I will be visiting Rome soon, and, while I've tried to do my homework to make it a great culinary as well as cultural experience, I would really appreciate some seasoned Chowhound advice on several points.
I am a single female traveler, and I plan to dine alone for all of my meals. Most of my meals will be casual affairs. For this trip, I'm concentrating on relatively simple and comforting foods done well. I love pasta, pizza, baked goods, gelato and the like. For dinners and a couple special lunches, though, I hope to dine at sit-down restaurants. I have heard mixed reports on how welcome I should expect to feel as a single diner, though, even if I try to be considerate by booking for the earliest possible seatings and order at least a couple of courses. I would be grateful if you all could let me know your thoughts on this generally and also more specifically for the restaurants I have on my list.
And that brings me to my other big request. Namely, I have chosen far more places to try than I am likely to be able to fit into my ~6-day trip. If you all could scan my list and let me know if you think that some of my selections don't merit a visit, that would help me make sure I make it to the very best.
Here's what I've got:
Formal Restaurants – Reservations needed for dinner; request hotel assistance 1-2 days in advance; book as close to opening as possible, out of consideration as a solo diner.
a. Ditirambo - Mon Dinner
b. Pratolina - Tue Dinner
c. Trattoria Primo Sale - Wed Lunch
d. Gatta Mangiona - Wed Dinner
e. Il Sorpasso - Thu Lunch
f. L'Arcangelo - Thu Dinner
g. Cesare al Casaletto - Fri Dinner
h. Perilli - Sat Dinner
Casual Restaurants – No reservations needed; drop-in lunches.
d. Forno la Renella (included primarily for proximity to hotel)
e. Caffe del Chiostro del Bramante (included primarily for atmospheric appeal)
f. Pinsere Roma
g. Antico Forno Urbani
h. Pizzeria Ivo Stefanelli (included primarily for proximity to hotel)
a. Forno di' Campo Fiori
b. Antico Forno Roscioli
c. Panificio Bonci
d. Forno Boccione
e. Pasticceria Andrea De Bellis
f. Biscottificio Innocenti
g. Nonna Vicenza
h. Pasticceria Regoli
i. Cristalli di Zucchero
j. Pasticceria Andreotti
Il Gelato Fantasia (Claudio Torce)
b. Come il Latte
d. Fior di Luna
g. Gelato del Teatro
a. Confetteria Moriondo e Gariglio
Finally, if you think I'm mistaken in any of the notes I've made on my lists, please let me know that, as well.
Thank you so much, in advance, for your help! I will be sure to return after my trip to report on my experiences.