La Ciambella

Top choice italian in Centro Storico

Near the Pantheon but as yet largely undiscovered by the tourist hordes, this friendly restaurant beats much of the neighbourhood competition. Its handsome, light-filled interior is set over the ruins of the Terme di Agrippa, visible through transparent floor panels, setting an attractive stage for interesting, imaginative food.

Start with a chickpea pancake, perhaps topped by stracciatella (creamy cheese) and anchovies, before a pasta dish of guinea fowl ragù and wild mushrooms. All accompanied by excellent Italian wine.