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ROME..Trip report with emphasis on food..January 2007

ROME..Trip report with emphasis on food..January 2007

Old Sep 6th, 2007, 03:04 PM
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Franco..I have one foot out the door, so to speak, but just had to respond and say hello! I have missed you and I know I am not alone in this. I have not been here as much recently..but will be back more or less "full time" soon..more very soon..cannot keep my sister, and a good meal, waiting!!

Such sad news today in the world of opera.
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Old Sep 6th, 2007, 05:42 PM
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As others have said, Monica, Armando al Pantheon is good but not a must-go-or-die place. My sister and I had an excellent meal there, but in Rome so much of this is what you order, often. I can't remember what my sister had, but I remember my lamb chops vividly. I am a sucker for lamb chops. Also, it's the kind of joint where, if you are there with your sister, they make you feel as if you are a couple of supermodels. Supermodels who must get every bit of meat off the bone.

ekscrunchy, in case you see this, I believe you are off to S. Africa sooner or later. What would you recommend for NY innovative Italian (not red sauce, please) for a funky, scene-hating but excellent-food-loving San Franciscan?
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Old Sep 6th, 2007, 07:03 PM
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Well if Armando's isn't the place for a great meal, do you have any other suggestions?

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Old Sep 6th, 2007, 08:01 PM
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Leely..Yes, I am off in about two weeks! I have already been asking my endless questions about dining there on the Africa board! If you do not mind eating at a counter, head for Desgustacion in the East Village...

Monica, you will have an excellent meal ...I think you can count on it. But I do not recommend the guinea hen, that was the only misstep there for me..
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 12:59 PM
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Indy..my report on two meals at Matricianella is below..
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 01:07 PM
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Leely & ekscrunchy:

...it's the kind of joint where, if you are there with your sister, they make you feel as if you are a couple of supermodels.

What a timely observation! My twin sister and I are going next month. We rented an apartment at nearby Pza Rondanini and had pretty well chosen Armando's as our "neighborhood hangout". We like to frequent one place...feel like regulars. The remarks here have pretty well sealed the deal...sounds perfect! (And if someone can make me feel like a supermodel, all the better. LOL!)

Thanks for the info.
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Old Sep 24th, 2007, 02:25 PM
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Bookmarking and making a lot of notes! Thanks ekscrunchy and others
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Old Sep 24th, 2007, 05:15 PM
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JeanneB...We are also renting an apartment next month at Piazza Rondanini. We're looking forward to eating at Armando's. We'll be there from Oct.18-25. How about you? Genie
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Old Oct 2nd, 2007, 11:56 AM
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I will be in Rome Oct 11-16 and found your wonderful discussion with Fraco et al. I was particularly fascinated with the prospect of having pajata and had put da Nerone near the top of my restaurant list. As I continued planning I encountered nothing but bad reviews of da Nerone and have just now refound your initial post which also says it was bad except for the pajata. Before I scratch Nerone completely, could you tell me whether pajata is a seasonal dish that I am not likely to find in October or if there is a good restaurant where I might find it?
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Old Oct 3rd, 2007, 07:20 AM
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Since ek doesn't seem to be around, I'm allowing myself to answer on her behalf... no, pajata is no seasonal dish, it's available all year round. I don't know Nerone, but I absolutely recommend eating pajata either at Checchino dal 1887 (the most famous place for that dish) or at Pommidoro, a place that I first visited last thursday, and their rigatoni con pajata were perhaps even better than Checchino's. Watch my "favourite Roman food" thread, where I'm going to post details soon.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2007, 03:05 PM
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Thank you very much franco--I've just added those to my list. Don't know where you live, but some dishes I love down here in South Carolina (especially things like chitlins and stone soup) are only available at certain times of the year when animals are traditionally slaughtered. My eating list for Rome is already much longer than I will ever get around to in 41/2 days. I leave a week from today, so I hope you have your new thread up soon so it will help me sort through what I have and get the food list down to something half way reasonable.
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 12:15 PM
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Old Nov 11th, 2007, 10:51 AM
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reposting for Phyllish..for shopping in Rome info..
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Old Nov 13th, 2007, 10:44 PM
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eks, I can't remember where I asked the question, but wanted to thank you for the perfect rec of Degustation in NYC. It was exactly what I was looking for.

The hostess had me at "I love your scarf," and everything thereafter was equally as pleasant (and excellent!). My friend and I each had tasting menus with the wine pairing. We loved it--wonderful food, warm and low-key service. Many thanks.
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Old Nov 14th, 2007, 04:27 AM
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Leely, I am so glad that you liked Degustation! I have not been in a few months and will have to get back there soon!
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bookmarking for 30th anniversary trip in May 2008. Thank you for a fantastic report.
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