Our Favourite Restaurants in Rome

Traditional Roman cuisine is among the best food in the world, and includes delights like spaghetti alla carbonara, Roman artichokes and cacio e pepe (pasta served with pecorino Romano cheese and freshly milled black pepper).

If you’re planning a vacation in Rome or are visiting Rome as part of a multi-centre holiday or sports trip, here are some of our favourite restaurants in the historic city.


For fish

If you love fish and want to sample some of the best fish and seafood dishes in Rome, then we highly recommend Ristorante Tema on Via Panisperna. It is family run and has a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and combines traditionally Roman cuisine with flavours from wider Italy. The result is a wide choice of freshly prepared dishes, including seafood spaghetti, lobster and pasta served with luxury truffles. It also has a well-stocked wine cellar with local wines and vintages from further afield.

The restaurant is at its busiest and most vibrant at the weekend (we recommend you book in advance) and there is a popular bar next door, called Blackmarket, where there is an intimate atmosphere and live music to enjoy after your meal.


For meat dishes

For the best carbonara in town, check out Taverna Lucifero, which is right in the city centre on Via del Pellegrino. It has a romantic yet authentic ambience (think gentle lighting and hand-painted frescoes), making it a good choice for a romantic meal.

As well as the carbonara, other specialities include pasta with locally sourced bacon, taglioni with white truffles and artichoke ravioli. Please note, however, that the restaurant opens at 7 pm and isn’t open for lunch.


For pizza

We love Navona Notte, which is located right in the centre of Rome just off of Piazza Navona. The restaurant has an authentic wood oven, which brings a whole new flavour to the delightful pizza served here. It is open for lunch and also stays open until 11.30 pm, making it a great option for a late night bite.

Taverna Le Coppelle is also great for pizza and offers other dishes too, such as pasta. It is situated in the San Eustachio area of central Rome and is on a quiet street, making it one of Rome’s hidden gems. Yet its traditional atmosphere and local clientele make for a very pleasant and authentic pizza with the chatter of local Romans buzzing around you.


For sports and snacks

If you’re heading to Rome for the 6 Nations rugby, or simply enjoy watching sports, we recommend heading to Scholars Lounge on Via del Plebiscito. It is an Irish bar and has numerous large screen LCD TVs showing sporting events, including the rugby and football. They also have live music and serve a wide range of beers and Irish whiskeys, as well as familiar pub classics, such as loaded nachos, burgers, chicken wings and freshly prepared baguettes, bagels and wraps. They were also awarded the Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year Gold Medal Award in 2015 in the International category.


For fresh bread and cakes

If you’re looking to sample some fresh bread or decadent local cakes whilst on holiday in Rome, seek out Antico Forno Ai Serpenti, which is a popular bakery of Via dei Serpenti. It is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner and continuously delights locals and tourists with its wide range of fresh breads, pizzas (served by the slice) and too-good-to-be-true cakes and patisseries.


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