This small Italian restaurant near the Trevi Fountain and run by the delightful Luca serves the best risotto de crema de scampi (shrimp) that I've ever tried. The pizzas are also good and the tiramisu is delicious. All in all, good, high-quality food at an attractive price. It’s a great option if you’re hungry in Rome. Enjoy
Very well located - 100 meters from Piazza Navona. Pleasant terrace and inside the same. We ate and dined there 5 times in 6 days and every day we took it easy. Italian home cooking, good quality/price ratio (12-15 euros/diner). Friendly people and diverse clientele, blending tourism and native Rome.
I will make a culinary suggestion you're sure to like. This is the Ristorante La Gensola, located in the charming Trastevere district of Rome. It is a small restaurant, homely and unpretentious, very typical of the Mediterranean. Small tables with white tablecloths and beautiful views of Trastevere. We chose the tasting menu, which was about 30 euros per person, but I think the quality of the dishes very well justified the amount. As far as I can remember, we were served a delicious salad of salted, stuffed calamari, flavoursome fresh pasta, and chocolate dessert, a wonderful white wine, bread and water. We were more than satisfied, with full bellies and happy spirits. The food was great and the walk back through the Trastevere was a joy. Definitely a must if you're visiting Rome.
This is an authentic Roman cafe-pastry shop far from the more theatrical and touristy places of the city. The tiramisu is great! You can get it in chocolate, banana, strawberry, pineapple...and, of course, coffee. It's located right after you leave the city walls near the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and I assure you that, even if you're not crazy about tiramisu (as was my case), this will make you see the dessert through different eyes. Still not convinced? Well, there is also an interminable variety of sweets, cakes, and ice cream, so dieters be warned!
Of course, the Pompi is also a good place to try the famous Roman aperitif from Tuesday to Sunday starting at 18:30. For those ve don't know, the Roman aperitif is basically a free buffet that you can access for the price of a drink. The drink is typically a cocktail and varies from 5€ to 8€ in price. Don't expect gourmet, just pasta, pizza, and various snacks. If you go during the weekend (especially in the afternoon), it's absolutely packed.
I’d recommend trying the “carciofo” (artichokes). They’re very different from what I’m used to, but the flavor is just excellent. The restaurant is located in the heart of the Roman Ghetto, more active and attractive today than ever.
San Calisto, warmly referred to as “Sanca” among Romans, is a bar located steps from the Piazza di Santa Maria which opens at dawn and shuts its doors at 2am every day of the week except Sunday. Despite the Trastevere neighborhood’s recent transformation into one of the city’s hippest areas, San Calisto has maintained its involuntarily-retro vibe and looks right out of 1960’s Rome: worn photos of footballers on the walls, an honest pricing scheme, and quick waiters ve shout commands in Roman. It’s not just a bar though; it also serves homemade ice cream. I love the chocolate ice cream there…it tastes like when I was a kid.
“Il Sanca” is perfect for breakfast, a mid-morning coffee, a classic Peroni in the afternoon, or for a cup of hot chocolate in winter. At night, it’s perfect for having one (or two, or three) drinks with friends since San Calisto won’t put too much of a dent in your wallet. Marcello, the owner, runs his restaurant with integrity and competence, and decided to maintain his prices as a gesture to the bar’s regulars. The low prices, in fact, attract all kinds of people from the typically-extravagant Romans to the elderly, children, intellectuals, young people, CEOs, writers, workers, local politicians, and, of course, tourists.
If you are near the Piazza Barberini feeling hungry, do not hesitate to try this trattoria. This is one of those places where the Romans and tourists mingle (a good sign) and the food is good. Although it's a modest family restaurant, you can taste the best Boscaiola the world. It's the house specialty. The price for two people: A dish w/ bread, 1/2 liter of house wine and water is 26€ to 30€ (depending on what you choose).
It’s not the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life, but it was the best gelato I had during my last trip to Rome. It’s located on the elegant Via dei Coronari between the Ponte Sant'Angelo and the Piazza Navona. The price is around 2-3€ and a medium cup with three flavors cost 4€.
Though many people say that it is difficult to eat well in Rome if you don't like pasta, this is one of the best restaurants. Well if you go to this restaurant as one of the people that thinks they don't like pasta, it will surely change your opinion. It is a perfect place both for its atmosphere and for its excellent food and wine. There is an incredibly good proscuitto, amazing fresh fish, an artichoke that is spectacular, good Italian wine, scrumptious fried cauliflower, in short, I loved it. Is it expensive? The prices are high, yes, much as the quality. In short, if you want to treat yourself to good dining in Rome, this is the place to go Italian for that purpose.
On a Sunday in Rome, the month of June 2007, we visited Piazza di Spagna, with the magnificent Fountain of Bernini and walked by foot down from Santa Trinita del Monte, and after taking a thousand pictures, because the place is amazing, we walked only a block and a half and suddenly, we encountered the old front of Caffe Greco, declared a historic monument which dates back to 1760, if it seems unbelievable .... Go and see for yourself. We looked at the prices and it seemed cheap to us, or at least, not that expensive for this kind of place. Nice, chic, served well and with a nice maitre' d. The tables and chairs are small, small spaces like the rooms of an old house, with thousands of pictures and photos on your walls, ornaments and lights, amazing ancient environments, it feels like being in a house full of mirrors, lights and a meeting of all countries. We took a snack (dry martini and Cinzano Rosso) both delicious and a spicy package: fruits, dried nuts, pistachios, cashews, etc.. And a triple minisandwiches no more than three inches. Longer ones: Incredible! There, we learned that to pose for a photo, say-CAFFE LATTE for the smile is spontaneous. For the next time you go to Rome, GRECO offers a different experience!!
The restaurant is famous for its "Pollo alla Lucrezia Borgia" which has a secret recipe that nobody knows apart from the cook, it is a restaurant where you can eat various typical local delicacies. It is not really suitable for vegetarians like me, but we must recognize that the place is beautiful, especially in summer, as they put a terrace outdoor right at the foot of the beautiful medieval castle. Despite where it is located the restaurant is not overly expensive.
You can’t say that you've truly visited Rome without eating at Ai Marmi, the pizzeria of the trendiest neighborhood in Rome: Trastevere. The marble tabletops bear the name of the restaurant and the pizzas are great and done in the traditional Roman style. The restaurant itself looks like it has seen better days, but don’t be fooled by first impressions. The service is quick and perhaps the only fault is that the dining area is a bit cramped. Otherwise, it’s a fantastic place.
Oh, I forgot to talk about the pizza. Well, it’s delicious and so is the tiramisu!
After visiting the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and the Pantheon, it is a delight to eat at this little restaurant. The waitress is very friendly and the prices very good. For desert you must have a scoop chocolate truffle ice-cream in the Piazza Navona. The ice-cream parlor is on the one end of the square near a toy store on the corner, is called Tre Fontane (in the toy store take a look, you will see the biggest stuffed animals and expensive you can imagine).
It's one of the most memorable restaurants from my trip to Europe. I always wanted to visit Piazza Navona and on our second to last night in Rome, my husband took me to eat at the Caffe Dolce Vita. It's a memory that makes me nostalgic; Everything was beautiful and I want to repeat it again with my children and husband.
One of the greatest pastimes while visiting Rome is simply wandering the streets and finding upon all of the little gems. Perhaps one of the most inviting neighborhoods to partake in this pleasure is Trastevere. Here, we found artisan chocolate that took our breathe away. Its name is Dolce Idea and if you are curious to visit, it's located on the Via San Francesco a Ripa 27. After an extraordinary meal, we decided to get into this charming shop full of temptations. Chocolates and handmade chocolates with thousands of shapes, colors and flavors lined the shelves ready to be tasted. Apparently this small, hidden shop has reached a world-class reputation, because on its walls were newspaper clippings from around the world talking about their excellencies, even from Japan.
The gelato here is 100% natural with no chemicals, additives, thickeners, or colors. They also only use the best ingredients: the nocciola gelato, for example, uses nuts from “Tonda delle Langhe” and the pistachio ice cream uses “Pistacchio di Bronte Smeraldo.” They also use fresh cow’s milk, Venezuelan cacao, and Sicilian almonds. The eggs, which are used to make the creams, are from organic farms and all the fruit is seasonal and fresh.
I won’t recommend any flavor in specific because they change with the seasons (you’ll never find strawberry ice cream in winter, for example). You also won’t find any cones here because they believe that cones ruin the flavor of the gelato. They sell a variety of fair-trade marmalades, sauces, and cookies, and offer sugar-free gelatos and gelatos for the lactose-intolerant.
It’s in the Trastevere area and opens from 12 to 1am. Closed on Sundays.
Anyone going to Rome wanting to try real Italian food without emptying his pockets should visit this site. It is a small restaurant located in the most traditional neighborhood of Rome, Trastevere. The deal is exquisite, friendly and familiar, delicious dishes, filling, 30 euros per person. It has a quiet, small terrace at night and flavored with the Dolce Vita. I loved it and hope to return.
This restaurant in the Monti neighborhood serves authentic, traditional Roman cuisine. It was full when we arrived so we decided to wait for our table outside and have a glass of wine. Despite the crowd, service was quick. The menu was a sort of greatest hits of Roman cuisine: amatriciana a la carbonara, saltimbocca, etc. The dishes were generous in size and very, very tasty. They have free wi-fi for the first 15min. and the prices are about average for Rome.