Whatever your taste or budget, dining out in the Eternal City provides a culinary experience like no other. And as the saying goes, when in Rome… eat like a Roman, not a tourist. Next time you explore Italy’s breathtaking capital, take a tip from a local foodie and savour the true Italian flavors being served up just off the beaten path. Buon appetito!
Via Garibaldi 18
Located in the Bohemian neighborhood of Trastevere and open since 1922, Antica Pesa is adorned in wonderful painted frescos and has beautiful gardens for al fresco dining. With an incredible menu of antipasti, pastas, fish and meat dishes, and desserts, the restaurant’s ambience is prime for romantic dinners. Take note, Antica Pesa is only open for dinner from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and is closed on Sundays.
Sapore di Mare
Via Piè di Marmods 36
With superb seafood dishes—particularly fresh fish main courses—Sapore di Mare is Rome’s go to place for the sea’s best catch. Situated near the Pantheon, this is not only one of the city’s best restaurants, it’s also one of its most elegant. While Sapore di Mare excels at seafood, its meat options are equally superb. Dinner is served from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Vicolo delle Bollette 13
Not far from Rome’s glorious Trevi Fountain, Al Moro has been serving authentic local specialties such as stewed milk-fed lamb and pasta carbonara since 1929. Closed on Sundays, Al Moro is open for lunch 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and for dinner from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Ristorante Girarrosto Toscano
Via Campania 29
Famous for fabulous “antipasti toscani” (Tuscan appetizers), Girarrosto Toscano boasts a wide array of fresh homemade pastas, grilled meats and fresh fish from the Adriatic Sea. At the entrance you’ll be welcomed by hanging Parma hams, pork sausages, baskets of fruits, and a glowing charcoal fireplace stacked with steaks, veal and lamb chops. Yum!
Via del Paradiso 63-65
Built on the remains of the Pompeo Theatre, Hostaria Costanza is one of the city’s most storied and traditional restaurants. Expect to find a menu of standard favorites paired with amazing atmosphere. Open for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00p.m., and for dinner from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Via Piemonte 79
Comforting, homemade food just like grandma used to make—but better! Da Mariano’s menu includes traditional standbys along with potato dumplings, fettuccini with meat sauce of hare and fantastic soups. All this at a great value in a child-friendly atmosphere.
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Via del Moro 1/a—Piazza Trilussa 41
A Trastevere mainstay, Enoteca Ferrara has one of Rome’s best wine selections. A knowledgeable staff can help pair the perfect vintage with a great pasta. Open seven days a week, dinner is open from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The wine-bar is open from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Pizzeria San Marco
Via Sardegna 38/d
This hip, yet rustically modern restaurant-pizzeria, located within walking distance from Hotel Excelsior on Via Veneto, serves up the best traditional-style pizza in Rome. Closed on Sundays, Pizzeria San Marco is open from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for dinner.
Via Crispi 68
“Best breakfast” and “best lunch” are just some of the accolades La Fenice has been racking up from devout locals and those “in the know.” Add to that, “best dinner” and you have a winning combination for an unforgettable meal. Did I mention La Fenice has one of Rome’s most approachable wine selections? Cin cin! (cheers!)
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