I have been a lurker here on Chowhound since my last Rome trip in 2012. To pay back for the excellent recommendations of both places and food to order, here’s a quick summary of my trip last weekend!
I didn’t want to spend more than 50/person including wine, and also wanted to eat in between sightseeing, so a bit dusty in jeans in the evening was our dress code!
I used quandoo.it to book Piperno for Saturday night and Flavio for Sunday night – and it worked perfectly!
We stayed near Termini, and went from train from airport to B&B straight to Trattoria Cadorna – excellent lunch – caprese, burrata, amatriciana, gricia. Followed by a superb zablione and bacio in Gelateria la Romana.
A light dinner was had in Pizzarium before heading to the night tour of Vatican Museums. It wasn’t as good as 2012, but still very fine. The base was perfect, and the toppings ok – I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the anchovies, but overall, great price and a handy location to the Vatican. We managed to eat here, standing outside, in between rain showers! Despite being extended since the last time I was here, it’s still small, and while we were there a tour group came in and took up all the space.
Lunch was in la Buca di Ripetti after a trip to Galleria Borghese and Piazza di Poppolo – it was lovely, my pasta with octopus was superb.
Dinner Saturday night was in Piperno – and it was fantastic. Lovely warm welcome, and great meal. Artichokes, zucchini blosoms, pasta pescatora and agnoletti, and grandpa’s balls.
Sunday lunch was Cavour 313 – again, I’m surprised this place isn’t thronged – excellent lunch with a beautiful glass of nebbiolo – wild boar salami, beef carpaccio, regional cheese and a plate of perfect veggies.
Sunday dinner was Flavio al Velavevodetto and the only complaint was the long wait for the 83 bus back! Cacio e pepe and amatriciana, meatballs and oxtail – all excellent. As was the tiramisu. The house wine – red, Lazio, from a local co-op was a steal at 10 euro!
Monday lunch was in Il Bocconcino before heading to San Clemente. It was really good – great carbonara and a lovely burrata bruschetta.
Emma provided dinner Monday night and it was superb. The service was brusque and a little rude, but efficient. The food though was extraordinary. Suppli, burrata, white pizza, chorizo pizza and an excellent tiramisu with pistachio.
Lunch before heading to airport was a very fine meal in the old school Ninos, near the Spanish steps. Spaghetti ala vongole and vitello tonnato were excellent as were my companions’ cannelloni and roast lamb with potatoes. Back to Gelateria la Romana for dessert on the way back to the airport train!
Gelato – I nearly cried when I couldn’t find Claudio Torce in Monte d’Oro as I had an out-of-body gelato experience here in 2012. But my “new find” of Gelateria la Romana made up for it.
Grom was just ok. San Crispino and Fatamorgana were stellar as usual.