/Readers Ask: Why Is Some Rome Restaurant Advice Off the Mark?

Readers Ask: Why Is Some Rome Restaurant Advice Off the Mark?

If you’re at a place that serves artichokes in June, the odds are someone gave you bad advice.

I love Parla Food’s readers. They are smart, snarky, and don’t put up with BS. They take food seriously and are highly critical. They are also a bit bitchy and send me hilarious emails ridiculing restaurants (and those who recommend them) for being terrible. We are a match made in heaven. Let’s call this blog post a collaborative effort inspired by such emails.

Why do so many allegedly serious food writers recommend so many places that flat out suck?

Good question. I have a few answers: Caving to editors’ insatiable quest for new trends and succumbing to pressure from editors to write lots for no money are two major culprits. As an esteemed colleague wrote to me recently, “These days journalists get so little money and time to go and explore a place properly, so a lot of recommendations are just collected and thus endlessy perpetuated.”

I also believe lack of palate and experience is an issue, too. In the past, having a mouth and a journalism background were the prerequisites for food writing. Well it’s a new ball game now and restaurant experience and academic credentials count. Indeed, they are essential. Food is serious business and it takes more than an editor and a digestive system to become an expert.

How could anyone in her right mind still recommend Gusto. It’s obscene.

I couldn’t agree more. Gusto is a deal breaker. Anyone who recommends it should seek immediate medical attention for their malfunctioning taste buds. The food is just plain awful, the staff is insufferably rude and inept, and its concept hasn’t been interesting since the mid-1990s. The same goes for Da Giggetto in the Ghetto. That’s a red flag. It’s pure crap, deep fried in old oil with agribusiness artichokes.

Grom is boring. What’s to like?

Yeah it really is. It still beats the nasty soft serve they pass off for gelato at Eataly. But I digress. Consumers are attracted to marketing, packaging and queues. Grom has all 3.

You should write a post calling out all the worst places in Rome.

Wow. That would be a long one! How about the highlights? In addition to Gusto and Giggetto being abjectly awful, Sora Margherita hasn’t been good in years (RIP Sora Margherita! They are dragging your name through the mud over there). Maccheroni is very very bad. Giolitti does not serve amazing gelato, nor does Fassi (thankfully these places do). And if I never return to Obika’, Enoteca Corsi, or Hang Zhou it will be too soon. I could go on and on. Why don’t you jump in and propose more venues for retirement?

2017-02-17T15:17:14+00:00 October 9th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio|27 Comments


  1. Jasmine October 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    I went to Gusto for my birthday dinner (damn you, August bday!) and it was AWFUL. Only a few dishes tasted good, and the staff would not stop blasting the Grease soundtrack. They were too busy singing along to take very good care of us…..

    Also, we’ve had a series of bad experiences at Flavio al Velavevodetto over the last several months, which makes me so sad! I don’t think we’ll be going back. Nick wrote a post about it: http://justvasgo.blogspot.it/2012/09/do-not-eat-at-flavio-al-velavevodetto.html

  2. Hounddogman October 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Seeing as I recommended Fassi a while back I won’t exactly come to their defence but I’ll clarify my remarks. I would never say their gelato is great (although it’s a lot better than most you can get in the UK where I live if nowehere near as good as most of the places you recommend) but it’s a great place to eat gelato. Both architecturally (OK I’ve got a thing for deco) and socially (sitting among Italian families out for a treat or preparing to get on the train at Termini to return home). Eating out is not just about the food (although obviously it’s important that it’s not actively bad or a ripoff) it’s about atmosphere as well.

    I’d far rather go to places that have a vibrant Roman atmosphere, that recall Carlo Levi’s observation about local Roman restaurants being much more than places to eat, than upmarket ‘foodie’ joints that are (as we Brits say) up their own arses about their mission to boldly go where none have gone before (probably for sensible reasons too). As Frasier once said to Niles after being recommended to go to a new place fusing Polynesian and Norwegian cuisines ‘Sometimes I think there’s a good reason why God put those places so far apart’.

    Also I’m a cheapskate and don’t want to pay their prices or sit among coachloads of Japanese tourists like you have to now at Arco Antico (which I used to love). More later about places to avoid.

  3. codecables October 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    As usual, such an excellent post, Katie! Here are my top three retirement proposals, aka worst food experiences in Rome over the last year:

    1. Gusto (Knowing your opinion already, I had to endure it, as someone else had made reservations; we did a full three course menu and guess what, the secondi arrived even before the wine was on the table and the selection of hard Italian cheeses turned into soft French ones)
    2. Osteria Quercia, (this was during my first week in Rome, no planning involved – after a day of sight seeing we found this lovely quiet square between palazzi Farnese and Spada. It looked kind of like an oasis, but unfortunately the food (saltimbocca in this case) was just bad. (full stop)
    3. Ristorante Archimede St Eustachio (someone invited me, but just two words: pasta scotta)

    This list is totally subjective, and luckily for all of us, there are many other good places to eat in Rome.

  4. Justin Naylor October 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I also have a bone to pick with the issue you’ve mentioned before about Roman restaurants not being equally good at everything on the menu. I’m all for cultural differences between the US and Italy, but isn’t this one just totally unacceptable? Why should someone who has heard about Roscioli expecting a first-rate meal have to be disappointed with their cacio e pepe which is too salty to eat? I season on the aggressive side for sure and have a high tolerance for salt, but I just couldn’t eat it. Why should I magically just know that they are better at carbonara? How can a first-rate restaurant get away with only doing certain dishes well? Obviously L’Arcangelo comes to mind as well. How can a restaurant possibly justify this approach? It’s dishonest and lacks integrity. Focus on whatever few dishes one does well and leave it at that!

  5. Sarah May (AntiquaTours) October 10, 2012 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Katie this is an awesome post. I have come to the conclusion that there is no place to eat in the Ghetto that doesn’t cause severe gut pain later on. I have a feeling maybe places actually pay for people to bring clients there because there is no way you can eat at Giggetto and enjoy it once you’ve tried other places.

    I would like to add Taverna dei Fori Imperiali in Monti. Heavy food, awful wine list and overpriced. Actually it wouldn’t be bad if you paid what it was worth.

    Rosti-well, you know.

    The problem really boils down to palate. There are many people who think they are experts in food/wine because they eat/drink. It is actually insulting to those of us who have spent years of our time and lots of our money to actually learn to taste and who constantly try to educate ourselves regarding taste. Not many people have actually had training/education in food and wine and have learned about the basics of taste. There is a reason there is an “International Palate” and why McDonalds does so well around the world. The average plan likes plain, high fat, high carb food that is salty. Even though most of the places you mention are in Rome they serve boring and plain food which is what 80% of the people want, even if they don’t know it. But so-called professionals should not oversell these places.

    As for “locals” enjoying a place, again, think that 80% of the world likes plain food. Just because there is a place full of Romans is no indication of quality. Sure I’ve had meals that were only OK and had a great time because of the place, but that doesn’t mean the food was good. I hate when guide books say, “Oh just go to a place where there are locals.” Considering that up until recently Rome food culture was about quantity over quality, I think I will pass for many of these places. And the phrase Si magna bene was more about getting full than palate pleasure. Also how are tourists supposed to know if the people are locals? It could be a room full of Milanese. How would a tourist know dialects and accents?

    I will continue to read reviews here and on other sites to make my choices.

    I am going to Mesob tonight. I am so excited.

  6. Jeannie Marshall October 10, 2012 at 10:55 am - Reply

    In the old days restaurant reviewers were anonymous. The reviewer in my home town paper wore a disguise and never used her own name when making a reservation. It sounds a bit spy-like but it did ensure that she was treated like a normal patron. She was trained as a chef, she cooked and she wrote cookbooks in addition to her reviewing. She knew the food, but she also knew the journalism side of it. She didn’t make friends with the chefs and the owners. She didn’t make friends with any of the people in the business. She never accepted gifts or free meals. What do you think of this? I’ve taken recommendations from various food writers in Rome and sometimes had bad experiences. You recommended La Barrique, for example. I like the environment, the wine and the food, but they offended me in a way that they wouldn’t have done to you because they know you. They handed me an English menu even though I spoke to them in Italian. Yes, I speak with an accent but I can communicate. It’s an extremely rude gesture. The waitress also kept speaking to us in terrible English when we speak Italian just fine. The food and the wine were very nice, but their behaviour was off putting. The other was an Enoteca in the Ghetto where we went on a recommendation from another food writer – forgotten the name of the place, sorry. They probably treat this food writer quite well because they know she sends them business. For us, they kept trying to bring us food we didn’t order and then they tried to add all this food we didn’t order to our bill. When we complained they took it off and then still managaged to somehow make a “mistake” on the bill and add another 30 euros. I had to go to them again and tell them to add it up properly. I’m curious to know what you think of this. Do people know you? Do they know you’re going to write about them? Do you accept free meals? How we’re treated in the restaurant is part of the experience. Few of us will bother to go to a place with fantastic food if the wait staff are rude. I am a journalist (I don’t really write about food in the way that you do – my book was about politics and traditions) so I sometimes find the lack of ethics bothersome. That said, I often refer to your site and I certainly trust your judgement on the food – especially since you speak your mind when you don’t like something. Just curious …

  7. Terry October 10, 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply

    “They handed me an English menu even though I spoke to them in Italian. Yes, I speak with an accent but I can communicate. It’s an extremely rude gesture. The waitress also kept speaking to us in terrible English when we speak Italian just fine.”

    This this this and thrice this. Drives me bandy, that does. Really offensive.

  8. Hounddogman October 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    @Sarah May I’m not looking to get into an argument here but I found a lot of your post a tad patronising. Actually what most people want most of the time (especially when travelling) is an enjoyable meal for a fair price (rather than say the work of some genius driving back the boundaries of what’s known as food) even though I’m against assertions about ‘what most people want’. That’s not unreasonable I think and it doesn’t testify to any defects in them even though it makes them part of your 80%. Are they, BTW, at all related to Mitt’s 47%?

    As to: ‘The average plan (?) likes plain, high fat, high carb food that is salty.’ Evidence for this please. And as to why I like Roman restaurants of a certain kind I suggest you check the reference I made to Carlo Levi (it’s in ‘Roma Fugitiva’). I assume you’re familiar with this book.

    I’ve been a regular visitor to Italy (especially Rome where I stay with – Roman – friends in San Lorenzo) several times a year for more than 12 years now, I speak reasonably good Italian but certainly couldn’t recognise dialects (but I assume you’re a native English speaker and you certainly wouldn’t recognise mine either) other than in the simplest way (e.g I can hardly understand anybody south of Ciampino – and quite a few north of it too). But if I go to, say, Da Marcello in San Lorenzo on a midweek night and it’s jammed full of local looking people (grad students, academic types, a few hipsters etc) all (apparently at least) having a good time I’m not going to assume they’re all there on a coach trip from Poggibonsi or wherever and on some sort of medication that makes them act up. I’m going to say to myself ‘There must be good reasons this place is so popular. This looks like a decent place to have an informal meal of real Italian, indeed Roman, food rather than some godawful tourist trap’, so I’ll abandon for one more night the idea of educating my palate and have what I like.

    As to waitstaff handing me the English menu (I tend to go to places where they don’t have one) or speaking to me in English, I don’t feel insulted when this happens. Or, as happened on a recent visit to Alfredo e Ada when the elderly waiter spoke to me in Italian but VERY SLOWLY and clearly, I think the person concerned is only trying to be helpful (and maybe practice his/her English so they can work abroad). Which is a good thing. Rather than, say, trying to confuse me with a blast of rapid diletto. Anyone who gets all up in the air about this really needs to get over themselves (or try working as a waiter). I recall an incident in Prague some years ago. I don’t speak Czech but I do speak Polish (which is closely related) and I rehearsed for an hour or so before asking in Czech at the Metro station for ‘Two, three day, zone one and two, travel tickets, please’ a sentence which in Czech has some scary consonantal clusters and and accented vowels in it. Duly delivered it at the window and the guy looks at me and says (in rather BBC influenced English): ‘That’s VERY good’. Made my day.

  9. Hounddogman October 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    PS Some readers here might be interested in ths: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/28/lets-start-foodie-backlash.

  10. Sarah May October 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Hounddogman-I am sorry that you interpretted what I wrote as offensive. As for being handed an English menu that is not offensive. They were trying to be helpful. I will tell you what is offensive in Rome-being told, “Stai Calma/o” Oh, HELL no.

    As for my comments I should have been more clear. No, I am not like Mitt Romney, although I did grow up in a Mormon neighborhood. What I said is based on years of research and science. I am not a better person because I can smell wine correctly. I have those skills because I learned them. Our perception of smell is one of the interesting aspects of being human, it is linked to survival, memory and an assrtment of other human traits. Some people have super noses and can identify 100,000 aromas. Most are not that way, including myself. I am trained. And so I feel qualified to write and teach about wine. I am not basing my opnions because I am a “local” and I drink so therefore I know Italian wine, I know wine after deliberate study.

    I teach a wine class and my goal is to open up my students’ palates. Plain, of course, would be cultural. Plain to me is meat and potatoes. Exotic for me is Thai food.

    There is a reason fast food does so well. It is not a matter of a person being more educated or not. Humans are genetically hard wired to desire foods that are high in fat, sugar, salt and the perception of Umami. Humans evolved/adaptetd to desire these foods in times of famine to adapt to nutritional defeciencies. High fat foos have a higher contect of energy (Calories) per ounce. Fast food is driven by this desire. I myself was raised on Vegemite-a high salt high Umami food. I can eat a jar of the stuff in a week. But I have also learned that eating highly nutritious foods that have a much wider flavor chart that goes beyond basic instincts are very pleasant to eat, once I got used to them and sometimes they are even better when you know the historical and cultural story behind them. Someone who is trained and educatecd in their field can offer that knowledge. For example, I may know a lot about Crohn’s disease because I have it, but I am not a G.I. and I don’t think I am an expert in the field.

    I have studied this for years because my best friend died of obesity related complications, I wrote what i did not to be offensive but to say that this is what most humans crave. It turns out you can totally train your brain to switch off this primitive desire for high fat high salt food that does have much in flavour but has the highest amount of calories.

    There is a world of flavour th the greens that are served in Rome, by the way.

    A great book on taste and smell is called Taste of Wine: The Art and Science of Wine Appreciation by the excellent Emile Peynaud. He wwrites about this very subject and the average palate and the ingternational palate. I suggest it because as I researched why I loved Puzzone di Moena and most people are fine eating foods that are not so aromatic. It is really a matter of how we are fine tuned.

    Nobody is wrong, really, in their likes or dislikes. We are talking about people who eat as professionals who seem to have no idea how to fine tune their palate and don’t know the cultural/historical background to the foods they talk about.

  11. Sarah May October 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    BTW about the dialects I am asking how tourists with a Rick Steves book would know if they people are local or not? I don’t even mean in Italy. Is it based on how people look or that I don’t understand them? I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a person in Mexico speaking Spanish with an accent from Spain or a person speaking Spanish with a Mexican accent though i’ve been told there is huge difference, so would I base it on looks alone? That is some dangerous territory, in my opinion.

  12. Katie October 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    whoa lots of good comments here!

    @jasmine thanks to yours and nick’s feedback (as well as others!) flavio is about to be pulled from Rome for Foodies. It is just not up to snuff and their insanely untraditional yet delicious tiramisu is hardly enough reason to keep it in the app.

    @justin we have talked about this before and i know your views on it. i tend to agree with you from a travelers’ point of view. however, rome is a city of naval gazers (especially on the food circuit) and restaurants “si accontentano” (are happy with what they do), even acknowledge that they excel at a few dishes. L’arcangelo is a perfect example. go there and order the “wrong things” and you wont enjoy your self. go there and order suppli and gnocchi and you will think you died and went to carb heaven. is it right on an international scale? no, of course not. there isnt a whole lot of integrity amongst italian food writers (free meals and utter lack of anonymity are among the culprits) and many would never publicly criticize a place especially in print. it drives me nuts that i can’t order whatever i want at roscioli or glass or even pizzarium, because not all dishes are created equal. all we can do is recognize this and order accordingly.

    @jeannie you bring up a number of good points (and many criticisms that i have towards colleagues, especially italian food writers who seem incapable of being anonymous and paying for meals). i realize i need to publish my editorial policy more clearly. i kind of just assume readers know i do not announce my presence, i strive for anonymity (as much as possible), i never ever ever take kickbacks/gifts/free meals, i pay for everything i write about with my own money (or that of the publication i am representing), and i refrain from reviewing places where i am well known or know the staff (for example, i reviewed metamorfosi before my good friend john became the sous chef there, not after).

    to address your questions in order:

    Do people know you?
    Yes absolutely. there was a time when i tried to be completely anonymous to the point of keeping my photo off the internet and off facebook. as parla food got more popular, i found my photo (from another person’s blog) was being circulated via email among rome’s restaurateurs. so i tried to fly under the radar, and it just made me more conspicuous. i do not make reservations in my name (for a while i was “Giusippina”; I won’t give up my current pseudonym here). I think the expectation of anonymonity is unrealistic. and to some extent it is unnecessary. if i show up to a place to review it and am recognized, they can’t fix the food and service to be amazing if it isnt.

    Do they know you’re going to write about them?

    Absolutely not. For example, when i reviewed la barrique i went twice, booked under a pseudonym, didnt take photos. they didnt suspect a thing. Of course they now know me because i had to interview the owner for the review.

    Do you accept free meals?

    I do not accept free meals. It is essential for me to protect the integrity of this blog and of my own journalistic reputation. This is both a personal choice and a professional obligation. I have never even been on a junket or any type of sponsored press trip (virtually unheard of for a food and travel writer). this of course means that sometimes i end up spending thousands of euros a month on food and wine but that is precisely why I work at least 18 hours a day and never take a full day off.

    I completely agree that the atmosphere of a restaurant counts. it is to my great dismay that la barrique didnt live up to your standards. i readily admit that the service there is a mess (and when i interview restaurateur and chefs all over italy, they tell me again and again how difficult it is to find reliable, experienced, professional staff). i think the server at la barrique was trying the be helpful but bungled it.

    if you or any other parla food readers are curious about the rules i live by here is an except from an ethical contract that i signed with a publisher 3 years ago:

    “No writer or editor for the Travel section, whether on assignment or not, may accept free or discounted services of any sort from any element of the travel industry. This includes hotels, resorts, restaurants, tour operators, airlines, railways, cruise lines, rental car companies and tourist attractions.”

    as mentioned before, this is a professional obligation, but integrity is of supreme importance to me and this is how i was working even before i signed the legally binding contract.

  13. Jeannie Marshall October 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Well put Katie. I didn’t mean to put you on the spot. But all the same, it’s good to have your code of ethics out there. And, I suspect you are right that in this age it is nearly impossible to maintain anonymity for long. But I appreciate that you try. I read other food blogs (to waste time and not do the work I’m supposed to be doing) and find that many of them do take paid and sponsored trips. They often declare that they were bought, but that doesn’t help. They shouldn’t take them. Or, if they want to take them, they shouldn’t write about them. Even when they say “I would have loved this champagne or this resort or whatever even if the owners didn’t pay me to say so” it still ruins the writer’s credibility. So, I’m glad to see you have made the decision not to accept the junkets.

    When I worked at a newspaper and I was writing often about Germany, the German gov’t offered to send me on a big fact-finding mission with a bunch of academics. My editor said I could go as long as I never wrote about it. When I told the gov’t rep, they dropped me from the list. They weren’t so interested in my education as they were in their image … of course.

    On being treated like a foreigner in restaurants. It’s not just me who hates that. I’ve lived in Rome for ten years now. And I hate being treated like a temporary visitor who can’t make out a menu. Even when I travel to other countries, I don’t want an English menu. Or, when I do want one, I’ll ask for it. Ben at Bar Neci said he has told his staff that when a person comes in speaking Italian, however badly, don’t start speaking to them in English. It’s just plain rude. They might not realize it’s rude, but it is. Strangely enough, I don’t really mind other forms of Roman rudeness so much, but that one really irritates.

  14. Melissa Santos October 13, 2012 at 12:04 am - Reply

    I am relieved to hear I am not the only one who finds it annoying when waiters in Rome refuse to speak to me in Italian. I get by fine in Naples speaking no English, so it’s always mildly shocking when I have a five-minute plus conversation with a waiter in Rome and they still refuse to believe that I speak Italian and dont’ want American coffee and eggs for breakfast. But it happens in Amalfi Coast towns during tourist season, too. There’s something really nice about being treated like a normal person in a foreign country, and getting spoken to continually in English in Rome sort of destroys that for me. It’s weird to get complimented on my Italian as well when all I’m angling for is an espresso.

  15. Munya October 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Wow- this is a great post. Hounddogman and Jeannie, I agree with what both of you had to say. (I lived in France for two years, and often people would speak English once they could tell I was American by my accent. Of course it is easy to get offended, especially when my French was better than their English, but many times, they don’t see what they’re doing as rude. In fact, I have been told they are trying to be ‘polite’ and accommodate, or just practice English themselves.) What I find much worse, is what happened to us at Roscioli. We had a reservation last month for my birthday and we were taken down to the “cellar” which was clearly the American room. Every other table was American, kept far away from the Italians on the main floor. The appetizers at this place were amazing, but again, as Justin mentioned, only one of the pasta dishes was something to write home about. The service, however, was what would keep me from coming back. I’m fine with getting spoken to in English and handed an English menu, but please don’t segregate me to the American cave. I’m afraid this place is probably another case of becoming too successful for its own good. We all want to eat at a great place, but when everyone starts recommending it to tourists like us and it’s near impossible for even Romans to get a reservation, a decline in service is not shocking. (On the other hand, the Roscioli bakery was lovely, both in food and treatment).

    Katie, I’m glad to hear that you do have an ‘ethical contract,’ although I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since you are actually a journalist, unlike many bloggers. Like Jeannie said, I can’t tell you how off-putting it is when I read (extremely successful) food bloggers review food trips and then think by writing {“This was a sponsored trip/post/etc. All views are, however, my own”} that I will find them credible. Kudos to you for keeping it real.

  16. Trina October 16, 2012 at 12:40 am - Reply

    So what’s the next big place, Katie? 🙂 I mean, now that Flavio’s out.

  17. Sarah May (AntiquaTours) October 24, 2012 at 11:47 am - Reply

    People really get offended when a wait staff speaks in English? Really? I save my battles for more important things, like quality of food. Bad food really offends me.

  18. Luca Boccianti November 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    please don’t be offended if someone gives you an english menu or speak to you in english because, even if you speak italian, he can recognize you’re an english speaker. usually s/he do that because s/he want to show off the fact of being able to speak another language (and because 95% of his foreign customers would be disoriented and then offended if s/he does *not* speak english, or french or german).

    this may happen both side: I had casual conversation with good italian speaking people of english mothertongue in which I tried to speak english and they italian.

    they are just trying to be maybe over-friendly. I think you should just tell them “ehi, io parlo italiano, dammi il menu italiano e parliamo italiano”. it’s actually very strange for us that some foreigner really want to speak our language apart from pizza spaghetti gucci fendi etc., but we do really appreciate that, even if your italian is at beginner level.

  19. Carol Malzone November 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Ditto, ditto, ditto, Katie! Especially Gusto where a friend was just taken as a treat by her ROMAN relatives. Love reading your posts and look forward to another meet up here or there.

  20. MegRhi November 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Katie, you deserve a full day off.

  21. Cathy navarro November 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    So where do a Italian California family of 5 go in Rome for a Christmas Eve and day dinner?

  22. Cathy navarro November 10, 2012 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Bought your app, and looking forward to using it. Thanks!

  23. Brian January 7, 2013 at 12:03 am - Reply

    I’m confused, is Da Giggetto the same one as listed in your App? How about Gusto? That’s also listed in the App. I figure I must be missing something, or they’re different places maybe?
    Thanks for any help.

    • Katie January 7, 2013 at 12:08 am - Reply

      Hey! No those two are not and have never been in my app. They are in Eat Rome, which has a slew of venues I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. You can get my curated list of recommended venues here: http://www.romeforfoodies.com

  24. Brian January 7, 2013 at 12:08 am - Reply

    Sorry for the mix up, was confusing your App with another similar one that does recommend those two restaurants, guess I won’t trust that anymore!

  25. Deb Jacobs July 25, 2013 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Hi Katie,
    I’m going back to Rome in October (and London in 3 weeks..is that London app ready yet?)
    and want to know where I can get good pasta con vongole.
    Osteria del Pegno used to be reliably good, but last November not so much.
    L’Osteria di Monteverde also made a good dish, but have become a tad too creative.
    Sergio’s is okay, but just barely.
    And Pierluigi is a no-no from you (and way too pricey for me), so could you give me a few recommendations for that particular dish?

    I don’t think Armando or Settimio al Pantheon serve it..darn…love them both.

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