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Rome and Florence: Seeking Casual Dining

L.Nightshade | Sep 24, 2011 01:28 PM

I'm doing some late planning for our trip to Italy in October. I've been reading the boards and taking some notes, but I thought I'd try to get a few succinct answers with my own post.

We will be in Rome for six days, in Florence for six days. (In between we are at a cooking school in the Tuscan countryside, with all meals accounted for.) Then we end up with one single night in Rome before departing.

In Rome we are staying off of Via Cola di Rienzo, in the Prati district. It would be nice to have some dinners within walking distance, if possible. For our final night in Rome after Florence, we are on Via Fabio Massimo, not too far from the Vatican and the Ottaviano metro station. I'm not sure if this is in the same district.

In Florence, we have an apartment with a rudimentary kitchen across the street from the Accademia Gallery on Via Ricasoli. We hope to do some in-home cooking, some eating out, of course. I heard there is a good market near this location, but I've lost my notes about it.

Contrary to good sense, we will probably have our major meals in the evening, hopefully close to our home bases if possible. We'll be looking for light bites around town during the day. For most dinners, we'd prefer small, casual, authentic trattorias to modern multi star spots. Do I need recommendations for this type of eating, or might it be easier to walk around and take our chances?

In case you can't tell, I'm a slightly anxious (but totally thrilled) first-timer to Italy. Very excited about all the sites to see, and a bit overwhelmed. Any ideas and opinions are welcome!

I'm also looking for a cooking supply shop. If you have ideas on that, please check in to this thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/808968

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