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Rome: Convenient Street Eats

Sanacafe

Choosing where to eat while abroad, even in the sure-shot restaurants across Italy, can be tough. Cafés close early and locations near landmarks are all too crowded with tourists. Luckily, we now have three new restaurants that fit the bill.

Garnering consensus in Rome is Sanacafe', a cafe and restaurant open from 8 AM to midnight, seven days a week. This airy, designer-led space sources organic and biodynamic ingredients – some of which are on sale. For breakfast, choose from blended fruit and vegetable juices, yogurt, homemade cornetti and cakes; at lunchtime there are salads, vegetarian menus and home made ice cream; in the evening, the menu features local, creative cuisine: pecorino, pear and black pepper tart; chocolate mousse with salt crystals. Centrally-located in the Prati district, check this café out on Via Pompeo Magno.

Also worth investigating in Rome is La Caffetteria di Fandango Incontro, a cafe, bar and meeting point on the second floor of the publicly owned, 18th century Palazzo Incontro, which is also home to a bookshop, cinema, exhibition space and theatre workshop. Furnished mostly in wood and white, and dotted with plants, the bar is a great place for breakfast, light lunches and aperitifs – with an intellectual air. There is also a good selection of wines.

For those knocking landmarks off their list, try Baccano, a new multi-functional restaurant close to the Trevi Fountain, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.  Think 1950's Parisian (dark wood, mosaics, antique ceiling fans) for the atmosphere, but the menu is strictly Italian.  You'll find all the classics here – from spaghetti alla carbonara to ossobuco, A good selection of artisanal beers and wines accompany the traditional fare.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of Sanacafe Italy

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