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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.

Ditirambo, Rome. Courtesy of Ditirambo
Il Pagliaccio, Rome. Courtesy of Il Pagliaccio
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Il Pagliaccio

Italian with Eastern twists

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.



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

Checchino dal 1887, Rome. Courtesy of Checchino dal 1887
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Checchino dal 1887

Offal dishes

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.



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

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Antico Arco

Romantic hilltop dining-room

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.



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

La Pergola, Rome. Courtesy of Cavalieri Hilton
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La Pergola

Michelin stars and views

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.



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

Cavalieri Hilton Website

Agata e Romeo, Rome. Courtesy of Agata e Romeo
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Agata e Romeo

Modern twist on classics

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.



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

Ditirambo, Rome. Courtesy of Ditirambo
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Ditirambo

Homemade bread and pasta

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.



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

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

Rustic bistro

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).



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

Glass Hostaria, Rome. Courtesy of Glass Hostaria
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Glass Hostaria

Modern Italian canteen

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.



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

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Dal Bolognese

Pasta with the elite

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.



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

Gusto, Rome. Courtesy of Gusto
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Gusto

Contemporary Roman dining

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.



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

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

Perfect pizza

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.



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

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Naturist Club L'Isola

Vegetarian and fish dishes

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.



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

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Da Augusto

Authentic osteria

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.



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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Alfredo e Ada

Italian home-cooking

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.



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

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Enoteca Corsi

Atmospheric lunch spot

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.



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

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