Rome Meetup November 4, 2007 2:34 PM   Subscribe

La Dolce Vita--Rome Meetup Nov. 14-19?

i arrive the morning of the 14th and leave the 20th.

(and should i bring Mr. Bubble or Amazing Sea Monkeys to dump in the Trevi? or just myself, a la Ekberg?) ; >
posted by amberglow to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:34 PM (70 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Right on! I'm totally there once someone buys me a plane ticket.

It was my birthday yesterday, people. Come on, buy me a present -- send me to Italy! Pretty please? I feel like sitting on the back of a scooter, circling the Colliseum, while eating gelato. If possible, with Gregory Peck circa 1953.
posted by miss lynnster at 2:56 PM on November 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

When I lived in Rome years ago, an American friend came to stay. She was a very cool chick and she had this fantastic Mr Bubble t shirt. We were walking down the Corso one day, and this Romanaccio dude pointed at her and yelled, MAR BOOBLEH! MAR BOOBLEH!
It took us ages to figure out what happened, but then we spent years randomly shouting MAR BOOBLEH at each other.

Fascinating, right? I'm just jealous I can't go. Say hi to RomaKimmy for me.
posted by CunningLinguist at 3:28 PM on November 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

ohhhhhh man. Eat , eat, eat for me and every poor loser on MeFi without a private jet.
posted by Deathalicious at 3:37 PM on November 4, 2007

Here's what y'all should do: hold the meetup at the Pantheon. At the stroke of midnight (or noon, either one) all MeFiers should converge in a circle directly below the big open hole at the top of the dome. Chant "quonsar, quonsar, quonsar" over and over until you all start to glow slightly, tremble and levitate, as a group, straight up through the hole and up into the sky. You'll enter the Heavenly Chamber (also known as the Mothership) where you'll dwell for all eternity with the mods.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:42 PM on November 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

: >

(and happy bday, miss lynnster!)

i've been emailing with romakimmy and elpapa--who else is there?

matteo, wanna come down?
posted by amberglow at 4:30 PM on November 4, 2007

(flapjax, i was thinking i'd just pick up a hot Vatican priest and have sex in the Sistine Chapel late one night) ; >
posted by amberglow at 4:32 PM on November 4, 2007

Do not dare romance this priest. For he? He is mine.
posted by miss lynnster at 4:48 PM on November 4, 2007

i'll leave that one alone for you, miss lynn--a bday present
posted by amberglow at 7:02 PM on November 4, 2007

I'll definitely join in a mini Rome meetup !

flapjax at midnite writes "all MeFiers should converge in a circle directly below the big open hole at the top of the dome. Chant 'quonsar, quonsar, quonsar' "

Ah I wish I could do that in the Vatican, but I think the church is already booked :( Too bad !

CunningLinguist writes "MAR BOOBLEH"

Whaa ? Bob Marley ?
posted by elpapacito at 7:34 PM on November 4, 2007

Oh ok sorry it's the wine kicking in :D !
posted by elpapacito at 7:35 PM on November 4, 2007

If it wasn't Rome but 'that unnamed no-stoplight town in Southern Umbria' meetup near Todi, I'd be there! (That is, if I wasn't in Tokyo.)
posted by gen at 11:52 PM on November 4, 2007

I'm in, obviously. The 14th is out though, as 'tis the Fiancé's birthday, and he's actually staying in Rome for this one (as opposed to the traditional "boys' only" jaunt to somewhere on the continent). I also have a friend visiting until the morning of the 17th, but that's not a huge obstacle.

Aperitivi? Dinner? Digestivi? All of the above? Watching (me scream obscenities at the telly during) Scotland-Italy in a pub on the 17th?
posted by romakimmy at 3:12 AM on November 5, 2007

Oh and: "MAR BOOBLEH" *waves to CL*
posted by romakimmy at 4:42 AM on November 5, 2007

Aperitivi? Dinner? Digestivi? All of the above?

Any or all of the above, of course. : >

Let's pick a day you, me, and elpapa can meet, so that any others here who are there can see it in the meetup list, and email us?
posted by amberglow at 7:31 AM on November 5, 2007


/procrastinating via crappy Photoshops

Elpapa, any preferences on which day?
posted by romakimmy at 7:45 AM on November 5, 2007

Oh my god, I'm swooning. I've lived there twice and wish I had a Tardis to join in! Have fun... I miss the Piazza del Popolo's restaurants something awful.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 10:37 AM on November 5, 2007


: >

(maybe i can get matteo to come down--i'll think of some scandal, and he can have the exclusive story or something)
posted by amberglow at 12:14 PM on November 5, 2007

I can do Elba next June...
posted by i_cola at 12:36 PM on November 5, 2007

romakimmy writes "Elpapa, any preferences on which day?"

Yup definitely after the 12th as I am leaving for work :/
posted by elpapacito at 12:46 PM on November 5, 2007

Hey, does Rome have their own version of a 10 Corso Como (or even better--a discount version)?

Elba, i_cola? (very Napoleon) : >
posted by amberglow at 2:37 PM on November 5, 2007

amber uuhhh I was thinking about some happy hour place near Corso Vittorio Emanuele ...usually full of posh posers'n'stuff (uhh kimmy help me, I like went there twice I don't remember the place.. it's not far from the parliament, in a rather narrow street and full of youngesters and minicars) ...nearby there's another place that's quite more economical, does happy hour and maybe we could brunch or whatever there.

Oooohhhtherwise I was thinking about Gusto near Piazza Augusto Imperatore ? Stilish'n'stuff, not deadly expensive and I wasn't bad for a coctkail and some sandwich. would probably be best if we find a place that is not too far away from main transporations or taxi, as metro closes waay too early.
posted by elpapacito at 5:38 PM on November 5, 2007

anywhere is good for me--not too posh tho, and no Irish pubs.

(10 Corso Como is a fab clothing store in Milan--i was thinking shopping, not eating/drinking) : >
posted by amberglow at 7:13 PM on November 5, 2007

and i can walk back to my hotel as long as whatever place is 30 minutes or less away--i love walking in strange cities late at night : >
posted by amberglow at 7:15 PM on November 5, 2007

All's I know is, my SO and I demand pics. They won't be shared with family. Go Nuts!
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:40 PM on November 5, 2007

If it is posh and has posers, I have been out of that loop for a while. And yes, near public transport is good, as I have yet to get a motorino or my Italian driver's license.

Gusto - I've been to the restaurant part once. Great food, I think per person with a bottle of wine was about €50.

Ciccia Bomba on Via del Governo Vecchio isn't too pricey and has some gnocchi con pachino, zucchini, rughetta, e vongole to die for (Closed on Wed., though). Governo Vecchio isn't bad for food in general, really, and it's got a few wine/bars as well. Maybe we should take amber to see the toilet at Jonathan's Angels?

Piazza San Calisto in Trastevere has Bar San Calisto (the only place left in Rome where the prices haven't gone up too much & sitting at a table outside costs the same as standing at the bar. Shhh.), Pizzeria San Calisto (cheap, but it's not as good as it used to be. Stupid Let's Go book), & Cave Canum (cheap, middle of the road food wise, one waitress was always rather scowlly).

Aqua e Farina in Testacchio is better than Pizzeria San Calisto if we want to do the pizza thing. There's a restaurant at the beginning of Via Ostiense/ near Piramide that I don't recall the name of, but IIRC does real Roman fare (pappardelle alle cinghiale, trippa alla romana, la scottadita); I've seen Totti eating there a few times, pre-nuptials with Ilary.

But let's face it, I've become a bit of a boring homebody lately and bow before the expertise of someone who's been out for something other than Chinese in the past year. ;)
posted by romakimmy at 3:25 AM on November 6, 2007

I always took my visiting friends here. Yes it's in Parioli. Yes the amount of food they bring you is sick and you have to starve yourself first. Yes it's probably pricey now (I haven't been in 10 years). God, even touristy? (I hope not) But we never had a non-riotous night. And they bring you Centerbe at the end! Where else do you get that?
posted by CunningLinguist at 4:38 AM on November 6, 2007

Cunning: eheh AdAbruzzo is rather well know and according to the online menu , it still is quite accessible.

amberglow writes "(10 Corso Como is a fab clothing store in Milan"

Ohhh pardon me it is just that I sent my ego shopping and he still is stuck somewhere in Via Frattina, where the money parts the wallet, but the eyes really glitter and some aesthetic sense may be pleased as it's like Via Montenapoleone.

You should therefore follow my coscience , he is shopping at Outlets that are ,afaik, unreacheable unless you have a car and a gps (talking about McArthur Glen outlets outside in the countrysides). An alternative could be strolling around Via del Corso or generally in the center of the city...a side opportuny MAYBE at Via Appia Nuova , it's more popular, but forget glitter.

romakimmy writes "Ciccia Bomba on Via del Governo Vecchio "

Excellent position, taxi nearby as well.

romakimmy writes "Aqua e Farina in Testacchio"

Dunno but if you say it's ok...the location is rather good, but depends a lot on metro Piramide for others...actually depends who will come, from where and how, but let's assume we all go public transport.

romakimmy writes "IIRC does real Roman fare "

Yeees that's rather supernoisy when full, it's the place in which the player of Rome soccer team go to eat I guess ?
posted by elpapacito at 5:34 AM on November 6, 2007

(flapjax, i was thinking i'd just pick up a hot Vatican priest and have sex in the Sistine Chapel late one night)

That's a fine idea!And y'all should do the do right under the part where the finger of God is touching the finger of Adam (or whoever that is He's touching...)
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:38 AM on November 6, 2007

So either Ciccia Bomba or one of elpapa's places near Corso Vittorio might be our best option for eats n' drinks, correct?

Now: Date n' time? Lunch? Dinner? If the latter, I'd vote for Sunday, because Saturday evening I'll probably be cursing Donadoni's mother six ways from Sunday.

NB: I have to head up to Florence for work tommorrow, so I probably won't get a chance to check back in here until the day after. Hit me up via email if a consensus is reached in the meantime.
posted by romakimmy at 9:06 AM on November 6, 2007

you guys decide : >

(maybe the San Calisto places--i like the shhh! part--and there are tons of options all over trastevere, no?)

let's plan an evening thing for the meetup posted here, and then i can meet anyone for lunch another day if you're available.
posted by amberglow at 3:05 PM on November 6, 2007

amberglow writes "and there are tons of options all over trastevere, no?"

Yes and considering we shouldn't be many, it shouldn't be hard to crash someplace..but sometime people think exactly the same and you end up finding nothing :) better maybe meet a little earlier so we seize some spot.
posted by elpapacito at 5:12 PM on November 6, 2007

wanna meet on the bridge that goes there? or a piazza in the neighborhood, and then we can find a place? (or some fountain or landmark or something?)
posted by amberglow at 5:50 PM on November 6, 2007

Yup I was thinking campo dei fiori under Giordano Bruno :) for he was great and he still is ...but in the landmark form as well

I am leaving as well, probably will get Wifi at the hotel
posted by elpapacito at 1:44 PM on November 7, 2007

any ideas? midweek or weekend? what nights are best for you guys?

or email me...i fly out tues night...i'll have my laptop tho so i'll check here and my emails...
posted by amberglow at 5:23 PM on November 8, 2007

Good 'ole Bruno is ideal - we can grab a drink or just head straight over the bridge to Trastevere from there. Like I said above, I vote for Sunday, if that's cool with elpapa.
posted by romakimmy at 3:06 AM on November 9, 2007

okey dokey...Sunday at Bruno.

now, what time? 7 or 8 maybe? earlier? later? (you guys work monday, no?)
posted by amberglow at 2:21 PM on November 10, 2007

Well, I'm self-employed so 'work on mondays' means 'whenever I haul my ass over to the PC'. In deference to those that have a not-so-forgiving boss, maybe 6.30-7?
posted by romakimmy at 2:36 AM on November 12, 2007

ok by me... : >

elpapa's in Barcelona til tue or wed, so i guess we'll hear when he's back...
posted by amberglow at 8:03 AM on November 12, 2007

Gah I am back :) I guess Sunday at 7pm at Giordano Bruno statue in Campo dei Fiori is ok , then we'll crash someplace not too far so we can spend some time togheter comfortably and whatnot.

So far we are Amber, me and Kimmy. Who else?
posted by elpapacito at 7:30 AM on November 13, 2007

i don't know....maybe we'll be surprised? who else is in Rome?
posted by amberglow at 8:37 AM on November 14, 2007

Ah, damn. Two years of living in Rome, and the month after I move, I miss what would have been my first Mefi meet-up. That makes me sad. Sorry I never got to meet you guys. I've got plenty good memories of nights in Bar San Calisto; have fun, y'all.
posted by hydatius at 10:09 AM on November 14, 2007

I might just make it, kids & compagna permitting.
posted by progosk at 5:58 AM on November 15, 2007

cool, progosk--bring them along! : >

(and make it stop raining, ok?)

sorry, hydatius--i couldn't get away until now...
posted by amberglow at 6:54 AM on November 15, 2007

just search flickr for pics of me at meetups so you'll know what i look like : >
posted by amberglow at 6:55 AM on November 15, 2007

Like this ? Oh goodie :) (xcept the makeup)
posted by elpapacito at 9:29 AM on November 15, 2007

Or in this action shot in which Amber points out where the ceiling cat is ?
posted by elpapacito at 9:32 AM on November 15, 2007

: P

this one's actually not that bad of me.
posted by amberglow at 10:25 AM on November 15, 2007

I'm so jealous I think I'm going to cry. Hey miss lynnster, I'll buy you a ticket if you'll buy me one.

If I was going to be there, I'd try to get you to meet at alle Carrette Pizzeria. I know it's near the tourists, but honestly, It's the best pizza I've ever had.
posted by -t at 12:33 PM on November 15, 2007

Like this ?

That settles it. I'm not coming if I'm not the hottest one there. ;p

Pity about the weather while you're here, Amber. Hopefully by Sunday the bloody rain will be gone.
posted by romakimmy at 4:24 AM on November 16, 2007

tell me about it, kimmy (but it's not stopping me from wandering all over all day anyway--and at least it stopped this afternoon): <
posted by amberglow at 8:24 AM on November 16, 2007

today was beautiful tho

(spent the afternoon with elpapa, too) : >

We're all set for tomorrow night at 7 at that statue in Campo de Fiore? I'll bring a Sharpie for the shoutouts -- you bring paper...
posted by amberglow at 8:34 AM on November 17, 2007

It's okie at 7pm for everybody ?
posted by elpapacito at 9:47 AM on November 17, 2007

Yup. Forza Azzurri!
posted by romakimmy at 9:51 AM on November 17, 2007

you too, progosk! let's make it a crowd

(or at least 3 others besides me--la prima stronza (puta?) mondiale di meetups--or however you say worldwide meetup whore) : >
posted by amberglow at 11:24 AM on November 17, 2007

Mh maybe the World Meetup Prima Donna or The Meetup Queen sounds more like it :D
posted by elpapacito at 11:56 AM on November 17, 2007

in case I'm late, how/where do I catch you all, say round... 8 ½?
posted by progosk at 4:03 PM on November 17, 2007

I think we will be going to Ciccia Bomba, Via Del Governo Vecchio 76. Send me your email to , I will remotely log in with the palm, mail and tell you our whereabouts
posted by elpapacito at 6:05 AM on November 18, 2007

see you guys at 7 (or at 8:30)

this blog liked Ciccia Bomba (and it's cheap too)

i finally had suppli today--mmmm!
posted by amberglow at 7:57 AM on November 18, 2007

we had a great meetup--pics to come wednesday when i'm home--and wait til you see matt, jess and cortex in Rome!

kimmy, if you see this, meet me at the main entrance to the vatican museums at's closing then and we can do a late lunch or coffee or whatever if you want....i emailed you too...

i'm leaving my place now so i can get at least a few hours there (i read the calendar for it's the 24-hour clock thing that gets me everytime...
posted by amberglow at 1:00 AM on November 19, 2007

posted by progosk at 3:03 AM on November 19, 2007

aspetta per martedi notte/mercoledi, progosk -- when i post the pics
posted by amberglow at 9:04 AM on November 19, 2007

And we have the secret unreleased first pics of Roma Kimmy , now with just some clothes on ! I can't believe she's not Carmen Electra ! Really !
posted by elpapacito at 12:51 PM on November 19, 2007

mi stai pijà per er culo, elpapa ;)
posted by romakimmy at 3:00 PM on November 19, 2007

Who me ? Nooooooo , never ! Would it make any sense now that I have met you ...Rome is soo little :) ..I am just practicing your job description *wink*
posted by elpapacito at 2:12 AM on November 20, 2007

stop flirting you two! ; >

i'm home--booooo

i'll upload the pics tomorrow (oh--monday i went to look, and someone had already removed our special contributions from Sunday)
posted by amberglow at 9:52 PM on November 20, 2007

oh, get this--because of the French strikes, my plane from Rome to London actually had to fly around France--so weird.
posted by amberglow at 9:58 PM on November 20, 2007

Meetup pics (with special guest stars) : >

Explain the significance of the statue for everyone, you guys
posted by amberglow at 3:27 PM on November 21, 2007

it started in the 1400s about the Popes of the time--Pasquino and the Pasquinata:
The Pasquino is the most famous of Rome's "Talking Statues"

The Talking Statues of Rome

posted by amberglow at 6:18 AM on November 23, 2007

  • MetaTalk Romano As amber's links explain, this is Rome's historical version of MetaTalk
  • Cornuti: This hand gesture means you're a cuckhold. It's generally worse than the middle finger as an insult. If the gesture is made upside down, it's to ward off the evil eye. And yes, our waitress was looking askance at us as we took the picture.
  • Io sono io e voi non siete un cazzo: This is a quote from Il Marchese del Grillo, with Alberto Sordi as the titular character. Sordi's Marchese gets into a small brawl with some cheaters in a card game in a tavern. The authorities arrive and everyone except the Marchese is arrested (since he's part of the elite classs). The commoners protest, whereupon he says, loosely translated "I'm sorry, but I am who I am, and you all aren't shit."
Sorry for the late explanations, got a bit busy with work the end of last week. 'Twas a pleasure to met you all, and apologies to anyone I forgot to shout out; you may blame that on the wine. :)
posted by romakimmy at 5:22 AM on November 26, 2007

thanks kimmy--and thanks all of you for coming out to play : >
posted by amberglow at 3:16 PM on November 27, 2007

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