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Italy: The 6 Best Restaurants in Rome

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Restaurants in Rome: check out a selection of the best places to eat well in the Italian capital

If Italy is known for its rich historical, artistic and cultural legacy, the gastronomy could not be different. Italian food is among the most important, complete and delicious in the world.

With a diversity of spices, aromas and flavors, coming from the influence of tribes who occupied the Italian peninsula for centuries, Italian gastronomy is a true work of art. Rome concentrates the best and most varied of this cooking, offering a wide range of options, from fine dining to generous and affordable.

In the Italian capital, besides the gastronomy itself, the places are enchanting in themselves. Can you imagine enjoying a romantic dinner on a balcony with an incredible view of the Colosseum? And taste typical dishes in an authentic Roman tavern? The truth is, Rome can please even the most demanding tastes and offer accessible gastronomy options  for all budgets. 

Get to know some places to eat well in Rome

Best Restaurants in Rome

Pipero Rome 

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Best Restaurants in Rome. Credit: Pipero Rome

 Awarded with a Michelin star, Pipero Roma is considered one of the pillars of Italian gourmet food. With minimalist decor and classic environment, it is commanded by the maitre and sommelier Alessandro Pipero, one of the most renowned gastronomy names in the country. The unmissable house dish is the classic spaghetti a carbonara, which is presented here at its best – and most delicate – version.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, II 250 –  00186 Rome
+39 339 7565114
www.piperoroma.it/

Ristorante Lusso Aroma

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Credit: Ristorante Lusso Aroma

 A spectacular rooftop terrace in a luxury hotel with incomparable views to the Colosseum. This is the setting of Lusso Aroma, an intimate, delicate and perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner in Rome, especially at sunset. Chef Giuseppe Di Lorio commands the Michelin-starred house menu. In addition to a wonderful tasting menu, among the a la carte entrees is an amazing risotto with Norcia sausage combined with lentils, and Roman pecorino cheese.

Via Labicana, 125 – 00184 Rome 
+39 06 97615109
www.aromarestaurant.it

La Fontana di Venere

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Best Restaurants in Rome. Credit: La Fontana di Venere

Located a few meters away from the famous Fontana di Trevi, La Fontana di Venere enchants with traditional Mediterranean and Roman cuisine. With an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, the restaurant has amazing service. The spaghettone all’uovo del golfo combines delicious pasta with fresh seafood, an unforgettable choice. When it comes to dessert, the traditional Italian tiramisu promises to sweeten anyone’s night.

Vicolo Dei Modelli 56 – 00187 Rome
+39 06 69924087
www.fontanadivenere.it

Pizzaria La Boccaccia

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Credit: Pizzaria La Boccaccia

This small pizzeria preserves the tradition of tasting the famous rounds, which are sold  al trancio (by weight), at the balcony. Despite simplicity, everything is carefully selected and prepared with typical fresh and local ingredients. The soft pasta and the combination of flavors are perfect. Among the most requested pizzas are Cabonara, Radicchio, and Provola, a type of chicory sprinkled with provolone cheese. La Boccaccia is undoubtedly a great option for a great and cheap meal in Rome.

Piazza Pollarola, 29 – 00186 Rome
www.pizzerialaboccaccia.it

Porto Fluviale

Credit: Porto Fluviale

Porto Fluviale has the vibrant atmosphere of a restaurant that is open all day. With four different environments, all lively and charming, it offers a variety of Italian dishes, appetizers and pizzas, as well as a good selection of craft beers. The service is also their high spot, which usually brings many residents of Rome together, especially young people. The cool atmosphere is ideal for those who want to spend an unforgettable day or night with friends along with good food at a fair price.

Via del Porto Fluviale 22 – 00154 Rome
+39 06 5743199
www.portofluviale.com

La Villetta dal 1940

Best Restaurants in Rome. Credit: La Villetta dal 1940

La Villetta is an authentic and charming tavern, typical of roman families, founded in 1940. The lovely place, even though more known and attended by celebrities, has an informal, friendly and cozy atmosphere. The food is served in generous portions and keeps the roman essences, passed down from generation to generation. Be sure to order the most traditional dishes of Roman cuisine, such as Rigatoni co la Pajata. The restaurant also has an excellent wine list.

Viale della Piramide Cestia 53 – 00153 Rome
+39 06 575 0597
www.lavillettadal1940.com