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Rome trip report

angiez | Feb 17, 201402:58 PM

Hi all,
First a thank you to those that helped with my trip planning questions.

My partner and I were in Rome Feb 5-10. After all the rainy days in Rome we were so fortunate to have beautiful weather the entire trip.

Day 1 - After settling in at the apt and showering we had lunch at Taverna dei Fori Imperiali. We started with an appetizer special that I cannot remember the name of. However, it consisted of croutons, beans, chicory, tomatoes, and burrata cheese. Also carciofi alla Romana. I had the special carbonara with fava beans, peas, and artichoke hearts. The guanciale was nice and crisp. Partner had pesto ravioli with burrata cheese. The food was delicious and the service was very friendly. Would not hesitate to eat there again.
For dinner we just ate some olives, bresola, and cheese as we needed to be up early to head to Naples and Pompeii.

Day 2 - Pompeii. After following an interesting discussion on a thread I started regarding pizza in Naples we ended up eating a slice in the train station. Our private Pompeii tour ran wonderfully long so we had no time to get to a proper restaurant in Naples. That's ok. We will definitely go back.
Dinner was at Trattoria Monti. Appetizer was the sausage stuffed fried olives, zucchini flowers, and artichoke hearts. Primis: Partner had the tortellini with egg yolk and the sage butter sauce. I had the special pappardelle with wild boar ragout. We shared a rolled beef stuffed with chicory and a provolone sauce. I am still thinking of that meal. It was the best we had this trip. Service and ambience nice. Would eat there again and again!

Day 3 - Lunch at Guadeo as we wanted something easy and not too heavy. Decent panini.
Dinner was at Armando al Pantheon. Ok, this was a weird experience and my least favorite meal of the trip. We were told of 3 specials by a waiter- 2 soups and 1 pasta. When the waitress brought our bottle of wine we asked again about the specials just to be sure. She said only 1 special a soup and left. Meanwhile we could hear the waiter telling people next to us of the 3 specials. When she came back we asked about that and she said she forgot about the other 2. Ok. Partner ordered one of the soups. A pumpkin with pecorino which she said was good. I ordered the carbonara. I am no expert but to me it was just gluey and just didn't taste very good. The guanciale seemed not cooked at all. I don't know if that is typical. I preferred the guanciale in the carbonara at La Taverna. For our secondi we had the short ribs with sausage and lentils. It was good.
Now the really weird part. They brought the check out. We were charged for 2 pane. I said we only had 1 basket, but he said because there were 2 of us we had to be charged for 2. Ok. So I put the money down and was about to pocket the check. The waiter came running out and said he needed it back. He came back a few minutes later with a new check. This time is was on Armando receipt stock. I hadn't realized the first check was just on generic receipt stock. Certainly seemed suspect. Maybe a local can shed some light. I left with a bad taste in my mouth and will not go back.

Day 4 - We did the Eating Italy tour of Testaccio. It is definitely a tour meant for newbies, but I thought it would be kind of neat to taste a bunch of things in a short period of time in Testaccio. I won't list everything here. You can see where we went and what we ate on their site if interested. Best part imo was the market and the fresh bruschetta.

Managed to walk enough to be hungry for dinner later that night at Roscioli. I'd read mixed reviews recently, but can say we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the ambience. Cool, trendy vibe there. We started with the burrata and tomatoes. Heavenly. I had the stuffed quail with mushrooms. Partner had the polpette. Everything was really good and I would definitely go back. I never felt hurried.

Day 5 - last day. We had something to do during the lunch period. So decided to end the trip with a late lunch early dinner at Pizzarium. Good choice! Everything folks are saying about the crust is true. I've never had anything like that. I had a slice with cod spread and mortadella. Partner had one with fennel and a cheese we don't remember. Delicious! I wanted to try one of everything. As we ate they kept bringing more interesting pizzas out.

Note: we had gelato one day at Fatamorgana in Monti. Very good.

It was another great trip to Rome, my favorite city in the world. I can't wait for our next visit. Several visits and we've just barely scratched the surface of this amazing city.

Thank you all! Sorry for the long read.

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