Thanks to you chowhounder regulars here on the Italy board I have eaten my way very well through Venice, ER, Florence and Umbria. There has been a marked difference between your suggestions and random places I went to or even those recommended by hotel conceriege, etc. The Gambero, Michelin, Ristorante d'Italia etc. stickers on the restaurant windows are also somewhat indicative of the food. I plan to share my favorites when I get back to NYC.
I am now stuck in Rome, with limited Internet access and time until I leave (typing this up on my phone!). I beleive I have already had some of the best Venetian, Tuscan, Umbrian and Bolognese food and unless the place has some special twist one might appreciate, I'm really trying to get mind-blowing regional Roman food and pizza. Reading through previous Chowhound posts so far I have a short list:
Forno Campo de' Fiori (tried once already at 5:30pm but was unimpressed, Pizza Bianca was decent though, maybe aim to go in the morning when they serve it hot and not cold and hard like when I went?)
La Taverna dei Monti
Ristorante Santa Cristina al Quirinale
Trattoria da Danilo
Ditarambo (tried already, not bad, my first Cacio e pepe - it was good but not amazing)
So in short looking for about half a dozen choices that would really highlight the best of Roman cooking and sit-down pizza (I think I should be good with Pizzarium for taglio pizza). I prefer traditional or traditional with modern twist/ presentation but not looking for overly inventive or experimental cuisine. I am staying in Via Veneto a few minutes from Barebrini metro stop but plan to be all over Rome. I look forward to your suggestions.
Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT
Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT
Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT
Via del Boschetto 73, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT
Santa Cristina al Quirinale
Via della Cordonata,21, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT