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Visitors flock to Rome not only for the art, architecture and fascinating history but also for the beautiful culture, which has a strong emphasis on traditional, high-quality, local foods. Our guides are happy to share their personal favorites with you here, and wish you Buon Appetito!
Largo Febo, 12
Near Piazza Navona
GREAT location! In the hot summer months the outside seating area is heaven – set under a canopy of shady trees in one of the only breezy spots in the centre of Rome and literally 2 seconds from the hustle and bustle of Piazza Navona. In the winter, the interior is cozy and warm, the service and the food are very good. With a fusion of Roman and Calabrese dishes, as well as a good vegetarian selection, there is something for everyone… prices are a little higher than average but worth every cent! Closed on Tuesdays as well as the whole month of January.
BEPPE E SUOI FORMAGGI
ViaSanta Maria del Pianto, 9a
Jewish Ghetto and close to Campo’de Fiori
Anyone who knows me well knows that I love cheese of every kind... For all my cheese needs I go to Beppe. He only opened a few months ago and I almost wept with joy when I saw what marvels he has to offer! The range of Italian and international cheese and salami is mind boggling. Beppe also has a fantastic selection of wines and aged liquor. The staff are great and take their time explaining the cheese and offering the perfect accompaniment to each one. It is also one of the very few places in Rome that actually produces their own cheese on site. I love it! Only downside is that it closes relatively early (8pm weekdays, Fri and Sat 11pm and open just for lunch on Sunday.
Via del Pantheon, 55
Near the Pantheon
Not the cheapest of options but the food is absolutely exquisite. The waiters are lovely in their smart white suits and little bow ties but not at all stuffy! In the summer, the outside seating provides a great view of the Pantheon without the bustle of the masses of tour groups. I love the prosciutto and fig starter, just divine! With regards to price, to be honest, it’s only slightly more expensive than the awful tourist traps nearby and is a favorite with members of the Italian Senate! Great for people watching! Closed on Sundays.
Via dei Vascellari, 29
http://www.daenzoal29.com (website in Italian only)
Reservations are definitely required for this very busy local favorite! The place is tiny, tucked away in the prettiest part of the Trastevere district. The menu is very interesting, with old-school Roman favorites with a twist. Da Enzo is must for foodies and those who enjoy a leisurely meal with a fun atmosphere. All ingredients are fresh and locally produced and the quality is unsurpassed. Best of all, you get some of the best Roman cuisine at very affordable prices!
Piazza della Cancelleria, 75
Close to Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona
I have known the restaurant owner, Dado, for more than 5 years. He is always kind and accommodating; the waiters speak great English and are happy to suggest something special and typical to try. They only use fresh products, seasonal vegetables and the best olive oil. Everyone I have recommended Ditirambo to have all commented on how delicious it all was! Another important factor is that they have an incredible wine cellar! They only have a few tables, so it is always best to book ahead. Say hi Dado for me, if you go there! And ... CHIN CHIN!
Via Ostilia, 23
Close to the Colosseum
This is a nice osteria offering traditional Italian dishes is a place I usually suggest for lunch when I am close to the Colosseum, after the Ancient Rome tour. I don't like going to touristy places because I love to eat only the best Rome has to offer and I wish the same for my clientele! Good location for a quiet lunch as well as a quick bite, but always fresh and tasty, typically Italian and not at all pricey.
AL VINO AL VINO
Via dei Serpenti, 19
Close the Roman Forum/Colosseum
One of my favorite Italian wine bars set in the picturesque Monti quarter, one of the few areas of the historical centre where you can find real Romans and not only tourists :). This is really just for enjoying a few glasses (or more!) of Italian wine – there is no kitchen, but they do offer an accompaniment of cheeses and salami as well as some sweets. A fantastic wine collection!
Via Germanico, 170/c
Close to the Vatican
Simple family owned restaurant but super tasty and good prices!
They offer some great choices including excellent fried antipasti including suppli, fiori di zucca (fried zucchini flowers and amazing Carciofi alla giudia (Jewish artichoke). Their Pasta Amatriciana (the owners come from Amatrice in Northern Lazio, home to this popular local dish) and home- made ravioli and agnolotti are not to be missed!
If you like meat, you’re in the right place! Mind boggling steaks and Tagliata (selection of grilled meat!). Ah, and of course have a tiramisu!
AI BUONI AMICI
Via Aleardo Aleardi, 4
Close to the Colosseum and St John of Lateran Basilica
Start ordering the antipasto - I suggest seafood: moscardini(fried little calamari), cozze (mussels) and/or smoked swordfish. Then have Risotto pescatora and Spaghetti alle vongole (clams)! There is a choice of both meat and fish dishes but don’t miss out on the tiramisu. At the end of the meal your table will be covered with grappa, limoncello and home-made nocino (hazel nut liquor).
Waiters are super friendly and very good prices!
Piazza Trilussa, 41
Great wine bar for a very nice aperitivo (buffet and drink). Also has two restaurants adjoined - one is a pricey and upscale restaurant offering traditional Roman fare - the other, Ferrarino, is a very nice restaurant also offering Roman cuisine at more affordable prices as well as a fine selection of cheese and salami boards.
In the heart of Trastevere, but quiet and tasty! Need to reserve!
ANTICA BIRRERIA PERONI
Via di San Marcello, 19
Near Piazza Venezia
The prices are super cheap and the food and atmosphere are nice and cozy.
And as a cherry on the top is that they are open nonstop between 12pm to 12am!
So even if is 4pm , when most restaurants are closed, you can have some tasty Italian food! On the other hand try to avoid evening time because it will be super packed!
Also recommended by Nicole!
The best time to go there is lunchtime with daily Italian dishes (piatti del giorno) such as pasta, parmigiana etc., but there is only beer to drink (if I remember well...) and Peroni is not the best in the world!
It is a fun place, with an informal ambience, sometimes too much ( best not order the dish called kilometrico, very rude!).
Via dell'Archetto, 26
06 678 9064
Near Trevi Fountain
You've heard pizzeria, trattoria, osteria, gelateria...but have you ever heard of a SPAGHETTERIA? L'Archetto offers a menu with so many traditional and creative varieties of spaghetti that it will make your head spin! This is a great place for a casual lunch and/or dinner, and is especially family and group friendly. Don't be put off by abrasive waiters; it's nothing personal here :)
RISTORANTE DAL TOSCANO
Via Germanico 62,
Near St.Peter's and the Vatican
Sure to impress! At the opening of this lovely family-run Tuscan restaurant in 1938, Chianti was first introduced to Rome!
Also recommended by Daniela!
For phenomenal fresh seafood, do not miss:
LE MANI IN PASTA
Via dei Genovesi 37.
A hole-in-the-wall, off the beaten path osteria romana -be sure to call ahead and reserve a table to avoid a long wait outside with dozens of other hungry Italians.
Also recommended by Daniela!
SICILIA IN BOCCA
Via E. Faà Di Bruno 26
Near St Peter’s and the Vatican
The best of Sicily brought to the heart of Rome :)
Via Cicerone, 22/A
Near Vatican and Castel Sant’ Angelo
A classic Italian restaurant with a classic (good!) selection of Pasta and Pizza but this is not the reason why you should go there. I highly recommend you to order only one dish to share (serves 2-3 hungry persons) called Tagliere di verdure that will blow your mind. It consists in a big wood platter that they put at the center of your table with a mixture of fried mozzarella cheese, fried pumpkins, fried zucchini, fried zucchini flowers, fried egg plants, then fresh ham and melon, suppli (Roman specialty), fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese, Italian bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and olive pate'. You will take a picture of that wonder plate! It is a very big dish so unless you are a group of more than 3 people then I don t think there will be much space left for other food. You can accompany the dish with a warm white Italian focaccia instead of bread. They have a great fresh house red wine that is sold by the jar (does not come in bottles) which is simply outstanding. It is a type of red wine that is best served chilled and it has light bubbles and a semi-sweet taste. You can ask for Vino della Casa rosso frizzantino. Lovely. Booking recommended but not necessary.
After dinner if the Castel St. Angel is open at night you might opt for a nice and relaxing walk which is a perfect way to digest a great meal!
Vic. Vaccarella, 11/a
Near Pantheon and Piazza Navona
This is by far my favorite restaurant in Roma!! Food is great of course but I think this place is really special for the atmosphere. Romance, candles on the tables, small, quiet, and absolutely the friendliest staff I have ever experienced in a restaurant... The fish is fresh, the meat is juicy and you can also feel adventurous trying dishes that you can rarely find on regular restaurants. You will also be given specific recommendation regarding the best wine choice to go with the meal you want to order. Freshly baked Italian "grissini" bread is a delicious extra that not many restaurants would offer you. The location of the restaurant is also a plus as it is off from the main beaten track and the entrance is in a small pedestrian only alley. Going without a reservation could be risky as the place only has around 15 tables... not the cheapest option in Rome but you will not regret it! Buon Appetito!
Piazza Sforza Cesarini
Near Piazza Navona/Campo de’ Fiori
Centrally located but not touristy, this simple trattoria has outdoor seating and specializes in typical roman dishes such as pasta alla gricia and matriciana at honest prices. Great service too! I’m always more than happy to go!
Via Santa Maria Calderari, 38
For me one of the most delicious things you could eat in Rome is a plate of Jewish artichokes. For the best ones I recommend al Pompiere, which is tucked away in a seventeenth century palazzo in the Jewish quarter. The restaurant is on the ground floor and has a number of dining areas with original ceilings decoration, some of which retain their original frescos! Unfortunately there is no outdoor dining. As well as the Jewish artichoke, they also serve roman favourites such as filetto di baccala and fried zucchini flowers. For the more adventurous, brain and tripe is also on the menu, but for those who aren’t brave enough (like me!), there is an ample selection of other dishes!
OSTERIA LA GENSOLA
Piazza della Gensola, 15
Unfortunately there is no outdoor seating and reservations are an absolute must, however, the food is exceptional. The menu features Sicilian fish specialties- don’t forget to order the ‘panelle’ for your starter, they are amazing! Not to mention the desserts! Be ready to fork out a little- with wine, the average cost is more than €40 per person.
Via Panama, 2/4
In the heart of the uber- chic Parioli district, the ambience is sophisticated and elegant. The waiters serve with white gloves and food is excellent. They have a vast selection on wine and a very informative sommelier is at hand to help with your choice. A real treat for a special occasion!
PASQUALINO AL COLOSSEO
Via S.S. Quattro, 66
Near the Colosseo
This restaurant was opened in 1956; it is located in the back of the colosseum so it is perfect for a relaxing lunch after an ancient rome tour. The characteristic trattoria serves typical dishes of the roman cusine and most of all real and fresh homemade pasta (try the fettuccine with tartufo cream!).
It is open every day from 11am to 12pm.
RISTORANTE ANNI 50
Via Flavia, 3
Close to Termini
Big appetizer, Neapolitan style pizza also for lunch and big dishes of pasta.
TRATTORIA VECCHIA ROMA
Via Ferruccio, 12 b
The best of the best, big dishes of pasta and typical roman food. They put the carbonara pasta in a big hole carved in parmiggiano o pecorino cheese and then they melt the cheese with a flame "alla flambe"!
RISTORANTE SORA LELLA
Via Ponte 4 Capi, 16
066861601 / 333 1623 691
On Tiber Island, close to Ghetto and Trastevere
Did you know there is an island in the city of Rome? Its name is "Isola Tiberina" it's very close to the city center and is wonderfully picturesque! Right on the Isola Tiberina, you can find the restaurant "Sora Lella". If you love a rustic atmosphere and a non touristy restaurant ... This is the place to go! Homemade pasta with bacon, veal meatballs, tripe, and other Roman specialties are truly outstanding. Get the pasta with "Cacio, pepe e carciofi" ( Cheese, pepper and artichoke...sooooooo yummy!) Service is fantastic and attentive, the owner very welcoming and can arrange a table for you very promptly!
closed on Sunday
GIGGETTO AL PORTICO D'OTTAVIA
Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 21
06 686 1105
Locals love this place not only for food but also for the beautiful view...
Situated in a pedestrian only zone in the heart of the Jewish quarter, you will be eating by the two thousand year old columns of the Portico d'Ottavia, the immense structure built by Emperor Augustus for his beloved sister. If you ask for an outside table you might be eating directly in front of the beautiful Theatre of Marcellus, a Roman theatre (it looks like a little colosseum!) also by Emperor Augustus! In this restaurant please do not rush.. take it slow...The service is familiar, just trust what the waiter recommends for the starter...and you will love it! Please don't miss the Jewish artichokes: they will be as tasty as crispy fries!
Borgo Pio, 135
Close to the Vatican
Eating close to the Vatican can be disappointing..Full of tourist restaurants with low quality food and service. But Arlù is a little gem!
Location: Borgo Pio, a charming historical pedestrian street just three blocks away from St Peter’s Square (5 minutes walking). The owner, Armando, really takes care of his customers and the food is always fresh and accompanied by delicious homemade bread! All the food is very tasty, desserts included. The atmosphere is very familiar and friendly. Perfect to relax after a Vatican tour...
DA VITO E DINA
Via degli Scipioni, 50
Close to the Vatican
This is the place where I go usually with my friends. I personally know the owner Vito and from his oversize belly it’s obvious that the food is excellent! He is always in a good mood and loves his international clientele and treats them as his personal friends! Pizza and pasta seem to be home cooked and dessert...super yummy! As if dining in an Italian family home the portions are very abundant... You’ll definitely be full and happy!
GIOIA MIA PISCIA PIANO
Via degli Avignonesi, 34
Close to Trevi fountain
I'm so proud of myself - I found a local authentic trattoria in such a touristy spot, just 5 minutes away from Trevi fountain! I'd recommend getting a reservation, the place is full by about 8:00 pm - It’s a pretty small place and gets quite crowded soon! Just let the waiter recommend dishes for you... and you'll have a memorable experience. Try pappardelle pasta and, roasted pork dish or roasted lamb... so juicy! The local wine is also good. Buon Appetito!
LA TAVERNA DEGLI AMICI
Piazza Margana, 36/ 37
06 69200493 / 06 69920637
Ghetto, close to Piazza Venezia
Pasta, Meat and Fish dishes, Roman cuisine (trippa, coda alla vaccinara etc.) Very good and fresh ingredients and also special daily dishes (piatti del giorno). Usually people like it, not only because some customers are local, but also because it is a nice place, especially in spring and summertime, with open air tables in a little and quiet square. Even if the service is not the best, the meals are delicious.
closed on Mondays
Also recommended by Reena!
Lovely spot, great lamb dishes (abbacchio), fab wine, service slow but perfect when enjoying a long, lazy Roman lunch/dinner!
HOSTARIA I CLEMENTINI
Via di S.Giovanni in Laterano, 106
Close to the Colosseum
Nice place for great pasta and meat dishes and traditional Roman cuisine
via Plauto, 38/39
Close to Castel Sant’angelo and just 15 mins walk from St Peter’s
Delicious Pasta and fish dishes and excellent service.
via San Vito, 13/a
Close to Termini Station and Santa Maria Maggiore
Pasta, meat dishes and excellent cheese selection! Closed on Sunday evenings and on Mondays
Also recommended by Reena!
OSTERIA LA SUBURRA
Via Urbana, 67
Monti district, close to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
This osteria is rustic, very Roman and in a great area of the city. The food is typically hearty with lots of local dishes on offer - great atmosphere too!
Also recommended by Reena!
Via Mario de’ Fiori, 34
Near Spanish Steps
Great Sicilian cuisine!
Via del Governo Vecchio, 114
Close to Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori
One of Rome’s most famous pizza joints, only open in the evening.
Via dei Coronari, 180
Close to Piazza Navona
Ex-chef of the Hassler and Hotel Imperial in Tokyo!
TRATTORIA SORA MARGHERITA
Piazza delle Cinque Scuole, 30
06 687 4216
Great traditional Roman cuisine (fantastic meat balls and Jewish artichoke) in a rustic, characteristic and cozy restaurant
Via Monte dé Cenci, 9
Traditional Roman fare but very refined!
BENITO E GILBERTO
via del Falco, 19
Near St Peter’s Basilica
Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 30
Close to Piazza del Popolo and Spanish Steps
World - famous for their Fettuccine all’ Alfredo, a dish of their own making!
via Mastro Giorgio, 29
Try their Pasta Cacio e Pepe (local cheese and pepper), a Roman favorite, it is truly divine and prepared at your table!
via degli Scipioni, 248
Near St Peter’s Basilica
Great traditional Roman cuisine!
Via della Coronata, 21
Near the Quirinale Palace/Piazza Venezia
The food served is always fresh and prepared by mamma (mother of the owner of the place). Great selection of traditional pastas and other specialties like unforgettable Mezze maniche con Zucchini or risotto with pumpkin. When you make it through the first dish don't forget to order the second piatto like exquisite grilled beef steak which will taste even better with a bottle of red from their wine cellar. Santa Cristina is a place to go when you want to do what Romans do best ... enjoy the best food with great company.