Dining in Rome

Eat in Rome, Rome, Italy (Photo by cgc76)

Rome restaurants, trattorie, and everything else you need to know to keep yourself well fed

This site includes some of my favorite Roman eateries, from a holy hospice run by lay sisters to a trattoria frequented by the families of convicts.

There are some of Rome's greatest pizzerie to its most classic wine bars, an old-fashioned German-style beer hall to a modern cafeteria-like tavola calda.

We cover everything from classy restaurants with wine lists longer than Moby Dick to tiny osterie that don't even print menus and are tucked into Trastevere's back alleys and hidden in corners of the Jewish ghetto.

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 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
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Da Baffetto
Rome: Tiber Bend

A legendary, convivial pizzeria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
Angelotti (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Sora Margherita
Rome: Tiber Bend

Home cooking in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Tonino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A near-perfect trattoria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hostaria Romanesca
Rome: Tiber Bend

Best restaurant on Campo de' Fiori with some of the best amatriciana in Rome

 
★★☆
The ceiling in the piano nobile dining room (Photo by Maggi R.)
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L'Eau Vive
Rome: Tiber Bend

Fine French cuisine and a hymnal singalong provided by a lay sisterhood in a frescoed palazzo

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Pantheon)
Rome: Tiber Bend

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Pantheon

 
★☆☆
The tartufo (Photo by Casey O.)
Tre Scalini
Rome: Tiber Bend

Classy cafe on Piazza Navona serving the classic homemade tartufo

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
Fraterna Domus
Rome: Tiber Bend

A family dinner with the lay sisters in a Roman convent near Piazza Navona

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the cafe)
Giolitti
Rome: Tridente

Perhaps the most famous gelateria in Rome, going strong since 1900

 
★☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Caffé Sant'Eustachio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Some say this is the best cappuccino in all of Rome

 
★☆☆
A basement dining room inside an ancient Roman hallway (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Pancrazio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Dine in the buried arcades of an ancient Roman stadium

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Enoteca Corsi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A traditional, inexpensive wine-bar restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Djao77)
€€
L'Angolo Divino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A true old wine bar in Rome's tourist central

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Il Delfino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A cafeteria-like restaurant off Largo Argentina offering fast food, Italian-style

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Dar Filettaro
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's version of take-out fish-n-chips (only: no chips)

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

Sometimes you just want a salad—and Insalata Ricca is one of the few solid choices for vegetarians in Rome

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Baffetto
Rome: Tiber Bend

A legendary, convivial pizzeria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Tonino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A near-perfect trattoria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
The ceiling in the piano nobile dining room (Photo by Maggi R.)
€€€
L'Eau Vive
Rome: Tiber Bend

Fine French cuisine and a hymnal singalong provided by a lay sisterhood in a frescoed palazzo

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Pantheon)
Rome: Tiber Bend

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Pantheon

 
★☆☆
The tartufo (Photo by Casey O.)
Tre Scalini
Rome: Tiber Bend

Classy cafe on Piazza Navona serving the classic homemade tartufo

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
Fraterna Domus
Rome: Tiber Bend

A family dinner with the lay sisters in a Roman convent near Piazza Navona

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the cafe)
Giolitti
Rome: Tridente

Perhaps the most famous gelateria in Rome, going strong since 1900

 
★☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Caffé Sant'Eustachio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Some say this is the best cappuccino in all of Rome

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Enoteca Corsi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A traditional, inexpensive wine-bar restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Il Delfino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A cafeteria-like restaurant off Largo Argentina offering fast food, Italian-style

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

Sometimes you just want a salad—and Insalata Ricca is one of the few solid choices for vegetarians in Rome

 
★★☆
Angelotti (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Sora Margherita
Rome: Tiber Bend

Home cooking in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hostaria Romanesca
Rome: Tiber Bend

Best restaurant on Campo de' Fiori with some of the best amatriciana in Rome

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Davide B.)
€€
Sora Lella
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Country fare in a rustic restaurant on Rome's only island

 
★☆☆
A basement dining room inside an ancient Roman hallway (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Pancrazio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Dine in the buried arcades of an ancient Roman stadium

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Giggetto
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Great artichokes and other Roman Jewish delicacies surrounded by ancient ruins in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Djao77)
€€
L'Angolo Divino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A true old wine bar in Rome's tourist central

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Il Delfino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A cafeteria-like restaurant off Largo Argentina offering fast food, Italian-style

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Dar Filettaro
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's version of take-out fish-n-chips (only: no chips)

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Tony L.)
€€
Birreria Peroni
Rome: Tridente

A German-style beer hall restaurant

 
★★★
The original Gelateria San Crispino, near the Trevi Fountain (Photo Public Domain)
San Crispino (Trevi)
Rome: Tridente

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Trevi Fountain

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the cafe)
Giolitti
Rome: Tridente

Perhaps the most famous gelateria in Rome, going strong since 1900

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Al 34
Rome: Tridente

A classic restaurant in Rome's shopping district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

An old hole-in-the-wall restaurant near the Spanish Steps

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Abruzzi
Rome: Tridente

An abruzzese restaurant

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
Pizzeria Da Ivo
Rome: Trastevere

A classic pizzeria in Trastevere

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Augusto
Rome: Trastevere

A classic Trastevere trattoria

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Duca
Rome: Trastevere

This bustling Trastevere trattoria serves what is quite possibly the world's best lasagne

 
★☆☆
Shaving the ice (Photo by Francesco G.)
Sora Mirella
Rome: Trastevere

Rome's last remaining grattachecca (granita, or shave ice) cart in Trastevere

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Davide B.)
€€
Sora Lella
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Country fare in a rustic restaurant on Rome's only island

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alberto O)
€€
Da Giovanni
Rome: Vatican

Be the only one in the room not visiting a convict

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Tony L.)
€€
Birreria Peroni
Rome: Tridente

A German-style beer hall restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Cavour 313
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A great old-school wine bar

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Abruzzi
Rome: Tridente

An abruzzese restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Antonio D.)
Pizzeria Est! Est! Est!
Rome: Termini train station

Sweet wines and tiny pizzas at this hidden pizzeria

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo by Enrico C.)
€€
Africa
Rome: Termini train station

A great Ethiopian/Etririan restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Trimani
Rome: Termini train station

A classy modern wine bar near the train station

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Tony L.)
€€
Birreria Peroni
Rome: Tridente

A German-style beer hall restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Antonio D.)
Pizzeria Est! Est! Est!
Rome: Termini train station

Sweet wines and tiny pizzas at this hidden pizzeria

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Cavour 313
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A great old-school wine bar

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alberto O)
€€
Da Giovanni
Rome: Vatican

Be the only one in the room not visiting a convict

 
☆☆☆
Pasta, pizza, and—of course—giant salads (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

A salad break perfect for vegetarians near the Vatican

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Matriciano
Rome: Vatican

A classic standby in the tony Prati neighborhood near the Vatican

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Appia)
Rome: Outside the walls

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Appian Way

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hosteria L'Archeologia
Rome: Outside the walls

Have lunch by the catacombs on the ancient Appian Way

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Checchino dal 1887
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

Class and tradition reign at a famous restaurant in Testaccio

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Stefano B.)
€€
La Torricella
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A classic working man's osteria in the trendy Testaccio district

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
Pizzeria Da Ivo
Rome: Trastevere

A classic pizzeria in Trastevere

 
★★★
The original Gelateria San Crispino, near the Trevi Fountain (Photo Public Domain)
San Crispino (Trevi)
Rome: Tridente

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Trevi Fountain

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Pantheon)
Rome: Tiber Bend

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Pantheon

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Appia)
Rome: Outside the walls

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Appian Way

 
★☆☆
The tartufo (Photo by Casey O.)
Tre Scalini
Rome: Tiber Bend

Classy cafe on Piazza Navona serving the classic homemade tartufo

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
Fraterna Domus
Rome: Tiber Bend

A family dinner with the lay sisters in a Roman convent near Piazza Navona

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the cafe)
Giolitti
Rome: Tridente

Perhaps the most famous gelateria in Rome, going strong since 1900

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Antonio D.)
Pizzeria Est! Est! Est!
Rome: Termini train station

Sweet wines and tiny pizzas at this hidden pizzeria

 
★☆☆
Shaving the ice (Photo by Francesco G.)
Sora Mirella
Rome: Trastevere

Rome's last remaining grattachecca (granita, or shave ice) cart in Trastevere

 
★☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Caffé Sant'Eustachio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Some say this is the best cappuccino in all of Rome

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Il Delfino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A cafeteria-like restaurant off Largo Argentina offering fast food, Italian-style

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Dar Filettaro
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's version of take-out fish-n-chips (only: no chips)

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Baffetto
Rome: Tiber Bend

A legendary, convivial pizzeria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
Angelotti (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Sora Margherita
Rome: Tiber Bend

Home cooking in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Tonino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A near-perfect trattoria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hostaria Romanesca
Rome: Tiber Bend

Best restaurant on Campo de' Fiori with some of the best amatriciana in Rome

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Tony L.)
€€
Birreria Peroni
Rome: Tridente

A German-style beer hall restaurant

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Augusto
Rome: Trastevere

A classic Trastevere trattoria

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Davide B.)
€€
Sora Lella
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Country fare in a rustic restaurant on Rome's only island

 
★☆☆
A basement dining room inside an ancient Roman hallway (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Pancrazio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Dine in the buried arcades of an ancient Roman stadium

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Giggetto
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Great artichokes and other Roman Jewish delicacies surrounded by ancient ruins in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Enoteca Corsi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A traditional, inexpensive wine-bar restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Djao77)
€€
L'Angolo Divino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A true old wine bar in Rome's tourist central

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Cavour 313
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A great old-school wine bar

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alberto O)
€€
Da Giovanni
Rome: Vatican

Be the only one in the room not visiting a convict

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Stefano B.)
€€
La Torricella
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A classic working man's osteria in the trendy Testaccio district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hosteria L'Archeologia
Rome: Outside the walls

Have lunch by the catacombs on the ancient Appian Way

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

Sometimes you just want a salad—and Insalata Ricca is one of the few solid choices for vegetarians in Rome

 
☆☆☆
Pasta, pizza, and—of course—giant salads (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

A salad break perfect for vegetarians near the Vatican

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

An old hole-in-the-wall restaurant near the Spanish Steps

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Abruzzi
Rome: Tridente

An abruzzese restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo by Enrico C.)
€€
Africa
Rome: Termini train station

A great Ethiopian/Etririan restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Trimani
Rome: Termini train station

A classy modern wine bar near the train station

 
★★☆
The ceiling in the piano nobile dining room (Photo by Maggi R.)
€€€
L'Eau Vive
Rome: Tiber Bend

Fine French cuisine and a hymnal singalong provided by a lay sisterhood in a frescoed palazzo

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Duca
Rome: Trastevere

This bustling Trastevere trattoria serves what is quite possibly the world's best lasagne

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Checchino dal 1887
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

Class and tradition reign at a famous restaurant in Testaccio

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Al 34
Rome: Tridente

A classic restaurant in Rome's shopping district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Matriciano
Rome: Vatican

A classic standby in the tony Prati neighborhood near the Vatican

 
Coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), a traditional dish made from the quinto quarto (Photo by emanuele75)

How slaughterhouse workers turned scraps into classic dishes

 
★★☆
Food tours of Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Rome

 
★★☆
Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
★★☆

Indulge in a long, luxurious dinner, Roman-style

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Baffetto
Rome: Tiber Bend

A legendary, convivial pizzeria near Piazza Navona

 
★★★
The original Gelateria San Crispino, near the Trevi Fountain (Photo Public Domain)
San Crispino (Trevi)
Rome: Tridente

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Trevi Fountain

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Pantheon)
Rome: Tiber Bend

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Pantheon

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Appia)
Rome: Outside the walls

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Appian Way

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Checchino dal 1887
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

Class and tradition reign at a famous restaurant in Testaccio

 
★★☆
Angelotti (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Sora Margherita
Rome: Tiber Bend

Home cooking in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★★☆
Food tours of Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Rome

 
★★☆
Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
★★☆

Indulge in a long, luxurious dinner, Roman-style

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
Pizzeria Da Ivo
Rome: Trastevere

A classic pizzeria in Trastevere

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Tonino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A near-perfect trattoria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hostaria Romanesca
Rome: Tiber Bend

Best restaurant on Campo de' Fiori with some of the best amatriciana in Rome

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Tony L.)
€€
Birreria Peroni
Rome: Tridente

A German-style beer hall restaurant

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Augusto
Rome: Trastevere

A classic Trastevere trattoria

 
★★☆
The ceiling in the piano nobile dining room (Photo by Maggi R.)
€€€
L'Eau Vive
Rome: Tiber Bend

Fine French cuisine and a hymnal singalong provided by a lay sisterhood in a frescoed palazzo

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Duca
Rome: Trastevere

This bustling Trastevere trattoria serves what is quite possibly the world's best lasagne

 
★☆☆
The tartufo (Photo by Casey O.)
Tre Scalini
Rome: Tiber Bend

Classy cafe on Piazza Navona serving the classic homemade tartufo

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
Fraterna Domus
Rome: Tiber Bend

A family dinner with the lay sisters in a Roman convent near Piazza Navona

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the cafe)
Giolitti
Rome: Tridente

Perhaps the most famous gelateria in Rome, going strong since 1900

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Antonio D.)
Pizzeria Est! Est! Est!
Rome: Termini train station

Sweet wines and tiny pizzas at this hidden pizzeria

 
★☆☆
Shaving the ice (Photo by Francesco G.)
Sora Mirella
Rome: Trastevere

Rome's last remaining grattachecca (granita, or shave ice) cart in Trastevere

 
★☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Caffé Sant'Eustachio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Some say this is the best cappuccino in all of Rome

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Davide B.)
€€
Sora Lella
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Country fare in a rustic restaurant on Rome's only island

 
★☆☆
A basement dining room inside an ancient Roman hallway (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Pancrazio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Dine in the buried arcades of an ancient Roman stadium

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Giggetto
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Great artichokes and other Roman Jewish delicacies surrounded by ancient ruins in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Enoteca Corsi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A traditional, inexpensive wine-bar restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Djao77)
€€
L'Angolo Divino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A true old wine bar in Rome's tourist central

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Cavour 313
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A great old-school wine bar

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alberto O)
€€
Da Giovanni
Rome: Vatican

Be the only one in the room not visiting a convict

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Stefano B.)
€€
La Torricella
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A classic working man's osteria in the trendy Testaccio district

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Al 34
Rome: Tridente

A classic restaurant in Rome's shopping district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Il Delfino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A cafeteria-like restaurant off Largo Argentina offering fast food, Italian-style

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Dar Filettaro
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's version of take-out fish-n-chips (only: no chips)

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hosteria L'Archeologia
Rome: Outside the walls

Have lunch by the catacombs on the ancient Appian Way

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

Sometimes you just want a salad—and Insalata Ricca is one of the few solid choices for vegetarians in Rome

 
☆☆☆
Pasta, pizza, and—of course—giant salads (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

A salad break perfect for vegetarians near the Vatican

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

An old hole-in-the-wall restaurant near the Spanish Steps

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Abruzzi
Rome: Tridente

An abruzzese restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo by Enrico C.)
€€
Africa
Rome: Termini train station

A great Ethiopian/Etririan restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Trimani
Rome: Termini train station

A classy modern wine bar near the train station

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Matriciano
Rome: Vatican

A classic standby in the tony Prati neighborhood near the Vatican

 
Coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), a traditional dish made from the quinto quarto (Photo by emanuele75)

How slaughterhouse workers turned scraps into classic dishes

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Tonino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A near-perfect trattoria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hostaria Romanesca
Rome: Tiber Bend

Best restaurant on Campo de' Fiori with some of the best amatriciana in Rome

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Tony L.)
€€
Birreria Peroni
Rome: Tridente

A German-style beer hall restaurant

 
★★☆
The ceiling in the piano nobile dining room (Photo by Maggi R.)
€€€
L'Eau Vive
Rome: Tiber Bend

Fine French cuisine and a hymnal singalong provided by a lay sisterhood in a frescoed palazzo

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Checchino dal 1887
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

Class and tradition reign at a famous restaurant in Testaccio

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
Fraterna Domus
Rome: Tiber Bend

A family dinner with the lay sisters in a Roman convent near Piazza Navona

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Davide B.)
€€
Sora Lella
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Country fare in a rustic restaurant on Rome's only island

 
★☆☆
A basement dining room inside an ancient Roman hallway (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Pancrazio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Dine in the buried arcades of an ancient Roman stadium

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Giggetto
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Great artichokes and other Roman Jewish delicacies surrounded by ancient ruins in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Al 34
Rome: Tridente

A classic restaurant in Rome's shopping district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hosteria L'Archeologia
Rome: Outside the walls

Have lunch by the catacombs on the ancient Appian Way

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

Sometimes you just want a salad—and Insalata Ricca is one of the few solid choices for vegetarians in Rome

 
☆☆☆
Pasta, pizza, and—of course—giant salads (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

A salad break perfect for vegetarians near the Vatican

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Abruzzi
Rome: Tridente

An abruzzese restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo by Enrico C.)
€€
Africa
Rome: Termini train station

A great Ethiopian/Etririan restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Matriciano
Rome: Vatican

A classic standby in the tony Prati neighborhood near the Vatican

 
★★☆
Angelotti (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Sora Margherita
Rome: Tiber Bend

Home cooking in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Tonino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A near-perfect trattoria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Augusto
Rome: Trastevere

A classic Trastevere trattoria

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Duca
Rome: Trastevere

This bustling Trastevere trattoria serves what is quite possibly the world's best lasagne

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Enoteca Corsi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A traditional, inexpensive wine-bar restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Djao77)
€€
L'Angolo Divino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A true old wine bar in Rome's tourist central

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Cavour 313
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A great old-school wine bar

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alberto O)
€€
Da Giovanni
Rome: Vatican

Be the only one in the room not visiting a convict

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Stefano B.)
€€
La Torricella
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A classic working man's osteria in the trendy Testaccio district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

An old hole-in-the-wall restaurant near the Spanish Steps

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Trimani
Rome: Termini train station

A classy modern wine bar near the train station

 
★★★
The original Gelateria San Crispino, near the Trevi Fountain (Photo Public Domain)
San Crispino (Trevi)
Rome: Tridente

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Trevi Fountain

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Pantheon)
Rome: Tiber Bend

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Pantheon

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Appia)
Rome: Outside the walls

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Appian Way

 
★☆☆
The tartufo (Photo by Casey O.)
Tre Scalini
Rome: Tiber Bend

Classy cafe on Piazza Navona serving the classic homemade tartufo

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the cafe)
Giolitti
Rome: Tridente

Perhaps the most famous gelateria in Rome, going strong since 1900

 
★☆☆
Shaving the ice (Photo by Francesco G.)
Sora Mirella
Rome: Trastevere

Rome's last remaining grattachecca (granita, or shave ice) cart in Trastevere

 
★☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Caffé Sant'Eustachio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Some say this is the best cappuccino in all of Rome

 
★★☆
Food tours of Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Rome

 
★★☆
Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
★★☆

Indulge in a long, luxurious dinner, Roman-style

 
★★☆
The ceiling in the piano nobile dining room (Photo by Maggi R.)
€€€
L'Eau Vive
Rome: Tiber Bend

Fine French cuisine and a hymnal singalong provided by a lay sisterhood in a frescoed palazzo

 
★☆☆
Shaving the ice (Photo by Francesco G.)
Sora Mirella
Rome: Trastevere

Rome's last remaining grattachecca (granita, or shave ice) cart in Trastevere

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Baffetto
Rome: Tiber Bend

A legendary, convivial pizzeria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
Pizzeria Da Ivo
Rome: Trastevere

A classic pizzeria in Trastevere

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Antonio D.)
Pizzeria Est! Est! Est!
Rome: Termini train station

Sweet wines and tiny pizzas at this hidden pizzeria

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Stefano B.)
€€
La Torricella
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A classic working man's osteria in the trendy Testaccio district

 
★★☆
Food tours of Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Rome

 
★★☆
Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
★★☆
Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
★★☆
Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
★★☆
Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
Coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), a traditional dish made from the quinto quarto (Photo by emanuele75)

How slaughterhouse workers turned scraps into classic dishes

 
★☆☆
A basement dining room inside an ancient Roman hallway (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Pancrazio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Dine in the buried arcades of an ancient Roman stadium

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Il Delfino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A cafeteria-like restaurant off Largo Argentina offering fast food, Italian-style

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Dar Filettaro
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's version of take-out fish-n-chips (only: no chips)

 
★☆☆
Shaving the ice (Photo by Francesco G.)
Sora Mirella
Rome: Trastevere

Rome's last remaining grattachecca (granita, or shave ice) cart in Trastevere

 
Bucatini all'Amatriciana, one of my favorite Italian dishes (Photo by stu_spivack)

All the best there is to eat (and drink) in Rome

 
★★☆
Angelotti (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Sora Margherita
Rome: Tiber Bend

Home cooking in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
Coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), a traditional dish made from the quinto quarto (Photo by emanuele75)

How slaughterhouse workers turned scraps into classic dishes

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
Pizzeria Da Ivo
Rome: Trastevere

A classic pizzeria in Trastevere

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Tonino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A near-perfect trattoria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hostaria Romanesca
Rome: Tiber Bend

Best restaurant on Campo de' Fiori with some of the best amatriciana in Rome

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Augusto
Rome: Trastevere

A classic Trastevere trattoria

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Duca
Rome: Trastevere

This bustling Trastevere trattoria serves what is quite possibly the world's best lasagne

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Checchino dal 1887
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

Class and tradition reign at a famous restaurant in Testaccio

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
Fraterna Domus
Rome: Tiber Bend

A family dinner with the lay sisters in a Roman convent near Piazza Navona

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Antonio D.)
Pizzeria Est! Est! Est!
Rome: Termini train station

Sweet wines and tiny pizzas at this hidden pizzeria

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Davide B.)
€€
Sora Lella
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Country fare in a rustic restaurant on Rome's only island

 
★☆☆
A basement dining room inside an ancient Roman hallway (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Pancrazio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Dine in the buried arcades of an ancient Roman stadium

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Giggetto
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Great artichokes and other Roman Jewish delicacies surrounded by ancient ruins in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Enoteca Corsi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A traditional, inexpensive wine-bar restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Djao77)
€€
L'Angolo Divino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A true old wine bar in Rome's tourist central

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alberto O)
€€
Da Giovanni
Rome: Vatican

Be the only one in the room not visiting a convict

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Stefano B.)
€€
La Torricella
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A classic working man's osteria in the trendy Testaccio district

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Al 34
Rome: Tridente

A classic restaurant in Rome's shopping district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Dar Filettaro
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's version of take-out fish-n-chips (only: no chips)

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hosteria L'Archeologia
Rome: Outside the walls

Have lunch by the catacombs on the ancient Appian Way

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

Sometimes you just want a salad—and Insalata Ricca is one of the few solid choices for vegetarians in Rome

 
☆☆☆
Pasta, pizza, and—of course—giant salads (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

A salad break perfect for vegetarians near the Vatican

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

An old hole-in-the-wall restaurant near the Spanish Steps

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Abruzzi
Rome: Tridente

An abruzzese restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Matriciano
Rome: Vatican

A classic standby in the tony Prati neighborhood near the Vatican

 
Focaccia panini (sandwiches) (Photo by Marco Verch)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Rome

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Baffetto
Rome: Tiber Bend

A legendary, convivial pizzeria near Piazza Navona

 
The tartufo

The best of the great caffés and bars in Rome

 
★★☆
Angelotti (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Sora Margherita
Rome: Tiber Bend

Home cooking in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Tonino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A near-perfect trattoria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hostaria Romanesca
Rome: Tiber Bend

Best restaurant on Campo de' Fiori with some of the best amatriciana in Rome

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Tony L.)
€€
Birreria Peroni
Rome: Tridente

A German-style beer hall restaurant

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Duca
Rome: Trastevere

This bustling Trastevere trattoria serves what is quite possibly the world's best lasagne

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Checchino dal 1887
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

Class and tradition reign at a famous restaurant in Testaccio

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
Fraterna Domus
Rome: Tiber Bend

A family dinner with the lay sisters in a Roman convent near Piazza Navona

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Davide B.)
€€
Sora Lella
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Country fare in a rustic restaurant on Rome's only island

 
★☆☆
A basement dining room inside an ancient Roman hallway (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Pancrazio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Dine in the buried arcades of an ancient Roman stadium

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Giggetto
Rome: Lower Tiber Bend

Great artichokes and other Roman Jewish delicacies surrounded by ancient ruins in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Stefano B.)
€€
La Torricella
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A classic working man's osteria in the trendy Testaccio district

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Al 34
Rome: Tridente

A classic restaurant in Rome's shopping district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Hosteria L'Archeologia
Rome: Outside the walls

Have lunch by the catacombs on the ancient Appian Way

 
☆☆☆
Pasta, pizza, and—of course—giant salads (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

A salad break perfect for vegetarians near the Vatican

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Abruzzi
Rome: Tridente

An abruzzese restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo by Enrico C.)
€€
Africa
Rome: Termini train station

A great Ethiopian/Etririan restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Matriciano
Rome: Vatican

A classic standby in the tony Prati neighborhood near the Vatican

 
★★☆
Angelotti (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Sora Margherita
Rome: Tiber Bend

Home cooking in Rome's Jewish Ghetto

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Tonino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A near-perfect trattoria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
Da Augusto
Rome: Trastevere

A classic Trastevere trattoria

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Il Duca
Rome: Trastevere

This bustling Trastevere trattoria serves what is quite possibly the world's best lasagne

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Antonio D.)
Pizzeria Est! Est! Est!
Rome: Termini train station

Sweet wines and tiny pizzas at this hidden pizzeria

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Enoteca Corsi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A traditional, inexpensive wine-bar restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Cavour 313
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A great old-school wine bar

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alberto O)
€€
Da Giovanni
Rome: Vatican

Be the only one in the room not visiting a convict

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Stefano B.)
€€
La Torricella
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A classic working man's osteria in the trendy Testaccio district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Dar Filettaro
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's version of take-out fish-n-chips (only: no chips)

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

An old hole-in-the-wall restaurant near the Spanish Steps

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Trimani
Rome: Termini train station

A classy modern wine bar near the train station

 
★★☆
Who doesn't love gelato in Italy? (Photo by Robyn Lee)
Gelato
Rome

A gelato crawl to some of the best ice cream parlors in Rome, Italy

 
★★★
The original Gelateria San Crispino, near the Trevi Fountain (Photo Public Domain)
San Crispino (Trevi)
Rome: Tridente

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Trevi Fountain

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Pantheon)
Rome: Tiber Bend

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Pantheon

 
★★★
 (Photo )
San Crispino (Appia)
Rome: Outside the walls

Everyone's favorite "secret" ice cream parlor near the Appian Way

 
★☆☆
The tartufo (Photo by Casey O.)
Tre Scalini
Rome: Tiber Bend

Classy cafe on Piazza Navona serving the classic homemade tartufo

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the cafe)
Giolitti
Rome: Tridente

Perhaps the most famous gelateria in Rome, going strong since 1900

 
★☆☆
Shaving the ice (Photo by Francesco G.)
Sora Mirella
Rome: Trastevere

Rome's last remaining grattachecca (granita, or shave ice) cart in Trastevere

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Da Baffetto
Rome: Tiber Bend

A legendary, convivial pizzeria near Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
Pizzeria Da Ivo
Rome: Trastevere

A classic pizzeria in Trastevere

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Antonio D.)
Pizzeria Est! Est! Est!
Rome: Termini train station

Sweet wines and tiny pizzas at this hidden pizzeria

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Stefano B.)
€€
La Torricella
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A classic working man's osteria in the trendy Testaccio district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

Sometimes you just want a salad—and Insalata Ricca is one of the few solid choices for vegetarians in Rome

 
☆☆☆
Pasta, pizza, and—of course—giant salads (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

A salad break perfect for vegetarians near the Vatican

 
Bucatini all'Amatriciana, one of my favorite Italian dishes (Photo by stu_spivack)

All the best there is to eat (and drink) in Rome

 
★★☆
Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Enoteca Corsi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A traditional, inexpensive wine-bar restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Djao77)
€€
L'Angolo Divino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A true old wine bar in Rome's tourist central

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Cavour 313
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A great old-school wine bar

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Trimani
Rome: Termini train station

A classy modern wine bar near the train station

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Enoteca Corsi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A traditional, inexpensive wine-bar restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Djao77)
€€
L'Angolo Divino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A true old wine bar in Rome's tourist central

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Cavour 313
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A great old-school wine bar

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€
Trimani
Rome: Termini train station

A classy modern wine bar near the train station

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Stefano B.)
€€
La Torricella
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A classic working man's osteria in the trendy Testaccio district

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€€
Al 34
Rome: Tridente

A classic restaurant in Rome's shopping district

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Dar Filettaro
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's version of take-out fish-n-chips (only: no chips)

 
Bucatini all'Amatriciana, one of my favorite Italian dishes (Photo by stu_spivack)

All the best there is to eat (and drink) in Rome

 
★★☆
Who doesn't love gelato in Italy? (Photo by Robyn Lee)
Gelato
Rome

A gelato crawl to some of the best ice cream parlors in Rome, Italy

 
Italian road sign for picnic area (Photo by Gigillo83)

Where to get picnic pickings in Rome

 
★★☆
Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Rome

 
★★☆
Food tours of Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Rome

 
★★☆
Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
★★☆

Indulge in a long, luxurious dinner, Roman-style

 
Bucatini all'Amatriciana, one of my favorite Italian dishes (Photo by stu_spivack)

All the best there is to eat (and drink) in Rome

 
Focaccia panini (sandwiches) (Photo by Marco Verch)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Rome

 
★★☆
Who doesn't love gelato in Italy? (Photo by Robyn Lee)
Gelato
Rome

A gelato crawl to some of the best ice cream parlors in Rome, Italy

 
Italian road sign for picnic area (Photo by Gigillo83)

Where to get picnic pickings in Rome

 
Coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), a traditional dish made from the quinto quarto (Photo by emanuele75)

How slaughterhouse workers turned scraps into classic dishes

 
★★☆
Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Rome

 
☆☆☆
Via del Portico d'Ottavia, the "main street" of Rome's medieval Jewish neighborhood

Where to eat and shop Kosher (Kashèr) in Rome, Italy

 
★★☆
Food tours of Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Rome

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

Sometimes you just want a salad—and Insalata Ricca is one of the few solid choices for vegetarians in Rome

 
☆☆☆
Pasta, pizza, and—of course—giant salads (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
€€

A salad break perfect for vegetarians near the Vatican

 
Focaccia panini (sandwiches) (Photo by Marco Verch)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Rome

 
Italian road sign for picnic area (Photo by Gigillo83)

Where to get picnic pickings in Rome

 
Aperitivi at Meo Pinelli (Photo courtesy of Meo Pinelli)

Bar hopping for free stuzzichini (snacks) and canapés during the aperitivo Happy Hour

 
★☆☆
Shaving the ice (Photo by Francesco G.)
Sora Mirella
Rome: Trastevere

Rome's last remaining grattachecca (granita, or shave ice) cart in Trastevere

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Dar Filettaro
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's version of take-out fish-n-chips (only: no chips)

 

The best of the great caffés and bars in Rome

 
★☆☆
The tartufo (Photo by Casey O.)
Tre Scalini
Rome: Tiber Bend

Classy cafe on Piazza Navona serving the classic homemade tartufo

 
★☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Caffé Sant'Eustachio
Rome: Tiber Bend

Some say this is the best cappuccino in all of Rome

 
Italian road sign for picnic area (Photo by Gigillo83)

Where to get picnic pickings in Rome

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Carlat82)
Free
Campo de' Fiori
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's Campo dei Fiori is an outdoor market by morning, party central by night

 
★★☆
Food tours of Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Rome

 
★★☆
Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
Bucatini all'Amatriciana, one of my favorite Italian dishes (Photo by stu_spivack)

All the best there is to eat (and drink) in Rome

 
Focaccia panini (sandwiches) (Photo by Marco Verch)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Rome

 
The tartufo

The best of the great caffés and bars in Rome

 
★★☆
Who doesn't love gelato in Italy? (Photo by Robyn Lee)
Gelato
Rome

A gelato crawl to some of the best ice cream parlors in Rome, Italy

 
Italian road sign for picnic area (Photo by Gigillo83)

Where to get picnic pickings in Rome

 
Aperitivi at Meo Pinelli (Photo courtesy of Meo Pinelli)

Bar hopping for free stuzzichini (snacks) and canapés during the aperitivo Happy Hour

 
Coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), a traditional dish made from the quinto quarto (Photo by emanuele75)

How slaughterhouse workers turned scraps into classic dishes

 
☆☆☆
Via del Portico d'Ottavia, the "main street" of Rome's medieval Jewish neighborhood

Where to eat and shop Kosher (Kashèr) in Rome, Italy

 
Bucatini all'Amatriciana, one of my favorite Italian dishes (Photo by stu_spivack)

All the best there is to eat (and drink) in Rome

 
Coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), a traditional dish made from the quinto quarto (Photo by emanuele75)

How slaughterhouse workers turned scraps into classic dishes

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Il Delfino
Rome: Tiber Bend

A cafeteria-like restaurant off Largo Argentina offering fast food, Italian-style

 
★★☆
The ceiling in the piano nobile dining room (Photo by Maggi R.)
€€€
L'Eau Vive
Rome: Tiber Bend

Fine French cuisine and a hymnal singalong provided by a lay sisterhood in a frescoed palazzo

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Dar Filettaro
Rome: Tiber Bend

Rome's version of take-out fish-n-chips (only: no chips)

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Tony L.)
€€
Birreria Peroni
Rome: Tridente

A German-style beer hall restaurant

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Tony L.)
€€
Birreria Peroni
Rome: Tridente

A German-style beer hall restaurant

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Tony L.)
€€
Birreria Peroni
Rome: Tridente

A German-style beer hall restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Abruzzi
Rome: Tridente

An abruzzese restaurant

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo by Enrico C.)
€€
Africa
Rome: Termini train station

A great Ethiopian/Etririan restaurant

 

General Rome Dining tips

Bucatini all'Amatriciana, one of my favorite Italian dishes (Photo by stu_spivack)

All the best there is to eat (and drink) in Rome

 
Focaccia panini (sandwiches) (Photo by Marco Verch)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Rome

 

The best of the great caffés and bars in Rome

 
★★☆
Who doesn't love gelato in Italy? (Photo by Robyn Lee)
Gelato
Rome

A gelato crawl to some of the best ice cream parlors in Rome, Italy

 
Italian road sign for picnic area (Photo by Gigillo83)

Where to get picnic pickings in Rome

 
Aperitivi at Meo Pinelli (Photo courtesy of Meo Pinelli)

Bar hopping for free stuzzichini (snacks) and canapés during the aperitivo Happy Hour

 
Coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), a traditional dish made from the quinto quarto (Photo by emanuele75)

How slaughterhouse workers turned scraps into classic dishes

 
☆☆☆

Where to eat and shop Kosher (Kashèr) in Rome, Italy

 

General Italy Dining tips

 (Photo by Roberto Trombetta)

Tips for finding great restaurants in Italy

 
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How to find the perfect Roman restaurant

Even in the Eternal City's third millennium, you can still enjoy a feast fit for a Roman emperor. The tricky part is finding an inexpensive one. Your best bet is to hunt down one of a handful of traditional Roman osterie, the sort of down-home, family-run restaurant holdover straight out of a 1950s Fellini film.

There are several reviewed on this site, but to find your own just listen for the clink of glasses and murmur of Roman dialect emanating from behind the strings of beads hanging in a doorway with no sign and no menu posted.

Pop your head inside and a beaming papa will stride over to welcome you, ushering you to a communal table while his son abandons the soccer game on TV to slice you a basket of bread.

Mamma shuffles out from the kitchen, wiping her hands on her apron and asking with a feisty smile, "So, what do you want?" to which you retort, "What do you have?" and she inevitably replies, "I got spaghetti!" so you order the spaghetti.

The food will be simple, hearty, and delicious, the wine home-made, the atmosphere convivial, and the bill a fraction of that in a proper restaurant.

About the restaurant star ratings (☆☆☆ to ★★★)

You will notice that all restaurants (and sights and hotels) on this site have a ReidsItaly.com star designation from ☆☆☆ to ★★★.

This merely indicates that I feel these eateries offer a little something that makes them special (or extra-special, or extra-extra special, etc.).

These star ratings are entirely based on personal opinion, and have nothing to do with any official local restaurant ratings or grades.

In general, a pricier restaurant has to impress me that it is worth the added expense.

This is why I give ★★★ to some inexpensive eateries or sandwich shops that happen provide amazing value for the money—and similarly have ranked a few fancy but notable restaurants just ★★☆.

About the restaurant price brackets (€–€€€)

Here at ReidsItaly.com we simply provide a general price range indicating the general amount you should expect to pay for a full meal in the eatery.

Each eatery is rated into a price category, which indicates—very roughly—what you could expect to pay, per person, for a standard full meal: Three courses—primo (first course), secondo (main course), and contorno (side) or dolce (dessert)—plus something to drink.

There are three price ranges, giving you a sense of which restaurants are budget, which are moderate, and which are splurges:

under €15
€€ under €40
€€€ over €40
Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for dining

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a restaurant un ristorante oon rees toh-RAHN-tay
...a casual restaurant una trattoria
un'osteria
oo-nah trah-toar-RHEE-yah
oon ohst-air-EE-yah
I would like to reserve... Vorrei prenotare... voar-RAY pray-note-ARE-eh
a table for two una tavola per due oo-nah TAH-voal-lah pair DOO-way
...for 7pm per le sette pair lay SET-tay
...for 7:30pm per le sette e mezzo pair lay SET-tay eh MET-tzoh
...for 8pm per le otto pair lay OH-toh
     
I would like Vorrei... voar-RAY
...some (of) un pó (di) oon POH (dee)
...this questo KWAY-sto
...that quello KWEL-loh
chicken pollo POL-loh
steak bistecca bee-STEAK-ah
...rare al sangue ahl SAN-gway
...medium rosato ro-ZA-to
...well done ben cotto ben KO-to
veal vitello vee-TEL-oh
fish pesce PEH-shay
meat carne KAR-neh
I am vegetarian sono vegetariano SO-no veg-eh-tair-ee-YAH-no
side dish [veggies always come seperately] cotorno kon-TOR-no
dessert dolce DOAL-chay
and e ay
...a glass of un bicchiere di oon bee-key-YAIR-eh dee
...a bottle of una bottiglia di oo-na boh-TEEL-ya dee
...a half-liter of mezzo litro di MET-tzoh LEE-tro dee
...fizzy water acqua gassata AH-kwah gah-SAHT-tah
...still water acqua non gassata AH-kwah noan gah-SAHT-tah
...red wine vino rosso VEE-noh ROH-so
...white wine vino bianco VEE-noh bee-YAHN-koh
...beer birra BEER-a
Check, please Il conto, per favore eel COAN-toh pair fah-VOAR-eh
Is service included? É incluso il servizio? ay een-CLOU-so eel sair-VEET-zee-yo

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).