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La RosettaPrice: Expensive
Founded in 1966, and regarded as Rome’s finest fish restaurant, La Rosetta lies in a quiet street close to the Pantheon. The interior is simple yet elegant, and a typical, languorous lunch might feature fried baby octopuses with zucchini strings followed by rigatoncini pasta with grouper ragout and ricotta cheese, all accompanied by superlative wines.Address:
Tel: +39 6 686 1002.
Located in Rome’s ancient Jewish Ghetto, Piperno is a classic wood-panelled dining room with an intimate alfresco patio. The Roman-Jewish menu features specialities such as salt cod with ‘Jewish-style’ artichokes or fiori di zuccaripieni e fritti (cheese-and-anchovy-stuffed courgette flowers). Fresh pasta is also made in-house daily.Address:
Tel: +39 06 6880 6629.
La PergolaPrice: Expensive
Three Michelin stars, over 60,000 bottles in the cellar and breath-taking views mark this roof garden restaurant in the Rome Cavalieri as one of Italy’s best. The chef, Heinz Beck, shapes the seasonal menu, creating inspirational dishes such as deep-fried zucchini flower with caviar on shellfish and saffron consommé.Address:
Tel: +39 6 3509 2152.
Na CosettaPrice: Moderate
In the trendy Pigneto district, east of Termini station, this street food diner serves up creative cuisine using wholesome ingredients. Popular dishes include potato ‘cups’, large bowls of diced, fried potatoes tossed with all sorts of ingredients from bacon and cheese to chicken curry and lime. Stay late for the live music.Address:
Tel: +39 6 4559 8326.
There are three of these innovative mozzarella bars in Rome (others at Parlamento and Parioli), which pay homage to the delicious cheese delivered daily from Campania and Puglia. Minimalist decor makes it feel like a sushi bar, but with cheese instead of fish. Customers can eat at counters or tables.Address:
Tel: +39 6 6880 2366.
Da AugustoPrice: Cheap
A meal at Augusto’s is an experience in itself. On busy winter evenings, the dining room is packed and steamy, while in summer, rickety wooden tables spill out onto a pretty cobbled piazza. The menu is limited: favourites include polloarrosto con patate (roast chicken and potatoes), abbacchio al forno (lamb done in the oven) and tripe on Saturdays.Address:
Tel: +39 06 580 3798.
Cafe RomanoPrice: Moderate
With tables lining one of the smartest shopping streets in Rome, Cafe Romano is the place to sit and enjoy delicious Italian favourites whilst watching fashionistas totter past. Tuck into a towering stack of baked aubergine and mozzarella or try one of the Roman dishes, such as veal saltimbocca (wine-marinated veal topped with prosciutto and herbs).Address:
Tel: +39 6 6998 1500.
Pizzeria Da BaffettoPrice: Cheap
Da Baffetto serves some of the best Roman pizza in town. Popular with local celebrities and footballers, you’ll have to join the queue of devotees to get in. Try the fried courgette flowers to start, before moving on to classic Roman pizzas such as provolone cheese and speck.Address:
Tel: +39 6 6821 0807.
Just off the Campo de’ Fiori, this intimate, relaxed restaurant shows off the best of Italian regional cuisine in a decidedly touristy area. The interior is warm and inviting, ingredients are organic, and the bread and pasta are both homemade. Ditirambo does delicious desserts too that are worthy of an Instagram.Address:
Tel: +39 6 687 1626.