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Restaurants In Rome
Eating out in restaurants in Rome can be a little tricky – especially in August when some close for holidays. Though food standards are generally good (restaurants in Rome serving poor food are rare) it has to be said some restaurants close to the Vatican frequently or those that you can see it from are definitely overpriced. These establishments cater primarily for tourists and as a result are not patronized by locals which can mean that the food quality for the price is disappointing.
An example of this which you may come across is the I Tre Scalini at Piazza Navona 28-32, Telephone 06 6880 1996. Really its a restaurant / cafe with tables inside and out – which is famous with chocolate addicts the world over for its ‘ tartufo’ a cocktail of chocolate and ice cream. Its has a fairly broad menu some of which will appeal to tourists from wherever they come and the food is dependable bit the tartufo aside the fare is is not exceptionable. It is prices – well a better investment may be one of the treasures in the Vatican’s museums. if your love of chocolate still prevails it is open from 9am to midnight daily. Has hols in Jan.
Not far away and extremely fairly priced is the Ar Galletto at Piazza Farnese 102 Telephone 06 686 1714. This venue does not suffer from the airs and graces that many of it rivals aspire to but it is patronized by locals and it lamb dishes cooked in traditional Italian manner are well thought of. Good authentic Italian Cuisine at reasonable prices around €30 per head. Open Monday – Saturday 12.15-3pm & 7.15-11pm. Close for 2 weeks in August.
Another centrally restaurant also popular with locals is the Remo Piazza at Santa Maria Liberatrice 44 Telephone 06 574 6270. Some critics say that this establishment offers some of the best and most authentically prepared pizzas in Rome. Tables in an out. Opens Monday – Saturday from 7pm to about 1am. Closes for holidays in August. €20 per head.
Rome’s Best Coffee Bar / cafe (or so many say) is Sant’Eustachio at Piazza Sant’Eustachio 82 Telephone 06 6880 2048. Open daily from 8.30am-1am the cappuccino has been sampled by many famous people who’s the management are proud to boast about. website Expensive but exceptional. You can buy the coffee in packets to take home.
One of Rome’s little gems is the vegetarian Il Margutta at Via Margutta 118 Telephone 06 3265 0577 (nearest metro Spagna). Daytime set offerings from €15 and evening menus at around €35- €45 with some options for meat eaters. On Sundays you can eat forever at €25. This well managed establishment has a old world ambiance about which is enhanced by the occasional live jazz session. website Open daily from 12.30-3.30pm and , 7.30-11.30pm. Closes for two to three weeks in August.
The Trattoria Monti at Via di San Vito 13A Telephone 06 446 6573 (nearest Metro Vittorio) also has veggie meals along with fish and meat on the menu all well prepared by and served by a family who simply love what they do. It is extremely popular with locals day and night so booking is advisable especially at night. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12.45-2.45pm & 7.45-11pm. Close for 1 week at Easter and the last three weeks of August Prices around €35 – €40 per head.
Our clubbing scouts (see european clubbing & nightlife) think that the best budget deal in Rome for food is Il Seme e la Foglia at Via Galvani 18 Telephone 06 574 3008 ( buses 95, 170, 673, 781 or tram 3. During the day its popular with students from the local music college and at night its a meeting spot for clubs. Pasta dishes with generous salads from around €6 are the attraction. Open Monday to Saturday from 7.30am until to -2am and on Sundays from 6pm-2am. Closes for holidays sometime in August.
Probably one of most overrated cafes is the Il Ristoro on the roof of St Peter’s Basilica apart from a few over priced cakes and non alcoholic drinks there is little for the hungry here. This establishment only escapes mention in our Rome Tourist Trap section because it does offer an exclusive view of the rest of Rome. Open Not open Sundays. Other days April to September from 8.30am to 6pm. October to March 8.30am to 5pm.
Seriously well heeled cuisine connoisseurs may be tempted by La Pergola at Via Cadlolo 101, North Telephone 06 3509 2152. email The restaurant on the roof of the Cavalieri Hilton hotel has several single Michelin stars to its credit has the German Chef Heinz Beck to thank for its success who was once known in the city as the chef who does not do Pizza but he has mellowed in recent years. Notable delicacies include sea bass, filled with prawns and asparagus, with crisp lemon bread, on green tea sorbet and deer with hazelnuts. They also have some of the worlds finest cheeses and deserts to die for – the chocolate souffle is incredible. Set seven course meals cost around €300 but those on a budget can have a main meal with wine for half that price. Opens Monday to Saturday from 7.30 – 11pm. Book in advance Closed for two weeks in August and three in January.
Less painful but also adorned with a Michelin star is Il Pagliaccio at Via dei Banchi Vecchi 129 Telephone 06 6880 9595. High class gourmet food – definitely which is a good representation of Italian cuisine with a touch or oriental about it. The desserts are delicious as well. Recently refurbished and now has a very intimate ambiance about it. Opens Monday and Tuesdays from 8-10pm. Wednesday to Saturdays it opens at lunchtime between 1 and 2pm and then 8-10pm in the evening. Closes for one week in January and two weeks in August. Various prices up to €90 per head for a six course sampler menu. Cute website!
The Agata e Romeo at Via Carlo Alberto 45 Telephone 06 446 6115 (nearest metro Vittorio) is another dependable establishment. This family run restaurant is extremely professional and very comfortable. The main courses are prepared to a high standard and will please the most discerning customer. The desserts particularly the chocolate ones are simply mind- blowing. An equally impressive wine list is available. Open Monday to Friday from 12.30 – 3pm, and 7.30 -10.30pm. website. Closes for two weeks in January and August Average fare €90 – €100 per head.
Though the name sounds like a cheap sparkling wine Gino in vicolo Rosini at Vicolo Rosini 4 Telephone 06 687 3434 this establishment has a particularly good reputation for authentic Italian cuisine but served unpretentiously. It desserts are all home made. Its near the Italian Parliament and sometimes attracts the interns and the ever hungry paparazzi. Open Monday to Saturday from 1pm – -2.45pm and 8-10.45pm Holidays in August. €35 per head.
Constantly appearing in the inbox are reports about La Gatta Mangiona at Via Ozanam 30 West, Telephone 06 534 6702. Though this establishment is a little off the beaten track (get Tram 8 to piazza San Giovanni di Dio) it is well worth the effort. Even by Rome standards the pizzas are better than most and the home made desserts are as good. Some say the portions could be greater but many think the quality here is amongst the best in Rome. Average prices are between €20 – €25 per head making it exceptional value. Booking advisable at weekends. Open daily 7.45 -11.30pm. Closed for two weeks in August.
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