Romans love to eat. And they love to eat good food. Despite their easy-going “ whatever happens, happens” attitude, they can become really picky when it comes to food.
The city centre has obviously the highest concentration of tourists so it can quite easy to fall into the tourist traps but if you see a restaurant packed with locals, go for it, as you can’t be wrong.
Most likely, it will be a good place.
In Rome, you’ll find out that Italians are more than just pasta and pizza.
The hundreds and hundreds of restaurants of this city will delight you with all kind of gastronomic specialties:
from the food of Rome’s tradition to dishes from the different regions of Italy to exotic menu from all around the globe.
There are possibilities for every pocket and for every mood. There are hip spots that attract a fashionable crowds, haute cuisine restaurants, countless pizzerias, those popular eateries called ”trattorie”,
where it is not hard to find an old mama(no, it is not only a stereotype, I have stepped into a couple of those myself!) making fresh hand made pasta or even wine bars where you can nibble while enjoying a glass of wine.
ROMAN CUISINE RESTAURANTS
TIP: Explore the Roman food
specialities before you plunge into our list of recommended restaurants in Rome.
Da Lucia, via del Mattonato 2B, tel. 06/580301
location area: Trastevere
Opened in 1938, this rustic, family run trattoria serves generous servings of traditional home made Roman cuisine such as Roman style gnocchi and cuttlefish with snow peas
Agata e Romeo, via c. Alberto 45, tel. 06/4466115
A little pricey and elegant, it brings Roman cuisine to the next level: Roman dishes with a bit of an edge, mixing tradition with some creativity. Good wine list.
Giggetto, Via del Portico D’Ottavia 21/9, tel. 06/6861105
area: Jewish Ghetto
Set in the Old Jewish Ghetto, only steps away from the Portico D’ Ottavia and the Synagogue, it is well
renowed for its Roman- jewish dishes.
Checco er Carettiere, via Benedetta 10, tel. 5817018
It is located in the heart of Trastevere district, one of the most characteristic ”Roman” area . It is great for a full immersion in the roman gastronomic culture and true to tradition dishes.
Alfredo ed Ada, Via dei Banchi nuovi 14, tel.066878842
area: Piazza Navona/ Campo de Fiori
Tiny cozy Rome restaurant is active since 60 years. Tables with paper cloths and a honest menu unchanged in time: amatriciana, carbonara, meat balls with tomato sauce and house wines
Sora Margherita, piazza delle Cinque Scole 30, tel. 06/6874216
area: Jewish Ghetto
In the heart of the Ghetto, this is the place for people who look for authentic atmosphere and good food. Everything screams Rome here and the Roman-jewish tradition is everywhere: in the pasta soups( with chickpeas, with lentils, with skater or beans), in the second courses, in the desserts.
Armando al Pantheon, Salita Dei Crescenzi 31, tel. 06/68803034
A very welcoming restaurant, whose menu offers many delights such as different kinds of bruschetta and a great selection of second courses and vegetable “ alla romana”.
, via Capo D’ Africa 2, tel. 06/77203636
area: Celio/ Colosseum
Not far from the Colosseum
, it is a good address for fish lovers, offering lobster, oysters, crab, sea bass, octopus- you name it, they got it
La Gensola, piazza Gensola 5, tel. 06/58332758
In this fish Rome's restaurant of old tradition, located in a XV th century palazzo, you can savour pasta dishes with sea-urchin, grilled cod with tomato sauce and tuna fish.
Riccioli Cafe, piazza delle Coppelle 10/a
Sea food heaven in a high tech atmosphere. Also sushi and oyster bar with international wines list.
Alberto Ciarla, piazza San Cosimato 40, tel. 06/5818668
Be prepared to pay a bit more than usual here but you’ ll be rewarded with one of the best restaurant in town. The high quality of ingredients and the excellent proposals will definitely please your senses
, viale Parioli 200, tel. 06/80662455
Hip, hot spot that attracts a glamourous crowd with amazing, creative and sometimes exotic food, inspired by California and the West Coast and cooked by a great Chef. Also cocktail bar. Chic location and chic crowd
Akropolis, via San Francesco a Ripa 103, tel. 06/5833260
In a non formal and casual ambience, you can enjoy real greek recipes such as moussaka , spanakopita, wine.
leaves and much more. Open only evenings
Franz, via di Porta Castello 23/24, tel. 06/6873921
area: Vatican/ Castel San Angelo
Fancy a bavarian snack after a long day spent around the Vatican area? This is the place for you. Dig into a
Bavarian and Austrian feast with their goulash, knodel and luscious desserts like sacher torte.
Mahrajah, via dei Serpenti 124, tel. 06/4747144
Cozy and quiete even when crowded, it has a very rich menu that includes many northern Indian specials.
Very attentive service.
Doozo Art Books and Sushi, via Palermo 51/53, tel. 06. 4815655
Here you can have fresh sushi and sashimi while taking a look at their photography and contemporary art
Sciam, via del Pellegrino 55, tel. 06/68308957
area: Campo De’ Fiori
You can come here until late at night to enjoy an Arabian night, nibbling on middle eastern courses and
surrounded by candlelight.
Ketumbar, via Glavani 24, tel. 06/57305338
Come here to see and be seen. Local celebrities and Rome soccer players have been spotted here in this sophisticated, minimalist restaurant of Rome where you can try Mediterranean but also fusion courses and sushi and listen to chill out music.
, via Benedetta 23, tel. 06/5894016
Only ingredients of excellent quality for the pizza here and great house beer. Lots of tasty roman style appetizers in a great atmosphere
Panattoni, viale Trastevere 53/57, tel. 06/5800919
This place is an institution in Rome. Don’t expect anything formal here and be prepared to wait before
you’ ll find a table but the pizza here is authentic (thin and crunchy) and the offer of fried appetizers is worth
being squeezed between strangers.
Gusto, piazza Augusto Imperatore 9, tel. 06/3226273
area: via del Corso/ Babuino
This multifunctional space is a very famous address in town. It is a pizzeria but also a restaurant and a wine bar where you can even buy design kitchen tools and precious wines.
Acchiappafantasmi, via dei Cappellari 66, tel. 06/6873462
area: Campo De Fiori
Many kind of pizza(and toppings) in a ghost shape(after all, the name of this pizzeria means Ghostbusters) and a rich offer of Mediterranean and spicy dishes from the southern Calabria region
Brasia, vicolo delle Grotte 17, tel. 06/97277119
area: Campo De Fiori
Simple but quite elegant pizzeria and restaurant with several proposals on its menu. Crunchy, crispy roman pizza cooked in wood oven but also grilled meat, pasta and appetizers
Jaya Sai Ma
, via Bargoni 10, tel. 06/5812840
Near the Porta Portese market, no fuss or frills here in this vegetarian eatery but the food is biological and organic. They serve also vegan specialties.
Margutta ristorante, via Margutta 18, tel. 06/32650577
area: Piazza Del Popolo
Well known and refined Rome's restaurant famous for its vegetarian dishes such as cheese ravioli and fava beans soufflé.
Arancia Blu, via dei Latini 55/65, tel. 06/4454105
area: San Lorenzo area
A bit out of the centre of Rome but located in the lively University area (San Lorenzo), it offers vegetable lasagne, delicious quiches and an interesting wine list.
ITALIAN CUISINE RESTAURANTS
, piazza della Cancelleria 74, tel.06/6871626
A welcoming restaurant where the dishes of italian tradition changes with the season. A pleasant and refined oasis right behind the crowded and noisy Campo De Fiori.
Alfredo alla Scrofa, via della Scrofa 104/a, tel. 06/68806163
area: San Eustachio area
Have you ever wondered where the legend of the famous “Fettuccine Alfredo” started? Right here, since 1907. Beside this worldwide known dish, you can also have here eggplant parmigiana, fish and meat and a tiramisu to finish off your meal.
Capricci Siciliani, via di Panico 83, tel. 06/45433823
area: Castel San Angelo
Cross the San Angelo Bridge and you’ll find a little piece of Sicily in the heart of Rome and all the best delicacies of this beautiful island. Let yourself be tempted by their Pasta alla Norma, swordfish roulade, cassata and cannoli
Alfredo al Campidoglio, via dei Fienili 56, tel. 06/69191024
Overlooking the Campidoglio Hill, this is a place that will welcome you after a long day wandering around the nearby archeological sites. Great selection of cheeses and cold cuts, pasta dishes cooked with a sometimes creative touch and truffle specialties.
La Pentolaccia, via Flavia 38, tel. 06/483477
area: Via Veneto
Located near Via Veneto and the american Embassy, it is an elegant address( but with good prices) and it has a gastronomic repertoire based on traditional, Italian cuisine. Try their ravioli with mozzarella di bufala while sipping on one of the Italian wines on their list.
Supper Club,via De Nari 14, 06/68301011
Warning: this is not a traditional restaurant at all. You can come here to enjoy the amazing, unusual and sometimes cosmopolitan atmosphere and the bare-chested waiters who will serve you creative superb food while you will be seated on snow white lounge sofas while listening to dj sets and enjoying art performance. Booking is essential.
Santa Lucia, Largo Febo 12, tel. 06/68802427
area: Piazza Navona
Romantic location( it has also some tables outside) for this restaurant that is also a destination for many cinema stars once they are in Rome. Not without a reason: the food here, inspired by Naples and Campania region, is excellent and inspite the show biz guests that may appear here from time to time, the atmosphere is relaxing.
Antico Forno Roscioli
, via dei Giubbonari 21. 22, tel. 06/6875287
area: Campo De Fiori
A wine bar run with passion and experience by the Roscioli family. Choose between the over 1500 wines
while tasting their fish carpaccio, the soups or their delicious desserts
Trimani, via Goito 20, tel. 06/4469661
area: Termini Station area
A wine temple. Gourmet specialties sold and served here but above all, wines from all over Italy and the world.