Restaurants in Rome
Sitting in the capital city, Rome restaurants reflects the best regional cuisines of Italy—northern, Sicilian, Florentine, Tuscan—in other words, plenty of pasta, fresh meat, seafood and lots of herbs. Try the finest Italian fare at some of the best restaurants in Rome.
Agata e Romeo, a husband-and-wife restaurant in Rome, does upscale takes on Roman classics. Highlights include rabbit croquettes; creatively rendered salt cod and shrimp wrapped in fried noodles. Try the greatest pizza bianca in Rome at Il Forno Roscioli, a traditional family bakery near the Campo de' Fiori market. Baked in an 1824 oven, the slim slabs of pizza dough have a springy crumb and a bubbly top that's moistened with olive oil and speckled with grains of coarse salt. Leave room for the apple-packed torta de mele and rustic pane di Lariano studded with raisins and walnuts. Traditional meets chic at Dal Bolognese. This Rome restaurant is where the beautiful people convene for rich classics such as lasagna verde or Bolognese veal cutlets. Here’s a case where calling for a reservation backfires: you’ll typically do better at getting a table if you just show up after 8.
Located in the T1 Arrivals gate at Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport in Rome, this bakery is a popular pre-flight stop for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Traditional bread and pastries items are crafted in an open air kitchen, as well as savory options.
A family-run trattoria with a slightly lived-in look (worn tile floors and wood-paneled wainscoting), Settimio all-Arancio near via del Corso and the Spanish Steps serves up classic Roman cuisine with an emphasis on grilled meat and fish and seasonal produce.
Set in the column-lined courtyard of the 16th-century Palazzo Medici Lante della Rovere, not far from the Pantheon, this is one of Rome’s oldest enoteche (wine store).
Not far from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, this quiet restaurant in Old Rome is known for its regional Sicilian cuisine. Filling up two stories in a 17th century palace, Trattoria's main floor is a casual bar serving drinks and a limited menu. The second floor boasts an open kitchen.
One of the most delicious aspects of Italian cooking is an expertly prepared Mediterranean seafood meal, and this is the best place in Rome to have one.
Formal and wood-paneled in the manner of Italy’s grand old coffee bars, and equipped with Wi-Fi in the style of the new, this is a standout in a city of excellent but fairly identical cafés.
Reservations are certainly needed at this brightly lit, 12-table trattoria located one block from the Piazza Vittorio. Brothers Enrico and Daniele Camerucci own and operate the dining room, while their mother controls the kitchen.
There wasn’t much in Fregene, a seaside town 40 kilometers from Rome, until renowned director Frederico Fellini discovered it while filming The White Sheik.
A classic Italian alimentari (deli), Volpetti in the Testaccio area offers an overwhelming selection of meats, breads, and cheeses.