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  • Bonci Pizzarium Top-of-the-range pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice).
  • Panella Historic bakery serving fresh-baked food all day.
  • Supplì Wonderful Trastevere tavola calda serving reliable, bargain-priced meals.
  • Antica Norcineria Iacozzilli Century-old deli serving a sensational panino stuffed with rosemary-scented porchetta (suckling pig).
  • Giselda Industrial-chic cafe in Trastevere offering a dirt-cheap lunch deal.
  • Sbanco New-school pizzeria known for its sumptuous fried morsels and creative pizza toppings.

By Budget: €€

  • Pianostrada Creative modern cuisine and a fashionable bistro vibe.
  • Piccolo Arancio Trevi trattoria specialising in seafood dishes.
  • Da Enzo Quality local produce and arguably the city's best pasta cacio e pepe.
  • Trattoria Da Teo Traditional trattoria with one of Trastevere's loveliest terraces.
  • La Buca di Ripetta Modern Roman cuisine near the Spanish Steps.

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  • Metamorfosi Roy Caceres' stupendously good fusion dishes never fail to impress.
  • Marco Martini Restaurant Modern, well-executed cuisine enjoyed in a garden pavilion near the Circo Massimo.
  • Enoteca La Torre Sophisticated contemporary cuisine in glamorous surrounds.
  • Aroma The rooftop restaurant of the Palazzo Manfredi hotel has 'marry-me' views over the Colosseum.
  • Zia Restaurant Up-and-coming chef and a good-value lunch menu.
  • All'Oro Sleek hotel restaurant with food by innovative chef Riccardo Di Giacinto.

By Cuisine: Traditional Roman

  • Flavio al Velavevodetto Classic cucina romana in a popular neighbourhood trattoria.
  • La Tavernaccia Family-run trattoria sticking solidly to the classics.
  • Trattoria Da Cesare al Casaletto Fantastic trattoria beloved by both local regulars and visiting foodies.
  • Da Enzo Hugely popular Trastevere address, known for quality sourced ingredients.
  • Trattoria Da Teo So traditional that it still cooks gnocchi on a Thursday only; honest and delicious food.
  • Tordomatto Fine-dining address serving refined versions of cucina romana dishes.

By Cuisine: Modern Roman

  • L’Arcangelo Updated takes on classic Roman dishes at this Prati favourite.
  • Pianostrada Modern Roman dining with a strong emphasis on vegetables.
  • Metamorfosi Playful updates of Roman classics from a Michelin-starred chef.
  • La Ciambella The surrounds include ruins of the ancient Terme do Agrippa, but the cuisine is unabashedly modern.
  • Salumeria Roscioli Deli-restaurant hybrid serving traditional food prepared with a contemporary sensibility.
  • VyTA Enoteca Regionale del Lazio Specialities from the Lazio region given a sophisticated contemporary twist.

By Cuisine: Regional

  • Colline Emiliane Sensational antipasti, pastas and desserts from Emilia-Romagna.
  • Seacook Chic seafood fresh from Salento in southern Italy.
  • Casa Coppelle Theatrical restaurant serving refined French cuisine.
  • Piccolo Arancio Huge choice of seafood dishes paying homage to Italy's south.
  • Aroma Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant specialising in modern Mediterranean food.
  • Il Chianti Tuscan classics that can be enjoyed on a gorgeous terrace near the Trevi Fountain.


  • 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: a frenetic Roman pizzeria experience in Testaccio.
  • Pizzeria Ai Marmi 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 mighty tasty.
  • Giulietta Trendy pizzeria set in a former car showroom.

Pizza by the Slice

  • Bonci 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.
  • La Renella Historic bakery known for its bread, biscuits and pizza slices.
  • Antico Forno Urbani A kosher bakery in the Ghetto with incredible pizza bianca (with olive oil and rosemary).

Notable Wine Lists

  • La Barrique Interesting list of wines from small producers, including natural wines.
  • Casa Bleve High-end restaurant with one of the largest and most interesting wine lists in the city.
  • Salumeria Roscioli Sensational list by the glass and bottle.
  • Litro Vintage-styled bistro-bar with extensive list of natural and organic wines.
  • Trattoria Da Cesare al Casaletto Serves one of the best house wines in town.
  • L'Arcangelo Well-curated wine list to complement creative contemporary bistro food.

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.

Vegetarian Menus

  • Pianostrada Modern Roman dining with a strong emphasis on vegetables.
  • Verde Pistacchio Veggie and vegan treats, including a bargain lunchtime deal.
  • Sora Lella Old-style Roman eatery with a vegetarian tasting menu.
  • Il Margutta All-vegetarian menu with lots of vegan choices and a popular lunch/brunch buffet.
  • 100% Bio Organic lunch buffet with 30 vegetarian and vegan dishes to choose from.
  • Il Pagliaccio Rome's only restaurant with two Michelin stars offers a dedicated vegetarian tasting menu.

Places to Eat with Locals

  • Da Felice Traditional local cooking in Testaccio, the heartland of Roman cuisine.
  • Panella Hugely popular bakery and tavola calda in Esquilino; go for lunch.
  • Trattoria Da Teo Reservations essential at this much-liked trattoria, with terrace seating on a pretty Trastevere piazza.
  • Pizzeria Ostiense Fabulous thin-crust pizza in Rome's ex-industrial, hip neighbourhood of Ostiense.
  • Hostaria Romana Buzzing trattoria dining footsteps from the Trevi Fountain.


Fast Food

  • Trapizzino Home of the trapizzino, a cone of doughy bread with fillers like polpette al sugo (meatballs in tomato sauce).
  • Mercato Centrale Gourmet fast-food stalls galore at this food hall in Rome's main train station.
  • Supplì Gourmet versions of Rome's favourite fried-risotto-ball snacks, as well as great pizza by the slice.
  • Fa-Bìo Popular organic takeaway near the Vatican.
  • Panificio Bonci Bakery near the Vatican serving tasty pizzas and panini (sandwiches) to go.
  • Antica Norcineria Iacozzilli Delicious panini stuffed with rosemary-scented porchetta (suckling pig).

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.
  • Amodei Banco e Bottega Tempting deli and enoteca near Termini Station.
  • Antica Caciara Trasteverina Century-old deli with fresh ricotta and to-die-for ricotta infornata (oven-baked ricotta), among other delicacies.
  • Volpetti This super-stocked deli is a treasure trove of gourmet delicacies and helpful staff.
  • Confetteria Moriondo & Gariglio Source magical chocolate creations at this historic confectioner.