I have read the DK Eyewitness Guide to Rome (not the Top 10) & the Rick Steves Guide. Both are current & both have an extensive section with Restaurant recommendations. I’ve also earmarked the Slowtravel website for restaurants recommendations. There are the TA Restaurant Recommendations, but they seem a little suspect. I have searched old threads, but there are vast & varied recommendations.
Food is important to us on a vacation & we enjoy eating well. I suspect most of our lunches will be wherever we are sightseeing, maybe a quick panini or a slice of pizza or some such. We would like to have sit-down dinners, not necessarily fancy, but great food. I understand that the thumb rule is to walk away from restaurants that are very close to the Main Sights & also to steer clear of restaurants that obviously pander up to tourists... ‘we speak english’... ‘we serve hamburgers’ & so forth. Also, to go where it seems crowded with locals.
1.Which would you say was the singlemost reliable restaurant source of the ones mentioned above?
2.Are there any, obvious tell tale signs for a good restaurants?
3.We are not big wine drinkers, infact we rarely drink except on holiday. I’m sorry if this sounds silly, but would some cocktails, like a margarita for example, be commonly available in the smaller bars etc?
I’m a little overwhelmed by the mass of research I have to do to ‘do Rome well’ [yes, I'm a bit nerdy that way : ) ]... It would be super convenient to just have one source of information for the restaurants. Any advice?