Ciao fellow Chowhounders! 5 of us will be in Rome for 1.5 days after being in Positano for a week. I would call myself a foodie but not so much for the rest of the bunch and we are on somewhat of a budget. We will be arriving in Rome around noon-ish on Saturday, staying within walking distance of the Pantheon. So I am looking for a place to have a relaxed lunch near the Pantheon on Saturday, ideally with air-conditioning (a couple of the ladies are heat sensitive). Upon my insistence, we are having dinner at Roscioli Saturday night, after starting with aperitivo at Il Goccetto (I can't go to Rome without a stop at Roscioli).
Sunday is really my problem. We are starting early with a guided tour of the Forum/Colisseum (thanks Katie Parla!), so I need a rec for a relaxing lunch near that area. Hopefully with A/C and not too expensive (heaven only knows how much $$ we'll have left by then). Then some place for dinner that night. Nearly all of the places on my list are closed Sunday. Location not really an issue because we can take a taxi.
Since I am the only one who has been to Italy before, and we have a limited time in Rome, I am trying to make this as memorable as possible for the rest of the group (3 girlfriends from law school and my mother).
Thanks in advance and I promise to post upon my return. And yes, I am still working on my trip report to FVG/Veneto from last fall - promise!