The first night we sat by the...
The first night we sat by the Pantheon and had dinner. A band started playing and the fountains in the backround, it was like a Felini movie!! We enjoyed everything, we met owners of a restaurant on the Via Cavour. If you are there say Hello to Marco and Leila at the L' Esquilino Via Cavour, 87 from their frieds in New York. You can get a great meal at a relatively cheap price. Rome at night is unbelievable. It is like something from a dream.
SHOES !!!!! Just do it !!
If you go to Rome you go to walk. Worse yet, you go to trek and climb. Leave your leather shoes and heels at home please. Just pack 2 pairs of your most confortable sneakers and that's all you need. It was painful to see girls in heels walking at the Roman Forum and all over the city with granite pavements. I only used my Nike Prestos during all the trip.
Great Leather Coats
One of the most famous Italian leather and suede store in Rome, known for its excellent quality and prices. Products included leather and suede jackets, sheepskins, coats, wallets, gloves and accessories. The jacket that I bought was in a color and style that is now can be seen in the fashion magazines- 2 years later. Open Hours: 3.30pm-7.30pm Mon; 10am-7.30pm Tue-Sat.
Fantastic Roman Meal
You will probably walk right past this the first time. Glass fronted, with a single wood framed glass door that opens to a single dining room, with no waiting area. If it's full (it probably will be), wait outside and the nice young lady will come out for you. Tables are packed close, and reset with a plain paper cloth. You will be taken care of quickly, and your bottled water, wine and bread are there for you in a hurry. As Americans, we were given a menu. We noticed a few more tourist tables...the guidebooks, you know...but the families and tables of local workers gives this room an earthy Roman flair, with Antonio working each table with a real familiarity for his customers.
The young lady who seated us also took our order. It wasn't on the menu, but I wanted to try Cacio e Pepe, so I asked, and she was delighted to say yes. We noticed almost every table trying the slim Fall artichokes, and my wife ordered a plate of two. They are trimmed, steamed or braised, and served simply, bathed in a olive oil herbed lemon sauce. These begged that you take the time to savor the exquisite flavor. Since this was our first Roman meal, we later noticed these artichokes everywhere we went. Amazing!
We were out for right around 20 euros. A fantastic meal and delightful experience. Cacio e Pepe. Made with a fresh pasta, tonarelli I suspect, long strands like spaghetti, but just a bit thicker. A generous serving, in a wide shallow bowl, it is a simple preparation tossed with lots of cracked black pepper and pecorino cheese. Just the right amount of olive oil at the bottom of the bowl for wiping up with the last crusts of bread.
Great Lunch Near the Pantheon
This is the kind of place you think of when someone says, "I want to eat where the locals eat."
Unless you're looking for it, you would probably walk right past the unassuming entry.
VT member Abarbieri, who lives in Rome, introduced me to this wonderful restaurant. This is the kind of place that looks as if they haven't changed anything in 50 years. Thank goodness. It feels "real" because it is.
Enoteca Corsi (enoteca means wine cellar or wine shop in Italian) has two rooms chock-a-block with tables, a plain but homey decor, and friendly (if harried) service. It is busy, noisy and fun!
It is only open for lunch, and the menu is limited but good. Usually only 2-3 choices for primi (soup or pastas) and secondi (meat or fish). Very reasonable prices, and afterward, you can buy a reasonably priced wine, too. The menu changes. I've eaten artichokes Roman style, bean soup, pasta, and ossobuco, and they were all good.