A trip to Rome is not only a journey into history, it’s also an experience in gastronomy. Italians certainly know their way around a kitchen—even the street food is delicious! With so many inviting osterias, trattorias, and ristorantes around every ancient corner, it can become difficult to decide how to dine like a Roman. Here are five foolproof places to start:
Osteria La Quercia (Piazza della Quercia, 23) Centrally located behind Campo de’ Fiori in Piazza della Quercia, this little gem is just a nine-minute walk down the riverbank from Hotel Indigo Rome. Osteria La Quercia is a winning lunch or dinner option, certain to please the palate. Savour the traditional Roman Cacio e Pepe as well as other classic mainstays including Amatriciana and Carbonara. The homey, rustic interior offers a no-fuss meal, and, in true Italian fashion, the wine list offers more than 50 varieties. For dessert, order the Millefoglie.
Da Enzo (Via dei Vascellari, 29) Across the River Tiber is the trendy neighbourhood of Trastevere, where you’ll find quite a few delicious choices. Da Enzo is local favourite. This tiny eatery is all about simple, traditional Roman cuisine. Everything on the menu is worthy a try, particularly the burrata d’Andria and the tiramisu.
Pizzeria da Remo (Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44) You can’t leave Italy without indulging in pizza. Naples may have invented the pizza, but Rome serves a fine iteration. For the best from the wood-burning oven, try Pizzeria da Remo. There’s always a queue, but it also moves quickly. Other specialties include arancini, croquettes, and stuffed zucchini flowers, so grab a seat outside and stay awhile.
La Carbonara (Via Panisperna, 214) To have a taste of nonna’s cooking, head into the Monti neighborhood for La Carbonara. Donna Teresa has been heading the kitchen for over 30 years, and will happily offer you her Ravioli alle Noci. Or, better yet, try her pasta zi Tere, a spicy dish made with fresh tomato, chili, basil, and pecorino. There’s no doubt you’ll clean your plate and ask for seconds.
Salumeria Roscioli (Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22) For one of the most unique dining experiences in the city, visit Salumeria Roscioli near Campo de’ Fiori. The Roscioli family, who built their careers as specialist grocers, have transformed their business into an immersive dining experience that features a restaurant, fully-stocked wine bar, and delicatessen. The selection of hundreds of cheeses and assorted cold cuts and 2,800 wines is the best you’ll find in the city. There are two dining rooms, but they fill up fast, so be sure to reserve.