some memorable meals indeed ... thank you chowhound.
we stayed at the raphael - part of the small/luxury hotel brand - wonderfully located. very touristy location, but then i'm a tourist too as randy newman might have said. the kids had a blarst hanging out at the piazza navona, even more of a blast eating pizza at da baffetto, which turned out to be a hop, skip and a jump away from where we were staying.
dal toscano, on via germanico was excellent; very conveniently located to recover from the sistine chapel ... tuscan food, nice wine list, and my veal steak was superb.
excellent tripe at checcino dal 1887 and a superb chianti to go along with it. i also was lucky enough to score a pasta i've always dreamed about eating - chilis, garlic and olive oil (just the description ..) this i got at da armando al pantheon, another name off jens list. the restaurant itself is on the square in front of the pantheon (duh) but it took some finding nonetheless ... only spaghetti for the pasta choice, and my first indifferent bottle of wine.
rome is obviously a wonderful place to eat out in - but what stands out for me is the volpetti store in marmorata. i first thought of carrying cold cuts and cheeses back home, but 300 or so euros later took the owners advice and had my goodies shipped to me. they'll offer you tons of stuff to try and its all uniformly delicious.
of course i'm going back soon .. how lucky to be a quich 2.5 hour flight away.