Eating Out

Rome has a huge selection of specialities, although few realise that they do in fact belong to Rome, as they are so well known all over Italy and the world. These include dishes such as “Spaghetti Carbonara” or pasta “all’amatriciana” which can be found in every trattoria in Rome.

You should head to the Ghetto to sample, in my opinion, the best “Carciofi alla giudia” (fried artichokes) from the place where they are originate. You can find them in most restaurants in the city. Frascati is the most famous wine of the region, but there are many more. You only have to look at the abundant wine lists all around the city. Rome is a surprisingly cheap city when you learn to avoid the tourist hot spots such as Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. You should be paying around 20€ a head in most trattorias for 2 courses, wine, coffee and a limoncello.

To find the best places, look around Trastevere or in the small streets to the west of Piazza Navona. For small budgets, I highly recommend “Carlo Menta” on Piazza G.Tav.Arquati, “Ivo” just off Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere or “Maharajah” on Via dei Serpenti by the Colosseum. If you want to treat yourself, try “Cantina del Vecchio” on Via dei Coronari just by Piazza Navona or “La Rosetta” Via della Rosetta, right opposite the Pantheon.

There are some really nice bars all over the city. I recommend you try “Mimi e Coco”, one of the many bars on via del Governo Vecchio just off Piazza Navona, or “’Gusto” on Piazza Augusto Imperatore right next to Via del Corso.