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Restaurants in Centro Storico
Rinaldi al Qurinale
Old-timers will recognize this as the place that once was on Piazza Maddalena, now at the base of the President's Palace and convenient for an exhibit at the Scuderie, theater at Eliseo, or shopping on Via Nazionale. Good seafood at reasonable prices. Fun to go with a group and just let the owner have assorted plates brought out. — Judy Edelhoff
Ristorante Da Mario
I'd heard this was a Roman classic but probably too many tourists have passed through its doors for it to be anything other than a classic rip-off. My maiale al forno was mostly fat, and over-stuffed with spices, not to mention one of its accompanying roasted potatoes was hard. My mistake, perhaps, as the antipasti were enough for a meal: They pass around plates of salami, rughetta and mozzarella di bufala (then again, it's stuff you can't really mess up...) Not surprisingly, there's an extensive wine list, but what they suggested was disappointing enough to ask for an alternative. Paparazzi photos on the wall add an element of interest to an otherwise average ambience. Ditto with fish tank up front. — Judy Edelhoff
Ristorante Tre Archi
"Solid" is serious praise for a Rome trattoria and Tre Archi qualifies. It's a local merchant and businessman favorite on Via dei Coronari, the artisan boutique and antique store-lined street that snakes off from Piazza Farnese. You'll find plenty of early (8 p.m.) eat-alone diners, so don't be shy, particularly after a long day walking the streets of the center.
A large selection of antipasti (carciofi alla romana, and co.) is supplemented by strong Roman pasta staples, including orecchiette con broccoli (tender stalks of the vegetable), ravioli with ricotta and spinach, and spaghetti all'amatriciana. The ossobucco — veal shanks — is a good second. In summer, start your meal with prosciutto con melone. Archi is a better autumn and winter dining choice, since there's no outdoor seating. Fresh fruit for dessert. Prices run €20-30 a head with a liter of house or red. — Angela Della Notte
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Russian Tea Room
A nice distraction from the monotony of Italian bars, this tea house in the ghetto serves up proper pots of brewing tea, not bags of English breakfast. Come to feel cozy and don't be put off by a slightly kitsch ambience, with Russian dress hanging on the walls, and copies of Dostoevsky on the bookshelves there to collect dust. Avoid the Saturday afternoon shopping crowds. Open the menu and choose whatever tea flavors suit your fancy. Then pick a slice of cake (apple is good, or anything chocolate). For something heartier, try the Russian blinis, similar to crepes, and filled with your choice of caviar, salmon or swordfish; or chocolate, honey or marmalade. There is enough bustle to give the feel of a thriving business, but they leave you alone to chat and linger over your tea. Open noon until 9 p.m. daily except Sunday and Monday, when the hours are 3-9. — Kristine Crane
Positioned on the ark-shaped Isola Tiberina near the synagogue, Sora was founded in 1959 by Aldo Fabrizi and Sora Lella is now and run by their six nieces and nephews (check out the website for their memory lane). Near a Dominican hospital-monastery complex in a Venice-like setting, Sora Lella has a deserved reputation for solid Roman cooking, including tonnarelli alla cuccagna (with vegetable and bacon sauce), gnocchi all'amatriciana (potato dumplings with tomato and bacon sauce), coda alla vaccinara (stewed cow's tail) and several fresh-fish dishes. The Isola Tiberina is connected to the right and left banks of the Tiber by Roman-era bridges, the Fabricio and Ponte Cestio. The Ponte Cestio takes you directly into Trastevere, which means that after a meal you can stroll for an after dinner drink. Prices usually run about €50-60 a head. — Cristina Polli
Creative Italian food in a converted monastery that gives the party side of dining a wholesale embrace. It's Bacchic. You can eat while lying on enormous white sofas and enjoying lounge music, video and performance art. Rome's black aristocracy kids love it here: So much wealth but nothing to do. Still, it's fun if you're up to it. Operated by a young and creative staff, the Rome Supperclub follows on the heels of success in Amsterdam (now San Francisco and Istanbul). Condé Nast-Traveller has called it an "innovative and unusual combination of food, unique multi sensory and eclectic atmosphere." Five course prix-fix dinners don't include drinks. It's in an alleyway, so don't be discouraged. Closed Wednesday, but only for dinner. — Cristina Polli
Tucked inside the centro storico, this restaurant is tasteful and simple, from the homey interior and professional service to the fresh fish and wide variety of wines. Specializing in Ligurian fare, it has great pesto sauce, smooth and slightly creamy, that reveals delectable chunks of potatoes for discretely added texture and substance. Try the trofie or trenette al pesto, followed by stoccafisso alla genovese. Don’t miss the variety of sorbets for dessert (al basilico), or top it all off with an Irish coffee! — Kristine Crane
The Perfect Bun
The Perfect Bun is a refreshingly authentic take on American cuisine, which in Rome is so often represented by frozen wings and flat and lifeless burgers. The restaurant has ousted sleek Italian Bistro CO2 from its prime location at Largo del Teatro Valle and kept the classy, modern interior.
The menu is inspired by traditional diner fare and peppered with Tex-Mex dishes including a mean grilled chicken quesadilla. Salsa and guacamole are made fresh. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers are thick and juicy and come served with all the trimmings (including grilled onions!) on the promised perfectly round bun. Onion rings, fries, chicken wings, and chicken fingers are deepfried to clean, crisp.
Desserts are made in-house, and include the classics you just can't get anywhere else: a real cheesecake, cupcakes, and chocolate chip and sugar cookies.
The wine and cocktail list are comprehensive and service is appropriately American-style smiley. Nostalgia comes at a price. Expect to spend about €40 a head. Daily 6.30 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday Brunch. — Annie Shapero
Since it opened in 1968 offering Venetian cuisine, knowing Romans have perpetuated its “in” status. Near the grand Fontanella Borghese Palace, it survives because it has an attentive staff, offers an elegant private atmosphere with tables spaced well apart, and thanks to chef Fabrizio Leggiero has above average food and wine. Start with prosecco and little coin-sized blini with black caviar and a sauce lighter than sour cream. Or try the humble baccalà (cod) transformed into a refined, tasty mousse. Creamy radicchio risotto paired with red wine from the Veneto made a fine transition before the meat course. Filets arrived with vegetables all grilled to perfection. Pear torta was light. Ideal for business or romantic occasions. — Judy Edelhoff
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