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Il Convivio Troiani  

Overpriced kitsch.

The doorbell hints at pretension, but the prices are the real joke — or as the streetwise Roman would say, fregatura. An appetizer with three small shrimp in a pleasant sauce for €25 means that this dining experience isn’t intended for Italians or residents, but for visiting Americans and Brits on expense accounts. Vermicelli bucati all’amatriciana was flavorful. Ravioli filled with meat (veal, chicken and pork) was average but did come with homemade butter and mentuccia. Some fish dishes were fine, but not at the prices. Roast lamb was dull. Atmosphere is civilized and service was flawless. Run by brothers Massimo and Giuseppe Troiano. Closed for two weeks in August — Judy Edelhoff

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Vicolo dei Soldati, 31, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.686.9432
Closed Sundays

Il Fico  

Hearty Roman fare

Relocated in December 2006 to this curvy and quiet side street, it still serves hearty, well-made Roman food at reasonable prices. Pasta with mixed seafood was especially good. Zucchini flowers are filled with ricotta and quickly baked in the oven, a different take on the traditional Roman version fried with mozzarella. Pizza, too. — Judy Edelhoff

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Via di Monte Giordano, 49, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.687.5568
Closed Mondays


Since the late 40s, no change in the view...

For those who saw the Fodor's entry that listed this as Rome's "Best Place for a Special Date" in the guidebook's "Most Romantic Places on Earth" category, praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. Imŕgo, the latest Hasser rooftop restaurant (there have been many), is above average but pretentiously overpriced. Young executive chef Francesco Apreda does fine with his fusion of Italian, continental, and Japanese dishes (gorgonzola ravioli edamame — with green soybeans, sesame and chestnut honey; fusilloni "carbonara" with quail ragů), but when you add it all up this is just an upper-echelon New York knockoff. The Spanish Steps and a beautiful view go a long way to buffer shortcomings (as do the magic words "recently refurbished") — until you get the check. Hassler dining has always relied on ambiance to seduce the wide-eyed into spending sprees. And while, bada bene — or "let's be clear" — this is a very, very pretty place, it's simply not worth the (minimum) €100+ a head price tag. A far better bet is a drink at the bar at dusk. Dine elsewhere. — Katrina Maiano

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Piazza Trinitŕ dei Monti, 6, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6993.4375
Open Daily

L’Altro Mastai  

Baldassarre in action.

Fabio Baldassarre’s Michelin-starred brainchild limits pretense within limits keeps costs down. This is in every sense high-class dining. The Rome-born Baldassarre (he won’t turn 40 until 2011) changes his menu quarterly, so check the website for current offerings. One meal: watermelon and taleggio cheese salald; rabbit and endive tortelli with anchovy butter; red mullet with pickles and mustard seeds; sfogliatelle with cream, morellos and lemon sorbet. The esoterica is mouthwatering. The spring 2008 menu included roasted lobster with basil, sprouts, white and red tomato (€45) and pigeon cooked in oak wood cinder with must sauce (€ 38). You get the idea. Wine list is infinite, from the "inexpensive" (€30) to the stratospheric. — David R. Deropolous

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Via Giovanni Giraud, 53, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6830.1296
Closed Mondays

La Campana  

Not 1957, 1527...

This vintage Roman trattoria dates to 1527 but has a 1950s atmosphere. The food is old school — which is to say stable: Spaghetti alle vongole, pomodori al riso, spaghetti with sweetbreads alla chitarra, carcofi alla Romana. It’s all wonderful and authentic Roman fare. Try the salad of tiny tomatoes from pacchino and burrata mozzarella. Restaurant highlights carciofo alla giudia, tagliolini con alici fresche e pecorino, and coda alla vaccinara (ox tail). Very low key and proper. Closed in August. — Suzanne Dunaway

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Vicolo della Campana, 18, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.686.5273/7820/347.109.8632
Closed Mondays

La Locanda del Pellegrino  

Stylish simplicity.

Quaint, tasty, homey, and romantic is an admittedly unusual combination, but it's what you get at this youthfully-styled, hole-in-the-wall Roman trattoria a stone's throw from Campo de' Fiori. The magic is the simplicity. There's a single dining room with tables appropriately distanced from one another to afford privacy (some nice tables for two). Ownership prides itself on hardcore Rome cuisine (with Calabrese zingers thrown in) but doesn't forgo quiet sophistication. At the window in the corner are daily-fresh appetizers, layers of vegetable colors that seem to spill into the narrow street. Nearby, a blackboard lists daily specials.

No secrets on the pasta front: Carbonara (rigatoni), cacio e pepe, matriciana (bucatini), alla Gricia, and the Calabrian "fileja" ("stringlets") with peppery "'nduja" sausage sauce. House specialty is fagottino del Pellegrino, ravioliesque chunks with ricotta, olives and cherry tomatoes. Main courses center on abbachio (lamb), bistecca di manzo, coniglio alla Cacciatora and saltimbocca, the latter melt-in-your-mouth perfect.

Pastas run between €7 and €9, secondi €12 and €20. House reds and whites are serviceable, of the castelli ilk. Expect to pay €25-30 a head, depending on the ampleness of your meal. — Cristina Polli

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Via del Pellegrino, 107, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.687.2776
Closed Mondays

La Quercia  

The sheltering oak (quercia).

La Quercia follows in the tradition of Trattoria della Quercia, a popular trattoria that operated for years in the (grand oak) shadow of the Rococň church of Santa Maria della Quercia. The new place, which opened in 2009, tries hard to find a niche between the neighborhood's forced-chic and an old-school trattoria. The hybrid leads to paper place settings and airline-style hand towels in customized foil, not exactly a Roman staple.

The food is workmanlike: strong antipasti, so-so pasta (con calamari was weak) and meat dishes including roast lamb and saltimbocca, neither outstanding but perfectly satisfactory. Past runs an average of €8, main courses about double that. The setting is lovely, ideal above all for outdoor dining in the presence of Rome's core attractions of history and art. — Angela Della Notte

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Piazza della Quercia, 23, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6830.0932
Open Daily

La Rosetta  

Polpo grigliata.

When dining with an Italian diplomat, the meal was a splendid mastery of the art of cooking fish and seafood. Later visits with Americans produced only banal results and indifferent service. If you are confident that the company you keep will lead you to the sublime, go for it. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk, as either way it will be expensive. Easy to spend €100 a head. — Judy Edelhoff

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Via della Rosetta, 8, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6830.8841/06.686.1002
Closed Sundays

La Sagrestia  

Sagrestia is half-block from the Pantheon.

Long the favorite of late-night politicians (it's next door to the Pantheon, close to both houses of parliament), this is an able pizzeria that also serves typical Roman fare, including excellent carbonara and fried breaded mozzarella mozzarella alla Milanese. Family-owned and run for decades, it’s the rare downtown place that will let you actually sit down to dinner after a late movie. Enormous pizzas; tasty focaccia beforehand — which can fill you up if you’re not careful. Better in the winter, since there’s not outdoor dining and AC notwithstanding it steams up as the temperature rises (the ovens are the culprits). — Cristina Polli

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Via del Seminario, 89, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.679.7581
Closed Wednesdays

Le Grondici  

Inside Albergo delle Nazioni.

In a city chock full of good restaurants, this one is important to remember because it's open on national holidays when many others shut their doors. It’s pricey, but also generates some very good fish dishes including some that are not easily found elsewhere. A tranquil spot (inside the Albergo delle Nazioni) between the busy Trevi Fountain and shopping on Via Tritone. — Judy Edelhoff

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Via Poli, 7, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.679.5761
Closed Sundays


Book a table on the street in summer.

Too packed for its own, but that doesn't diminish the capable and colorful approach to straightforward Rome fare. Problem here is too much press (an irony that weighs heavily on many mid-price-range places). The clippings and Web raves just increase the nightly clutter and rarely do much to help the food. But Ok, carbonara, ravioli con zucche, and tagliata con rughetta — these they know by heart. Rigatoni alla gricia, with ham and heavy on the cream and pepper, is a winter delight. Be advised this isn't light eating unless you make it so by sticking to a salad (you can, here and elsewhere, and let no one tell you otherwise). Get an outdoor table in summer and heaven help you if you don't book ahead, particularly on weekends or after around 8:30 p.m. nightly. — Cristina Polli

Piazza delle Coppelle, 44, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6830.7895
Closed Mondays


Leftover glory...

Tasty Italian dining with a Tuscan bent near the Spanish Steps. Start with the sformata di verdura, tall layers of thinly sliced roasted vegetables. Good lamb dishes, but there are plenty of options. Founded in 1934, Nino was stalwart in Dolce Vita days, but has since lost a step or two — or more. Closed in August. — Judy Edelhoff

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Via Borgognona, 11, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.679.5676
Closed Sundays


Rome's mozzarella bar.

Great fusion place, with every twist on mozzarella as the star player. They'll mix the melt-in-your-mouth bufala any way you wish. Vegetarians rely on Obikŕ for its take-out salads. Lovely sandwich combinations made in front of you. If healthy and organic is your preference, check it out. Or you can also just grab a coffee. Open daily 10 a.m.-midnight. Saturday and Sunday brunch. — Cristina Polli

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Piazza Firenze, corner of Via dei Prefetti., Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.683.2630
Open Daily

Osteria de Memmo "I Santori"  

The antipasti are Memmo's draw.

Located on a quaint side street a few blocks from Piazza Navona and an inch from the Tiber, pretty hole-in-the-wall Memmo is a workmanlike Rome trattoria that puts a premium on an array of antipasti. Memmo serves up a dozen hot and cold delights, including arancini (rice balls), zucchini, fritatta, polpette (veal meatballs) and artichokes. You can chose between the meat and seafood version or mix and match at will.

The rest is somewhat more plebian, including the usual Roman pastas (ravioli, amatriciana, cacio e pepe, spaghetti alle vongole) and main courses focused on steak, lamb, and veal cutlets. Fish dishes are hit and miss, a standard shortcoming among mid-range trattorias; it depends on the day and the cook's attention span. With a liter of house red or white and desert, a meal should run you about €40 a head.

Beloved by its fans, Memmo is good for an entirely competent Rome meal but nothing special — aside from a charming location. — Cristina Polli

Via dei Soldati 22, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6813.5277
Closed Sundays

Osteria del Tempo Perso  

Bit of a letdown...

This was going to be my favorite hole-in-the wall in the Piazza del Popola 'hood: boring decor but reasonable prices for dependable food. Pasta with seafood or lemon sauce was good, as was the pizza. So what happened? The one time that I went with an American fellow instead of my Italian or international friends, they overcharged him. Why do places do this? Keep your eyes on the price. — Judy Edelhoff

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Via dell’Oca, 43, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.321.1508
Closed Sundays

Osteria dell’Ingegno  

Ingenious cuisine

This gracious and tasty osteria serves its own variations on Italian regional cuisine, north to deep south (the name roughly means "place of ingenuity.") Herbs and spices rule. Try walnut-filled ravioli; marinated salmon with pepper, orange, and ginger spicing. Roast duck is tender. The beef filets, there are usually two on the menu, maintain their saucepan flavors. Part of the pleasure is also its location, on Piazza di Pietra. You have a range of cafes and wine bars around before heading in to eat. Book ahead for any time slot after 8 p.m. Not cheap. Closed for part of August. — Cristina Polli

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Piazza di Pietra, 45, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.678.0662
Closed Sundays

Osteria Sant’Ana  

A Piazza del Popolo area staple.

Great pezza di manzo alle erbe aromatiche (marinated beef; an old stand-by) and fish at this semi-basement Piazza del Popolo staple across the street from the deco Hotel Locarno and a few blocks from Ara Pacis. Most of the area was once owned by Rome’s all-powerful Borghese family of Villa Borghese fame. OSA, which opened in 1968, serves all the usual Roman suspects (carciofi alla giudia, puntarelle) with old-school honesty. Tables outside in summer, though they’re a little cramped. No lunch on Saturday. — Cristina Polli

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Via della Penna, 68, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.361.0291
Closed Sundays


Piperno in the ghetto.

Hidden pleasantly in the Jewish Ghetto (near Largo Argentina), this stalwart joint (founded in 1860 and by the Mazzarella and the Boni family since ‘63) goes heavy on fried foods — fritti misti (mixed fried meat, fish and/or vegetables) and artichokes, carciofi alla giudia. Go for gnocchetti all’amatriciana and stuffato di manzo con cipolline (stuffed beef with onions). Ox tail (usually from a steer or cow) is packed with aromatic spices. Reservations recommended. — Cristina Polli

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Via Monte dé Cenci, 9, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6880.6629
Closed Sundays, Closed Mondays


Piazza and noise.

Another of Piazza Augusto Imperatore’s trendy offerings, with nearby "Gusto" first in line. Pizza is southern and a mouthful; not light. There’s workmanlike fillet of beef, sausages, and chicken breast — all grilled. Ample and diverse salads. Everything’s fine but nothing really stands out, which may be because this is place caters more to socializing than to tends to cuisine. Nice date spot, though quiet conversation is hard since a number of TV screens hover ubiquitously. AC in the summer. — Cristina Polli

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Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 36, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6813.4730
Open Daily

Riccioli Cafe/Fish Bar  

Off Piazza delle Coppelle.

A spin-off of La Rosetta at lower prices. This place near the Pantheon is where I get my favorite oysters on the half shell washed down with prosecco or champagne. The seafood pasta and fish dishes are average, but the oysters, well, they’re sublime. — Judy Edelhoff

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Via delle Coppelle, 13, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.687.2595
Closed Sundays

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