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Special dinner near Piazza Navona

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Special dinner near Piazza Navona

Our first time in Rome we are looking for a special restaurant to surprise our son with his girlfriends arrival. We would like to find a spot that is charming and good food. It needs to be in the area of Piazza Navona. Thank you for any suggestions, I want it to be a special night.

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1. Re: Special dinner near Piazza Navona

How about The Library in vicolo della cancelleria: thelibrary.it/all/noiduealumedicandela_eng.h…

Or

Cybo, via di Tor Millina 27

or

The Perfect Bun, http://www.theperfectbun.it/home.html

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Terra di Siena, piazza Pasquino, http://www.ristoranteterradisiena.com/

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Cul de Sac, piazza pasquino

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2. Re: Special dinner near Piazza Navona

It depends on how "special" you want this to be! For super-special (and pricey), consider Hotel Raphael; it's a terrace restaurant with incredible views and a star chef. Don't expect to get out for less than 50-70 per person..

Otherwise, Terra di Siena is good, but serves Tuscan, not Roman, food. Cul de Sac is nice, but more of a wine bar, and I never find their seats very comfortable. I have to disagree on The Perfect Bun -- it's mostly "American" food (burgers, etc) and ridiculously overpriced!

Instead, I'd recommend Da Francesco, a down-to-earth, bustling restaurant with great pizzas and pastas, a stone's throw from Pza Navona. Make reservations if you can, as they tend to be quite busy.

Hope that helps!

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3. Re: Special dinner near Piazza Navona

We ate at Cul de Sac this past summer. We had a nice meal at a very reasonable price, but it's very informal (picnic benches rather than chairs) and it's not really a traditional Italian restaurant. There are nets overhead holding bottles of wine, and I couldn't help an occasional nervous glance to reassure myself about the strength of the net.

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4. Re: Special dinner near Piazza Navona

Is Da Francesco open again?? I loved that place and I have gone by there during my last three trips and it seemed to be all closed up for good and someone on the forum mentioned that had indeed closed for good.

Is it open? Please do tell!

Thanks

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5. Re: Special dinner near Piazza Navona

Da Francesco, after some remodeling, is back open again. One of our favorite restaurants. Noisy, rowdy, filled with Italian families and yelling waiters, it would not be a quiet dinner, but certainly "Italian." We love the environment at Da Francesco.

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6. Re: Special dinner near Piazza Navona

Oh, that is so nice to know - I love that place and have missed it. Terrific food and excellent tiramisu - can't wait to return....

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7. Re: Special dinner near Piazza Navona

For the OP: If eating where celebrities have eaten rocks your boat, go to the Santa Lucia:

www.santaluciaristorante.it/eng/index.html

Edited: 23 September 2010, 18:13
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8. Re: Special dinner near Piazza Navona

Here are a few of our the "spots" we've eaten at in the Navona/.Pantheon area. The top few are probably more expensive - we've had great meals at all - love Cul De Sac, : La Montecarlo, Ditrambo, etc. Here's a few more:

Il Convivio

Vicolo dei Soldati, 31

www.ilconviviotroiani.com/ita/index.html

Ostaria Dell' Orso

Via dei Soldati, 25C

www.hdo.it/

Quinzi & Gabrieli

Via Delle Coppelle, 5

www.quinziegabrieli.it/index.html

Ristorante Pierluigi Dal 1938

Piazza Dè Ricci, 144

www.pierluigi.it

Ristorante Alfredo Alla Scrofa

Via della Scrofa, 103

www.ristorantealfredo1907.info

Armando Al Pantheon

Salita de' Crescenzi, 31

www.armandoalpantheon.it

The Library

Vicolo della Cancelleria, 7

www.thelibrary.it/thelibrary.htm

Ristorante Fiammetta

Piazza Fiammetta, 8

Ristorante Pietro Valentini

Via dei Pianellari, 19

Ristorante Maccheroni

Piazza delle Coppelle, 44

www.ristorantemaccheroni.com‎

Il Corallo

Via del Corallo, 11

Da Baffetto

Via del Governo Vecchio, 114

www.pizzeriabaffetto.it

You can google these for more info and to see if they might be spots you'd be interested in - Have fun!

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9. Re: Special dinner near Piazza Navona

Thank you all for the help. I am sure we will try many of the suggestions and our night will be very special.

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10. Re: Special dinner near Piazza Navona

Casa Copelle is excellent, cozy, great service and food. You'll love it.