Centro Storico Restaurants
Via di Monti Giordano, 60/61, Centro Storico
This quirky little brunch spot is famous for baked goods and incredible pancakes, which come with layers of strawberries and bananas in between the stacks.
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.
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.
Piazza del Paradiso, 63/65, Centro Storico
Come for the novelty factor—the restaurant is built into what used to be the Pompeo Theater, so you’re essentially having your meal in an ancient cave (don’t worry, there’s a breezy patio if the enclosed space doesn’t sound appealing—and stay for the excellent food: An incredibly well executed menu of Roman classics like the excellent fried zucchini flowers—pending seasonal availability, of course. And trust us, don’t skip the pasta course. This is a popular spot, so make sure to call in advance.
Via del Leone, 4, Centro Storico
A good choice if you’re looking for a low-key, delicious dining experience without dropping a fortune. The menu at this cozy, family-owned neighborhood spot (checkered tablecloths and all) is quintessentially Roman—house-made pasta loaded with truffles, gnocchi, fried artichokes—with a lengthy wine list to match and daily specials to best highlight the season’s bounty. Whatever you order, make sure to get the cacio e pepe for the table: several locals have mentioned it as some of the best in town.
Via della Rosetta, 8, Centro Storico
Chef Massimo Riccioli has spent the majority of his life in this restaurant (his parents were the original founders and owners), so his familial history and dedication is reflected on his menu of beautiful, authentic, classic seafood dishes with a few modern renditions. Go here for the Gran Misto Antipasti, a mix of lightly marinated, raw, and gently cooked fish and shellfish from the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Via Borgognona, 11, Centro Storico
Open since 1935, this trattoria serves classic Tuscan food—they’re known for having some of the best zuppa di fagioli (bean soup) in town, plus pretty incredible steak tartare. Despite being just around the corner from the Piazza di Spagna, the restaurant itself is a wood-paneled, relatively quiet dining experience—note: if you’re not a regular, service can be less than warm, but still good.
Via delle Zoccolette 22, Centro Storico
The menu leans on crazy-fresh ingredients sourced from the farms around Rome, and every category, from fritti to pasta, is gorgeously executed.
Piazza de' Ricci, 144, Centro Storico
The specialty at this close to a century-old restaurant is fish, more specifically, super fresh oysters, and seafood-themed pastas. The kitchen takes great care to source almost exclusively from local fishermen, which explains why the menu is so heavily influenced by what’s in season and changes often. While so many local restaurants are on the casual side, this one, with its expansive wine and cocktail list and elegant outdoor seating area right on the Piazza Ricci, should be saved for a special occasion.
Via Monte Dè Cenci, 9, Centro Storico
It’s blasphemous to spend any amount of time in Rome without having tried Carciofi alla Giudia, a delicious fried artichoke dish with deep roots in the Roman-Jewish community. Piperno, which has been around since the 1860’s, does it exceptionally well. It’s a fairly small space so the white-tablecloth tables spill right out onto the cobblestone square in the summer months. Another menu highlight? A fried ricotta dessert called Palle di Nonno—that’s ‘grandfather’s balls’ in English.
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