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The 25 Best Restaurants In Rome 

From family-run trattorias, street food, and wine bars to Michelin-starred gems.

Few places can boast even a fraction of the history that permeates Rome. As the cradle of Western civilization, the city teems with world-famous monuments. Meanwhile, cozy trattorias seem to beckon from every cobblestone street. Indeed in a city as large and storied as Rome, it can be difficult to know where to start. Our advice? Follow the locals' lead, as we did when compiling this list of The Eternal City's best restaurants. After all, when in Rome...

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1Emma

Address

Via del Monte della Farina, 28, 00186 Roma, Italy
Emma has been dishing out some of the best thin-crust, Roman-style pizza since it opened in Rome's historical center back in 2014. The secret? High-quality dough by the well-known baker, Pierluigi Roscioli, and toppings from the family-owned Salumeria Roscioli. There's even a wine list specially designed to complement the pizzas. Unlike most other restaurants in Rome, Emma is open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner.  

2Ristorante Colline Emiliane Roma

Address

Via degli Avignonesi, 22, 00187 Roma, Italy
Family owned and operated Colline Emiliane has been serving satisfying dishes from the Emilia region in northeastern Italy for decades. Located near the Trevi Fountain, the restaurant features a menu that changes throughout the year to reflect seasonal variations. Still, the restaurant’s signature dishes are served year-round, like rich tagliatelle alla bolognese and the Sunday béchamel-laced lasagna special. Colline Emiliane’s excellent food is well-known with tourists during lunch through early evening, so reserve a late table if you want to dine with locals. 
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3Armando al Pantheon

Address

Salita dei Crescenzi, 31, 00186 Roma, Italy
Set in the shadow of the Pantheon, this family-run trattoria has been a Roman favorite for more than 50 years. The best of Roman secondi (or main courses) are on display at this vintage spot, including veal, oxtail, and eggplant parmesans that are hearty and satisfying. Their pasta with Ajo, Ojo e Peperoncino (garlic, oil, and chili flake), is a seemingly simple primo on the menu that is not to be overlooked—it was included on Bon Appetit's list of Best Pasta Dishes in Rome.

4Roscioli Salumeria con Cucina

Address

Via dei Giubbonari, 21, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
The forno Roscioli near Campo de’ Fiori has been making the best pizza bianca (white pizza)—not to mention bread—in Rome for three generations. The family salumeria/vineria, run by sons Pierluigi and Alessandro, is around the corner. It’s a bar and deli with great cheeses, meats, and wines to take home. But if you can, book a table and taste some of their classic dishes. Don’t miss the burrata, a buffalo mozzarella and cream concoction that literally oozes decadence, followed by unparalleled carbonara or cacio e pepe. Let them recommend a wine from the excellent wine list.

5Pizzarium

Address

Via della Meloria, 43, 00136 Roma, Italy
Gabriele Bonci has been called "the Michelangelo of pizza"— and some people consider a trip to his pizzeria as important as a visit to the Vatican. If it’s crowded, grab a number when you walk in the sliding doors, or you'll never get your slice (taglio). The servers cut rectangular slices with scissors, so use your hands to tell them how big a slice you'd like. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the purple cauliflower and sausage slice. 

6Pianostrada

Address

Via delle Zoccolette, 22, 00186 Roma, Italy
Pianostrada Laboratorio di Cucina is a slightly cramped little restaurant where you can dine-in or take your food out to enjoy on the street. Despite the line, you will always be welcomed with a smile by one of four incredible women (Paola Colucci, her daughters, Alice & Flaminia, and business partner Chiara Magliocchetti) who make this place what it is—a restaurant that buzzes with creativity and warmth. The products are mostly organic and sourced regionally, and the bread is baked in house. Try the smoked swordfish with burrata, arugula, and fig jam on a squid ink bun. Bonus: Vegetarian and vegan friendly options abound!

7Ristorante Santa Cristina al Quirinale

Address

Via della Cordonata, 21/22, 00187 Roma, Italy
Ristorante Santa Cristina al Quirinale is a family-owned hidden gem brimming with character and charm. Although it’s slightly hard to find, once you do you’ll be rewarded with friendly and accommodating service and excellent food. Everything is cooked fresh to order, which means you’ll enjoy scratch-made dishes like fresh mozzarella with tomato, homemade bread, seafood risotto, zucchini flower pasta, and more. Whatever you order, save room for the incredibly creamy and flavorful tiramisu. Note: The restaurant accepts cash only. 

8Le Tavernelle

Address

Via Panisperna, 48, 00184 Roma, Italy
Le Tavernelle in Monti is one of those idyllic Roman restaurants evoking old-school movie nostalgia, most likely because it’s long been a haunt of the local elite and celebrities (Fellini’s favorite). With a menu of abundant pastas with fresh seafood in light sauces and award-winning desserts, it’s easy to see why this place is so beloved. Be sure to save room for the tiramisu—it’s the gold standard. Le Tavernelle may be a little touristy, but local Romans flock here, too—it’s a classic.

9Osteria Barberini

Address

Via della Purificazione, 21, 00187 Roma, Italy
Steps away from the Piazza del Tritone, Osteria Barberini is an upscale, 40-seat restaurant where chef Gabriele prepares Roman classics alongside a decadent black and white truffle menu. Their lasagna with black truffle, porcini mushrooms, mozzarella, and Parmesan is as close to life-changing as you'll get, as are their black truffle meatballs. The ambiance is slightly refined but relaxed, with whitewashed furniture and original sketches hanging on the walls. Be sure to reserve a table in advance.

10Mordi & Vai

Address

Nuovo Mercato Comunale di Testaccio, Via Beniamino Franklin, 12/E, Roma, Italy
Located in the renovated Mercato di Testaccio, Mordi e Vai is a market stand where retired butcher Sergio Esposito serves sandwiches and side dishes. Guests choose from a variety of traditional Roman mains (e.g., tripe, oxtail, coratella, braised beef, meatballs, etc). Then, Sergio slices open a roll, filling it with your meat of choice. Our favorite is the panino all'allesso with cicoria with tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef slices. While you're there, pick up some fried snacks to go, like the deep-fried patties of shredded beef, polpette fritte. 

11La Carbonara

Address

Via Panisperna, 214, 00184 Roma, Italy
La Carbonara in Monti used to be a well-kept secret, but these days word has gotten out— this is the place to go for a cozy, pasta-lovers' meal. Open for over 30 years and run by the chef and owner, Donna Teresa, La Carbonara serves up a mean ravioli alle noci and pasta zitere, a zippy, lemon, chile-filled dish. Donna Teresa tolerates nothing but the best, so you know a meal here is going to be an experience. Be sure to reserve a table in advance.

12Bar del Fico 

Address

Piazza del Fico, 26, 00186 Roma, Italy
A stone's throw away from Piazza Navona is Bar del Fico, a charming bistro with an elegant, airy courtyard. Enjoy grilled-to-order meat, traditional, wood oven-baked pizzas, and other Roman specialties. If you can, drop by during happy hour for an aperitivo—you'll be surrounded by locals! Bonus points for the service, which is always spot on. 

13Grace & Graziella

Address

L.go M.d. Fumasoni Biondi, 5, 00153 Roma, Italy
Grazie & Graziella is a cozy, traditional restaurant in Rome's Trastevere neighborhood. We're partial to the fried artichokes, mushroom pizza, and lasagna—although you truly can't go wrong with anything on the menu. It gets crowded around 8PM every night, so be sure to reserve a table in advance. But don't be daunted by the seemingly long lines if you don't—it's a deceptively large space with several rooms. 

14Nonna Betta

Address

Via del Portico D'Ottavia, 16, 00186 Roma, Italy
Rome is home to the oldest Jewish community in the world outside Israel, and Roman Jewish cooking—the result of 300 years of forced isolation in a gated ghetto—offers a unique spin on traditional Italian and Jewish food. One of the best places to sample these one-of-a-kind flavors is Nonna Betta, an elegant kosher restaurant located in a building dating back to the years of the ghetto. There may be no better place on the planet to sample carciofi alla guidia or tagliolini cicoria e bottarga (tagliolini with dandelion greens and mullet roe).

15Retrobottega

Address

Via della Stelletta, 4, 00186 Roma, Italy
Located in a simple, arched space near Piazza Navona, Retrobottega serves casual, affordable dishes all day long. The young team (many of whom have worked at Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe) works from the restaurant’s open kitchen, drawing inspiration from classic Italian cuisine. Expect satisfying and dynamic flavors from dishes such as Piedmont-style steak tartare and perfectly coated spaghetti with garlic, chili, oil, and Grana Padano cheese. There’s also a tasting menu option, which includes five courses for €35.

16Ai Marmi

Address

Viale di Trastevere, 53, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
There's nothing particularly fancy about Marmi. But then again, that's part of its charm. In this cozy Trastevere spot, you'll find some of the best, thin-crust, perfectly charred, Roman-style pizza. The long rows of outdoor tables are always filled in the summer months. Don't miss the salsiccia with fiori di zucca pizza (sausage with zucchini flowers).

17Ristorante Alessio

Address

Via del Viminale, 2/g, 00184 Roma, Italy
Cozy and unpretentious, Alessio is a classic Italian restaurant with a casual, authentic, and family-friendly atmosphere. When it comes to the food, Alessio exceeds expectations, with delicate pastas, rich meat sauces, and impeccable grilled fish. Start with a plate of fresh bread and local cheeses, then indulge in pasta and mussels in white wine sauce. There’s also a great selection of affordable wines. On a pleasant night, the outside garden area is simply magical. Reserve a table in advance if you're planning to go after 8PM—the inside space gets crowded later on in the evening.

18La Tavernaccia

Address

Via Giovanni da Castel Bolognese, 63, Roma, Italy
Sisters Paula and Patrizia Persiani took over La Tavernaccia Da Bruno, an honest, affordable trattoria in Trastevere, from their parents in 1991. Chef Giuseppe Ruzzeto (Patrizia's husband) frequently leaves the kitchen to take compliments on his rigatoni alla carbonara and trippa alla romana (tripe in a delicate tomato sauce). Expect a mix of Roman, Umbrian, and Sardinian specialties—plus pizza—served for lunch and dinner.

19Trattoria Luzzi

Address

Via Celimontana, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Luzzi is a casual, family-friendly pizzeria / trattoria by the Colosseum in Monti. On any given day, you'll find tourists mingling with local Italians. Odds are the owner, Luciano Luzzi, will be wandering around the dining room telling stories and laughing at jokes with guests as well. It has been around for over three generations, and once you get a taste of the food, you'll understand exactly why.  

20Taverna Trilussa

Address

Via del Politeama, 23-25, 00153 Roma, Italy
A storied, traditional tavern filled with wooden tables and rustic décor, Trilussa masterfully executes a menu that is unabashedly Roman. Pastas are served piping hot in the pan in which they were cooked, and the supplì (rice balls) are just as gooey and deliciously comforting as you'd expect. Drink a carafe or two of house wine and enjoy this extravagantly authentic experience.

21La Prosciutteria Trastevere

Address

Via Della Scala, 71, 00153 Roma, Italy
La Prosciutteria in Trastevere is the best place for high-quality, house-made Tuscan tagliere (assorted sliced cured meats) served with cheese, olives, and other savory sides on a wooden board. Prosciutto is, of course, their specialty, and they have a decadent selection of many of the world’s finest hams on the bone. The medium board is plenty to split between two for aperitivo

Protip: Order a glass of stellar Chianti for only four euro.

22la pergola

Address

Via Alberto Cadlolo 101
Located in Rome’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, La Pergola is the pinnacle of Rome’s fine dining scene. Its refined Mediterranean cuisine has been awarded 3 Michelin stars, with a meal consisting of a set menu (pricey, but worth it for a splurge) as well as an opportunity to order from the restaurant’s renowned wine list. The atmosphere at La Pergola can’t be beat, either—the rooftop garden’s panoramic views and elegant décor are the perfect setting for a special meal. Be sure to wear your finest and book well in advance.

23Il San Lorenzo

Address

Via dei Chiavari, 4/5, Roma, Italy
SanLorenzo is a sleek Mediterranean restaurant with modern art hanging from marble walls and an artful seafood menu. This is where you go in Rome if you're looking for a completely spectacular pescatarian meal. It won’t be cheap (€75 and up per person for a full meal), but it's a worthy splurge. The menu constantly changes to reflect market availability, and service is formal but not overbearing. You should reserve a table in advance for dinner, but you can walk in at lunchtime.

24Trattoria al Moro

Address

Vicolo delle Bollette, 13, 00187 Roma, Italy
Located near the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro is among Rome’s most historic restaurants—the kind of spot with a large group of regulars. The food is excellent and includes a range of classics and seasonal dishes with a primary focus on mushrooms come fall. Keep in mind, though, that Al Moro is pricey, so be prepared to spend a bit more for similar dishes you’ll find at Armando al Pantheon or another institution.

25Pizzarium Bonci

Address

Via della Meloria, 43, 00136 Roma, Italy
Gabriele Bonci has been called "the Michelangelo of pizza"— and some people consider a trip to his pizzeria as important as a visit to the Vatican. If it’s crowded, grab a number when you walk in the sliding doors, or you'll never get your slice (taglio). The servers cut rectangular slices with scissors, so use your hands to tell them how big a slice you'd like. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the purple cauliflower and sausage slice. 

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