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Rome - good friends in search of good food and wine

Silverwing | Sep 11, 201109:47 PM

We are three very good friends who are leaving our husbands behind to travel to Italy in October. After 4 nights in Venice, 4 nights in Florence and 7 nights based in Todi, we have a very quick 2 nights in Rome before we return to Canada. I admit, Rome was not first on our list, difficult as that was to decide. We wanted to have enough time in each location, and did not want our trip to be entirely city-based. But then, we needed a departure point, and rather than backtrack to Florence, we decided to head to Rome for a whirlwind visit.

I am nervous about our dining plans in Rome - we are only in Rome for 2 days. To make it more challenging, we are there on Saturday and Sunday. Also, as these are our last two days in Italy, I would really like to choose well.

On Saturday, we are spending the afternoon at the Vatican Museums. Sunday morning we have a tour booked of the Colosseum and Forum. Sunday afternoon we plan to go to the Pantheon - and at some point, wander up to Capitoline Hill.

We are staying in an apartment on Via Banchi Vecchi, but we will travel for food. We enjoy wine, but we are not really that knowledgeable! We are willing to spend money for good food and lively atmosphere, but are just as happy to find great food at great prices. We prefer regional foods, going to farmers markets and restaurants using local foods in our home cities. I believe I cannot leave Rome without having either carbonara or cacio e pepe, or both! Although naturally, I realize that if we go to La Gensola, we must have fish :)

With much difficulty, I have narrowed the list of possible restaurants, with a couple of wine bars, to the following:

Checchino dal 1887
Roma Sparita
La Campana
Settimio al Pelligrino
Flavio al Velavevodetto
La Tavernaccia
La Gensola
Vino e Camino
Il Goccetto
Cul de Sac

I would welcome any advice or suggestions. Many thanks!

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