Eating

  • Pianostrada Urban bistro chic in the centro storico.
  • Panella The ultimate budget-dine ticket, any time of day.
  • Sbanco The hottest pizzeria of the moment with a buzzy, warehouse-vibe.
  • Pizzarium Scissor-cut chunks of pizza to go from Rome's master pizza maker.
  • La Ciambella Hybrid restaurant-bar by the Panethon.

By Budget

  • Pizzarium Top-of-the-range pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice).
  • Panella Heavenly bakery serving fresh-baked food all day on a flowery, sun-flooded terrace.
  • Pasta Chef Fast-food pasta joint in the pretty heart of Monti.
  • Mordi e Vai Food stall serving classic Roman fast food.

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  • Pianostrada Creative modern cuisine and a fashionable bistro vibe.
  • L’Asino d’Oro Umbrian creative cuisine at reasonable prices (especially lunch).
  • Sbanco Superlative pizzas with original creative toppings.
  • La Ciambella Relaxed all-day eatery in the shadow of the Pantheon.
  • Tram Tram Wildly popular osteria (tavern) mixing Roman classic with Sicilian seafood in student-filled San Lorenzo.
  • Litro Creative Roman kitchen in unknown Monteverde with organic produce and Rome's best biodynamic wines.

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By Cuisine

Traditional Roman

  • Flavio al Velavevodetto Classic cucina romana, served in huge portions.
  • Da Felice In the heartland of Roman cuisine, and sticking to a traditional weekly timetable.
  • Armando al Pantheon Family-run trattoria offering hearty Roman cuisine in the shadow of the Pantheon.
  • Da Enzo Hugely popular Trastevere address, known for quality sourced ingredients.
  • Da Augusto Dreamy summertime dining and fabulous mamma-style cooking on one of Trastevere's prettiest piazzas.

Modern Roman

  • Glass Hostaria Innovative cuisine by celebrity female chef Cristina Bowerman in her contemporary Trastevere, Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • Antonello Colonna Open Antonello Colonna's glass-roofed restaurant offers creative takes on Roman classics.
  • Renato e Luisa Always-packed trattoria that takes classic Roman cooking and mixes it up.
  • Ristorante L’Arcangelo Updated takes on classic Roman dishes at this Prati hotspot.
  • Pianostrada Uber fashionable, bistro-and-bar dining on funky Roman-inspired plates to share or scoff alone.

Regional

  • Colline Emiliane Sensational home cooking from Emilia-Romagna.
  • Seacook Chic seafood fresh from Salento in southern Italy.
  • Trattoria Monti Top-notch traditional cooking from the Marches, including heavenly fried things.
  • Terre e Domus All ingredients are sourced from the surrounding Lazio region.
  • La Prosciutteria Made-to-measure taglieri (wooden chopping boards) and panini loaded with Tuscan cold cuts, cheeses, fruit and veg at this Florentine salami shop.
  • Cotto Crudo Pick up a panino with the best ham and cheese from Emilia-Romagna.

Pizzerias

  • Sbanco Creative pizzas and craft beer served in casual bar-like setting.
  • Emma Pizzeria Smart outfit dishing up excellent wood-fired pizzas in the historic centre.
  • Pizzeria Da Remo Spartan but stunning: the frenetic Roman pizzeria experience in Testaccio.
  • Panattoni Streetside tables and fabulous pizza haul in the hoards to Trastevere's 'l'obitorio' (the morgue).
  • Alle Carette Top-notch baccalà (salted cod) and down-to-earth pizza, super-thin and swiftly cooked on Monti's prettiest car-free street.

Pizza by the Slice

  • Pizzarium Pizza slices created by the master, Gabriele Bonci.
  • Forno Roscioli Thin and crispy, this is some of the best pizza rossa (with tomato and oregano) in Rome, if not the world.
  • Forno di Campo de' Fiori Food-of-the-gods pizza rossa (with tomato and oregano) and bianca (with olive oil and rosemary).
  • Antico Forno Urbani A kosher bakery in the Ghetto with incredible pizza bianca.

To See & Be Seen

  • Said Hipster all-rounder in a 1920s chocolate factory in San Lorenzo.
  • Dal Bolognese Moneyed, moghuls and models mingle just off Piazza del Popolo.
  • Settembrini Beloved of media lovelies, with the RAI (national media company) headquarters nearby.
  • Il Sorpasso Cool vintage-styled bar restaurant, haunt of Prati’s fashionable crowd.
  • Temakinho Hip, Brazilian-sushi hybrid in Monti mixing powerful caipirinhas.

Pastry Shops

  • Pasticceria De Bellis Work-of-art cakes, pastries and dolci at this chic pasticceria.
  • Biscottificio Innocenti Classic old-school Trastevere bakery, with piled-high biscuits such as brutti ma buoni (ugly but good).
  • I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza Heavenly Sicilian pastries.
  • Andreotti Poem-worthy treats from buttery crostate (tarts) to the piles of golden sfogliatelle romane (ricotta-filled pastries).
  • Pasticceria Gruè Modern pasticceria-cum-cafe with artfully crafted cakes and pastries.

Settings

  • Aroma The Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant of the Palazzo Manfredi hotel has 'marry-me' views over the Colosseum.
  • La Veranda A location in Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty; dine beneath 15th-century Pinturicchio frescoes.
  • Antonello Colonna Open Restaurant on a mezzanine under a soaring glass ceiling in the Palazzo degli Esposizioni.
  • Casa Bleve Gracious colonnaded wine bar with a stained-glass ceiling.
  • Caffetteria Chiostro del Bramante Hidden cafe overlooking Bramante’s graceful Renaissance cloister.

Places to Eat With Locals

  • Pizzeria Da Remo The full neighbourhood Roman pizza experience, with lightning-fast waiters serving paper-thin pizzas.
  • Da Felice Traditional local cooking in Testaccio, the heartland of Roman cuisine.
  • Antico Forno Urbani Queue up with the locals for pizza al taglio in the Ghetto.
  • Da Teo Reservations essentials at this hugely popular trattoria with terrace seating on a pretty Trastevere piazza.
  • Pizza Ostiense Fabulous thin-crust pizza in Rome's ex-industrial, hip neighbourhood of Ostiense.
  • Hostaria Romana Buzzing trattoria dining footsteps from the Trevi Fountain.

Gelatarie

Fast Food

  • Trapizzino Home of the trapizzino, a cone of doughy bread with fillers like polpette al sugo (meatballs in tomato sauce).
  • Mercato Centrale The hot spot at Rome's central train station for gourmet food fast.
  • Supplizio Gourmet versions of Rome's favourite fried risotto ball snacks, supplì.
  • Fa-Bìo Popular organic takeaway near the Vatican.
  • Mordi e Vai Classic Roman street food at this acclaimed Testaccio food stall.
  • Pasta Chef Fast pasta at a trendy 'gourmet street food' address in Monti.

Food Shops

  • Eataly Mall-sized, state-of-the-art food emporium, with produce from all over Italy, and multiple restaurants.
  • Salumeria Roscioli The rich scents of fine Italian produce, cured meats and cheeses intermingle in this superlative deli.
  • Antica Caciara Trasteverina Century-old deli with fresh ricotta, to-die-for ricotta infornata (oven-baked ricotta), wheels of Lazio's celebrated, black-waxed pecorino romano DOP and aromatic garlands of guanciale (pig's jowl).
  • Volpetti This superstocked deli is a treasure trove of gourmet delicacies and helpful staff.
  • Confetteria Moriondo & Gariglio Revel in magical chocolate creation at this historic confectioners.
  • Grezzo Raw chocolate in every guise.

Local Blogs

  • Katie Parla (http://katieparla.com) On-the-pulse restaurant reviews and culinary insights by food-and-beverage journalist Katie, a Rome-based, New Jersey native and author of the highly recommended Tasting Rome (2017).
  • Eizabeth Minchilli in Rome (www.elizabethminchilliinrome.com) Reliable dining recommendations by the author of Eating Rome, an American food writer at home in Italy.
  • Gillian's Lists (www.gillianslists.com) Rome-based blogger with a penchant for beaches, coffee and cocktails.
  • Heart Rome (www.heartrome.com) Food and lifestyle in the eternal city seen through the smart eyes of Australian Maria Pasquale.
  • An American in Rome (http://anamericaninrome.com) Bar and restaurant reviews by freelance writer Natalie Kennedy who arrived in Rome, fresh from California, in 2010.