I had the best 3 days eating pasta, pizza and gelato in Rome! What can be better than that?!
I looked out for popular / local places to eat since I didn’t have too much time to prepare, but if I can give you one piece of advice - make reservations in advance! Some places are extremely hard to get into and the customer service really lacks in Rome, especially if you don’t speak the language. While I still have a few places I want to try, the ones listed below were definitely worth visiting.
This restaurant has a modern touch compared to the traditional trattorias, but the menu still had all of the classics.
ADDRESS: Via dell'Arco della Ciambella, 20, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Trattoria dal Cavalier Gino
Trattoria dal Cavalier Gino was by far the most traditional restaurant I went to in Rome. The place is hidden in one of the narrow side streets in the city. It has lots of tiny tables, religious frames hung on the wall, and all the workers and customers seemed to know each other, speaking loudly in Italian (and little to no English).
This place was one of my favorites! Delicious food and excellent service. Very reasonable prices. ⠀⠀⠀
ADDRESS: Vicolo Rosini, 4, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
This classic and local pizzeria located close by the Piazza Navona has to be on your list of places to try in Rome. The extremely thin crust is AMAZING, and they have many options to choose from.
This pizzeria is very popular so be ready to wait on a line that wraps outside the restaurant. We waited around 20 minutes to get a table, but I believe during summer time it’d be a longer wait. ⠀⠀⠀
ADDRESS: Via del Governo Vecchio, 114, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
This restaurant has excellent food and service. I had this AMAZING (seriously amazing) lasagna Bolognese.
ADDRESS: Largo M.D. Fumasoni Biondi, 5, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
The place seems to be a tourist trap based on its location, but surprisingly almost all of the customers were Italian. I ordered rigatoni All’Amatriciana, a Roman classic, with tomato sauce and chopped bacon
The service was okay but a bit slow. We also had ordered a veal saltimbocca with prosciutto dish, but the waitress forgot about it 🙁
ADDRESS: Via di Tor Millina, 5, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Cantina & Cucina
This restaurant is in the Piazza Navona neighborhood and is always crowded. We tried to have dinner there around 9pm and the line was around the block. We came back closer to midnight and were able to get a table.
The pizza “capricciosa” is very popular in Rome, and comes with tomato, mozzarella, ham, eggs, olives, mushrooms and artichokes. It sounds like a lot, but it’s soooo delicious.
ADDRESS: Via del Governo Vecchio, 87, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Osteria Delle Copelle
This restaurant is hidden in a low key area around Piazza Navona. My food was delicious! I had the zucchini pasta with fresh ricotta which was AMAZING, and my husband got a classic pomodoro fettuccine which wasn’t anything too special. Overall everything was good and I’d go back there again.
ADDRESS: Piazza delle Coppelle, 55/56/57, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
This place is a deli style spot with lots of sandwiches and pizza options, weighed by the pound. I love everything about this place - the food was amazing, the service was surprisingly friendly and the prices are very fair.
There are MANY options to choose from when it comes to pizza. We ordered one with pesto and fresh mozzarella, one with eggplant, and the traditional thin crust with tomato sauce only. We also had a rice ball made of cacio & pepe (cheese and pepper). Remember, don’t ask to heat the pizza up! I did and the guy said: “if u want to destroy the flavor, fine, I’ll heat it up for you”. Lesson learned!
ADDRESS: Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
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