Just to add some more challenges to the familiar ones you experts often comment on, I thought I'd see what you might suggest for our group of about 22. Most of us will have only just arrived in Rome that morning from Vancouver, and so probably won't really know which way is up for their stomachs; nevertheless, we're trying to plan a really memorable lunch stop on our walk around the hotel we'll be staying in (near Piazza Barberini). Our walk will take us in a skinny loop to the Pantheon and back; we're hoping everyone will feel up to getting out, so as to adjust their brains and start reveling in Roma.
So we're looking for a nearby place that could accommodate a group our size for lunch, in Ferragosto--and that can deliver a really memorable overall "welcome!" experience without breaking the bank. I doubt any of us will be starving, but I think we'll really appreciate starting our holiday with some well-prepared and characteristic dishes in friendly, pleasant surroundings. I must confess that I'm not looking so much for a solely gastronomic experience as an overall "WOW--we're eating wonderful food in bella Roma!!" choice. At the same time, relatively modest pricing and a low-key, traditional style would probably trump more upscale, splashy options.
Here are some of the suggestions that have crossed my radar to this point. I'd love any insights you might be able to share on any or all of them for our situation. Thank you kindly! Laura
- Otello alla Concordia, Via della Croce, 81
- Taverna degli Amici, Piazza Margana, 37
- Babette, Via Margutta, 1
- La Quercia, Piazza della Quercia, 23
- Abruzzi (Via del Vaccharo 1),
- Enosteria Capolecase (Via di Capo le Case, 53),
- Trattoria della Stampa (Via dei Maroniti, 32),
- Santa Cristina al Quirinale (Via della Cordonata, 21), and
- Ristorante La Cabana (Via del Mancino, 7)
- Rasella, Hosteria Rasella, Via Rasella 34/35
- Hostaria Romana, Via del Boccaccio, 1
- L'Asino d'Oro, Via del Boschetto, 73
- Osteria Barberini, Via della Purificazione, 21