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.
Inexpensive, casual pizzerie are all over the city (and an integral eating experience on any trip to Rome), but few are as much fun as this one. Maybe it’s the adorable and efficient waiters, or the giddily cheap tabs, but it always seems like a holiday at La Montecarlo.
Soccer players, Hollywood stars, famous artists, and locals from the neighborhood all line up outside Pizzeria da Baffetto to wait patiently for a table to open up in the crammed rooms of one of Rome's most stalwart traditional pizzerie: open only at dinner (only tourists eat pizza at lunch), wit
Located in the plaza and bustling open-air market of the same name, Il Forno Campo de' Fiori specializes in piazza bianca, a flatbread sprinkled with sea salt and doused in extra-virgin olive oil.
Arguably the best—and certainly the most fashionable—fish restaurant in Rome, this osteria, which looks like an upscale pescheria (fish market), showcases the best of the day’s catch, handpicked in the village of Terracina along the Lazio coast each morning.
Tucked away where Via di San Teodoro meets the western end of the Circus Maximus, this Parisian-style pasticceria is a little off the beaten path. The emphasis at this upscale sweet shop is on cakes and tarts, which are created in individual or miniature sizes and available to take out.
Not to be confused with the touristy “La Carbonara” on Campo dei Fiori, this hundred-year-old trattoria on a quiet street in Monti is a cozy and hip place to feast on homey, unfussy cucina Romana.
Opened in 2003, this library/café in the Pigneto district provides a destination for those seeking a good read, a cup of coffee, an organic snack, and spirited conversation. The interior boasts bookshelves and several small tables.
Located in Testacchio and established in 1911, Perilli is a great pick for those seeking a Roman dining experience away from touristy crowds. Perilli serves authentic Roman fare with a bounty of meat, pasta, and of course, offal (calf intestines, for instance).