Restaurants in Rome

Eating in Rome

Buongiorno!! ..and if it's after lunchtime, buonasera!!

It's 2017 but Rome still has some weird rules around the consumption of food. You ask someone in the States if they are hungry and the answers are either yes, no, a little... In Italy, you answer by consulting the time. Is it acceptable to eat at this hour, or is it too early? Food is so good here that in order not to eat all day, every day, you kinda have to starve yourself; and when you are not eating, talking about food is, of course, the next best thing!

Breakfast is not a meal. It's espresso (called caffe'), caffe' macchiato or cappuccino with or without something sweet, like a cornetto, pastry or donut. Romans drink up to sometimes 5-10 al giorno, (per day) but only 1 or 2 cappuccini (and only in the morning).

Lunch is no earlier than 1pm or 1:30pm. Eiher a sandwich at the local bar; or sliced meat, cheese, sott'oli (tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, olives etc. in oil) inside a rosettaciabatta or white pizza bianca bread at an alimentari or forno, o a casa da' a nonna.. (at grandma's) or a nice primo piatto (plate of pasta), secondo piatto (meat or fish) con contorno (side vegetable) at a ristorante/trattoria. Unless its by the slice, pizza is only for dinner at a pizzeria!

For dinner, restaurants mostly open at 7:30pm to accomodate tourists. Locals usually start eating at 8:30pm at the earliest, and at 10pm on Friday and Saturdays, as well as in the summer. 

2017 list of distinguished restaurants and establishments

Considered are restaurants that meet all or most of the following requirements: high quality food, tradition, ambiance, friendliness or professionalism of staff, and consistency

Spanish Steps

Nino Via Borgognona, 11

Dal Bolognese Piazza del Popolo, 1

Otello Alla Concordia Via della Croce, 81

Ristorante Da Edy Vicolo del Babuino, 4

Piazza Navona-Pantheon

La Campana Vicolo della Campana, 18

Armando al Pantheon Salita dei Crescenzi, 31

Osteria del Sostegno Via delle Colonelle, 5

Jewish Ghetto-Campo de' Fiori

Pierluigi Piazza de' Ricci, 144

Roscioli Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22

Trattoria Moderna Vicolo dei Chiodaroli, 16

BaGhetto Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 57

Vecchia Roma Via della Tribuna di Campitelli, 18

Ristorante al Pompiere Via di S. Maria de' Calderari, 38

Barberini-Trevi Fountain

Colline Emiliane Via degli Avignonesi, 22

Piccolo Arancio Vicolo Scanderbeg, 112

Hostaria Romana Via del Boccaccio, 1


Ristorante Meridionale Via dei Fienaroli, 30/a

Taverna Trilussa Via del Politeama, 23

Ristorante le Mani in Pasta Via dei Genovesi, 37

Ristorante Roma Sparita Piazza di Santa Cecilia, 24


La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali Via della Madonna dei Monti, 9

Ristorante Cuoco e Camicia Via di Monte Polacco, 2


Il Sorpasso Via Properzio, 31

Solo Crudo Via Federico Cesi, 22 


O'Vino Via Pesaro, 8

Osteria Bonelli Via dell'Acquedotto Alessandrino, 172

Pizza in Rome

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