La Casetta a Monti
Via della Madonna dei Monti, 62, Monti
La Casetta a Monti occupies the first floor of a gorgeous old ivy-colored house, making it possibly one of the most beautiful cafes in the city.
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.
Hostaria Isidoro Al Colosseo
Via S. Giovanni in Laterano, 59/a, Monti
Just blocks from the Coliseum, Hostaria Isidoro is tucked inside a former 17th-century convent: Exposed brick, coffered ceilings, and dark woods all contribute to the restaurant’s charm. Excellent food (think Italian classics—ultra-fresh meat, seafood, and produce, handmade pasta) and a friendly staff make this an ideal spot for a romantic dinner.