Restaurants in Venice & Rome
April 8, 2009 9:20 AM   Subscribe

Can anyone recommend some great restaurants in Venice or Rome?

I'm traveling to Italy soon and was wondering if anyone had some restaurant suggestions in either Venice or Rome?
posted by tangyraspberry to Travel & Transportation around Venice, Italy (18 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Ristorante alla Rampa near the Spanish Steps in Rome was great. Cheap yummy food. Ate there a few times. Friendly staff.
posted by greta simone at 9:27 AM on April 8, 2009

Ristorante Rosetta, which is right near the Pantheon (I don't have an address, sorry!) was one of the best seafood restaurants I've ever been too. However, for two of us I think it cost something like 225euro, so it was very expensive.
posted by Grither at 9:29 AM on April 8, 2009

Hosteria dei Bastoni, near the Vatican Museum, was great for a quiet, memorable dinner for two. (On a related food note - if you're in that area anyway, try to make time to visit the *killer* farmer's market on the Via Andrea Doria.)
posted by arachnid at 9:55 AM on April 8, 2009

When I was in Rome I had a really fantastic Sunday brunch at Gusto. They have a deal where you get a big metal platter and you walk around their fantastically delicious buffet, and then pay for your food by weight. One warning: you probably think your food weighs less than it really does, and you might have a slight shock when you see your cheque. I think I ate nearly a kilo of (very lovely) food. Also, if it's nice out, they have a outdoor seating area where you can people-watch and admire the rubbish-strewn Mausoleum of Augustus.

I also thought the gelato at L'Impero Del Gelato Srl was pretty great, but there's lots of good gelato options in Rome.
posted by iona at 10:03 AM on April 8, 2009

The Eden (where we usually stay) has a fantastic restaurant. And the view is spectacular.
posted by Zambrano at 10:10 AM on April 8, 2009

You've got to go to Giolitti for gelato. It's a couple of blocks from the Pantheon.
posted by machaus at 10:11 AM on April 8, 2009

Sorry. It's in Rome. Near v Veneto. It's called La Terrazza.
posted by Zambrano at 10:13 AM on April 8, 2009

Seconding Gusto and Giolitti. For pizza you won't be disappointed by Pizzeria La Scalinata, it's close to Piazza Espania. Man, I'm hungry!
posted by Mr.Me at 10:15 AM on April 8, 2009

In Rome: La Proposta. It's a little out of the way, but totally, totally worth it, despite that amazing website. Here it is on Google Maps. It's not traditional Italian (the chef is Argentine).
posted by j.edwards at 10:33 AM on April 8, 2009

I just got back from Italy!

Gelato (I ate gelato 2 times a day with a purpose of trying to find the best of the three cities I was in Venice, Florence, Rome):
-Giolitti in Rome (this was the best of my trip, it is widely acclaimed)
-Cremeria Monteforte in Rome (second best of my trip)
-No place in Venice was worthwhile in comparison, though getting a big cone and walking the dorsoduro is pretty solid on a sunny day

Food (as much as I did a search for the best gelato, I did the same for food):
-Dar Poeta in Rome (amazing pizza!!, I just can't say any more than that, I ate a lot of pizza in rome this is without question the best), it is down in Trastevere.
-San Gallo Ristorante (pricey, but very well worth it, certainly among the highlights of my stay in Rome)
-Carlo Menta in Rome (super cheap and super yummy, if you are on a budget, hitting this place for lunch and Dar Poeta would be like heaven). Extra points here for also being the winner of my Italian search for the best tiramisu (yes, I ate a lot on my trip).
-I would suggest some venetian places, but in my experience, you wouldn't be able to find them! No one finds anything in Venice, the place finds them. One suggestion however: everything in Venice is ridiculously expensive. Try to find a cheap place busy with native Italians for lunch. If the place is busy with Italians at lunch, your chances are pretty good. -If you are a serious food snob (I kind of am), try out Harry's Bar in Venice. It will take a serious bite out of your wallet, but the food and service were unmatched in my opinion. was a very foodie trip...

Bon appetit!
posted by milqman at 11:24 AM on April 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

L'Eau Vive is run by nuns. The food was good. I'm not Catholic, but I thought about converting for a bit afterward.
posted by roue at 11:36 AM on April 8, 2009

In Venice I really liked Alle Testiere which is a tiny and friendly seafood restaurant in Castello.
posted by Gilbert Osmond at 12:15 PM on April 8, 2009

Rome -- Al Pompiere (Jewish Ghetto). Decently nice restaurant, but casual enough and reasonably priced. Must try the artichokes. I was in Rome for a month and went here repeatedly.

(Another artichoke-specializing Jewish ghetto restaurant is Piperno, but I haven't been there. Might want to Google around for prices and reviews to compare them.)
posted by Jaltcoh at 12:54 PM on April 8, 2009

Da Piperno is very awesome, yes.

Also if L'Ambasciata D'Abruzzo is still around, definitely give it a try. (not alone though. Even That's best as a group place.)
posted by CunningLinguist at 1:03 PM on April 8, 2009

I have a google map of the restaurants I loved in Rome. Out of those its hard to pick the best; the food was great at all of them.
posted by miscbuff at 1:42 PM on April 8, 2009

There are a few nice restaurants along Fondamenta della Sensa in Cannaregio that were full of local Italians when we were there, and a little restaurant here (google maps) that I can't remember the name of, but the food and service was excellent, and the price was surprisingly reasonable.
posted by ihunui at 10:15 PM on April 8, 2009

Response by poster: Thanks everyone! Really appreciate it!!! However, I'm still in need of some suggestions for Venice. Any ideas?
posted by tangyraspberry at 6:51 AM on April 9, 2009

Sorry this is so late, but here's what my boyfriend who lived in Italy has to say:

No matter how hard you try, tourism in Rome already knows where to find you. You'll stumble across all kinds of delicious restaurants, but unless someone points you toward as specific place, you'll never find it. Enter: Al BistrĂ². Owned by a Swiss chef, he constantly recreates his menu based on what is fresh on the market. You'll find atypical Italian dishes that are creative and amazing. Just a few minutes' walk from Piazza Navona, you need to make reservations in advance! Link (not in English). Address: Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 140/a, ROMA. Phone:
posted by illenion at 9:13 PM on April 24, 2009

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