Subject: RE: dining in Italy
Hi, Larry, welcome to the list. I lived in Rome for 17 years, until last July. Here are some of my favourite restaurants:

1) Otello, in Trastevere (closed Wednesdays): they have very good food and a wide selection 2) Nuraghe Sarde, on Viale delle Medaglie d'Oro (I think it's closed on Sundays): this is not in a touristy area, so it might be more of an effort to get to. It's a nice Sardinian restaurant. they have many different kinds of delicious antipasti (hors d'oeuves) - they just start bringing them all out as soon as you sit down, and you can eat as much as you want. Then they bring 3 different kinds of pasta. You have to go there with a big appetite! 3) La Bomboniera, on Via Albano near the Colli Albani metro station (closed on Tuesdays): this is a rather unique place. They have about 25-30 different kinds of pasta dishes, and you get them ALL! They bring you dishes with the equivalent of about 2 spoonfuls of pasta per person for every different pasta dish. Definitely a place worth trying if you like pasta. 4) Spaghetteria l'Archetto, on Via l'Archetto, near the Trevi Fountain (closed on Mondays): Frequented by lots of tourists, but also by lots of locals. They have over 100 different kinds of pasta dishes on the menu, and at least 30 different kinds of pizza.

If you want fabulous ice cream, go to Fonte della Salute (Linda, wanna comment on the name...? ;-). It's off of Viale Trastevere, on a corner (but I don't know the name of the corner). Anyway, you can't miss it. Giolitti's is another great ice cream place and it's listed in all the guide books, but personally I think Fonte della Salute is even better.

Laurie in Mexico City