My wife and I are arriving in Rome for a 5 night post cruise stay in the next couple of weeks. We've only been in Rome once back in 2006, stayed two nights and dined at Armando and Ditirambo, and enjoyed them both. Except for special occasions, we usually like lighter, more casual lunches and heavier dinners. As we are arriving in Rome on Sunday morning, based on reading these boards, I was thinking that booking a sunday lunch at Cesare Al Casaletto would be a nice start to our stay. Can you book tables outside, and what would be appropriate attire for dining outside on a hot Rome July afternoon? What time would you recommend that we make our reservation? We are staying just north of Piazza Venezia, so would take the #8 tram there, or a cab.
We also are looking for advice/feedback on a few other places that we are looking at: On Monday morning, we have a Vatican tour booked, and were think about either Be.Re for a cold beer and Trappizino, or Sorpasso. If Sorpasso, would we need a reservation, or could we get a table a lunch time without one?
On Tuesday morning, we have a Colisseum underground tour booked, so were looking for a nearby lunch spot. Nerone seems to get good reviews here, and it looks like a great spot. Would we need reservations here? Any where else nearby that you would recommend?
On Wednesday, we have reservations at the Borghese Gallery from 11am to 1pm. Any lunch recommendations in this area?
For dinner spots, we will most likely go to Emma, maybe Roscioli, Colline Emiliane, possibly Retrobottega for a drop in dinner. A few others we are considering would be La Tavernaccio da bruno or somewhere else in Trastevere so we can walk through the neighborhood after dinner, L'Angolo Divino, maybe Ditirambo again. I really like pizza, so was also thinking about trying Pizzeria da Remo in Testaccio just to see a different neighborhood. I don't really want to have dinner reservations lined up way in advance, as like to see how we feel once we are there. Is it possible to book for dinner the same day, or do we need to book at least a day in advance for most of these places? Also, my wife doesn't eat beef or pork, so not sure if that would affect her enjoyment at some of the above places that I have mentioned. I've really enjoyed reading the posts on this board, and would appreciate any feedback.