While central Rome will always be known for its food, many argue that the city’s suburbs (a more accessible place for younger chefs to open up shop) are a better destination for the city’s most interesting restaurants—a point that’s strongly supported by Mazzo, which is outside the center city in Centocelle. The ten-seat restaurant is run by Francesca Barreca and Marco Baccanelli, who started their business doing inventive catering and creative pop-ups. Early evenings here offer cheap small plates, with a dinner menu becoming available at 8pm. Regulars told us that the best day to go is Sunday, when they make a huge family-style feast.

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