Roma - the heart of Italy, the emperor of pasta, the epicentre of some of the best food in the world. This last September my boyfriend and I did a big Italy trip. Throughout the trip we ate at some pretty amazing restaurants but nowhere came close to Roma. Literally knockout after knockout Rome was home to some of the best meals/restaurants we had the entire trip! That is why I am devoting a whole travel blog post to just food - cuz man, you gotta try these places.
Just a disclaimer before I begin - prepare to gain weight because pasta in Rome is the bomb.com. Between my boyfriend and I, we ate 12 pastas within 4 days. If there was truffles on it, i wanted it! If there was a spicy sauce, you bet I was ordering it! Artichokes - don’t get me started! There is no wrong decision when it came to pasta in Rome - pizza too if i’m being honest.
Okay are you ready to eat? Stupid question I know…
Taverna Trilussa - I literally died and went to pasta heaven! This place was so amazing! Talk about rustic Italian food, award winning pastas, death by truffle, great patio, mouthwatering fried artichokes, fantastic wine list, and a favourite of both locals and tourist alike. Located in the heart of the Trastevere neighbourhood this place is buzzing with people. The restaurant’s inside is heartwarming with parma ham hanging from the ceiling against a backdrop of rustic wood finishings, while the patio is lined with ivy-covered trellises that give it a wonderful evening energy. Pasta is served in the same silver pans they are cooked it in, a simple presentation that enhances the experience. Another great thing about this restaurant is that it’s in one of the best neighbourhoods to go out in. So after you finish your meal make sure to walk it off and explore the bars because there are tons of young people/places to party in the area after. I recommend making a reservation unless you want to eat at 10PM because otherwise its so busy and walk-in’s wont be able to get a table until then. Also since it is very busy expect service to be a little slower then average - definitely worth the wait though!
Via del Politeama, 23/25, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Tel. +39 06 5818918
Roscioli - this gourmet grocery store is also home to an amazing restaurant. With a multi functional deli in the front and an unconventional restaurant in the back this is a great spot to send your taste buds spiraling into food bliss. With over 300 types of cheese, 150 varieties of cold cuts, and 1000+ bottles of wines to choose from - this place is a great spot to hit up for lunch. We had their burrata and practically fought over a plate of pata negra! Their pastas were also exceptional and their popularity indisputable. You had to wait outside for your table to be ready since the place was so small and packed with people. I would recommend making a reservation for lunch while you are in Rome or at least stopping by to grab some selections of meat, cheese, or at the very least some preserves or spreads to take home with you as the ultimate souvenir.
Renato e Luisa - I would go back to this quaint, tucked-away restaurant any day of the week. Located across from Hotel dei Barbieri you would literally walk right past this place if you didn’t know what it was. Tucked down a cobblestone walking street this restaurant is a local gem. The restaurant consist of two small dining rooms with a small open kitchen in the back, everything is served hot, fresh, and ready to eat! We had some great meat dishes along with some pastas and to be honest they were all really good. They weren’t shy with the truffles and their carbonara was to die for! Although it may lack in appearance, this little restaurant stole my heart from the first bite of food. Don’t even get me started on their desserts! Brava!
Renato e Luisa
Via dei Barbieri, 2500186 Roma, Italy
Tel: +39 06 686 9660
Urbana 47 - This contemporary eatery offers fresh hand made dishes using high quality local ingredients. The restaurant itself at first may appear small but as you explore further inside opens up to quiet a large room in the back. The modern industrial design is just as memorable as the food and features a lot of steel and wood accents. We ordered a couple different pizzas (for a change) and we were not disappointed. A great spot for lunch, we showed up without a reservation and got a table within 10 minutes.
Via Urbana, 47, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
+39 06 47 884 006
Trattoria Da Teo - This restaurant was recommend to me by a friend who lived in Rome. It is one of their favourite, family owned and operated restaurants. Even though we had a reservation the restaurant was packed with locals and we had to wait for a table to vacate before we could sit down to order. Although a tad on the salty side, the food was delicious! The restaurant has tables inside but the real experience is to be had out on their ‘patio’. The restaurant is set in a corner of a small cobblestone square making for a quiet intimate setting. It is also only a 15 minute walk from the hip and trendy Trastevere neighbourhood making it a great spot to eat before heading out for a late night of drinking.
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