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Rome: 5 nights with a toddler and a vegetarian

greenzebra | May 2, 2012 04:59 PM

My wife (vegetarian), myself, our 2-year-old son, and my wife's parents will be spending 5 nights in Rome in two weeks as part of an Italian vacation. After spending several evenings reading the extensive archives about Rome, I am getting really excited about the food, and have a preliminary itinerary that I could use this board's help in refining. Although my wife is vegetarian, she is usually pretty happy as long as there are a few antipasti and primi that she can eat, so we are not looking for vegetarian-specific restaurants. Rather, we are looking for places that will be able to accomodate a vegetarian, and that will be okay with possibly strange requests like having two antipasti and a primi as her dinner.

We arrive on a Friday night, and depart the following Wednesday morning. We are staying in an apartment near Campo di'Fiore, so we will have the option of cooking some nights and eating in for lunch some days. Since my in-laws have never been to Rome (and my wife and I only briefly many years ago), we will be doing the tourist thing, but hope to still eat quite well. One limitation, however, is that with a toddler and in-laws who aren't in the best of shape, we will be rather mobility limited; options close to sights or close to our apartment will work much better for us.

That said, here is my tentative itinerary.
Friday dinner: Hoping for something casual and good close to our apartment (we arrive ~6 pm). Ditirambo looks very vegetarian-friendly but some reports from a couple years ago suggest maybe the execution is lacking. Any current opinions? Other options would be Settimio al Pellegrino (but would there be anything for a vegetarian?), Armando al Pantheon, or something in the Jewish Ghetto (Piperno looks too pricey for what we are looking for, maybe Giggetto, Nona Betta or Ba Ghetto? I know there are lots of varying opinions about the best Roman-Jewish places.)

Saturday lunch: Encouraged by a trip report from last year reporting a great meal at Roscioli with a 2 year old, I would like to give it a try. Is Saturday lunch a decent time for this? Alternatively, since we will likely be visiting the Forum and Colosseum Saturday morning, perhaps lunch at L'Asino D'oro?

Saturday dinner: Cook at our apartment.

Sunday lunch: Planning on having a classic Roman Sunday lunch. Although Perilli sounds wonderful, I don't think we will be able to manage to get out to Testaccio this trip. Anything similar closer to the Centro Historico? Maybe La Campana?

Sunday dinner: Thinking probably pizza, maybe pizza al taglio from Forno del Campo de Fiori? Are there any sit-down pizzerie in the Centrio Historico that are worthwhile? Or if we are really stuffed, just some simple bread and cheese at our apartment.

Monday lunch: We will probably do the Vatican Monday morning, so something nearby would be ideal. Pizzarium looks great, but a standing lunch may not really work for us, and at least based on Google Street View there doesn't really appear to be anywhere nearby to sit down. Other suggestions? Or should we plan on heading elsewhere for lunch? This might be a good day to pick up some bread and cheese for lunch at our apartment.

Monday dinner: The in-laws are watching the toddler so my wife and I can go out for a fancy dinner. Ideally we would find a place that would do a vegetarian tasting menu for my wife. Our budget for this dinner is around 100 euros per person (assuming tasting menu plus a bottle of wine), but we could push it a bit (only a bit) for really amazing food. There was a recent thread with some good suggestions, but it is quite difficult to tell based on websites which places will be likely to accommodate vegetarians, so some advice would be much appreciated here. I know some places are closed on Monday night, so if that is a limitation we could go out a different night (Saturday or Tuesday, rearranging things so as not to have a big lunch that afternoon).

Tuesday lunch: We will probably aim for Villa Borghese, so thinking a picnic would be perfect.

Tuesday dinner: Somewhere near our apartment from the Friday dinner list. It is our son's birthday on Tuesday, and he loves fish, so a place with good seafood (cooked, not raw) would be nice, but not necessary. I'm assuming a place that specializes in fish would be quite tough for vegetarians, so this may not be realistic.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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