67 Best Restaurants in Rome for Every Taste and Budget (2024 Edition)

I admit, every time someone asks me what are the best restaurants in Rome, I feel overwhelmed. With such a huge choice, there’s no easy answer to such a request.

This is why I decided to write this extensive Rome food guide, to have a solid reference for anyone looking for the best place where to eat in Rome. The best place depending on their food preferences and their location. Because it’s a little useless that I recommend a fantastic restaurant that is on the other side of the city from where you are when it’s lunchtime.

In this guide, I cover some of the best restaurants in Rome and I divide them by main categories, so you will know straight away where to look whether you are looking for restaurants in the city center, seafood places, great pizza, traditional fares, or even modern/contemporary fine dining.

To make things easier for you and help you make a quicker and more informed decision, beside each Roman restaurant we have written its location and/or closest landmark.

Let’s be honest, finding the best places to eat in Rome is not always easy, especially in the city center. While the options on the menu might sound familiar and their location is often unbeatable, around the main landmarks you are likely to find tourist traps.

Our comprehensive and regularly-updated Rome food guide stems from years of exploring the local food scene and trying historic restaurants as well as new openings. If you are unsure where to eat in Rome, here you will find a large selection of places to enjoy a perfect lunch in Rome, a romantic dinner, a traditional dish, some seafood treats, and more.

With so many options, it’s not a very easy task, but we’ve done our best to include the top places for different types of foods, meals, budgets, and locations.

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Best restaurants in central Rome

This is a choice of the best restaurants in Rome‘s city center. Some serve traditional Roman dishes, some more modern creations, all great food. I listed here some mixed options to meet all (or most) preferences.

Armando Al Pantheon (Pantheon)

Armando is one of the best authentic restaurants in Rome city center. If you want to try traditional Roman food, this is a great place. Famous for their cacio e pepe (pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese and a generous sprinkle of black pepper), at Armando you can taste many dishes of the local tradition.

Meat lovers should try Armando’s coda alla vaccinara, oxtail properly braised in tomato according to tradition, abbacchio a scottadito, grilled lamb chops, or the typical saltimbocca alla Romana, veal with cured meat and sage.

Pasta fans, apart from the cacio e pepe, will find also spaghetti all’amatriciana, carbonara and aglio, olio e peperoncino (with garlic, olive oil and chilli pepper).

  • Where: Salita de’ Crescenzi 31
  • When: Monday to Saturday 12.30-3 pm and 7-11 pm. Closed on Sunday.
  • Phone: +39 06 6880 3034
  • Website.

Trattoria Monti (Monti/Esquilino)

One of the big names of the Roman food scene and often referred to as the best trattoria in Rome’s Esquilino neighborhood.

With simple and old-style decor, Trattoria Monti serves the dishes of the Marche region and central Italy, starting from the antipasti (starters), primi (first course), secondi (main dishes) and contorni (side dishes).

This family-run trattoria is a perfect place to try the classics of central Italian cuisine including meat dishes, fish-based courses as well as recipes for vegetarians.

  • Where: Via di San Vito 13/a
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday 1-2.45 pm and 8-10.45 pm, Sunday only 1-2.45. Monday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 446 6573

Osteria dell’Ingegno (Pantheon)

The position of this boho-chic restaurant is hard to beat. Facing the imposing marble pillars from the Hadrianeum, the temple devoted to the emperor Hadrian by his son and successor Antonino Pio in 145 BCE, Osteria dell’Ingegno is a modern osteria that often sees politicians and celebrities among its guests.

In the dishes served by the expert team of Osteria dell’Ingegno modernity meets tradition in a constant quest for new flavors and new combinations. The modernity comes from the imagination of the two chefs Francesca and Anna, mother and daughter, both from the Abruzzo region. The tradition is constantly sought after through the offer of regional fares.

The ingredients are fresh, seasonal and local as much as possible. The fish is the catch of the day from Anzio, while the meat comes from local breeds of livestock. Everything is paired with the perfect wine suggested by the sommelier Paolo Latini from a list of some 180 wines.

If you have a sweet tooth there’s no reason to worry. Reading the dessert list is a bit like traveling around Europe with treats such as chocolate mousse, tarte tatin, and tiramisu.

To go back to their origins of a wine bar, Osteria dell’Ingegno has now started to offer the aperitif every day from the afternoon up to dinner time. If you are fan of early dinner or want an exclusive afternoon break, head there and enjoy a Champagne flute with delicacies such as fried gnocco and cream of squacquerone fresh cheese.

  • Where: Piazza di Pietra 45.
  • When: Tuesday to Sunday 12 pm -12 am. Closed on Monday.
  • Phone: +39 06 678 0662
  • Website.
Image: Osteria dell'Ingegno one of the best restaurants in Rome.
Osteria dell’Ingegno. Photo courtesy of Emanuela Rizzo.

Cuoco e Camicia (Monti)

Another good addition to the food scene of the Monti neighborhood, Cuoco e Camicia was quickly welcomed by the locals and hasn’t been showing any sign of cooling.

They pride themselves on using only seasonal veggies grown open-air and animal products from small local farms. Everything they use is homemade, including pasta and bread, and their flours are only Italian untreated, organic stone ground.

Among their dishes are spaghetti with seafood and summer truffle, Acquerello risotto with Normandie butter, squid ink, cucumber, and spicy fish ‘nduja, roasted octopus with peas and wasabi, and 5J Iberian pork on a bell pepper bbq sauce with cherries and spicy ‘nduja sausage.

Open only for dinner, Sunday also lunch, closed on Monday.

  • Where: Via Monte Polacco 2/4
  • When: Tuesday to Sunday 7.30-11 pm. Saturday is open also for lunch 12.30-3 pm. Monday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 8892 2987
  • Website.

Retrobottega (Piazza Navona)

One of the best restaurants near Piazza Navona, Retrobottega makes recipes with daring combinations of flavors and ingredients.

The kitchen is visible from the restaurant, so you will have a real-time show of the chef preparing your dishes.

The menu changes constantly, but some of the dishes to try if you find them are tortelli with Roman broccoli and anchovies, rice with malt and smoked speck cured meat, and stockfish with onions.

  • Where: Via della Stelletta 4
  • When: Tuesday to Sunday 7.30 pm-12 am, Saturday and Sunday also 1-2.30 pm. Monday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 6813 6310
  • Website.

All’Oro Restaurant (Piazza del Popolo)

The dishes of the Italian tradition are revisited and served with the original contemporary twist of chef Riccardo di Giacinto.

His dishes are original and never ordinary. The starters are amuse-bouche style and vary from a tiramisu of potatoes with salted cod and Cinta Senese bacon to “rocher” with oxtail vaccinara style and celery gelée.

Among the first courses are fettuccine with sea papalina (European sprat), sea urchins, and smoked bass ham, and mascarpone dumplings with duck ragout and red wine, while the mains include dishes with monkfish, pork ribs, lamb Roman-style, and quail.

  • Where: Via Giuseppe Pisanelli 25.
  • When: Monday to Saturday for dinner 7-11 pm, Saturday also for lunch 12.30-2.30 pm. Sunday closed
  • Phone: +39 06 979 96 907
  • Website.

Cul de Sac (Piazza di Spagna)

This is an enoteca, wine cellar, where you can order traditional Roman dishes as well as from other Italian regions and countries like Egypt, Armenia and France.

First courses, starters, appetizers, cheese and cold cuts trays are carefully paired with one of their 1500 wines on the list. Among their special dishes are the Armenian topik, the Lebanese eggplant cream baba ganoush, the onion soup, red lentils cream and artisan lasagne.

  • Where: Piazza di Pasquino 73
  • When: Every day 12 pm-12.30 am.
  • Phone: +39 06 6880 1094
  • Website.

Ginger Sapori e Salute (Pantheon/Spanish Steps)

Close to Pantheon and the Spanish Steps, Ginger Sapori e Salute is one of the unusual restaurants in Rome.

Here the Roman tradition meets a daring combination of ingredients that are a relatively new entry into the Italian cuisine, such as spirulina and chia seeds.

Their recipes are entirely made with locally-sourced organic ingredients, and their menu is pretty diverse to make everyone happy, vegetarians included. They are open the whole day so you can stop here for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a casual snack.

Ginger Sapori is one of my favorite stops when I go to Via del Corso as in the area I don’t find it very easy to find great restaurants.

  • Where: Piazza Sant’Eustachio 54-55 (Pantheon) and Via Borgognona 43-46 (Spagna)
  • When: Piazza Sant’Eustachio every day 8 am-11 pm, Via Borgognona every day 9.30 am-11.30 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 686 4995
  • Website.
Image: Ginger Sapori e Salute one of the best restaurants in Rome

Nonna Betta (Jewish Quarter)

Nonna Betta is a sort of institution and any Rome food guide wouldn’t be complete without it. Arguably one of the best traditional Roman Kosher restaurants in Rome’s Jewish Quarter, here you can order very tasty and quite heavy meals.

If you are looking for some typical food to try in Rome, eat at least once here. Some of the dishes to try are ravioli dumplings with sea bass and cheery tomatoes, smoked cheese and salmon risotto, codfish Nonna Betta style, tuna scallops in white wine, and the main dishes of the Roman tradition such as amatriciana, carbonara, beef oxtail stew coda alla vaccinara. When in season, don’t miss their artichoke lasagna.

For those who want to try the recipes of the tradition, this is, by all means, one of the best local restaurants in Rome.

  • Where: Via Portico d’Ottavia 16
  • When: Wednesday to Monday 12-3 pm and 6.30-10.45 pm. Closed on Tuesday.
  • Phone: +39 06 6880 6263
  • Website.
Image: Artichoke lasagna

Gino al Parlamento (Pantheon/Piazza Navona)

This is one of the places to eat in Rome if you want traditional Roman food in the very city center. This is the restaurant of the politicians due to its proximity to the Parliament and also the high quality of its dishes.

If you are looking for a great Roman meal and wondering what to eat in Rome, here you can order all the dishes of the local tradition, from a creamy tonnarelli cacio e pepe, spicy penne all’arrabbiata pasta, spaghetti with clams, stewed rabbit with wine, stewed veal shank, lamb or saltimbocca alla romana.

For the quality of the dishes, prices are not too high, making this one of the best affordable restaurants in Rome’s city center.

  • Where: Vicolo Rosini 4
  • When: Monday to Saturday 1-3 pm and 8-10.30 pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays.
  • Phone: +39 06 687 3434.

Colline Emiliane (Trevi/Barberini)

This is a very famous restaurant in Rome serving dishes from the Emilia Romagna northern region. Here you can try one of the best pasta in Rome, “pasta all’uovo” (egg pasta), more precisely, typical from Bologna’s region.

Your Roman meal at Colline Emiliane will be scrumptious, very tasty and pretty heavy. But you will hardly forget it. Some of their specialties include tortellini in brodo, tagliatelle on a ragout sauce, and fried veal cutlet with mashed potatoes.

Reserving before is highly recommended.

  • Where: Via degli Avignonesi 22
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday 12.45-2.45 pm and 7.30-10.45 pm, Sunday and Monday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 481 7538
  • Website.

Il Marchese (Piazza del Popolo/Piazza di Spagna)

A new opening in the city center, Il Marchese Osteria and Cocktail Bar is one of the places where the locals eat in Rome.

Among their dishes is the carbonara del Marchese with handmade pasta, vaccinara oxtail ravioli dumplings, steamed codfish on zucchini and mint cream, beef meatballs as well as a choice of salads.

Inside the restaurant is also a market and a well-assorted bar that proposes a large choice of cocktails. At the Amaro Bar, you can also have an aperitif every day from 6.30 to 9 pm.

  • Where: Via di Ripetta 161/164
  • When: Every day 12.30 pm-2 am.
  • Phone: +39 06 90218872
  • Website.
Image: Il Marchese restaurant in Rome

L’Arcangelo (Piazza Cavour/Prati)

Located in the Prati neighborhood, L’Arcangelo is the creation of chef Arcangelo Dandini. One of the trendy restaurants in Rome, here the local tradition is prepared with a very personal touch.

This is one of the places where the locals eat in Rome, where the traditional Roman dishes are served in an elegant style together with the chef’s personal creations.

One of the best eats in Rome, here don’t forget to try their egg tagliatelle, codfish stew Roman-style with nuts and plums, or beef meatballs on a white wine sauce.

  • Where: Via Giuseppe Gioachino Belli 59
  • When: Monday to Saturday aperitif 5-7.15 pm, dinner 7.15-10.45 pm. Sunday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 321 0992
  • Website.

Best traditional restaurants in Rome

Since Armando Al Pantheon found its place among the top eateries in central Rome, for the traditional menus we will mention different restaurants.

Cesare Al Casaletto (Casaletto)

Serving one of the best pasta alla gricia in Rome, Cesare serves all the classics from the Roman tradition.

One of the best places to eat in Rome, some of the dishes to try here are the seafood tonnarelli, rigatoni all’amatriciana, spaghetti with clams, tripe on a tomato sauce, and salted codfish Roman style.

Even though Cesare is not in the immediate city center, it’s easy to reach by tram 8 from Piazza Venezia, Largo Argentina and Trastevere.

  • Where: Via del Casaletto 45
  • When: Thursday to Tuesday 12.45-3 pm and 7.45-11 pm. Closed on Wednesday.
  • Phone: +39 06 536015
  • Website.
Image: Coda alla vaccinara at Cesare al Casaletto restaurant in Rome

Al Moro (Trevi Fountain)

Close to the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro serves some of the top things to eat in Rome. If you landed in the Italian capital with the intention of trying the proper local food in Rome without getting too far from the main monuments, this is one of the top eateries to try.

The pasta is fresh because this is how tradition recommends, the cakes are artisan-made, cheese and cold cuts locally sourced, and the ingredients seasonal. Some of the Roman dishes to order here are tagliatelle on white or black truffle, spaghetti with clams, gnocchi Roman style, roasted lamb with potatoes, and veal scaloppine with artichokes.

One of the top places where to eat in Rome’s city center, its menu includes also a wide range of fish and seafood options.

  • Where: Vicolo delle Bollette 13
  • When: Monday to Saturday 12.30-3.30 pm and 7.30-11.30 pm. Sunday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 678 3495
  • Website.

Flavio Al Velavevodetto (Testaccio)

Located in the former working-class Testaccio neighborhood, Flavio Al Velavevodetto is another of the best restaurants in Rome for the traditional recipes of the cucina povera.

Around Testaccio, there are also plenty of things to do, such as visiting the Protestant Cemetery, Rome’s Pyramid of Cestius and the street art from here to the nearby Ostiense neighborhood.

After their Testaccio restaurant, they launched also a second one in the Prati area, Piazza dei Quiriti.

  • Where: Testaccio restaurant: Via di Monte Testaccio 97, Prati restaurant: Piazza dei Quiriti 4/5.
  • When: Always open for lunch and dinner.
  • Phone: +39 06 574 4194
  • Website.

Make sure you read our article on the best things to do in Testaccio.

Piatto Romano (Testaccio)

This is also a great place to try Roman food and pizza in Testaccio. Find many traditional dishes like fettuccine pasta with frattaglie di pollo (chicken giblets), the very Roman soup with broccoli e arzilla (Roman broccoli and ray), tripe, amatriciana.

If you don’t fancy meat dishes, you can choose one of the many fish and seafood options. Sweet lovers should try also their specialty dessert ricotta and sour cherries cake.

  • Where: Via Giovanni Battista Bodoni 62
  • When: Monday to Saturday 12.30-3 pm and 7. 30 pm-12 am. Closed on Sunday.
  • Phone: +39 06 6401 4447
  • Website.

Checchino dal 1887 (Testaccio)

This is one of the institutions of the real cucina romana and one of the historic restaurants in Rome.

Checchino has been serving traditional Roman dishes for decades, and some of his signature recipes don’t show any sign of cooling. Dishes like rigatoni with pajata, a sauce made with tomato and a part of the intestine of a young calf, and beef oxtail alla vaccinara are always on the menu and always popular.

Here, you can try pretty much all of the quinto quarto, the parts of the animal that back in the day the rich didn’t want and the osterie for the working class would use to create tasty and bold dishes. Tripe, liver, heart, brain, innards, tongue, spleen and such parts all together compose the quinto quarto and are now the ingredients of a traditional Roman meal.

Checchino is pricey, so be aware that here you are likely to spend more than many other recommended restaurants in Rome.

  • Where: Via di Monte Testaccio 30
  • When: Wednesday to Sunday 12.30-3 pm and 7.30-11 pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Phone: +39 06 574 3816
  • Website.

Da Enzo al 29 (Trastevere)

Located in the crowded heart of Trastevere, Enzo is always a safe choice and often referred to as one of the best restaurants in Rome city center.

One of the historic trattoria in Rome, Enzo has been open since 1935. A family-run osteria in central Rome, here tradition blends with a hint of modernity but without disappointing its regular Roman guests.

The restaurant is unadorned and not too big, the menu includes five of the most popular pasta dishes and four of the most famous traditional main courses such as tripe Roman style, beef oxtail alla vaccinara, grilled lamb ribs and meatballs.

To the fixed courses, the menu adds also the dishes of the day, which are seasonal depending on the local products. This is highly regarded not only as one of the best restaurants in Trastevere but in all of Rome.

  • Where: Via dei Vascellari 29
  • When: Monday to Saturday 12.15-3 pm and 7-11 pm. Closed on Sunday
  • Phone: +39 06 581 2260
  • Website.

Da Felice A Testaccio (Testaccio)

Felice a Testaccio is another one of the historic and best restaurants in Rome and is located in the traditional Testaccio neighborhood. An institution that has been serving Roman cuisine for some 80 years, their tonnarelli cacio e pepe is excellent, defined by many as some of the best pasta in Rome.

The menu changes every day of the week. Every day there are traditional Roman dishes as well as personal creations. You can find also fish dishes.

Prior reservation is recommended.

  • Where: Via Mastro Giorgio 29
  • When: Every day 12-4 pm and 7 pm-12 am.
  • Phone: +39 06 574 6800
  • Website.
Image: saltimbocca alla romana traditional dish

Trattoria Zampagna (Ostiense)

If you are wondering where locals eat in Rome when they want traditional food, Trattoria Zampagna is one of those places.

Here, they follow tradition with both the recipes and their calendar. So on Thursday, the menu offers gnocchi, Friday it’s salted codfish time, and Saturday it’s all about Roman-style tripe. You don’t fancy any of these? Don’t worry, every day there are several other options to meet anyone’s preferences.

Fares are pretty reasonable, so if your concern is the food prices in Rome, this is a place to try in the lovely Ostiense neighborhood.

At Trattoria Zampagna, you will find some of the best food to eat in Rome when it comes to non-touristy authentic local cuisine.

  • Where: Via Ostiense 179
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday 12-3.30 pm and 7.30 pm-11 pm. Sunday and Monday only for lunch.
  • Phone: +39 06 574 2306
  • Website.

Tanto pe’ Magna’ (Garbatella)

The unadorned and old-fashioned ambiance of one of the very great restaurants in Rome is not just theatrical. Just like the decoration, also the Roman food of this popular restaurant in the Garbatella working-class neighborhood perfectly reflects tradition.

The usual dishes like cacio e pepe, amatriciana and carbonara are on the menu alongside other treats of Roman cuisine like rigatoni pajata pasta, and abbacchio scottadito lamb.

This is where to eat in Rome if you feel like trying a dish from the real cucina povera while exploring a neighborhood far from the tourist path.

  • Where: Via Giustino de Jacobis 9/15
  • When: Every day 12.30-2.30 pm and 7.30-11 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 5160 7422
  • Website.

Mamma Angelina (Quartiere Africano)

One of the best family-friendly restaurants in Rome serving traditional food, at Mamma Angelina you will always find a warm and cozy atmosphere.

This is where the locals eat in Rome’s Quartiere Africano when they want quality food and tradition with some innovative and creative dishes, with a large choice of fish options.

This Roman restaurant is much appreciated by regular customers, especially for its great fried calamari and hand-sliced potatoes. Here you won’t find a chef-style gourmet cuisine but more of a homemade, Italian mom/grandma type of food.

  • Where: Viale Arrigo Boito 65
  • When: Every day 12.30-2.30 pm and 7.30-10.30 pm. Closed on Wednesday.
  • Phone: +39 06 860 8928
  • Website.

Hosteria Grappolo D’Oro (Campo de’ Fiori)

A stone’s throw from Campo de’ Fiori, in the very city center and in one of the busiest tourist areas, you can hardly expect a good restaurant experience. Yet, Hosteria Grappolo d’Oro might surprise you.

The decoration is typical of a traditional Roman trattoria and the menu offers the classics of the local cuisine plus the dishes of the day that always change. Their focaccia is a must, and so is their carbonara.

  • Where: Piazza della Cancelleria 80-84
  • When: Every day 12.30-3 pm and 7-11 pm. Wednesday is closed for lunch.
  • Phone: +39 06 689 7080
  • Website.

Il Quinto Quarto (Flaminio/Ponte Milvio)

Located in the Via Flaminia Vecchia not far from Ponte Milvio, Il Quinto Quarto is not in the immediate city center. Located in the lovely Flaminio neighborhood, if you are into exploring a new side of the city and hitting some of Rome’s hidden gems, Il Quinto Quarto is where you can have dinner to complete your Roman experience.

Popular among locals, here your Roman meal is prepared only with high-quality ingredients and the result confirms this. So plenty of room for the genuinely Italian lentils from Ventotene, potatoes of the Viterbo area, olives from Gaeta, the hazelnuts from the Cimini mounts, and such delicacies.

If you are wondering where the locals eat in Rome, this is one of the favorites.

  • Where: Via Flaminia Vecchia 638/640
  • When: Monday to Saturday 7.30 pm-1 am. Closed on Sunday
  • Phone: +39 06 333 8768
  • Website.

Trattoria Da Danilo (Esquilino)

This is one of the historic restaurants in Rome in the Esquilino neighborhood close to Santa Maria Maggiore. The vintage decor and the homemade cuisine are the perfect reminders of the old times.

On the menu, you will find hearty starters like Piedmont Fassona tartare, beef meatballs on amatriciana sauce, and buffalo mozzarella with artichokes. If you have been wanting to try the carbonara pasta, this is the right place to make the introduction, while if you are into other flavors for your first course, some other options include fusilli pasta with pistacchio and guanciale (cured pork cheek), and tonnarelli cacio e pepe.

Among the mains, you will find classics such as abbacchio lamb in the oven with potatoes, lamb alla cacciatora style with artichokes, and Roman tripe with mint and pecorino cheese.

  • Where: Via Petrarca 13.
  • When: Every day 1-3 pm and 8-11 pm. Monday is open only for dinner. Sunday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 7720 0111
  • Website.

Salumeria Roscioli (Campo de’ Fiori)

This is a well-known restaurant in central Rome and very popular among tourists. If I were looking for non-touristy restaurants in Rome, probably I wouldn’t stop here.

This is the new opening by the owners of one of the best Rome bakeries, Antico Forno Roscioli, and comes as a restaurant, a deli, and a wine bar. The bread comes from the historic bakery and the menu proposes dishes from the tradition as well as their own creations.

Very crowded, prior booking is highly recommended.

  • Where: Via dei Giubbonari 21
  • When: Every day 12.30-4 pm and 7 pm-12 am
  • Phone: +39 06 687 5287
  • Website.

Trattoria Pennestri (Ostiense)

One of my favorite restaurants in Ostiense, Trattoria Pennestri strives to reproduce traditional recipes with a new, personal twist. And the result is delicious.

If you wish the original recipe for some Roman pasta dishes like cacio e pepe or amatriciana, here you will find them. But if you are in the mood for a more original flavor, Trattoria Pennestri will deliver a pleasant experience.

  • Where: Via Giovanni da Empoli 5
  • When: Tuesday to Sunday 7-11 pm, Friday to Sunday also 12-3 pm. Monday closed
  • Phone: +39 06 574 2418
  • Website.
Image: Spaghetti at Trattoria Pennestri Rome restaurant

Tram Tram (San Lorenzo)

Here the Roman tradition is on the menu together with the rich fish and seafood gastronomy from Puglia and Sicily regions.

A traditional restaurant in the historic San Lorenzo quarter with a yesteryear decor and rich homemade cuisine. Many dishes are seasonal, some of the recipes to try are their lamb pappardelle, spaghetti with anchovies and Pecorino, tiella of rice, potatoes and mussels.

  • Where: Via dei Reti 46
  • When: Tuesday to Sunday 12.30-3 pm and 7.30-11 pm. Monday closed. In summer Sunday is closed for lunch.
  • Phone: +39 06 490 416
  • Website.

Osteria Bonelli (Tor Pignattara/Casilina)

Traditional restaurant in Rome Tor Pignattara neighborhood serving generous portions and quality products.

The very simple interior typical of the old osteria rionale of Rome with wooden tables and chairs and a dashboard for the daily menu makes it for a cozy and family environment. Famous for its horse meat and sausages.

The restaurant is not close to any major monuments but it’s easy to reach from Termini with half an hour’s bus. It’s a perfect stop if you are looking for an authentic lunch in Rome and more so if your hotel is in the area and are not sure where to eat!

  • Where: Viale dell’Acquedotto Alessandrino 172
  • When: Monday to Saturday 1-3.30 pm and 8-11.30 pm. Sunday closed
  • Phone: +39 329 863 3077
  • Website.

Lo Scopettaro (Testaccio)

One of the most famous and oldest trattorie in Rome, Lo Scopettaro in Rione Testaccio is a favorite for the rich flavors of its dishes and the generous portions.

Here the tradition is celebrated with the quinto quarto served in a variety of ways and several recipes of the old cucina povera. A true tribute to the local authentic flavors that our Rome food guide couldn’t miss.

What can I say, Lo Scopettaro is one of those names that have always been there. A guarantee for your dinner in Rome with friends and family.

  • Where: Lungotevere Testaccio 7
  • When: Every day 12.30-3 pm and 7.30-11.30 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 575 7912
  • Website.

La Campana (Piazza Navona)

Claiming to be Rome’s oldest restaurant, La Campana has been delighting hungry customers for some five centuries.

Run by the same family since its ancient opening, La Campana is located in the very city center near the river. Perfectly made dishes of the tradition, also fish lovers will have several options in a menu that successfully combines history and modernity.

  • Where: Vicolo della Campana 18
  • When: Tuesday to Sunday 12.30-3 pm and 7.30-11 pm. Sunday closed
  • Phone: +39 06 687 5273
  • Website.

Agustarello a Testaccio (Testaccio)

This is an “ultra-orthodox” of Roman cuisine. Perfect for those who love the strong taste of the offal and all the parts included in the quinto quarto, from the trip to the tail.

The menu isn’t huge but if you are looking for an authentic Roman meal, this is definitely one of the unmissable Rome restaurants.

  • Where: Via Giovanni Branca 98
  • When: Every day 12.30-3 pm and 7.30-11.30 pm. Closed on Sunday.
  • Phone: +39 06 574 6585
  • Website.

Roma Sparita (Trastevere)

In this popular restaurant in Rome Trastevere quarter, tagliolini cacio e pepe is served on a little cheese basket for the gluttonous customers who can’t resist.

The traditional dishes of Roman cuisine are prepared with great attention to detail. This restaurant is perfect for your lunch in Rome as a break for your sightseeing as it’s close to the beautiful Santa Cecilia in Trastevere Basilica in the heart of the city.

  • Where: Piazza di Santa Cecilia 24
  • When: Every day 12.30-2.30 pm and 7.30-11 pm. From September 1st to May 30th it’s closed Monday all day and Sunday for dinner. From June 1st to August 30th it’s closed on Sunday all day and Monday for lunch.
  • Phone: +39 06 580 0757
  • Website.

ProLoco Dol (Centocelle)

Dol stands for “Di Origine Laziale”, of Latium origins, just like all the ingredients and products on their menu. If you are wandering around the new trend of the Centocelle neighborhood in Rome or if this is where you decided to book your hotel, note down ProLoco Dol because this is where you are going to want to eat.

The menu offers only excellent locally-sourced products. A wide range of starters, first courses and main dishes. There are some options also for vegetarians and pescatarians. The pizza they serve is by Bonci, so no less than delicious.

  • Where: Via Domenico Panaroli 35.
  • When: Monday to Saturday 10 am-11 pm. Sunday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 2430 0765
  • Website.

READ MORE: Feeling adventurous? Try a wide range of diverse restaurants in Rome with our foodie guide eBook Tasting Rome by Neighbourhood.

Best modern restaurants in Rome

Per Me (Campo de’ Fiori)

Close to Campo de’ Fiori, Per Me, managed by chef Giulio Terrinoni, is a fantastic fish restaurant in central Rome.

With a large choice of raw and cooked fish, here you will find high-quality gourmet cuisine. In an ever-changing menu, they serve mainly fish and seafood dishes but you can find also some meat options. Perfect for a romantic dinner in Rome’s Centro Storico surrounded by the major landmarks and a real treat.

The dress code is smart casual, booking is highly recommended.

  • Where: Vicolo del Malpasso 9
  • When: Every day 12.30-3 pm and 7-10 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 687 7365
  • Website.

Mamma Orso (Piazza Bologna)

Situated in an elegant area of Rome between Piazza Bologna and Villa Torlonia park, Mamma Orso is the creation of two longtime friends Ciro Del Pezzo and Andrea Longo. The vibe is the one of a cozy parlor and the décor is vintage with old-fashioned details such as white tablecloths and second-hand ceramics.

Recommending a signature dish to order is impossible because the menu changes every single day. That’s right, the daily dishes depend on what’s offered in the local market of fruits and veggies and what’s the catch of the day.

Every time with a strong preference for cuts and pieces that hardly find space in modern restaurants. So instead of filet and entrecote, here you will find offal, sheep, and game.

Image: Mamma Orso modern restaurant in Rome
Photo courtesy of Mamma Orso

Every day from 6 to 8 pm it’s aperitif time to be enjoyed with bubbles, foie gras, cheese, and cold cuts. Saturday lunch will be devoted to the dishes of the tradition such as lasagna, cannelloni, and cutlet, the typical dishes Italians would share with family on a festive day.

  • Where: Via Arezzo 17
  • When: Monday to Friday 18-11.30. Sunday closed
  • Phone: +39 06 9727 7922
  • Website.

Zia Restaurant (Trastevere)

This is a recent opening in the neighborhood of Trastevere, Rome’s nightlife epicenter. fast forward to the launch day, Zia was immediately welcomed by media critics and the public.

Chef Antonio Ziantoni opened this cozy and contemporary restaurant in Rome with his partner Ida Proietti after years of training side by side with big names such as Anthony Genovese of the exclusive restaurant Il Pagliaccio, and abroad in France and the UK also with Gordon Ramsay.

This stellar training can be tasted from the first bite. Your fine-dining experience will be memorable all through the meal that has a three-dish-minimum rule. The à la carte menu starts with dainty appetizers such as oysters, tendons and Cruciferae, veal sweetbreads, three kinds of milk and tomatoes, and purple shrimp.

Carry on by choosing the first course from delicate risotto with buffalo mozzarella, lemon, and gentian, or ravioli dumplings with the hare, red beetroot, and juniper. Your main will be no less palatable with options such as sea bass, potatoes, and herbs pesto, or beef and hazelnut for meat lovers.

  • Where: Via Goffredo Mameli 45.
  • When: Tuesday-Thursday 7.30-9.30 pm, Friday and Saturday 12.30-2.30 pm and 7.30-9.30 pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
  • Phone: +39 06 2348 8093
  • Website.

Romanè (Trionfale/Vatican)

Quite a recent opening in Rome near the Vatican, Romanè is the new creature and first restaurant of Stefano Callegari, the famed inventor of the Trapizzino pizza pocket. A menu made of familiar Roman flavors prioritizing healthy cooking methods such as stews and casseroles, and the seasonal cycles.

With a rich menu featuring meat, and seafood, as well as vegetarian and plant-based options, Callegari doesn’t leave anyone out. Some of the Italian comfort foods that you can find here include “seppie con piselli” (cuttlefish with peas) and eggs on tripes and breaded steak.

Prices are completely affordable, ranging from 11€ to 18€ for the first courses and between 12€ and 20€ for the mains.

There is a large array of fantastic eateries around the Vatican on the side toward the Prati and Cipro areas, but after touring the giant Vatican Museums, Romanè is the right reward you deserve.

  • Where: Via Cipro 106.
  • When: Every day 11.30 am-12.30 am.
  • Phone: +39 340 784 5281
  • Website.

Marigold (Ostiense)

Hip restaurant featuring its own mini-bakery in the heart of Ostiense not far from the train station and close to the Gasometer. Marigold is open for breakfast and lunch, on weekends they serve also brunch.

Their dishes are made with organic products sourced from local Italian producers and the menu offers a large selection of dishes for both breakfast and lunch (or weekend brunch). For breakfast and brunch, you can order fares like homemade pastries and cakes, poached eggs, fried eggs with sage and sourdough bread, porridge with yogurt, or toasted banana bread with Marigold’s butter.

The lunch menu features dishes like beetroots, leeks, tatsoi, and goat cheese, pita with beef, Chinese cabbage, and guacamole, or fried squash with sesame and tahini. The drinks include Marigold’s own signature coffee blend, teapots, and artisan beer.

  • Where: Via Giovanni da Empoli 37.
  • When: Wednesday to Sunday 9 am-3 pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Phone: +39 06 8772 5679
  • Website.

Tavola – Bottiglieria Con Cucina (Prati)

Founded by the two brothers Federico and Francesco, Tavola Bottiglieria Con Cucina is located in the elegant Prati neighborhood. An architect and a designer, both surfing enthusiasts, want to share their idea of Mediterranean cuisine and envision a formula for a tasting menu that will allow you to have a bite of the whole menu.

Their promise is to deliver dishes that are delicious, light, and healthy at the same time. Some of the dishes you will find for lunch include beef tagliata with parmesan fonduta, and saffron risotto with zucchini flowers and speck cured meat. For dinner, you will find also squid with pea cream and black bread crumble, and the pasta classics of the Roman tradition.

  • Where: Via Fabio Massimo 91
  • When: Every day 12-3.30 pm and 6-11.30 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 3211 1780
  • Website.

Best seafood restaurants in Rome

Il SanLorenzo (Campo de’ Fiori/Largo Argentina)

Considered one of the best fish restaurants in Rome, ilSanLorenzo serves only gourmet cuisine. This is not cheap eat, so expect to pay more than many nearby restaurants.

The highest quality of the ingredients translates into excellent original creations. You can choose the menu a la carte or a tasting with a sample of several dishes for 90 euro.

  • Where: Via dei Chiavari 4/5
  • When: Tuesday to Friday 12.45-2.45 pm and 7.30-11.45 pm. Monday and Saturday only for dinner. Sunday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 686 5097
  • Website.

Il Tempio di Iside (Colosseo/Esquilino)

A large choice of raw and cooked starters is a perfect way to start the meal at Tempio di Iside, a popular fish restaurant in Rome close to the Colosseum.

Expensive like most high-quality fish and seafood restaurants in the city center, here you will try delicacies like tuna tartare, prawn carpaccio, mussels, oysters, spaghetti with sea truffle or sea urchins, fusilli with cherry tomatoes, red prawns and Pecorino cheese. The main dishes are never the same, depending on the season and the catch of the day.

  • Where: Via Pietro Verri 11.
  • When: Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Sunday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 700 4741
  • Website.

La Torricella (Testaccio)

At La Torricella in the Testaccio area, you can find traditional fish-based dishes such as spaghetti with clams, fish soup, grilled prawns, fish in the oven, as well as several meat options and pizza.

An affordable restaurant not far from the city center in a nice neighborhood close to the great Mercato Testaccio.

  • Where: Via Evangelista Torricelli 2.
  • When: Always open.
  • Phone: +39 06 574 6311
  • Website.

Don’t miss our guide to the best seafood restaurants in Rome.

The best pizza in Rome

Some of the best pizza places in Rome, most open only for dinner, some also for lunch.

50 Kalò (Termini/Barberini/Sallustiano)

After the success in his hometown, Naples, and London, Ciro Salvo, the king of Naples’ pizza, recently opened a new restaurant in Rome. The large, 2-story 50 Kalò in Via Flavia is located in a residential area between Termini station and Barberini.

This district has a large office presence and hardly a tourist vibe (Pinsere pizza place in the same street closes on weekends), yet 50 Kalò is always crowded. As big pizza lovers and always on the lookout for new openings in Rome, we couldn’t miss visiting it.

Image: Angela Corrias enjoying her pizza with her family at 50 Kalò pizza place in Rome. Photo by Rome Actually

Ciro Salvo is known as the king of dough. You’ll understand why at the first bite and then have it confirmed with the second one. Each bite will literally melt in your mouth not before conveying an explosion of flavors.

With a large selection of toppings, it’s clear that every ingredient used is of the highest quality. This is the only way every ingredient could blend with each other so smoothly and add up so much taste.

A quality drink list featuring artisan beer exclusively made for 50 Kalò completes the mouthwatering experience.

  • Where: Via Flavia 3.
  • When: Every day 12.30-3.30 pm and 6.30 pm-12 am.
  • Phone: +39 06 6942 9875
  • Website.

Pizzarium (Cipro/Vatican)

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Emma Pizzeria con Cucina (Campo de’ Fiori /Largo Argentina)

Emma serves the pizza Roman style, thin and crunchy. Or “scrocchiarella”, as they call it in Rome.

They have a long list of pizzas, their dough made with organic flours, and a long leavening by Roscioli.

The toppings include buffalo mozzarella, Pomilia tomatoes, Scottish salmon, Parma ham, Cantabrico anchovies and more excellent products from Italy and Europe.

  • Where: Via del Monte della Farina 28
  • When: Monday to Friday 12.30-3.30 pm and 7-11.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday 12.30-11.30 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 6476 0475
  • Website.
Image: Emma pizzeria in Rome

Da Remo (Testaccio)

Pizzeria Da Remo offers a large selection of pizza and side dishes and fried appetizers such as supplì and fried codfish.

Typical Roman pizza in an authentic Roman neighborhood. Visit Testaccio, its monuments, street art, and the nearby Ostiense district, and go to Remo’s for a well-deserved scrumptious pizza.

  • Where: Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice 44
  • When: Monday to Saturday 7 pm-1 am. Sunday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 574 6270
  • Website.

Pinsere (Trieste/Termini)

Pinsere is a street food pizza place. You order from the menu hanging on the wall or directly from the choice on display.

They have a large choice for every taste and preference, vegetarian included. Their oval-shaped pizza is made with organic flours, very light and crunchy, easy to digest and delicious. If you are looking for a quick casual lunch in Rome, this is a good choice. Easy to reach from Termini station.

  • Where: Via Flavia 98
  • When: Monday to Wednesday 10 am-8 pm (Monday until 9 pm), Thursday 10 am-5 pm and 7-10 pm, Friday 10 am-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Saturday and Sunday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 4202 0924
  • Website.
Image: pizza at Pinsere in Rome

La Pratolina (Prati/Trionfale)

Home to the very Roman pinsa, La Pratolina Pizzeria is in two locations, one in Prati neighborhood and one in Trionfale near the Vatican Museums where they serve it by the slice as street food. It has been considered for years one of the best pizza in Rome.

Light and easy on the stomach, the pinsa here comes with a great variety of toppings: mushroom, wild boar mortadella, truffles, salmon, and different types of cheese. If you are wondering where to eat in Rome for a nice dinner with pizza, this is your place.

  • Where: Via degli Scipioni 248 (Prati) and Via Rialto 16 (Trionfale)
  • When: Every day for dinner 7 pm-12 am (Prati), always open in Trionfale.
  • Phone: +39 06 3600 4409
  • Website.
Image: Pizza at La Pratolina pizzeria in Rome

Best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Rome

A small selection of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Rome are always more and more appreciated.

Romeow Cat Bistrot (Ostiense)

If you are a vegetarian and love cats, this is your place. Romeow Cat Bistrot serves vegan dishes for lunch and dinner, their menu changes very often.

You will always find a nice combination of Mediterranean and international flavors prepared with high-quality ingredients and plenty of creativity.

Among the vegan restaurants in Rome, so far this is one of my favorites.

  • Where: Via Francesco Negri 15
  • When: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am-11 pm. Closed on Monday
  • Phone: +39 06 5728 9203
  • Website.

Ops! (Piazza Fiume/Nomentano)

This is a fantastic vegan buffet all-you-can-eat in Rome for lunch and dinner. After grabbing a table, take your dish and fill it. At the checkout, put it on the scale and they will start charging your table.

On the buffet, there is a large choice of starters, first courses, main dishes, salads, rice, pasta, dips and sauces, seeds and nuts, fruits and cakes.

This restaurant is close to Piazza Fiume and the quirky Quartiere Coppedè, one of Rome’s hidden gems.

  • Where: Via Bergamo 56
  • When: Every day 12-30-3 pm and 7-10 pm, Monday only for lunch.
  • Phone: +39 06 841 1769
  • Website.

Il Margutta (Piazza del Popolo)

Open in 1979, this is one of the very first vegetarian restaurants in Rome. Here you find both vegan and lacto-ovo vegetarian dishes. They are extremely well-made and extra attention is paid to the detail.

They serve brunch, dinner and aperitifs. It’s a bit pricey, so be aware here you can spend more than in other vegetarian places in Rome.

  • Where: Via Margutta 118
  • When: Every day 12.30-4 pm, 6-11 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 3265 0577
  • Website.

Best street food in Rome

If you are wondering where to eat in Rome on a budget, these street food options are a great choice.

Mordi e Vai (Testaccio)

A stall inside Mercato Testaccio, Mordi e Vai prepares rich sandwiches filling them with the dishes of the Roman tradition.

So you will find sandwiches with tripe, sausages, meatballs and more. A great place to combine traditional Roman food with a quick lunch on the go.

  • Where: Via Beniamino Franklin 12E, BOX 15 of Mercato Testaccio
  • When: Monday to Saturday 9.30 am-2.30 pm
  • Phone: +39 339 134 3344

Supplizio (Campo de’ Fiori)

A very popular street food place in Rome’s city center, Supplizio is a stone’s throw from Campo de’ Fiori.

A selection of supplì, meatballs, salads, and other appetizers make it a popular hangout place in central Rome for either a quick, casual lunch or a mid-day snack.

You can sit inside, if you find a place on a chair, stool, or the couch as it’s very small, or just grab something and eat on the go.

  • Where: Via dei Banchi Vecchi 143
  • When: Monday to Saturday 11.30 am-4 pm and 5-9.30 pm (Saturday until 10 pm). Sunday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 8987 1920
  • Website.

Trapizzino (Testaccio/Ponte Milvio/Trastevere/Termini)

Trapizzino is a mix between the typical Italian bar white sandwich “tramezzino” and pizza. The fillings can be traditional Roman food or new creations.

The crust is made with stone-ground flours and sourdough starter, the fillings made with organic products.

It quickly became so popular that it has now opened five shops in Rome as well as one in other cities like Milan, Florence, Trieste, Ladispoli, Latina and even New York.

If you are looking for a place to eat in Rome but don’t want to take too much time from your sightseeing, this is a great eatery for a cheap and satisfying meal.

  • Where: Via Giovanni Branca 88 (Testaccio), Piazza Trilussa 46 (Trastevere), Piazzale di Ponte Milvio 13, Via Vespasiano 2 (Prati/Trionfale), Via Giovanni Giolitti 36 (Mercato Centrale, Stazione Termini)
  • When: Every day 12 pm-12 am
  • Website.
Image: Trapizzino in Rome

Smor (Trieste/Nomentano)

Fan of the Vikings? Well, here you can have a taste of their food. This delicious street food is specialized in Scandinavian recipes.

So you will find plenty of fish, very fresh and prepared marinated, smoked, steamed, and more. While fish is the main ingredient, you will also find meat-based sandwiches and appetizers.

  • Where: Via Cesare Paoletti 23
  • When: Monday to Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday until 3 pm. Sunday closed
  • Phone: +39 06 9784 2095
  • Website.

Make sure you check out our full guide to the best street food places in Rome.

Top rooftop restaurants in Rome

A small selection of Rome’s most famous rooftop restaurants, one in the city center, one with a beautiful view of Monte Mario hill.

DonnaE Bistrot, Elizabeth Unique Hotel (Spanish Steps)

The southern Italian flavors of the Basilicata region populate the tables of DonnaE Bistrot, the fine-dining restaurant of the artsy boutique Elizabeth Unique Hotel.

The external terrace of DonnaE restaurant serves the dishes of Roman and Lucanian culinary traditions revisited by the chef with his personal modern touch and made using local ingredients from the Lazio and Basilicata regions.

The lunch focuses on Roman as well as international light meals while the dinner is all about flavors and revisited traditional dishes from the Basilicata region including Ferricelli Lucani pasta with lamb and blueberries, tempura-style salted cod with Lucanian horseradish cream, and Magatello di Podolico, a specific cut of beef with mousse of Moliterno pecorino cheese.

The aperitif takes place between 6 and 8.30 pm and you can enjoy the breeze of the terrace with snacks and amuse-bouche paired with a selection of wines and bubbles.

  • Where: Via delle Colonnette 35.
  • When: Every day for breakfast 7 am-12.30 pm, lunch 12.30-6 pm, dinner from 6 pm on. Brunch Friday to Sunday 12.30-3 pm.
  • Website.

Don’t miss our guide to the best rooftop restaurants in Rome.

Image: DonnaE one of the best rooftop restaurants in Rome
Photo courtesy of Emanuela Rizzo for DonnaE Bistrot

Settimo Restaurant (Ludovisi/Via Veneto)

This is the upscale diner of Sofitel Villa Borghese luxury hotel, where is located on the top floor. Relishing on traditional local dishes revisited with the chef’s personal touch while enjoying a breathtaking view of the city’s rooftops and domes, you will have a quintessential Roman experience.

You can choose to either eat inside surrounded by an exquisite jungle-themed décor or on the large terrace. Both options guarantee great views and a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Where: Via Lombardia 47.
  • When: Breakfast every day 6.30-10.30 am (weekends 7-11 am), lunch 12-2 pm (weekends 12.30-2.30 pm), dinner 7-10.30 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 478 021
  • Website.
Image: Angela Corrias on the terrace of Settimo rooftop restaurant in Rome. Photo by Rome Actually

La Pergola (Monte Mario)

A famous luxury restaurant in Rome is Michelin 3-star La Pergola of Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Resort. The chef is Heinz Beck and the dishes are a blend of creativity, innovation and Italian tradition as well as international influences.

This is one of the most luxurious restaurants in Rome and definitely not a cheap eat so expect to pay around 300€ per person for a complete meal or 260 for the tasting menu.

The experience reflects the price: a breathtaking view of the city from Monte Mario hill and exceptional food.

  • Where: Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday open only for dinner 7.30-11.30 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Phone: +39 06 3509 2152
  • Website.

Best Rome bakeries and cafes

Santi Sebastiano e Valentino bakery (Trieste/Nomentano)

Named after the saint patrons of the bakers, Sebastian and Valentine, this cozy bakery café conveys the typical feel-good vibe of once-upon-a-time traditional forni.

I stopped by Santi Sebastiano e Valentino bakery once for brunch and enjoyed a fantastic white pizza stuffed with chicory and smoked provola stretched-curd cheese, crunchy enough, soft enough, with a cup of high-quality green tea served in a cast-iron teapot. I know it might sound unimportant but tea lovers appreciate the difference between an average ceramic pot and one that keeps your tea warm.

My husband loved his pizza bianca stuffed with mortadella cold cut and his long espresso.

Apart from brunch, here you can order a nice breakfast with their own baked goods of pastries and croissants, and casual lunch and dinner.

  • Where: Via Tirso 107.
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday 7.30 am-11 pm, Sunday 8 am-3 pm, Monday 7.30 am-3 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 8756 8048
  • Website.
Image: Santi Sebastiano e Valentino bakery one of Rome's best restaurants. Photo by Rome Actually

Wani Vegan Bakery (Garbatella)

Vegans won’t regret going a longer way to enjoy breakfast, an afternoon dessert, or buying some cakes or pastries that are 100% plant-based. Standing for “We Are Not Ingredients”, Wani makes it a point not to use any animal products in their baked goods and the result never disappoints.

Whether they serve their original creations or revisited traditional recipes, Wani bakery and pastry shop makes everyone happy. Perfect if you are visiting the modern working-class Garbatella neighborhood and Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica.

  • Where: Via Gabriello Chiabrera 162b
  • When: Every day 8.30 am 2.30 pm, Monday 9.30 am-1 pm, Sunday closed.
  • Phone: +39 06 9435 6110
  • Website.

Le Levain (Trastevere)

A French-style boulangerie, Le Levain is the mouthwatering proof that the popular Trastevere neighborhood is not only a nightlife-enthusiasts magnet but a charming place any time of the day, starting from breakfast.

Honestly, the French touch is clear from the first bite. We go often to Trastevere so we had a few occasions to try what Le Levain’s kitchen dishes out. Their croissants are really French, buttery, light, and puffy, and so are their cakes. The last time we went, it was for a guilty afternoon treat and we ordered coffee and a tart topped with berries.

Strategically located at the entrance of the historical Trastevere part, you can stop at Le Levain before starting your tour and when you are done before making your way back to your tram/bus/train stop.

  • Where: Via Luigi Santini 22/23.
  • When: Every day 8 am-8.30 pm, Sunday 9 am-8 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 4754 3834
  • Website.
Image: Tart from Le Levain pastry shop in Rome. Photo by Rome Actually

Faro – Coffee Specialty (Sallustiano/Trieste/Nomentano)

This interesting coffee shop is located in the elegant Sallustiano neighborhood near the historical Porta Pia gate and Piazza Fiume. Faro’s founders and baristas are true coffee cultists and you should listen to their recommendations when they give them to you.

As stubborn as I am, I ordered their specialty, lesser-toasted coffee, even though they suggested I started with a slightly more toasted because more familiar with what I was used to. It wasn’t the coffee taste I was used to but for everything, you need to get familiar to fully appreciate it.

This is not an ordinary coffee shop, the time they take to make a cup of coffee is worth your visit for either breakfast, brunch, or light lunch.

  • Where: Via Piave 55
  • When: Every day 8 am-4 pm, on weekends 9 am-5 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 4281 5714
  • Website.
Image: Coffee at Faro Coffee Specialty in Rome. Photo by Rome Actually

Best gelato in Rome

Otaleg (Trastevere)

Gelato spelled backward, Otaleg has been regarded as one of the best gelaterias in Rome for a while. Their counter is an enticing display of a wide range of flavors, from the classics to the most original and daring combinations.

Among the improbable ingredients you are likely to find pumpkin and even Gorgonzola cheese, but if you are not that brave, don’t worry, you can opt for more ordinary flavors like salted crunchy peanuts, cappuccino and crunchy chocolate, salted caramel, and more.

  • Where: Via di San Cosimato 14a
  • When: Every day 12 pm-12 am.
  • Phone: +39 338 651 5450
  • Website.
Image: Otaleg gelato in Rome. Photo by Rome Actually

Neve di Latte (Prati/Piazza Cavour, Flaminio/MAXXI/Ponte Milvio, Via Veneto, Campo de’ Fiori/Navona)

Starting with two gelato shops in Prati and Flaminio, Neve di Latte doubled its locations and is now also in Via Veneto and near Piazza Navona. Rich and hearty, their flavors are all-natural and gourmet.

Hazelnut, pistachio, sour cherry crumble, almond, and seasonal fruits, often sweetened with Moscobado wholegrain sugarcane instead of refined sugar are among the flavors you will find here. This is a treat I admit I take often when I’m around, whether it’s summer or winter!

  • Where: Via Federico Cesi 1, Via Luigi Poletti 6, Via Veneto 112, Via dei Banchi Vecchi 140.
  • When: Every day 12 pm-12.30 am.
  • Phone: +39 06 320 8485
  • Website.

Come il Latte (Sallustiano/Termini)

The all-natural gelato of this gelateria not far from Rome’s Stazione Termini is outstanding. Each ingredient is carefully selected and measured out so that it stands out just right without covering the others and without being concealed.

In line with their name, their main ingredient is latte (milk) for over 60/70% of their creams. Their other ingredients are sourced from Italian excellence as well as other countries. This is how you will have a choice of flavors such as Pistachio from Sicily’s Bronte, Bourbon vanilla from Reunion Island, and hazelnut from Piedmont’s Langhe region.

  • Where: Via Silvio Spaventa 24/26
  • When: Every day 12-10 pm, Friday and Saturday until 10.30 pm.
  • Phone: +39 06 4290 3882
  • Website.


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Hi, my name is Angela Corrias! I am an Italian journalist, photographer, and blogger living in Rome. After over ten years of living abroad, I finally came to the conclusion that in order to better organize my future adventures, I needed a base. Since I know and love Rome so much, I moved back to the Eternal City. This is how Rome Actually was born. Here, I cover everything about Rome, from the local food to the culture to Roman history.

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