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Restaurants in Porta Venezia
Don't be fooled by this restaurant's reputation as a favorite haunt for business people and visiting fashion journalists. It's no tourist trap. A talent for Tuscan cuisine (excellent steak, tagliata and tagliatelle con cinghiale) make it a popular eatery with locals as well. Be sure to try the fried potatoes: slim, crisp and just a hint of rosemary. They're worth the trip alone. The roof garden section is romantic, but may be a little chilly in winter. Reservations recommended (ask for the garden). Closed Friday and Saturday lunch. — Aaron Maines
Walk through the travel agency and past the clothes and accessories it also sells and back to the dining room and garden and you could be in Provence. At least the cream colored ceramic plates and wrought iron tables could make you think that. As for the food, it is "updated" Neopolitan and standard Italian without being fussy; orecchiette with ragu, a veal roast with curry, vitello tonné made without mayonnaise and international desserts such as tarte tatin and a chocolate mouse cake (with real, vanilla ice cream, not Italian crema).
The crowd is stylish but not fashionable, youthful but not young and more international than this residential neighborhood would suggest. The menu is too cute by half, but what is on it — and it changes often — is satisfying without being too solid. The open kitchen is lively and the unprofessional waiters endearing. Appetizers from €8 to €11 and secondi between €12 and €22. A good place to choose when you want something a bit special but not fancy and good simple but not a trattoria (either the real or reconstituted variety). — Madeleine Johnson
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Warm, elegant ambiance and creative cookery make this upscale trattoria worth the visit. Despite the airy, open space in what were once stalls for carriage and horses, the soft light and Liberty décor keep the feel intimate. At lunch, dinner dishes run a third of the price. Near the Porta Venezia arch. — Aaron Maines
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