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Rome advice - high-end or not?


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Rome advice - high-end or not?

sasicka | Mar 30, 2013 06:30 AM

Everything's changed for my trip to rome so basically I start planning again. And I have this pressing question: we are in Rome for 3 nights only. Should we oe should we not include a high-end place?

The question is two-fold. First, I don't know much about Lazio / Roman cuisine. I know Veneto and Tuscan cuisine quite well, and I've been to Umbria and Sicily and experienced some of their dishes. But I've never experienced culinary Rome (in my student days it was supermaket bread and bananas for us). So is it worth it for me to go to a high-end place or should I stick with basic trattorias for recognition and leave upmarket sophistication to a later visit?

Secondly, if I choose an up-market place, which should it be? Elisabeth kindly recommended Metamorfosi and Glass and I read up on All'Oro. I've already dismissed Glass because it seems a sacreledge to me to eat fusion in Italy. I know next to nothing about Metamorfosi and All'Oro seems to me quite heavy for the sophisticated lightness that I've come to expect from high-end restaurants. Basically I like to eat fresh and flavorfull and sophisticated, but I don't want to feel extremely full at the end of a 12 course tasting menu. Filling and heavy is a jib for trattorias in my book. I also want to eat Roman or at least Italian food, not French or Thai.

The restaurants that I plan to eat in on the other nights: First is Cesare al Casaletto and last would be either Nino or more probably a choice from Dittirambo, Settimio, Gigetto or Da Gino, all fairly close to our place (except for Gino). So as I understand it, all fairly basic and heavy food trattorias.

Another consideration is this: recently I've become remarkably blase about high-end food that is not up to scratch, even to the point of being ashamed of myself. I find lots of chefs to be guilty of over-complicating things and messing up because they try something that is out of their capabilities. I like if a chef knows his/her limits and cooks with passion the things he loves. So the restaurant must have a chef like that if I should visit it at all.

So please help me decide - should I go to Metamorfosi or All'Oro or skip them altogether for a trattoria? Thanks for your opinions!

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