Places to eat in Rome

Allora! First time visiting Rome. Lived up by Piazza del Popolo and walked everywhere, bellissima! To keep it short, but dolce, here are the places I can highly recommend:

I Pizzicaroli

Not far from Piazza Navona you`ll find an abundance of delicacies from Umbria and Abruzzo, served on a plank. A very long plank.

Osteria delle Coppelle

This is a gem! Few blocks from Pantheon. Book a table! Outside is nice, inside is buzzing with a great vibe. Delicious ravioli and tuna steak. Try the starters too, a mouthful each.

L’Arcangelo

Incredible refined dining behind Castel Sant´Angelo in Prati. Supplizio and cauliflower soup with sprinkled coffee for starters. Gnocchi all`Amatriciana with sauce made of cured pork cheek to die for. Everything on the desert menu sounds intriguing. And the wine, top notch. Expect to spend good money here…

Colline Emiliane

Mentioned in the 2017 Michelin guide. We got lucky, but do make a reservation. Without exaggeration the best pumpkin ravioli I have ever had. Sublime. A stone`s throw from Piazza Barberini.

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Breakfast and lunch

Giacomelli Patrizia

Favorite breakfast place close to the Spanish Steps! Smooth cappuccino, nice omelette and fabulous pastry counter. Friendly staff and lots of locals!

Cacio e Pepe

Had half a portion of delightful cacio e pepe, spaghetti with pecorino and pepper. Did not see any other tourists at this popular spot in Prati, close to Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini.

Ai Tre Scalini

Overate on caprese, mozzarella and tomato salad at this cosy trattoria in Monti, filled with locals. Chinotto Neri on the side, an Italian bitter coke.

Mercato Centrale Roma

Foodie heaven inside Termini station. Food hall run by artisan chefs with high quality products on every stall. Get you cheese and salami vacuum packed for the flight home and everything else to go.

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Pizzarium

Hole in the wall few blocks behind the Vatican. Well forth the stroll for super tasty pizza al taglio. Crowded.

Gelato Paolessi

Had both good and not good gelato in Rome. This place in Monti was outstanding. Fantastic flavor and freshness of the ricotta and pear, and the pineapple gelato.

Fatamorgana Corso

Great place with organic gelato. New flavors every day. Loved the Aztek chocolate, the pistachio and the ricotta. Close to Piazza del Popolo.

Gelateria la Romana

Go there just to see the interior! It is old school and chic at the same time. The least touristy gelateria. Check out the one in Prati.

Gelateria del Teatro

Another place with pure natural flavors and fresh gelato. Visited the one by Ponte Garibaldi.

Casino del Lago 

The cosiest, tranquil little coffee shop in Villa Borghese. Lots of delicious pies on display.

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Nothing sucks more than a sold out gallery or fully booked restaurant. Next time I will definitely book these in advance:

– Galleria Borghese
– Armando al Pantheon

Best not believe the hype: 

Nonna Betta

In the Jewish quarter. Fried artichoke and red bacalao. Nothing special.

Da Francesco

By Piazza del Fico. Totally average, touristy place.

Testaccio Market

Few interesting food options here. Mostly clothes and fruit.

Hotel Eitch Borromini

The rooftop view is astonishing. The 25 € cocktails below average, even with names like La Grande Bellezza.

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