are looking to try some new restaurants on our March trip, but we would like to keep the cost to about 30 Euros per person or less, without wine. This isn't exactly "cheap eats" but it also isn't the type of place that often gets discussed in this forum.
In Rome, we are looking at Assinocotto and Ciccia Bomba, and would also like recs for the best fried artichokes (we've had them at Da Giggetto) and a good place to meet friends in the center for a long Saturday lunch. Any recs in our price range in the very center,as well as Ghetto or Trastevere would be most appreciated.
In Florence, I'm more at a loss. We have enjoyed Casalinga; it is always a good bargain, but we are a bit tired of it; Osteria Santo Spirito; Osteria da'Benci; Vecchia Bettola. We always have a fun and good lunch at Da Sergio.
We did not like Buca Lapi (100 Euros for two, with one antipasto, one primi, two secondi, and one dolci; no alcohol...seems outrageous to me). We were also disappointed at Giglio Rosso, where we were treated markedly different from others in the dining room. We are polite and presentable, and are in Italy often, so I don't think it was us. It was definetly our waiter: He passed trays of hot bread to everyone in the dining room but the tourists, and absolutely refused to let us catch his attention at any point during the meal.
I hope I have described the type of thing we are looking for. We won't have time to leave the city center in either place.