When in Rome....
posted August 26, 2012 6:30 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Tue October 9 at 7:30 PM, Bir&Fud
Via Benedetta, 23, 00153 Rome, Italy (Map & Directions)
Drinks and dinner at Bir&Fud in Trastevere, Rome.
Would love to connect with people for some good conversation/food, as I'm travelling by myself and speak essentially no Italian. I'm travelling through Italy for three weeks in Sept/Oct. I'll also be in Orvieto, Florence, Ferrara and Venice, should there be any Mefites around in those places.
posted by kjs4 to Meetup (30 comments total)

Sounds good!
posted by aqsakal at 1:53 AM on August 27, 2012

Put me down as a capital-M Maybe, since I am hugely preggo. Trastevere is fairly easy for me to get to and waddle around since my partner works there, but considering my due dates are Oct 19th-21st I'm not quite sure how much waddling I'll be up for at the moment :D
posted by romakimmy at 5:42 AM on August 27, 2012

Oh cool, people:) Shall we make at least a tentative plan now, and romakimmy can play it by ear?

Any preferences on days or places?
posted by kjs4 at 8:45 PM on August 31, 2012

And I'm scheduling a hip-joint replacement operation with middling-long convalescence, but they haven't given me any dates yet. Apart from that, being retired I don't have major scheduling problems. Shall follow this thread and go with whatever anyone else suggests, but I'd really like to make it. I've only been to one meetup (also here in Rome when Xurando came through a couple of years back), and it was very pleasant.
posted by aqsakal at 7:53 AM on September 2, 2012

My profile tells me mathowie is 13 miles away from me right now. Now, I don't know whether (a) he's just forgotten to amend his location after his June trip to Italy (the text for his location says "Oregon", but the geolocator hits Rome), or (b) like one other Great Leader in the past, he always likes to feel close to all his followers. But it would obviously be great to have a meetup with the holder of a 1-digit account number...
posted by aqsakal at 10:55 PM on September 2, 2012

Ack, sorry, forgot to check back.

No idea about Matthowie.... I wouldn't think that he'll still be in Rome in October though, even if he's there now.

How does the Monday or the Tuesday sound? Somewhere in Trastevere?
posted by kjs4 at 10:10 PM on September 11, 2012

Good for me.
posted by aqsakal at 8:53 AM on September 12, 2012

Yeah, Matt said he'd forgotten to reset his geolocator after his holiday in Italy this year.
posted by aqsakal at 6:39 AM on September 29, 2012

Monday and Tuesday both look good for me. I haven't been to Trastevere for a long time (used to live there 30 years ago, so my local knowledge is totally rusty and useless now), but somebody (romakimmy?) might have a helpful up-to-date suggestion.

Apart from that, however, there hasn't been a lot of interest logged up to now, maybe because of a glitch making it drop off the IRL radar...

But I'm still happy to meet up, even if it's only 2½ of us, counting romakimmy as a half, not because of her visible girth but of her uncertainty about availability for waddling around Trastevere.
posted by aqsakal at 4:34 AM on October 1, 2012

ciao all (and: auguroni, romakimmy!)

i'll be in the throes of production, but might be able to drop by - i'll check back here to know where&when, and will try my best to make it.

(thanks for the heads-up, aq.)
posted by progosk at 7:15 AM on October 1, 2012

not going to make it to Rome but willing and able to meet in Florence (except for the Oct. 12-14 weekend, I'm away those days) for wining and/or dining!
posted by _dario at 8:30 AM on October 1, 2012

Wow nice! I suggest it's a good occasion to be gallant and let Kimmy pick the place ... tho Kimmy, it shall not be the place you direct us to last time.
posted by elpapacito at 6:27 PM on October 1, 2012

I can list some suggestions if you'd like but I am still a major Maybe - Tuesday would probably be better for me as Monday my partner has off and we have been running around like mad with a veritable metric asston of doctor's appointments...or rather he runs, I waddle :P

I'll list some Trastevere suggestions here tomorrow - the preggo is on her iPhone in bed with my feet up and getting over a cold for which I can't take anything :D
posted by romakimmy at 1:22 PM on October 2, 2012

Hi all. Sorry, I've been a bit out of contact internet wise. Trastevere on Tuesday sounds good, and some suggestions would be great.
posted by kjs4 at 1:35 PM on October 4, 2012

Since elpapacito disdeigns the Blue Oyster... ;P

Drinks: Freni e Frizioni does a decent aperitivo spread, but gets fairly crowded with all the hip young things early on. There's a bar in Piazza San Calisto that's smaller and quieter (blanking on the new name - ex-Vecchio Gandolfo, ex-Las Ambars, next door to the Cave Canum restaurant). Bar della Scala is also a good option, calmer and possibly with more seating options.

Eats: Pizzeria Nerone on via del Moro does a decent Napolitano style pizza. Dar Poeta is the Roman pizza option. The aforementioned Cave Canum has a bit of everything, not outstanding though. Da Vittorio on Via San Cosimato is good cheap Roman fare. I've also heard really good things about Fish Market in vicolo della Luce, but have yet to actually eat there.

To you the choice, cari miei, seeing as I am the ever more rotund Maybe. :)
posted by romakimmy at 4:18 PM on October 5, 2012

hm... Fish Market sounds like a clever idea gone askew. Trastevere is tricky... I've liked Bir&Fud as a casual but not banal place. (Still a Maybe too, but just my 2 centesimi.)
posted by progosk at 11:22 PM on October 5, 2012

Bir&Fud would be a good option as well; shouldn't be too busy on a Tuesday.
posted by romakimmy at 7:38 AM on October 6, 2012

Yeah, I've been satisfied with a meet-up (not MeFi, another group) at Bir&Fud - nice atmosphere, good food, reasonable prices.

progosk: thanks for the warning about Fish Market! It's the kind of place I'd've liked to try, going on the description, but the negative comments were devastating, so you've saved me from a lousy evening.
posted by aqsakal at 7:56 AM on October 7, 2012

Ok, shall we say Bir&Fud at 7.30? I'll confirm it, but we can change the time if it doesn't suit.
posted by kjs4 at 12:28 PM on October 7, 2012

Sounds great! Should I wear a pink carnation in my hair?
posted by aqsakal at 2:20 AM on October 8, 2012

If you do, I shall buy the first round! I'm blonde, overweight with glasses. My number is 3665432458.
posted by kjs4 at 8:24 AM on October 9, 2012

And I have glasses, very short hair, bandit mustache and my number is 329 928 7105 - see ya there.

posted by aqsakal at 8:44 AM on October 9, 2012

If romakimmy makes it, she'll be easy to spot...

posted by aqsakal at 8:45 AM on October 9, 2012

Gonna have to skip tonight folks, as I've been running around with the doc visits today and lil' Peanut kept me up half the night with judo practice on my diaphragm and heartburn. :/

Buon divertimento!
posted by romakimmy at 8:56 AM on October 9, 2012

buona pizza to you all - and don't skip the fatatine!
posted by progosk at 11:07 AM on October 9, 2012

We had the patatine....with liquorice. Not sure I'd recommend it.
posted by kjs4 at 1:20 PM on October 9, 2012

The liquorice that is.... the palatine were excellent.
posted by kjs4 at 1:30 PM on October 9, 2012

Thanks for a delightful evening. Pity the others couldn't make it. And sorry the best gelato place was closed - nevertheless a great chat. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

And thanks to romakimmy for the recommendation: Bir&Fud is definitely OK.
posted by aqsakal at 12:13 AM on October 10, 2012

All credit for the Bir&Fud recommendation goes to progosk, I just seconded it ;)
posted by romakimmy at 9:09 AM on October 10, 2012

Sorry I couldn't make it :( !
posted by elpapacito at 4:16 PM on October 10, 2012

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