Family of four (kids ages 3 and 5) will be in Rome and Venice at the end of August. We have traveled a number of times with the kids to Italy and we continue to return because we love Italian culture and the hospitality we have felt from Italians with respect to traveling with kids (and us doing our best to respect Italian culture in return). I have done much research as to best food options recognizing limitations (namely traveling in August) and would love input from you all as to what I have put together so far (as background, the kids are used to dining out in NYC (usually at 5:30; current favorite restaurant as a family is Osteria Morini) and we have nailed down a partial time adjustment from NY so that in Italy we do dinners at the first seating in restaurants (7:30/8)). We love the ability to sit outside (trying not to comprome food), we find restaurants in close proximity to where we will be and in the past we have never encountered a restaurant that will not prepare a simple pasta pomodoro for the kids if necessary. My thoughts so far:
Arrival day (flight lands 10:20 am into FCO) - Lunch at Emma Pizzeria - I know pizza is generally for dinner, but it seems as though they serve at lunch here. Can anyone confirm? I was thinking a 1:30 reservation should work (we will be getting a car transfer from FCO to our hotel near the Pantheon), but open if I'm miscalculating.
Arrival day dinner - Want relatively close to hotel near Pantheon. Would love Armando but research indicates it will likely be closed. Other thought was Piperno (eat outside) but finding conflicting advise as to whether it will be open. Otherwise, seems like Nonna Betta or Fortunato al Pantheon are options.
Lunch near Colosseum - Hostaria Nerone (will this be closed in August?). Others that seem to maybe be open, but with mixed reviews, Caffe Propaganda, Taverna dei Quaranta, i Clementini.
Dinner - Cesare al Casaletto - would love to be able to do this during lunchtime, but realistically won't work well into schedule. Hoping first seating on terrace is appropriate.
Lunch - casual and easy from Forno Roscioli and Forno Campo de' Fiori (I could eat pizza bianca all day every day)
VENICE: We arrive in Venice August 27. I think these restaurants, from past years, will be open, but appreciate anyone advising otherwise.
Dinners - same question for all restaurants listed below is that if we reserve ahead for first dinner seating, how likely will they seat us at an outdoor table? Also, we do not want to be too far from St. Marks square area for dinner (~15 min walk max), although willing to leave the direct vicinity, as indicated by choices below).
Al Covo - repeat from last year, which we enjoyed greatly
Antiche Carampagne - repeat from last year, which we enjoyed, but previously was at lunch; big difference for kids? (if outside, I'm thinking not so much, but if inside, then yes since fairly tight quarters?)
Osteria alla Frasca - haven't been but many positive reviews
Osteria Enoteca Ai Artisti (we will be in the area but open to other suggestions)
Busa alla Torre (repeat from last year and enjoyed the food and seating outside)
Greatly appreciate any and all feedback. Also, I am obviously thinking very far out in advance (we booked the flights so I am already excited to eat!). I want to be respectful of Roman/Venetian culture as to reservations (i.e., not too far in advance), but also want to get reservations in advance so that we do not run into problems. Would love feedback as to when would be the appropriate time to contact these restaurants.
Thanks in advance!