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Restaurants in Rome

Although some ethnic food is available, when in Rome, it's best to eat Italian. Rome's traditional cuisine includes offal – try it in the Testaccio district. The area around Piazza Navona offers a choice of upmarket options, including the acclaimed Il Pagliaccio. For atmospheric dining, try Trastevere's osterias, with paper tablecloths and wine in carafes. Last orders are at around 10.30pm. Many places close in August. A cover charge, but not service, is usually included in the bill.

Margherita, the original pizza. © De Agostini Picture Library, courtesy of Fototeca ENIT

Top-end

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  1. 1. Il Pagliaccio - Top-end: (More than €80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Il Pagliaccio, Rome. Courtesy of Il Pagliaccio

    Understated decor in muted colours allows the inspired food to shine at Il Pagliaccio. This gourmet restaurant, near Piazza Navona in central Rome, brings Eastern influences to Italian food - and creates exciting flavours in the process. Try dishes such as sirloin steak with spicy broth, or venison with ceps, chestnuts and quince.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Tue 8pm-10pm; Wed-Sat 1pm-2.30pm & 8pm-10pm

    Address

    129a, Via dei Banchi Vecchi, Rome 00186

    Telephone

    +39 06 6880 9595

    Transport

    Electric bus 116/116T to Lungotevere dei Sangallo

    Website

    Il Pagliaccio Website

  2. 2. Antico Arco - Top-end: (More than €80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Perched on Gianicolo Hill near Trastevere, Antico Arco is a romantic restaurant set in a homely villa. Smart young Romans come for dishes like potato and chick pea gnocchi with cod, or roast chicken with red pepper sorbet. The chocolate soufflé is famed for its molten centre. Diners walk down moonlit Gianicolo Hill after dinner.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6pm-12am

    Address

    7, Piazzale Aurelio, Rome 00152

    Telephone

    +39 06 581 5274

    Transport

    Bus 115 or 870 to Via Giacinto Carini

    Website

    Antico Arco Website

  3. 3. La Pergola - Top-end: (More than €80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    La Pergola, Rome. Courtesy of Cavalieri Hilton

    La Pergola is set on the rooftop of the Cavalieri Hilton Hotel. Situated north-west of the Vatican, the frescoed ceiling and panoramic views of Rome are stunning. Chef Heinz Beck holds three Michelin stars for his imaginative dishes, like rabbit in mushrooms and grape juice. Jackets are required for gents.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 7.30pm-11.30pm; closed some of Jan & Aug

    Address

    101, Via Alberto Cadiolo, Rome 00136

    Telephone

    +39 06 3509 1

    Transport

    Cipro Musei Vaticano Metro station

    Website

    Hilton Website

  4. 4. Checchino dal 1887 - Top-end: (More than €80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Checchino dal 1887, Rome. Courtesy of Checchino dal 1887

    As its name suggests, Checchino dal 1887 has been in existence since the 19th century. This restaurant, in the former slaughter-house area of Testaccio, serves traditional Roman dishes based on offal, like oxtail stew and tripe. White walls and an arched ceiling provide an atmospheric setting. The cellar is stocked with approximately 600 wines.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 12.30pm-3pm & 8pm-12am; closed in Aug

    Address

    30, Via di Monte Testaccio, Rome 00153

    Telephone

    +39 06 574 3816

    Transport

    Piramide Metro station

    Website

    Checchino dal 1887 Website

  5. 5. Agata e Romeo - Top-end: (More than €80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Agata e Romeo, Rome. Courtesy of Agata e Romeo

    A short distance from Termini Station, Agata e Romeo is a family-run restaurant. The chef, Agata, has given a modern twist to traditional Roman dishes. Diners try inventive combinations like boned pigeon with liquorice and pomegranate sauce. Romeo looks after the old-fashioned dining- room, with its cane chairs, linen-topped tables, and foodie guests.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm & 6.30pm-10.30pm

    Address

    45, Via Carlo Aberto, Rome 00185

    Telephone

    +39 06 446 6115

    Transport

    Vittorio Emanuele Metro station

    Website

    Agata e Romeo Website

Mid-range

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  1. 6. Glass Hostaria - Mid-range: (€35-€80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Glass Hostaria, Rome. Courtesy of Glass Hostaria

    Trendy Glass Hostaria in Trastevere, stands out from the crowd with high ceilings and a contemporary industrial-style wood and glass decor. It attracts cool young Romans, who come to see and be seen. The modern Italian dishes include artichoke ravioli and risotto with mushrooms and berries.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 7.30pm-11.30pm

    Address

    58, Vicolo del Cinque, Rome 00153

    Telephone

    +39 06 583 35903

    Transport

    Bus 630 to Trastevere

    Website

    Glass Hostaria Website

  2. 7. Tram Tram - Mid-range: (€35-€80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The bar at Tram Tram, Rome. Courtesy of Tram Tram

    Popular with San Lorenzo hipsters since 1991, Tram Tram is a busy trattoria, featuring tram seats and other artefacts from Rome's old railway system. The cuisine is a mix of Roman classics and Sicilian specialties like the piella (rice, potatoes and mussels).Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 12.30pm-3pm & 7.30pm-11.30pm

    Address

    44-46, Via dei Reti, Rome 00185

    Telephone

    +39 06 490 416

    Transport

    Bus 71 or 492

    Website

    Tram Tram Website

  3. 8. Dal Bolognese - Mid-range: (€35-€80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Fashionable movers and shakers, from politicians to film stars, flock to Dal Bolognese in Piazza del Popolo. The cuisine, as the name suggests, is from Bologna in northern Italy and includes classics such as tagliatelle alla Bolognese. Even the models tuck into the famed misto di pasta, a quartet of pasta dishes.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 12.45pm-3pm & 8.15-11pm

    Address

    1-2, Piazza del Popolo, Rome 00187

    Telephone

    +39 06 361 1426

    Transport

    Flaminio Metro station

  4. 9. Ditirambo - Mid-range: (€35-€80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Ditirambo, Rome. Courtesy of Ditirambo

    The wooden ceiling and whitewashed walls give a homely feel to Ditirambo, a bustling trattoria near Campo de' Fiori. Both the pasta and bread are homemade. Dishes include courgette flowers with ricotta, angler fish with capers, and spelt pasta with rabbit. Families and groups of friends gather here to eat, drink and chat.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 1pm-3pm & 7.30pm-11.30pm

    Address

    75, Piazza della Cancelleria, Rome 00186

    Telephone

    + 39 06 68 71 626

    Transport

    Electric bus 116/116T to Via Baulari

    Website

    Ditirambo Website

  5. 10. Gusto - Mid-range: (€35-€80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Gusto, Rome. Courtesy of Gusto

    Design-conscious modern eatery Gusto resides close to the Spanish Steps. The lively pizzeria downstairs attracts a young and funky crowd. Fashionable diners head upstairs to the restaurant, where dishes are Mediterranean with a creative twist. The decor is airy, with bare brick walls and pared down table settings.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12.45pm-3pm & 7.45pm-12am

    Address

    9, Piazza Augusto Imperatore, Rome 00186

    Telephone

    +39 06 68134221

    Transport

    Spagna Metro station

    Website

    Gusto Website

Budget

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  1. 11. Da Baffetto - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Margherita, the original pizza. © De Agostini Picture Library, courtesy of Fototeca ENIT

    Many claim that Pizzeria da Baffetto, near Piazza Navona in the city centre, serves the best pizzas in Rome. It must certainly be the most popular, as it's always loud and lively. The decor is simple, with paper tablecloths, and service is swift. The pizzas are thin and crispy, and cooked in a traditional oven.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6.30pm-1am; closed Aug

    Address

    114, Via del Governo Vecchio, Rome 00186

    Telephone

    +39 06 686 1617

    Transport

    Bus 116/116T to Corso del Rinascimento

    Website

    Da Baffetto Website

  2. 12. Naturist Club L'Isola - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Hidden away on the fourth floor of a building a short walk from the Spanish Steps, Naturist Club L'Isola is an unexpected find in central Rome. It's a busy macrobiotic and vegetarian diner serving only fresh seasonal produce. Fish and vegan dishes also feature on the menu.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12.30pm-3pm; Mon-Sat 7.30pm-10.30pm

    Address

    14, Via dell Vite, Rome 00187

    Telephone

    +39 06 679 2509

    Transport

    Spagna Metro station

  3. 13. Alfredo e Ada - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Alfredo e Ada is a tiny trattoria, near Piazza Navona, with no sign to indicate its presence. Local diners eat whichever homely dish the kitchen has prepared, be it pasta or stew. Pudding is usually homemade biscuits. The no-nonsense ethos, with no menu and no coffee on offer, gives this place a great atmosphere.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm & 6.30pm-10.30pm

    Address

    14, Via dei Banchi Nuovi, Rome 00186

    Telephone

    +39 06 687 8842

    Transport

    Bus 46 to Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

  4. 14. Enoteca Corsi - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    There's a real flavour of old Rome at Enoteca Corsi, a wine shop near the Spanish Steps. The dark decor dates back to its 1940s heyday. Food is served at lunchtime only, attracting locals and tourists who come for the atmosphere and hearty, traditional dishes, like tripe and salt cod.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12pm-3.30pm; closed Aug

    Address

    87-88, Via del Gesu, Rome 00186

    Telephone

    +39 06 679 0821

    Transport

    Bus 116/116T to Pantheon

    Website

    Enoteca Corsi Website

  5. 15. Da Augusto - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    For a sense of old Trastevere, visitors in the know go to Da Augusto, one of the few authentic osterias left in Rome. Diners queue for shared tables, and hurried waiters recite the menu. Traditional Roman dishes include chicken with potatoes, fettucine or tripe. Bills are scribbled on the paper tablecloths.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sun 12.30pm-3pm & 8pm-11pm

    Address

    15, Piazza de' Renzi, Rome 00153

    Telephone

    +39 06 580 3798

    Transport

    Bus 630 to Trastevere

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