Just like around the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, also in the surroundings of the famous Trevi Fountain, it’s pretty difficult to find a good restaurant that is not overpriced and just tourist-menu style. Living in Rome, I have more chances to skip the tourist areas for lunch and head to more local restaurants, but sometimes I find myself around famous landmarks and hungry, so I have to find a compromise. Thankfully, even all around the historic center, there is no lack of good restaurants, pizza places, eateries and gelato shops. Here are some of our favorite places where to eat near the Trevi Fountain.
Given how popular the fountain is, this list will come in handy to most Rome travelers, but especially to those who booked a hotel near the Trevi Fountain so that they don’t need to go too far for dinner after a long day of sightseeing.
Piccolo Buco pizzeria and restaurant is by far my very first choice of eating places near the Trevi Fountain. Often regarded as one of the best pizzerias in Rome, their gourmet pizza is truly remarkable. Thin and Naples-style, their edges are tall and slightly chewy, their ingredients are high-quality and organic. The flour they use is of semi-wholegrain farro (spelt) and also a part of refined one, the water is from Plose, then sea salt and extra-virgin olive oil. Of course, the ingredients for their toppings too are picked among slow food and locally sourced goods, so nothing less than the best quality in the area.
Unfortunately, the place is really small. “Piccolo buco” is the Italian standing for “little hole”, and sadly, this is kind of what it is, small and quite narrow inside and no space to put tables outdoor. Needless to say, if you want to eat there, you need to book beforehand, I suggest even one or two days before. You can also try your luck and just show up and stand at the door, but be prepared to queue for a long time and take the risk of having to go somewhere else.
If you feel like experiencing a slice of Paris in Rome, Baccano might as well be a good place to start. Very large interior and many places also outside, its décor makes it elegant and cozy at the same time. Waiters are professional and helpful. Even though the place wants to give a sophisticated and formal look, not once you will feel out of context. The menu offers a diverse range of dishes that include gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, and dishes are delicious. I would say it’s a tad expensive but given its location and level, it’s something to expect and not that over-the-top. I’ve been there twice so far, once for lunch and once only for drinks, and it made a good impression both times.
Baccano is open every day from 12 pm to midnight so it’s great even if you are in only for an afternoon tea or an after-dinner cocktail. It’s pretty big so on ordinary weekdays off-season booking shouldn’t be necessary, but given the privileged location, if it’s high season or weekend, prior reservation might be a good idea.
La Sandwicheria, as the name suggests, specializes in sandwiches. They also sell salads and easy pasta dishes to take away ready in their boxes, but the main course in their menu is hearty rich panini. Hanging on the wall is a huge menu with all the sandwich suggestions, even though you can either replace one of the topping ingredients with another of your choice or create a whole new sandwich from scratch with the ingredients you prefer keeping in mind that the price mentioned refers to the sandwich with a 5-ingredient topping, so any extra is charged.
The sandwiches on the list are so many that they naturally meet every possible taste and preference. Whether you are a vegan or vegetarian, you like smoked fish, or enjoy some chicken, you are bound to find great combinations with other tasty ingredients. I wanted one of the vegetarian sandwiches but instead of the cheese, I preferred to stay dairy-free, so I switched with roasted artichokes and my combination was just excellent.
At La Sandwicheria, you can’t eat inside, it’s only a take-away, so even if there is a bit of a line, it will finish quickly. This is both a pro and a con because while you won’t need to wait, you will also need to find a place to have your sandwich, and in the very surroundings, there is none. But this makes perfect if you are on a speed sightseeing and don’t have time for a restaurant meal, you just grab your sandwich and have it on the go. Fast, delicious, and cheap, it’s a pretty sweet combination for an eatery near Fontana di Trevi and an easy on-the-go street food place in Rome.
Colline Emiliane is a great restaurant some 500 meters from the Trevi Fountain. Its name doesn’t leave much room for interpretation, and if you sit here, expect the kitchen to dish out all types of delicacies typical from the northern Emilia Romagna region including their legendary fresh pasta such as lasagna, tortellini, and tagliatelle, as well as the cold cuts and cheeses they are so famous for.
With 15€ for the first dishes and between 15 and 18€ for the main courses, their prices are not too high, especially given the high quality of the fares. Being such a central place, between Trevi and Barberini, booking is highly recommended.
Gelato di San Crispino
This is a bonus and not exactly a restaurant for lunch or dinner, but still a place I suggest you try at least once if you are around the Trevi Fountain. San Crispino is a quite famous gelato place in Rome and for a reason. Its gelato is really nice, creamy, all-natural, artisan and full of flavor. Don’t expect a large display of fluffy, bright-colored gelato trays to order from, just like a good-quality artisan gelato should be, it’s kept in closed wells that get opened only at the moment of serving to avoid air to spoil the flavor and the texture.
At Gelato di San Crispino, they don’t serve it with a cone so you can only order a cup but it’s totally worth it. You can either enjoy your gelato sitting at one of their tables outside or on the go while you go see the famous Baroque fountain or other landmarks in the city center.
Another restaurant near the Trevi Fountain popular for its delicious dishes and reasonable prices is Sora Lucia in Via Rasella, some 500 meters away from Piazza di Trevi. From the starters to the main courses through the first dishes, they serve the recipes of Roman gastronomy. So for appetizers, you can order fares such as prosciutto and melon, bruschetta, or a selection of cheeses and cold cuts. As a first course, you can either go for one of the main pasta such as carbonara, amatriciana, cacio e pepe or gricia, or also a veggie soup or a bean soup. For the main course, you can choose one of the hearty dishes such as abbacchio (lamb), saltimbocca alla romana (veal cutlet topped with prosciutto and sage), tripes, but also fish-based dishes including sea bass or orata in the oven, as well as different types of seafood.