We had 8 lovely days in Rome over the Christmas holidays filled with fantastic dining experiences thanks to all of you! Upon doing my own research before going I found such wonderful suggestions and advice on CH that helped me make our first trip to Rome perfect and I would like to make any contribution that I can offer in return.
Casa Bleve- Spent Christmas eve dinner there, amazing! The restaurant was beautiful all unto itself, service was flawless, fresh mozzarella, OMG! I had lobster as my main, my husband had the filet which was perfectly cooked with a peppery crust, divine! The wines, the cheeses, the desserts, it was all perfect and I could not have wished for a better place to spend Christmas eve, elegant and lovely. The did not have a pre-fix menu which I was happy about, we let them guide us on what to order for each course to include the couple of bottles of wine...a bit pricey but hey, life is short and we were in Rome for Christmas..worth every single penny and more. If we were to return again for Christmas this is where we would return to for the eve. Fantastic
Palattium- great place to have a nice bottle of wine, cheeses and meats. Locals which was nice. I guess I misunderstood reading somewhere that they would have a full menu and we had actually planned on having a lunch there, but we were quite content after enjoying the suggested items to order.
Piperno- had a reservation as one of our top choices that were recommended to dine for dinner. I had the Gnocci (?) made with Fontina (?) cheese which I was so disappointed with but the fried artichokes and zucchini flowers made up for it. My husband and daughter both had a nice pasta but we all left there thinking it was good but not memorable.
Toto La Cucina a Roma- near the spanish steps, we stumbled on this one, what a find! not sure if true but we were told it was the oldest restaurant in Rome (trivia). We stopped in with no reservation, immediately greeted warmly and given a table in the front window which was great people watching. Maximo came to the table and we new right then that we were going to love this place! He was so funning and charming! again, we allowed them to order for us (some perimeters like no brains or stomach for me) every single thing that was brought to us was divine! lasagna, the best we have ever had and we are bit tough to please there. Lamb to die for! Calamari fritta, best we had in Rome. I could go on and on but I went into a food coma and cannot recall all of the food that was brought out but I can tell you that it really was outstanding. The wine and port after were also outstanding. I have to say this was one of the best all around experiences we had while in Rome.
La Campana- Sunday lunch was great, old italian, very busy with locals, make sure to reserve. the food was very good, calamari was crispy and delicious, daughter ordered the rigatoni, I did not dare tell her what the meat was since she was blissfully enjoying it. I had a simple pasta with marinara and is was delicious. House wine was just fine. another place we would return to if we were to visit again.
Osteria Memmo by Piazza Navona- really glad we decided to try this place, like having dinner at your dear italian uncle's house. comfortable setting. beware if you say yes to the antipasta they will proceed to bring you about 8 different dishes, all wonderful but OMG too much food, we laughed as each plate kept coming and the staff was amused at our reaction. Then I had the calamari which was really tasty, fresh mozzarella which was some of the best we have had in Rome, my husband ordered a spicy pasta dish which was SPICY but that is exactly what he wanted.
Their olive oil was awesome! Fun place, great attentive service, wonderful authentic cooking. you will love it! The owner is friendly and makes you feel like family, we adored him! another one we would return to for a fun atmosphere, very reasonable prices and super food. great also for families.
I need to return many more times to see, do and eat all that I wish I had more time to do on this past trip. I have my next list already in the making. La Mani Pasta, Lili, Cul de Sac, Roma Sparita
thanks to all of you!
Happy New Year,