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Rome Restaurants: PIAZZA NAVONA
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Ristorante Montevecchio
This charming Rome restaurant is tucked into a quiet piazza just steps away from the bustle of Piazza Navona. The lovely outdoor patio makes a pleasant spot for lunch or dinner on a warm night. €€€
Piazza Montevecchio, 22a tel 06 686 1319 Closed Mondays.

Il Baffetto
Romans and foreigners with up-to-date guidebooks line up outside this pizzeria, but the wait is short and well worth it. The price is low and the quality superb. Thin-crust, classic Roman pizza comes straight from the forni a legna (wood-burning oven) with almost any combination of toppings you can imagine. If pizza isn’t your fancy, there are other offerings on the menu, and for dessert, don’t miss the panna cotta fatta in casa (a caramel pudding made on the premises). €
Via del Governo Vecchio, 114 tel. 06.686 1617

Romans Recommend:
Cul de Sac

A serious wine drinker’s heaven, with more than a thousand different labels on offer, this tiny bar at one end of Via del Governo Vecchio near Piazza Navona is the perfect place to stop after a shopping expedition. In addition to the incredible selection of wines, you can snack or lunch on a variety of small dishes. The cream of red lentils is a house speciality. A bit crowded inside, the outdoor tables are a pleasure in warmer months. Attracts an evening crowd. €€
Piazza Pasquino, 73 tel. 06.6880 1094
Recommended by Jeanette Montgomery Barron. Read about Jeanette on our Meet the Romans pages.

Romans Recommend:
Pizzeria Montecarlo
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, one of the best places in the area for real, thin crust Roman pizza. Run by the same family as the legendary Il Baffetto. Also try their "fritti," the deep fried golden little bits of heaven traditionally served in Roman pizzerie, including the "suppli" which are fried balls of rice with a dollop of melted cheese in the middle, stuffed fried olives, and zucchini flowers. Always crowded. €
Vicolo Savelli 13, tel 06 686 1877
Recommended by Jeanette Montgomery Barron . Read about Jeanette on our Meet the Romans pages.

Romans Recommend:
The outside tables have a priceless view of the Chiostro Bramante, and on a cold or rainy day, you can feel cozy inside, where the tables are nestled in a warren of ancient brick and dark wood below street level. Typical Roman cuisine, and a wood-burning oven for authentic pizzas. Open from 11 am for brunch and until 2 am for the after-theater crowd.
Via della Pace 11 (near Piazza Navona) 06 686 5549
Recommended by Rudhra Kapur. Read about Rudhra on our Meet the Romans pages.

Il Fico
A fixture for years in its former location under a spreading fig tree in Piazza del Fico, the restaurant has recently moved around the corner to Via Monte Giordano, but the excellent food, decent wine list, friendly service and low prices have remained unchanged. Where else can you get a great plate of pasta for six euro? Or try the veal with pistachios for eleven euro. They also do an outstanding job with Roman classics like pasta all'amatriciana, artichokes and stuffed zucchini flowers. There's a smoking room for the addicted, and tables outside, with heat lamps for al fresco dining on chilly nights. €
Via Monte Giordano 49 tel 06 687 5568

Romans Recommend:
Casa Bleve
Important wine bar and shop in beautiful setting. Like all wine bars, it’s heavily into cheese and salumi, but hot dishes are available as well as the legendary salady things and delicate rolls of this and that, such as smoked salmon filled with crabmeat. Also open and, in my experience, less crowded, in the evening.
via del Teatro Valle 49, tel 06-6865970, www.casableve.it Closed Sunday.
Recommended by Maureen B. Fant, ccokbook author, food writer, cooking teacher, tour guide. www.mareenbfant.com

Romans Recommend:
Il Convivio Troiani
The Troiani brothers run a great and beautiful upscale restaurant, where creativity and territory meet, with great wines. We went there for my last birthday and loved every bite, maybe especially the spaghetti with shrimp and a whiff of lemon.
Vicolo dei Soldati, 31, P. Navona, 06-6869432, www.ilconviviotroiani.com. Dinner only. Closed Sunday.
Recommended by Maureen B. Fant, ccokbook author, food writer, cooking teacher, tour guide. www.mareenbfant.com

osteria del orsoHosteria dell’Orso
One of Rome's finest restaurants. Make reservations well in advance here, and be prepared to enjoy an unforgettable, if expensive meal. The hosteria has a long and colorful past. It was a hostel for pilgrims in the middle ages, and later a guest house, hosting Goethe and Rabelais . In the sixties it became a nightclub frequented by the likes of Maria Callas and Aristotale Onassis. In recent years, it was acquired by famous Milanese chef Gualtiero Marchese and partner Vincenzo Nicastro, who completely restored the building. The entrance to the restaurant is in a tiny piazza at the edge of the Tiber embankment. On the ground floor, there’s a dim and cozy piano bar. When your table is ready, you’ll be led upstairs to the dining room whose windows overlook the river and whose walls are still covered with ancient, faded frescoes. You can order á la carte, but we recommend the various menu di degustazione, which come with appropriate wines for each course. Choose from traditional, fish or vegetarian menus. Or try the inventive “creative” menu, which features an incredible breast of duck with coriander and shitake mushrooms. If you still have the strength after so much great food and wine, you can end your evening in the top floor disco, La Cabala, which is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. €€€€
Via dei Soldati, 25/c tel. 06. 683 01192 Closed Sunday

Romans Recommend:

La Campana
The story goes, that this restaurant was founded about 1518, and has a history of famous guests from Carvaggio to Goethe to Fellini, and has been run by the same family for generations. The menu is typically Roman, with crispy fried artichokes, calamari, puntarelle salads. €€€ Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Mondays.
Vicolo della Campana (via di Monte Brianzo, between Piazza Navona and the river).
Recommended by Fiamma Arditi. Read about Fiamma on our Meet the Romans pages.

Romans Recommend:

Lilli Ristorante
Typical fare at a good price, in a family friendly setting. Outside tables in the summer. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. €€
Via di Tor di Nona 23, tel 06 686 1916
Recommended by Gail Milissa Grant, who says it "can't be beat for excellent and inexpensive Roman fare"
Read about Gail on our Meet the Romans pages.

Osteria del Pegno
In a tiny vicolo just off Via dei Coronari, this charming osteria serves variations on traditional Roman dishes. For example, a raviolone stuffed with ricotta and spinach is topped with a delicious orange sauce. Try the grilled fish and meats, beautifully but simply prepared. Breads are baked fresh on the premises. The décor is eclectic — a collection of old mirrors chandeliers and paintings compliment the ancient architecture. In warmer weather, tables spill out into the street. A find for its friendly atmosphere, excellent cuisine and reasonable prices. €€
Vicolo di Montevecchio, 8 tel. 06.688 07025
And recommended by Wendy Auslebrook, who says, "Great food at great prices."
Read about Wendy on our Meet the Romans pages.

Romans Recommend:

Santa Lucia
A team of chefs from various regions staff the kitchen of this elegant restaurant, frequented by celebrities from Bill Clinton to Meryl Streep, as well as a raft of Italian movie stars. €€€€
Via di Tor Sanguigna 2, tel 06 688 02427
Recommended by Lynn Apple, who says, "The food is good and it has a lovely outdoor space. In the spring when the wisteria is in bloom the atmosphere is magical." Read about Lynn on our Meet the Romans pages.

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