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ROME: so many restaurants, so little time! PLEASE HELP!

ROME: so many restaurants, so little time! PLEASE HELP!

May 26th, 2006, 05:56 PM
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ROME: so many restaurants, so little time! PLEASE HELP!

We have only 3 dinners in Rome!

I have narrowed down to the following, and obviously need to narrow it down more. I would LOVE any feedback on my choices.

near Piazza Navona:
LA CAMPANA

near Pantheon:
IL BACARO

in Trastevere:
SABATINI
IL CISTERNA

near Spanish Steps:
NINO

in Campo dei Fiore:
PIERLUIGI

Please help!
Thank you,
Dina
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May 26th, 2006, 06:22 PM
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The only one of these I am familiar with is Nino. This is a good restaurant but the food is not Roman but, rather, Tuscan. I would choose a place with more local food if I were in your place. If you do eat there, be sure to have their famous beans.
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May 26th, 2006, 06:25 PM
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The only one I am familiar with is Il Bacaro. Tiny restaurant filled with mostly locals when we were there. Excellent food - my daughter had one of the best pasta dishes we had in Italy. You definitely need a reservation.
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May 26th, 2006, 06:26 PM
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I haven't been to either Il Bacaro or Il Cisterna but I've eaten at the others.
La Campana--good food but nothing really special. Famous for being one of the oldest trattorie in Rome.
Sabatini--famous for being famous. Expensive. Food was only passable.
Nino--Again, food OK but so what? Notorious for putting tourists in the back room. Rushed service which is almost unheard of in Italy.
Pierluigi--nice setting in quiet piazza near Campo di Fiori. My husband, two daughters and I had four different main courses. Two very good. Two marginal.
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May 26th, 2006, 06:30 PM
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I would definitely go with Pierluigi. Outstanding food and service, and an excellent value.

I've been to Nino several times, and was disappointed by my last dinner there. Service was horrible!

Buon Viaggio & Buon Appetito,
BC
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May 26th, 2006, 07:32 PM
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I really like La Campana. It's an old fashioned place. The waiters seem as old as the restaurant! The pasta we had was very good. My daughter still talks about it !( this was 2 years ago).
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May 26th, 2006, 07:47 PM
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I was at Il Bacaro in March. It was so good, I went a second time. The two beef dishes I had were heavenly...wish I could go there tomorrow!
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May 26th, 2006, 08:01 PM
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Ditto on Il Bacarro
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May 27th, 2006, 06:48 AM
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Thank you so much for all the feedback.
It sounds like Il Bacaro is a unanimous YES!

I'm also leaning towards Pierluigi and maybe La Campana.

Any one else have any advice?

Thank you, again!
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May 29th, 2006, 04:38 AM
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We've been to La Campana recently. Our main course was very good, the first course & vegetable only so-so (cosi-cosi). It's in the Michelin Guide, but there are many better places not in the Guide!

We liked both the food and the service at Cantina Vecchia at Via dei Coronari 30 -- recommended on this board.
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May 29th, 2006, 04:50 AM
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The last time I was in Rome, someone told me about a restaurant with singing nuns. Has anyone been there?
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May 29th, 2006, 06:01 AM
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Yes, I've been to L'Eau Vive. The "nuns" are actually lay sisters, mostly from Africa and Asia. The French food is very good and they lead the diners in a song or two before dessert.
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