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Rome: Seeking Casual Dining

L.Nightshade | Sep 25, 201109:13 AM

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 posts.

We are staying off of Via Cola di Rienzo, in the Prati district for six days, then, after other travels, we have one final night, staying 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. It would be nice to have some dinners within walking distance of these places, if possible.

For most meals, 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've split this off from a joint inquiry for Rome and Florence, so if you already responded to that thread, I've saved your advice.)

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