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05 September 2011


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I want to really thank you! My mother and I went to Palatium when we were in Rome together, we had not seen each other in about two years and it was such a lovely place for a reunion. The waiters and the cooks are very friendly and helpful, even helped us translate some ingredients from Italian into Spanish. It is a great place, I recommend it to anyone in that area.


This is a wonderfully useful post. I was in Rome for a month solo and I'm not much of a solo diner. I'd love to know your favorite take-out/to-go places in these areas :)



Amanda Ruggeri

Hi Cassie,
Thanks for sharing your experiences! I'm sorry to hear that about Enoteca Antica—as you probably know, that is a BIG pet peeve of mine. I'm glad you didn't give into it! And yes, da Gino can be hit or miss. Overall, though, I'm glad you liked the places, and I don't know if you tried any other places in the area.... but the other spots so near these sights really tend to be terrible. It's all relative. For the very BEST food in Rome, you *still* have to get out of these areas and go to other places I recommend like, say, Flavio al Velavevodetto or Hosteria Fernanda :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and for letting us know how it went!

Cassie Tetro

Just FYI: Enoteca Antica (near the Spanish Steps) writes in big bold letters at the bottom of the bill "Service is NOT Included." Then again at the register there is a tip jar with a sign saying the same thing. Lastly, when our credit card was run, our server asked, "would you like to add tip?"

You know, the food was actually quite good (and so was our service)! But in the end, I was a little bit regretful for going into a place that was so blatantly trying to fool tourists into leaving extra.

Taverna dei Quaranta was very good. So was Trattoria di Gino - once you find it! Although, when my companion ordered the lasagna, the server flat out said "No, pasta with (I can't remember)." We still don't know if he was out of the lasagna or if he thought the pasta dish was better. My friend was disappointed in her pasta because she was in the mood for a red sauce and the replacement dish was a bland white sauced pasta.

In all though - Amanda's recommendations were right on!


Hi everyone, thanks for your comments! Stuart—yes, you could easily eat here within an hour. If you're concerned about it, you can let them know when you sit down that you have to be somewhere and they'll speed things up for you more. Enjoy!


Is the lunch special at Taverna dei Quaranta near the Colosseum something that people will go to if they have just an hour or so? We are going to visit the Forum and Palatine, take a lunch break, then go to the tour of the Colosseum in the early afternoon.


Awesome post! Will be taking a visit down from Milan to Rome in a couple days and was just looking for authentic eats! Thanks for the advice =)

Fran Atopos Conte

Hey, very nice blog! I'm an Italian who just started writing about best tips (and comments mostly) about Italian places to see, I'll link to your blog =)


Hello, I have a blog called Reading Italian Maps, and I was wondering if you would be interested in doing a guest post, giving a few tips and pointers to anyone considering traveling to Rome. You have my email, let me know if you're interested, so we can work out the details.
Looking forward to your reply

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