Favorite Rome Cheap & Cheerful Restaurants

There is an amazing selection of restaurants in Rome but we often find ourselves hankering for simple, home-style cooking where we can walk in, catch up after a busy day of looking at apartments and sites and have a simple, inexpensive meal. Our guests often ask “Where do you go in Rome for an a simple meal?”  Here are two of our favorites, Dino Express and Insalata Ricca. The food is simple, basic, the atmosphere is, well, quite basic too! Picture tables crowded close together, mismatched chairs, bad art and unflattering lighting…in short, everything we’ve learned to love in brutti-ma-buoni (ugly but good) dining!

Dino Express – Via Tacito 80, Rome

A blast from the past. The daily menu is handwritten on notepaper sometimes without prices (ask) and in Italian. The offerings vary with the season.  Traditional, hearty homemade Roman menu. Homey and welcoming, the decor is pleasantly junky. There may be some tourists but mostly it is locals.  If you meet Dino, you won’t forget him, he is the most welcoming host in the world and spreads what we call “The Dino Love” to all diners.

Dino Express is short walk from these favorite apartments:
  • Fresco – A gorgeous terrace  makes this fine, one-bedroom apartment a favorite for long stays.
  • Elegante – Big and beautiful, you can rent it as a five- or three-bedroom apartment.

The name “Rich Salad” tells the story of a large menu of large and creative salads.  Fresh ingredients. Wonderful combinations that are very pleasing and can fill you up. The menu goes on, however, with good pastas (Gnocchi alla Gorgonzola a favorite) and meats, too. The atmosphere is modest, kind of tacky, but the service is pleasant and fast and the food is tasty and a good value.

There are various Insalata Ricca locations around Rome. We usually go to the one in Piazza di Pasquino just because it is so close to favorite apartments:
  • Pasquino – Roomy two-bedroom apartment in a wonderful super-central location.
  • Danza – Very Roman feeling here with a roof-top terrace in excellent location. Two-bedrooms.
  • Romulus – Great price for two-bedrooms in fabulous location. Fills up early.

Rome Flaminio Apartment 50% Off Winter Bargain!

Get a super discount on our sunny Rome Flaminio apartment due to a last-minute cancellation. 50% off stays from December 2017 thru February 8, 2018.

We really like this bright and comfortable apartment and guests do, too! Here’s what they have to say:

“We were very pleased with the apartment. It was as pictured and exceeded our expectations. The location was ideal for walking to everything in central Rome. The surrounding area was quiet and we felt very safe walking in the area in the evening. We found there were several good shops close by for groceries and a butcher shop, Annibale Dove la Carne E, On Via Ripetta. We would definitely recommend Italy Perfect and plan on using them again.”

“Nice apartment, well located, helpful representative. This is an attractive apartment in a nice building very close to the Piazza del Popolo and the Flaminio metro stop. We found it very convenient. “ Continue reading Rome Flaminio Apartment 50% Off Winter Bargain!

Campo de’Fiori – Today’s Roman Forum

Just as Romans have done for thousands of years, they gather today in Campo de’ Fiori where visitors and locals alike find a beautiful open air market, offering everything from cut flowers to pizza. At night, the piazza transforms into a social hub for young people looking to make the most of the nightlife.

Campo de’Fiori has spent the last 1,400 years transforming from a flower garden – the names translates to “Field of Flowers” – to a thriving market. Six days a week, the piazza is home to the only outdoor market in central Rome. Vendors sell everything from spice packets and limoncello – for the tourist crowd – to fresh vegetables, fruits, and even pomegranate juice.

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Cyber Monday Discounts for 2018 Stays!

Our Cyber Monday Discounts are valid for reservations made between November 27th and December 20th, 2017 for stays next year. Reserve your 2018 stay in Italy with Italy Perfect for the best prices of the year! Be sure to mention Cyber Monday when you contact us to reserve.

Please see the full offer on this page. Valid on new reservations only.

Here are some great examples:


Flaminio  – 10% Discount

2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4 + 1. Sunny quiet and fully equipped with washer, dryer, wifi. Convenient to Piazza del Popolo, minutes from the Spanish Steps, you will find every amenity in this spacious apartment. Modern conveniences include air conditioning, Satellite TV, wireless internet access, stereo and microwave. This large apartment features the combination of comfort and location. All your needs have been considered in the amenities offered.

Spagna – 5% Discount

3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5. Elegant and desirable Spanish Steps luxury. Elegance and luxury near the Spanish Steps in Rome describe this lovely apartment with three bedrooms and an expansive terrace. This is the Rome of your dreams: a gorgeous apartment in the most upscale, centrally located neighborhood in the historic center of Rome. It is comparable to a five star hotel but more spacious and private.


Beatrice – 10% Discount

2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4. This elegant apartment can be a highlight of your stay in the center of Florence. It reflects the wonderful architecture of the only baroque church in Florence. High and bright, it has a comfortable living room area and good sized bedrooms suites.

Santa Croce Medici  – 10% Discount 7 nights minimum

3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. The Medici apartment is made for a dynasty with space for everyone to come together. This historic palazzo in Piazza Santa Croce contains totally up-to-date apartments in central Florence, Italy. Not only are the furnishings luxurious, the views over the piazza to the handsome medieval church are breathtaking. Each apartment features its own historic atmosphere with Renaissance murals, family heirloom antiques, and talented decorating. Many guests spend the season here, returning year after year.

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Rome Pasta Favorite: Cacio e Pepe

Will we ever run of of delicious foods to enjoy while in Rome?

The answer: Never!

While there are obvious Roman classics like spaghetti alla carbonara, the humble yet delicious cacio e pepe – a long-time favorite among Romans, is worthy of equal praise. ‘C193px-Pecorino_grattugiatoacio’ is pecorino in the Roman dialect, and pepe means pepper – thus this classic pasta dish has two main ingredients: pecorino cheese and black pepper. How did such a simple dish become so favored? Well, one theory is that it was an easy meal for shepherds who spent months at a time tending their flocks. A wedge of pecorino and some pepper were easy to transport, don’t spoil and provide a satisfying meal.

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