My girlfriend and I just got to rome today. I would've posted sooner but the trip was all last minute and after a horrible weekend in France, we need help to salvage our foodie desires in Italy.
We both have 16+ years of restaurant experience (hence being on chow), so we're definite foodies, but not in a pretentious way. We like hearty cooking, especially Italian made with lots of garlic, olive oil, etc. She also has a bit of a truffle fetish (for a while I nearly had to use truffle oil with everything), so if anyone knows of a good place in any of these cities that focuses on truffle oil that would be cool.
We aren't into super pretentious restaurants, more family style, smaller scale, places where there are more regulars and less tourists. We would love some good recommendations if anyone has any, lunch and dinner alike.
Also, I am new to chow.com posting but if anyone is ever going to travel to the Seattle area you can e-mail me and i can recommend a number of good places to fit your needs, we go out a lot and know the best and worst places, as well as being some what of happy hour experts =)
Thanks for all the help!