Great Trastevere Restaurants – Where to Eat and Drink in Rome’s Cool Neighborhood
Not so long ago, it wasn’t easy to find great Trastevere restaurants or eateries in general. Locals knew where to stop to eat well in Trastevere, but travelers had a hard time to find genuine traditional food and were more likely to just end up with a tourist meal.
No doubt, you will be visiting Trastevere even if you have only two days in Rome. Now, while you can still find the usual touristy menu, finding great places to eat in Trastevere is way easier. We like the neighborhood and, luckily for us, we tried quite a few of the best restaurants in Trastevere. So here we are, with our favorite places for a hearty meal, a great pizza, and a fantastic gelato.
Best restaurants in Trastevere, Rome – Where to eat and drink in Trastevere
Da Enzo al 29, top Trastevere restaurant
When planning where to eat in Trastevere, impossible to forget Enzo Al 29, one of the best restaurants for traditional Roman food. This is one of the popular historic restaurants in Rome and you will be able to order all the typical local dishes.
Such as? Try rigatoni alla carbonara, rigatoni all’amatriciana, tonnarelli cacio e pepe, coda alla vaccinara and Roman-style tripe. When in season, don’t miss the delicious artichokes carciofi alla romana.
Enzo al 29 restaurant is located close to Santa Cecilia Basilica, so a perfect stop for a dinner in Trastevere after your sightseeing.
Where: Via dei Vascellari 29.
When: Every day except Sunday 12.30-3.30 pm and 7.30 to 11 pm. They accept reservations only for dinner over the phone (+39) 06 58 12 260.
Aromaticus, one of the best places to eat in Trastevere
This is one of the newer entries in Trastevere but not in Rome. Aromaticus, in fact, opened its first restaurant in the Monti area and due to the increasing success, they decided to double the effort.
Green and eco-friendly, Aromaticus welcomes hungry visitors to their bright, large and comfortable bistro in the heart of Trastevere, where, let’s be honest, it’s not easy to find eateries where you don’t elbow who’s sitting on the neighboring table.
Just like their smaller restaurant in Via Cavour, also this space has a large display of aromatic herbs. Their menu is mainly vegan even though they also serve some (very little) dishes featuring fish, eggs, meat or cheese like mozzarella or Greek feta. Here, you can order a hearty yet light lunch such as rich salad, a veggie burger or a super fulfilling Buddha bowl with the grain of your choice between quinoa or rice and different veggies.
Where: Via Natale del Grande 6/7.
When: Every day except Monday from 12 to 11.30 pm.
Seu Pizza Illuminati, the best pizza place in Trastevere
In Trastevere, you will also find one of the best pizza in Rome. High-quality ingredients and very original combinations for the toppings, here you are not going to find the traditional Margherita, Marinara or 4 Stagioni pizza. The crust is thin and sort of chewy Naples-style.
The restaurant is very large and there is plenty of space but you will still need to book otherwise you won’t find a place, especially on weekends.
Where: Via Angelo Bargoni 10/18.
When: Every day for lunch and dinner from 12.30 to 3.30 and from 7.30 to midnight. Saturday and Sunday open only for dinner.
Il Tonnarello, a tourist hub but good food
With tables both indoor and outdoor, Il Tonnarello is pretty much always packed, so if you are having lunch in Trastevere on the weekend, our suggestion is to book. The great position, tucked away just behind Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica, a spacious outdoor and not so small indoor, pretty rare in Trastevere, and decent food are the reasons you are likely to see always people eating at Il Tonnarello.
I’ll be honest here, I’ve been to Il Tonnarello only once and even though it’s not my favorite eatery in Trastevere, I did like my food. If you are looking for a Roman taste for affordable fares and a relaxed atmosphere where to eat, you can certainly give this a try.
Where: Via della Paglia 1/2/3.
When: Every day from 10 am.
Spirito Di Vino, one of the favorite Trastevere restaurants
This is a bit of a high-end restaurant in Trastevere and we’ve been during the Twilight Trastevere Food Tour we recently took.
This is an ancient synagogue, a medieval house, a cloister now turned into a restaurant. Their promise is traditional, ancient recipes made with fresh and organic ingredients, some coming from the Slow Food Presidium.
Their dishes are homemade and genuine, they never use frozen ingredients. They boast a fantastic wine cellar with a huge list and the ancient settings of the republican age of Rome.
Where: Via dei Genovesi 31a/b.
When: Every day for dinner only from 7.30 to 11.30 pm. Closed on Sunday.
Trapizzino, delicious street food in Trastevere
A one-of-a-kind street food place in Rome, Trapizzino opened a restaurant also in Trastevere after their first successful experiment in the Testaccio neighborhood.
Their restaurant in Trastevere is more of a winery bistro rather than exclusively a street food place. You can enjoy your trapizzino together with a glass of wine from the large list of regional vintners.
As per their usual, you can choose one of the five classic options including Parmigiana, tongue in a green sauce and meatballs on a tomato sauce, and three seasonal flavors that always change.
Where: Piazza Trilussa 46.
When: Every day from 10 am to 1 am, Friday and Saturday until 2 am.
Antica Norcineria Iacozzilli, a deli in Trastevere
This is not exactly a restaurant, but a deli selling all types of traditional local goodies. They sell mainly regional products but you can also find cured meat or cheese from other Italian regions.
You can buy the typical porchetta, pizza bianca, prosciutto and other specialties. It’s a perfect place to take away lunch on the go, buy something for dinner at home if you are renting an apartment, and obviously gift shopping for your family and friends.
Where: Via Natale del Grande 15/16.
When: Every day 9 am-1 pm and 4.30-8.30 pm. Sunday closed.
Casa Mia In Trastevere Trattoria
This is a local trattoria in Trastevere serving the dishes of the Roman tradition. The interior, too, with its checkered tablecloths and old Italian cinema images, reeks of tradition.
Cacio e pepe, amatriciana, carbonara pasta dishes are all included in the menu where a traditional local cuisine plays a major role alongside a wide list of national wines.
Where: Via della Renella 88/89/90.
When: Every day from 12.30 pm to 12 am.
Le Levain, the best bakery in Trastevere
Inspired by the concept of the French boulangerie (bakery), Le Levain is a “pasticceria” in Trastevere that serves bread, pastries, cakes, and sweets strictly handmade with ingredients of the highest quality.
Their promise? All-natural pastries, cakes, and bread where no chemicals, no half-processed products, preservatives or perfumes are used.
This is a fantastic place for breakfast or a lovely casual lunch in Trastevere trying their stuffed baguette bread, croissants, sandwiches and bagels, salads, soups, and pizza.
Where: Via Luigi Santini 22/23.
When: Every day from 8 am to 8.30 pm. Sunday until 8 pm.
Otaleg, one of the top gelaterias in Trastevere
This is hands-down one of the best gelaterias in Rome and also one of my favorites. Their all-natural products are made with high-quality ingredients, and their expertise allows them to try always new and daring combinations of ingredients.
It’s very close to Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica, in the heart of the neighborhood, so you will likely end up passing by. Especially in summer, you will hardly resist.
Where: Via di San Cosimato 14a.
When: Every day 12-10 pm. Friday and Saturday until 12 am.
Fiordiluna, all-natural gelato in Trastevere
Fiordiluna is one of the historic gelato shops in Trastevere. It’s been there for almost 30 years and its success doesn’t show any sign of cooling.
They have been among the first ones to make sugar-free gelato, which doesn’t sacrifice on the creaminess of their delicious products. All-natural and with zero chemical addiction, I never miss one of their scoops when I’m in the area.
Where: Via della Lungaretta 96.
When: Every day 12-10 pm. Friday and Saturday until 11 pm. Monday closed.
Fatamorgana, original artisan gelato in Trastevere
With several gelaterias scattered in the most strategic places all over Rome, Fatamorgana couldn’t miss a spot in the popular Trastevere neighborhood. Possibly one of the most prolific gelato shops in the capital, here you will find very original flavors and combinations.
Some of my favorites? Gelato with black rice and rose petals, and gelato made of dates, chocolate and salted peanuts.
Where: Via Rome Libera 11.
When: Every day 12.30 pm-12 am. Friday until 12.30 am.