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Living for Roman food and I don't know how to eat.

lost squirrel | Mar 15, 201209:12 PM

I'm coming to study in Rome for about 6 weeks starting in late May and I'm confused (and very giddy).
I've done quite a bit of reading so far, but I have some general noob-ish questions.

1. I'd like some culinary advice on neighborhoods. I'm currently considering Trastevere and Centro Storico(sp?) but don't know if I'm barking up the wrong tree.

Because I'll be there for over a month, it's not important to be near anything other than good food. A good food neighborhood has a good market or two and lots of varying options. From reading, Rome doesn't seem to be too terribly neighborhood specific, but I can't tell for sure.
If I was staying longer, it'd be no problem to move around but with such a short time, I'd like to get it right the first time. Will I be happy anywhere?

2. How does one eat in Italy? I'm very happy to just eat whatever's available at whatever times, but I'm curious if this is right or wrong:
- There are different types of places that are open at different times and they are for eating different types of food?
Examples I might understand: I can get pizza (round) usually for dinner, but the pizza (by size) is available all the time? Wine is for dinner and table wine is good. Buffet lunches are popular and can be good or really bad? Some places siesta between 2ish and before dinner?

And of course, this is all changing nowadays too right ?

Any advice is appreciated and thanks in advance.

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