Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 36, Campo Marzio
In a city filled with good restaurants, we’ve been told on good authority that ReCafé serves the best pizza in Rome.
Borgo Santo Spirito, 73, Vatican City
This restaurant is a must visit just for the setting alone-a 15th century, former papal residence in the Palazzo della Rovere.
Via del Viminale, 44, Esquilino
This is an old school restaurant, in the equally old school, slightly gritty, Esquilino neighborhood. The story goes that around 1870 a lady migrated from Amatrice to Rome, and started cooking the bucatini famous to the region, on the very spot the restaurant is in today. Now run by the Crisciotti family, brothers Fabio and Mauro have stuck to the foods served in this space since the '30s. Aside from ordering the signature bucatini all'amatriciana, try something you would only ever see in Rome: puntarelle-inner stalks of Catalonian chicory, sliced super thin and tossed with anchovies and lemon juice.
La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
Via Della Madonna Dei Monti, 9, Monti
All the elements of an idyllic Roman restaurant–low-lit, exposed brick rooms, red checked tablecloths, mostly local diners–are wrapped into one space at this gem. The dishes are authentic and hearty, with the chef's daily specials being the way to go (although the burrata ravioli is a mainstay–and a must). The best part? It's remained seemingly untouched by the touristy crowds.
Via Labicana, 125, Monti
Just a short walk from Colosseum, Aroma is perched on the penthouse of the hotel, Palazzo Manfredi. The draw here is really the terrace view of the attraction from a distance, removed from swarms of tourists—the 40-seat space is both grand and intimate, serving up beautifully plated, elevated classics. There’s plenty of pasta, of course, but also a separate gluten-free menu, for those who want it.
Ginger Sapori e Salute
St. Eustachio Square, 54-55, Centro Storico
With several skylights, white walls and chairs accented with touches of rich wood, plus lots of additional lighting and greenery, Ginger is a bright and modern all-day restaurant in Roma Centro. It’s the kind of place where you can order both an acai bowl or a stack of organic pancakes for breakfast—there’s really something for everyone on their expansive, skewed-healthy menus. It’s a nice change of pace from pizza and pasta, if you’re looking for a break—although they have plenty of that here, too, plus a full wine menu. There’s another outpost in Campo Marzio.
Vicolo delle Bollette, 13, Trevi
Tucked into a narrow street just steps from the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro is a completely non-touristy respite nearby. With fresh ingredients collected from local markets each morning, the menu is two-page combination of the classics, seasonal fare (think: snails in an anchovy, chile, and mint sauce, available around the Feast of Saint John the Baptist in June), plus some inventive, off-the-beaten path dishes created over the course of the restaurant’s nearly century-long history. The dining room is fairly formal; definitely make a reservation in advance if you can. There are a few tables outdoors on the narrow patio, and a space to host a private dinner if you need.
Via del Monte della Farina, 28, Centro Storico
Opened just a few years ago by a young couple and members of Roscioli family, this restaurant serves incredible thin-crust pizza; toppings are sourced from Salumeria Roscioli, the area’s best deli counter, and the crust is from fourth-generation baker Pierluigi Roscioli. The light-filled space—owed, in part, to a great skylight—is wonderfully bright, modern, and air conditioned (there’s outdoor seating if you prefer, too). Bonus: it’s open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Da Felice a Testaccio
Via Mastro Giorgio, 29, Testaccio
Testaccio is a neighborhood known for being friendly with small-town vibes, and this no-fuss Italian spot is no exception. They boast some of the best cacio e pepe in Rome in a large, bright, brick-and-wood-lined dining room. Plus, it’s open seven days a week.
Via della Croce, 39, Campo Marzio
This family-owned restaurant, located near the Spanish steps—but not at all touristy—is a great spot for handmade seafood pasta, and the artichokes and meatloaf are pretty phenomenal, too. The local favorite can book up pretty quickly, so call in or email for a reservation in advance; a handwritten placard will mark your table when you arrive.
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