La Tavernaccia

Top choice trattoria in Trastevere & Gianicolo

This family-run trattoria bustles every minute it's open. Book in advance to get one of Rome's most sought-after tables. The setting is simplicity itself, and the food is sensational. Roman classics get stellar treatment here. First courses include various preserved meats and hams that melt away. Besides pastas there are many roasts. Staff are cheery and helpful.

Dining here easily becomes an event as dishes emerge from the kitchen in waves, offering a seemingly never-ending evening of eating joy. Among the don't-miss classics is a sprightly rendition of the often humdrum eggplant parmigiana. If possible, save room for the creative desserts.