It’s no secret that Italy has absolutely delicious food, and Rome is a great place to taste the Italian cuisine. We’ve had the best creme caramel and carbonara we’d ever tasted in Rome. Pasta dishes we didn’t even know existed. Pizza that had little resemblance to what we knew. Most days involved coffee and gelato. After spending over a month in Rome, here are our favourite picks for where to eat in Rome.
Restaurants In Rome
Roscioli is one of our favourite restaurants in Rome. Actually, it’s not just a restaurant, but a deli and wine bar too. The best carbonara I’ve ever had is from here, tasting it was like suddenly realising I’ve never really had carbonara before. We also love the Amatriciana pasta, mozzarella hamburger and cheese plates. Be sure to make a reservation in advance. They also have a bakery and a coffee/patisserie at other nearby locations too (see below).
Via dei Giubbonari 21, 00186
Monday – Saturday 12.30 PM – 12 AM
A fine dining experience that also manages to be cozy and comfortable. Antico Arco is a beautiful restaurant on Gianicolo Hill serving modern takes on traditional Italian food. Chris had risotto with snapper ceviche and I had carbonara with truffle. For dessert we had the sfoglia tiepida with puff pastry, sabayon and caramelised strawberries. It was absolutely delicious from start to finish.
Piazzale Aurelio 7, Gianicolo
Daily 12 PM – 12 AM
Armando al Pantheon
Armanda al Pantheon is centrally located right near the Pantheon, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a tourist trap. Serving traditional Italian cuisine in a cozy trattoria setting, come here for an authentic experience.
Salita dei Crescenzi 31, 00186
Da Cesare Trattoria
Da Cesare is a traditional trattoria with a neighbourhood feel, serving traditional Roman cuisine. I love the fried gnocchi with cacio e pepe, the pasta dishes are delicious and the creme caramel is possibly the best I’ve ever had.
Via del Casaletto 45, 00151, Rome
Monday – Sunday 12.45 PM – 3 PM + 7.45 PM – 11PM | Closed Wednesday
We absolutely loved Trattoria Monti. Chris had rigatoni with sausage and I had tortelli al rosso d’uovo, a large raviolo with egg yolk with ricotta and spinach with a red sauce. They were both delicious, as was dessert.
Via di San Vito 13, 00185
Flavio al Velavevodetto
Come here to taste traditional Roman cuisine. Flavio al Velavevodetto is located in Testaccio and Prati.
Via di Monte Testaccio 97, 00153
Daily 12.30 PM – 3 PM + 7.45 PM – 11 PM
Ginger is open from breakfast til dinner serving healthy yet delicious meals. The focus is on healthy meals that taste good, and 70% of their ingredients are organic. It’s a really nice atmosphere, but can get quite busy so try to make a reservation. A great alternative to other picks for where to eat in Rome.
Via Borgognona 43-46 | Daily 10 AM – 12 AM
Piazza Sant’Eustachio, 54-55 | Daily 8 AM – 12 AM
Angelina a Trevi
If you have only a short time in Rome I would choose to go to some of the other ‘where to eat in Rome’ picks. But Angelina a Trevi is a good option near the Trevi fountain and also has a cafe next door.
Via Poli 27
Daily 9 AM – 12 AM
Pizza In Rome
When you think of where to eat in Rome, pizza surely comes to mind. Pizza in Rome comes in two main varieties; by the slice and as a whole round pizza. Pizza by the slice is more common for lunch and is usually cut and weighed. Whole round pizza is more often had at dinner.
Pizza By The Slice
Pizzarium is known to be potentially the best pizza by the slice in Rome. It’s absolutely delicious, with a range of toppings available.
Via della Meloria 43, 00136
Daily 11 AM – 10 PM
Antico Forno Roscioli
The bakery arm of Roscioli, they have great pizza by the slice and lot’s of other bakery products you’ll be tempted to buy.
Via Dei Chiavari 34, 00186
Monday – Saturday 7 AM – 7.30 PM + Sunday 8 AM – 6 PM
Forno Campo De’ Fiori
Conveniently located on Campo De’ Fiori, Forno is a traditional bakery with pizza by the slice and a range of other bakery products.
Campo De’ Fiori 22, 00186
Monday – Saturday 7.30 AM – 2.30 PM + 4.45 PM – 8 PM
Il Fornaretto di Trastevere
This was one of our locals and it has great pizza by the slice, the zucchini toppings were my favourite. They also have great Limone cake!
Il Fornaretto di Trastevere
Viale di Trastevere 128
More of a pizza chain but Alice have high quality pizza and toppings by the slice.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 35
Daily 10 AM – 10 PM
Whole Round Pizza
Da Remo is a relaxed restaurant in Testaccio. They have great pizza and other traditional dishes.
Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice 44, Testaccio
Emma is a great restaurant that is more than it first seems. If you walk inside and downstairs there is a whole other section which has a beautiful interior. The pizza here was absolutely delicious and it’s nice to have pizza in a restaurant environment.
Via Monte della Farina 28/29, 00186
The ones we didn’t get to try but look amazing: Sforno | Tonda | La Rioni | Pizzeria MOMA
Casual Eats In Rome
For those times when you want to know where to eat in Rome that’s a little more casual…
Giselda has a little bit of everything, bakery, pizza, deli, cafe, bar. They have great food and nice environment in Trastevere.
Viale di Trastevere, 52/58
Monday – Tuesday 7 AM – 9 PM + Wednesday – Thursday 7 AM – 9.30 PM + Friday & Sunday 7 AM – 11 PM + Saturday 7 AM – 12 AM
Pinsere is a very popular eatery serving pinsa, which are very similar to pizza but not exactly pizza. The best way to discover what this is, is to go there and try it for yourself. They are delicious.
Via Flavia, 98, 00187
Mordi e Vai
A stall at the Testaccio markets, Mordi e Vai serve sandwiches with traditional Roman cuisine for fillings.
Mercato di Testaccio Box 15, Via Beniamino Franklin 12E
Monday – Saturday 8 AM – 3 PM
A simple but tasty shop selling sandwiches, we love the porchetta ones. Perfect for when you don’t feel like a restaurant meal.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 310, 00186
Monday – Wednesday 11 AM – 5 PM + Thursday – Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM
Markets in Rome
Where to eat in Rome is not restricted to restaurants. In fact, you can get some delicious food at the markets to eat there, or to take home and cook with.
The Testaccio Market has fresh produce, food stalls, drinks and dessert among other things. Definitely worth some time or for a bite to eat. See Mordi e Vai for sandwiches and also Food Box has some great cannoli.
Via Beniamino Franklin, Via Alessandro Volta, Via Aldo Manuzio, Via Lorenzo Ghiberti.
Monday – Saturday 7 AM – 3.30 AM
This covered market in Prati is quite large. From fresh produce to freshly cooked porchetta, it’s worth a look.
Via Andrea Doria between Via Tunisi and Via Santamaura
Campo De’ Fiori Market
Although a little touristy, its one of the most centrally located markets in Rome with a great atmosphere.
Campo De’ Fiori Market
Campo De’ Fiori
Coffee In Rome
This is what I imagine it would have been like to get coffee in Rome in another time, it’s classic and beautiful in design and service.
Via Fabio Massimo 80, 00192
Daily 7 AM – 8 PM
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffe
An iconic caffe in Rome with a range of different coffees on offer. We tried to il tiramisu, which is an espresso with creme and chocolate powder on top. So good!
Piazza Sant’Eustachio 82
Sunday – Thursday 8.30 AM – 1 PM + Friday 8.30 PM – 1.30 PM Saturday 8.30 AM – 2 PM
Caffe Tazza D’oro
Another classic coffee shop in Rome, known for their coffee granita with whipped cream. A great experience but perhaps the granita is slightly too sweet.
Via degli Orfani 84
Sweets In Rome
Steccolecco are ice blocks and gelato on sticks made from all natural ingredients. They have a section in Giselda in Trastevere, as well as stand alone stores.
Beautifully designed, Roscioli Caffe is a great place to come for coffee, sweets or small bites.
Biscottificio Innocenti is down a quiet little street in Trastevere, on the less touristy side. The shop takes you back in time, where you can stand outside peering into the windows to look at all the ‘biscotti’ or biscuits. Simple yet delicious.
Via della Luce 21, 00153
There are so many absolutely delicious gelateria’s in Rome, you will be wanting to have gelato everyday. Here’s where to find the best gelato in Rome.
Here they have coffee, bread, pizza and plenty of pastries to choose from.
Via Candia 61, 00100
Monday – Saturday 8 AM – 8.15 PM + Sunday 9 AM – 8 PM
Come here for coffee and pastry goods when you’re in Testaccio.
Via Marmorata 41, 00153 | +39 06 5750869
Speciality Stores In Rome
A traditional food shop selling food and cured meats along with some other specialty food. Really friendly service and excellent quality goods.
Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 140A/B, 00153
Monday – Saturday 7.30 AM – 8 PM
A speciality food store selling packaged foods and also has a coffee bar with snacks.
Via Cola di Rienzo 196, 00192
Monday – Saturday 7.45 AM – 8 PM + Sunday 9.30 AM – 8 PM