Rome Fine Dining

Jun 21st, 2001, 05:44 PM
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Kate Webster
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Rome Fine Dining

My Husband & I will visit Rome in 11/2001 to celebrate our 10 yr. anniversary. We are "foodies" to the core...and while I know that there are a ton of really great restaurants in Rome, I was wondering if anyone had info on any really fine-dining types of restaurants in Rome for one very special night. We usually use the Zagats guide...but I couldn't find one for Rome. Thanks, Kate
 
Jun 22nd, 2001, 05:00 AM
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elaine
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Kate
I'm planning my own trip to Rome and I am also interested in fine restaurants.
I'll pass along these restaurant resources, in addition to suggesting your doing a search on Rome restaurants on this message board, and also checking the Rants and Raves for Rome restaurants on this Fodors website.

travelocity.com
timeout.com
twenj.com
scalareale.org
lowestfare.com
winespectator.com
cnn.com
igougo.com
concierge.com
frommers.com

I've been collecting recommendations into my new file on Rome which I'll be happy to send you if you email me
 
Jun 22nd, 2001, 07:13 AM
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A true "foodie's" delight: Vivendo in the spectacular (newly multi-billion lire renovated) St. Regis Grand hotel on Piazza della Repubblica.

Best wishes,

Rex
 
Jun 22nd, 2001, 07:25 AM
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You might also look at Fred Plotkin's marvelous book, Gourmet Guide to Italy. Though it was paublished in 1996, if you find some interesting entries, you could then e-mail Plotkin and/or ask others for updates on those places. Good luck!
 
Jun 22nd, 2001, 03:13 PM
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I was in Rome recently visiting my husband who is on 6 mos. deployment and we wanted to find a restaurant for a particularily special night. We chose Il Convivio. It was fabulous!
 
Jun 23rd, 2001, 07:17 AM
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I had the pleasure of meeting Fred Plotkin in NYC last year, and I used his book for a two month foodie trip through Italy....there were a lot of great suggestions, but as he said, things change so fast, if I found I didn't like something, he wanted me to be sure to let him know. I found that the more I explored on my own, I enjoyed finding my own little places, but his book was a fantastic guide!

In Rome, I loved Tre Scalini on the Piazza Navona, and the chocolate dessert (I just drew a blank on the name of it...anyone?) is HEAVENLY!

However, if you REALLY want to splurge, La Pergola, in the Hilton on via Cadlolo not only has incredible views, but the food, ah! mammma mia, I am STILL dreaming of the pheasant breast stuffed with wild mushrooms and cheese.... expensive but worth it!
 
Jun 23rd, 2001, 07:56 AM
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Kate,
WE just returned from Italy 6-16-01 and had a celebration for our daughter's 15th birthday at La Terrazza at the top of the Eden Hotel. The food was fabulous (with all the elegant flourishes)as was the service( very gracious and and after inquring about the wine they steamed the label and presented it to me after dinner) and the view( we enjoyed sunset as it was summer but the nighttime city lights are magical). Our concierge made the reservation and I had told him it is was her birthday. To our surprise they made an entire cake for our table, chocolate and quite delicious. It was our most elegant meal in three weeks of traveling. Enjoy.
 
Jun 23rd, 2001, 08:18 AM
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I am leaving for Rome tomorrow and was highly recommended to Agata E Romeo. My friends said not to miss.
Elayne
 
Jun 27th, 2001, 06:41 PM
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Thanks to all who replied to this post. I'll keep researching & posting any information that I find.

Also, a fellow foodie friend was in Rome about 5 years ago & said that her favorite restaurant was Vecchia Roma near the old Jewish section of the city.

Thanks again!
Kate
 
Jun 28th, 2001, 01:38 AM
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During our week in Rome, last week, we used several different guides as well as past experience to choose restaurants. The most reliable guide was Gambero Rosso. It's an Italian restaurant guide. They have a website, and you can order their Rome guide in English from Amazon. We had dinner at Vecchia Roma (beautiful setting and good food) and Sabatini in Trastevere (also very good, and fun) among others. But use Gambero Rosso. Their highest designation is three forks--the only three-fork restaurant we sampled was Da Arnolfo in Colle Val d'Elsa, and that was truly special! I would trust their ratings more than Michelin or the other guides we used.
 
Jun 28th, 2001, 02:48 AM
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Vecchia Roma gets my vote also. It is our favirite roman restaurant, lovely at night to sit outside under white umbrellas, try the antipasta di Mare, all kinds of shellfish we never see here in US, winkles, ladyfinger clams, octupus, squid, etc super.

wendy -the choc. ice cream thing - is tartufo,,yummmmmmmmm
 
Jun 28th, 2001, 10:58 AM
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Have to agree with Linda, I loved La Terraza which was on the top of the Hotel Eden. Their address/phone info is: Via Ludovisi (near Via Veneto) 06-478-121. It was a real treat!
 
Jun 28th, 2001, 11:14 AM
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I am sorry to report Sabatini is no longer on the "A" list. We ate there last month and had a truly awful meal. It used to be so good, oh well.
 
Jun 28th, 2001, 12:10 PM
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I second Il Convivio. A bit hard to find, but well-worth the effort. The atmosphere was not what I would think it would be atop the Eden or the Hassler, but the food was first rate.
 
Jun 28th, 2001, 06:21 PM
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A few mentioned Veccia Roma, where isit near? I'd love to try it, going in September.. Thanks.
 
Jun 29th, 2001, 01:36 AM
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I could lead you there with my eyes shut but since I don't know the names of all the streets , its at the top of a hill above the jewish quarter, on Via della Tribuna di Campitelli, right at the start ofpiazza campitelli You can go up thru the quarter or from the Tiber side walk around Teatro Marcellus and up the hill.. great directions , huh. I'm sure if you asked your hotel and gave them the address they could point you in the right direction!
The phone number I have is rather old and may have changed but it is 686 4604
 
Jun 30th, 2001, 12:52 PM
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Topping for diane
 
Jul 1st, 2001, 04:54 AM
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Since a couple people mentioned Fred Plotkin's book, I want to ask if anyone has eaten at a restaurant he raved about, Il Pellicano, in Rome. We're going back in November and may seek it out. Also, we ate at one of Mario Battali's restaurants on a trip to NYC this last week and asked if anyone had any recommendations for Rome. The Italian staff member our waiter asked recommended using the Gambero Rosso (which I had bought from Amazon) and said it was very reliable.
 
Jul 3rd, 2001, 07:09 AM
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Just briefly checked out the Gambero Rosso web site (has an English version.) I saw a reference to one of their books, "Ristoranti d'Italia 2000." It had a a listing of "Tre Forchette 2000" which listed their top picks in Italy. There was one mention of a restaurant in Rome: La Pergola on the Via A. Cadlolo tel: 0635 091.

There is also a section that briefly discusses Rome: cool places to eat, shop, etc. I plan to take a closer look!

Kate
 
Jul 4th, 2001, 12:58 AM
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You can take a look at La Pergola at www.hilton.com - also recommended by Faith Willinger.

Note that the chef is German!
 

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