We just returned from Italy, staying mostly in Tuscany and on the Amalfi Coast, followed by just 3 days in Rome. I wanted to report on some good meals we had, as this board has been so helpful in our trip planing.
Our first night we were staying close to Monti and wanted some typical local Roman cuisine. We booked a week ahead at La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali and both my husband and I really enjoyed it. We started with carbonara and cacio e pepe and then had saltimbocca and the beef fillet stuffed with prosciutto. The house red was food friendly and affordable. Between the food, the setting and the price, this restaurant was a great pick.
Dinner at Roscioli was good, but not great. We were prepared for the cramped seating downstairs and decided to stick with Katie Parla's food recommendations. We split the zuchinni blossoms with oxtail and the buffalo mozzarella with sun dried tomatoes and then had the carbonara and the amatriciana. This proved to be too much food after a few pieces of delicious bread. When the complimentary sweet was brought out, neither of us wanted it. In retrospect I think this place is slightly overrated, as even though the food is delicious, the difficulty getting a reservation and the cult status seem unwarranted.
I had decided that I really wanted to go to Trattoria Monti, as we were in the Marche region last year and loved the food. This was also a delicious and enjoyable meal. We had again booked about a week ahead and they were fully booked and had to turn a lot of people away. We started with the plate of fried olives and veggies, a radicchio flan and the famous raviolo with the egg yolk. Every dish was delicious, and though pretty satisfied, as it was our last night we soldiered on and had the stuffed rabbit and the nightly special stuffed wild boar rolls as mains. Not surprisingly we didn't have dessert! The overall family atmosphere from the wonderful servers and the rustic home style cooking was delightful. All in all, thanks to the feedback from many on this board, we really ate well.