4 Places to Eat in Rome

The Professor's Favorite Dining Spots

Author: The Traveling Professor/Wednesday, February 22, 2017/Categories: Italy

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Whenever traveling alone to Italy or on one of my small group tours to Italy, I always look forward to a great place to eat.  Check out my favorite places to eat in Rome.

Target:  How can a place with such an un-Italian name be so good?  Decorated with a modern flair in cool, clean lines and starch-white tablecloths, the main courses like pork fillet with baked potatoes or sliced beef with rosemary are on the inexpensive side and flavorful.  Oh, I forgot to mention the pastas -  try the Amatriciana or Carbonara - you'll love them both.  And listen to me - the orichetti with zucchini and cherry tomatoes is music to your ears.   Wines are reasonably priced and you will walk out of here without dropping a load of euros.

Forno Campo di Fiori:  You'll get arguments left and right on where to find the best pizza in Rome.   For me, it's Il Forno. First of all, it is authentic because the pizza is made in a bakery - where good Italian pizza should be made.   The elongated pizzas are set out in display cases.  Mushroom, vegatable and other cheesy choices are tempting.  Point and pick out what looks good.  They cut and weight it for you.  Step outside, watch the market action while chomping down on this delicious pizza.

Ristorante del Giglio:  Located next to the opera house, the food and service will have you singing for joy.  White jacketed waiters with pencil thin moustaches take care of all your dining needs.  Wood paneling and white tablecloths set the tone.  Wait, is that Gina Lollabrigida that just walked in?  For starters, try the green or red lasagna Giglio style and move on to the great seafood dishes like swordfish with zucchini or sliced fresh tuna with rosemary.  This is another joint that will let you load up on carbs and protein without dumping a lot of euros.

Gelateria Della Palma:  Located near the Pantheon, it's the perfect stop on an evening stroll.  They brag on producing 150 flavors a day and for me - that's a problem.  How do you pick from 150 flavors?  I seem to figure it out every time.   The routine is to pay the cashier first, then go over to the gigantic display counters and pick out what you want.

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