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Vic's, Rome

60 Vicolo della Torretta
Largo Fontenella Borghese
Tel: 39 06 687 1445's insider take:

Finding a good spot for a bite of light lunch is not easy in Rome, where a gulf yawns between the sandwich-in-a-bar and the three-course-meal joints—which makes Vic's a welcome find. In a former vini e olio (wine and oil outlet—the sign's still painted above the door) between Via del Corso and the river, this unpretentious eatery offers a small selection of filled savory crepes, plates of cold cuts and cheese, and a huge range of salads from a classic caprese (tomato, mozzarella, and basil) to more exotic options such as radicchio, golden raisins, pine nuts, and Parmesan. Rushed but charming staff serve a packed house of local workers and waistline-conscious shoppers who come here to refuel for less than $30 a head.

Open Mondays through Saturdays noon to 3:30 pm and 7:30 to 10:30 pm.

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