No trip to Italy’s ancient city is complete without an exploration of la cucina Roma. From amazing sandwich bars to fine dining restaurants that make your taste-buds sing “La Dolce Vita”, Rome offers a huge choice of venues where pasta, pizza & co are just a fraction of what has made Italian cuisine one of the most popular in the world.
Here are a few tips of where to eat out when in Rome:
Bar Rossana 1946
Located at Via del Chiavari 16/18, Bar Rossana 1946 is just a short walk from Rome’s famous Pantheon. Serving delicious sandwiches and steaming hot coffee Italian-style, the family-run bar is a great place to recover from sightseeing. Tel. +39 066861018
Rome’s Pantheon was erected on the site of a much older building dating back to Marcus Agrippa and the reign of Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD). What visitors see today is the building Emperor Hadrian completed in ca. 126 AD. After refuelling with Bar Rossana’s amazing sandwiches, be sure to visit the Pantheon. It boasts the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. It’s also great place to take selfies, watch fashionable Italians stroll by and meet friends. Used as a Catholic Church, the Pantheon can be visited for free during Masses on Sundays and during weddings, if you can cadge an invite!
I Vicini Bistro
Situated at Via Di Torre Argentina 70, this French-style bistro and wine bar serves amazing top range wines with their menu. The chef uses predominantly fresh ingredients produced by family members and friends. Prices range from £7.00 to around £22.00 without drinks, so it’s very reasonable for central Rome. The I Vicini Bistro is very close to Rome’s lovely Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.
Pane & Vino
For snacks in between meals, this American-style snack bar serves more than just “bread and wine”, despite its name. Located at Via Ostilia 10, a short walk from the Basilica di San Clemente, it serves hot-dogs as well as yummy porchetta sandwiches, a great Roman classic. Prices range from £4.00 to ca. £7.00. Tel. +39 0677591009
The rustic, but friendly and intimate Ciacco&Bacco is a restaurant you’ll want to visit again and again, if only to down a refreshing limoncello de su mama on a hot day! A little hard to find, the restaurant takes its inspiration from small Tuscan shops, where they sell the very best of regional Italian food products. Situated at Via Dei Ramni 28-30 in the San Lorenzo district, some 50 metres from Piazzale A. Moro, the restaurant serves great salads, food platters and “cutting boards” with wholesome delicatessen ingredientss. Prices range from £2.00 to £18.00 approx. Tel. +39 0631051857
Renowned for their delicious porchetta, this sandwich bar at Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 310 serves great Italian fast food and delicatessen. Prices range from just £3.00 to £4.00 for most things. Friendly service with a smile comes free! Tel.+39 349 706 1072
Sadly, travel insurance doesn’t cover travellers against gluttony, but you’ll wish they did when eating out in Rome!
Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn