The culinary tradition of Rome is well known as the capital of Italian food, with excellent pastas and pizzas highlighting the majority of menus. Rome is really a carb-lovers heaven. Yet there are also lesser known culinary delights, stemming from the recipes developed over centuries of cucina poverta. Based in the offal off-cuts of the wealthy elite meats, plus the many years of food restriction for the Jewish community. This lead to an eclectic array, including oxtail stews, potato croquettes and fried courgette flowers stuffed with mozzarella. The result is a rich food heritage translated into modern gourmet dishes and family-run trattoria that compete with the world’s best.
Said to be the oldest restaurant in Rome- over 500 years old- it is a smart and casual dining experience that is very popular amongst the locals. The service is of high standard but can run at the typical laid-back Italian pace. Here, there are classic meals at decent prices that you won’t be disappointed with. The wine selections are great and the tiramisu dessert is known throughout the city. It is located on the Vicolo della Campana, less than 5 minutes walk from the river Tiber or the Piazza Navona. Opening hours are from 7:30pm – 11pm.
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Right in the middle of the tourist area of the central city- within earshot of the Pantheon itself- sits this restaurant. It is important to book in advance for a table, so perhaps for when planning your ancient sightseeing day. This is because the place is small and in very high demand. It provides some of the best food you can find, right in the city centre, at very reasonable prices. Eating here, you might be tucked in close to the other diners, but you won’t regret it. The gnocchi, ravioli and seasonal braised artichokes come highly recommended. The restaurant stays open until 11pm during the week. It is open for lunch everyday except Sunday, when it is closed.
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A new fine-dining restaurant on the map in Rome, Marzapane takes the concept of Mediterranean fusion and is running with it. The head chef hails from Spain and brings her own take on the classics to the menu. Examples include the best carbonara voted by the city, and gastronomic feasts, such as the Alba’s story tasting menu. Prices are higher than average here, but it’s a small price for this exceptional fine-dining experience. You will leave with your senses tantalised and your stomach satisfied. It is important to book ahead because Marzapane has swiftly risen to fame, therefore easily being full. Closing time is 10:30pm, but with the 12-course Alba’s story, it is easy to spend the whole evening here. Alongside the well recommended wine of course. The restaurant is situated on Via Velletri, just to the east of the Villa Borghese.
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A pizza restaurant that is just off the beaten track, but a world apart from the typical pizzerias in the central city. Located on the Via degli Scipioni, halfway between the river Tiber and the Vatican. The nearest metro stop is ‘Lepanto’. With cheerful and friendly service and great eating, this is no typical tourist trap. The pizza oozes slow-food and attention detail, including a special flour mix and lava stone, wood-fired ovens. The dough is fluffy, not like the typical thin crust of Roman pizzas. Prices are very fair for the food, as well as the wine. The place is open until midnight, perfect for a late-night meal of real pizza. Or as a take away snack on your way back from St Peter’s Square. It’s always a great time to eat pizza.
The crescendo of Roman dining experiences, La Pergola is Rome’s only 3 Michelin star restaurant. Its stunning and romantic ambience is matched only by its view. It is situated on the 9th floor of the Rome Cavalieri resort, overlooking the city. As with most Michelin star experiences, people opt for 6-10 course meals, perfectly curated for a treasured evening. With opportunities to go to the balcony and admire the beautiful view and take photos between courses. The service is impeccable, with a great wine and mineral water list to go alongside the best gourmet food around. As expected, a 3-star restaurant will be a costly meal, and will require a booking of some months in advance. Dinner dress code is formal, so men must wear a dinner jacket. The frequent personal extras sent out from the chef himself is the cherry on top of a world class experience! Buon appetito!