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Trip Report -- Rome

Nancy S. | Jun 7, 201206:43 AM

In March, my husband and I, along with our well-traveled 15 year old daughter (who has an excellent palate), and spent a week in Paris, followed by a week in Paris. This is where we ate in Rome:
All'Oro -- our first night. I like the room and service. Our reservation was for 9pm, and the restaurant was filling up with what seemed to be locals. We ordered the tasting menu. Everything was tasty and the flavors and seasoning were complex and correct, though I would have preferred to have the proteins less cooked, especially the quail. I would return.

Gata Mangiona -- our second night. This was excellent. Again, 9pm reservation and we arrived to a full house of locals. The service was excellent and the suppli and pizzas were superb, as were the desserts (tiramisu and a creamy pudding with chocolate).

Third night -- we bought ingredients from the Testacchio market (vegetables, eggs, pasta), Roscoli (cheese, wine, butter, oil, vinegar), Tricolore (bread -- which was brilliant) and Panella (jam tart -- which was disappointing. We cooked in our apt.

Glass -- fourth night. The place is modern and reminded me of restaurant design circa 1990s. The service was good and responsive. The pastas were a good texture, but the flavors were not suble or delicate, but not in a rustic way. I craved nuance in the ravioli with aged Parmesan, and my daughter's choice with oysters and leeks was a bit heavy. My husband and I thought our scallops were over cooked, even though we asked for them to be rare. The tiramisu was not excellent -- a modern take that was lacking in attributes. I felt that the place was trying too hard and not achieving. Also, many, many tourists.

Sforno -- fifth day. We ordered the same type of courses as Gata (suppli, pizzas, tiramisu), but Sforno's rendition of each paled in comparison. Service, though, was great and the place was lively and filled to the brim with locals.

L'Arcangelo -- sixth night. Sublime. We each had suppli to start then gnocchi. I've never had better. I like the place. Again, we had a 9pm reservation. We were the first ones in the restaurant, which filled up completely by 10. Also, again, all locals but us. Desserts were fine, but not special.

Antico Arco -- last night. This is a big and modern place. Lots of tables and activity. Also, lots of tourists. I thought the food was ordinary, except for the house baked bread. We had scallops with tomato sauce and polenta -- not a successful combination, the sauce was not delicate and overly reduced, the polenta was flavorless and the scallop over cooked. We also had the egg with cauliflower and truffle. Again, the flavors were off, and odd, with an abundance of what was probably truffle oil. We also had pasta with cheese, black pepper and fried zucchini flowers -- what a mess, gloppy, oily, salty, disappointing. Dessert was not much better -- icy sorbets and an average apple tart.

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