We had an overall wonderful trip! We were blessed with utterly fantastic weather, and only my daughter struggled much with jet lag. We've all actually had a much longer road adjusting back to EST.
I don't think I have anything earth shattering to share, but I did want to follow up.
Armando: This seems to be our traditional arrival night dinner, and it did not disappoint. We ordered carbonara, cacio e pepe, oxtail, amatriciana, and I think a couple other dishes. Food and service was both great. Very glad we reserved a week in advance as we watched 20 or more people be turned away.
Nonna Betta: Our night walk through the Jewish Ghetto was one of our favorite things we did on this trip. So lovely! And dinner here as great. We ordered Pesce Nonna Betta, carbonara, gnocchi, an artichoke of course, and a vegetable soup with couscous that was outstanding. My only regret was that we were too full for any dessert.
Flavio: This was a date night while my mother-in-law kept the kids at the hotel. We had carbonara, osso bucco, and tiramisu. The food was absolutely perfect. Service was maybe a little inconsistent but they were very busy.
Emma: This was our last night in Rome and was overall a wonderful meal. We reserved for 1900 and the restaurant was mostly empty until 2000, which made for a kind of strange ambiance.
We love wine but are pretty uneducated about it, so we mostly just ordered house red everywhere.
We also had great lunches at Pizzarium, Panino Divino, and Sorpasso.
On a day trip to Orvieto, we stopped at Trattoria del Moro Aronne and had a lovely meal. We had two boar dishes and both were impressive.
On a second day trip to Pompeii, we stopped by Hortus right outside Pompeii Scavi. My expectations were really low given the location, but it was fine.
Oh, and gelato. Our hotel was very close to Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi, so that became our gelato spot. The kids had a ton of fun trying out different combinations.
We also introduced the kids to ciocolata calda, which they devoured. Between that and the gelato, I'm afraid hot chocolate and ice cream have been forever ruined! :)
Thank you all for your help in planning! The meals we have had in Italy have been transformative and it has changed the way we eat here at home. I don't think that would have ever happened without the hours spent reading on this forum and others like it.
If I can answer any questions or provide any additional information I'd be happy to.