I have headed this one up as Monti because it covers the period when I have been here by myself and I have not ventured out of the neighbourhood.
While I have no issues with being by myself during the day (I brought plenty of work with me) it kinda sucks at night, particularly because Monti is just so lively, so convivial, so....shared fun.And I have been eating with the tourists rather than the locals because I just can't hang out until 9pm to eat when I've only got myself as company! This is not me feeling sorry for myself, because I have actually had a great time, it just feels like I'm only seeing a bit of the picture. Rome after dark is such an appealing place.
Anyway, this time a summary:
Nerone - a short walk from me. I've been there twice. Great for the single gal, they are extremely friendly. Food is nice, certainly not the horridness that has been described here on the boards. I didn't like their bread. I had spaghetti vongole and salad one night; and chicken with peppers and a side of spinach the next. Nothing that I couldn't replicate at home but served with a smile and a great location....and their tiramisu was good but not great. Around 30 euros each time with a main, a side, a dessert and a small carafe of house red. Definitely somewhere decent to go when you've visited that old building down the road!
Also in the 'hood, Trattoria Luzzi (the other side of the colosseum)...I walked home past it one night when I'd had pizza at Li Rioni and it was buzzing with locals so I went back the next night. Cramped seating, loud, chaotic etc. and pretty much just classic tratt food. I had a great baked whole bream with potatoes and salad for 13 euros. Tiramisu (yes I am a on a quest) not bad. 17 euros with carafe of house red. Again, not a destination but good serviceable food just a few minutes walk from all the tourist places.
Urbana 47 - loved the space. Industrial chic. Service was a bit coolish towards the single gal but warmed up as the night went on. Had roasted chicken legs with vegies. OK but nothing to write home about - no sauce, chicken was quite dry, a few vegies underneath. (Nerone's version of this was considerably better IMO). Tiramisu almost inedible. Trendy presentation in a jam jar. Far more cream than marscapone. Runny. And bits of hard, crunchy stale biscuit down the bottom. Made bearable by large chunks of dark choc scattered through it. Glass of red at 6.5 eruos. Bill was 32 euros. Not great value IMO.
I ate at home one night with market provisions and had pizza (again!) at Li Rioni. Tonight I am schlepping down to Cafe Propaganda, should be interesting! Last night as the single gal with her book :)