Restaurants in Rome

Traditional Roman cooking is conservative, rustic and deceptively simple, but this masks an obsessive dedication to best seasonal ingredients, which give Roman cuisine its intense, rich flavours. Rome has excellent restaurants everywhere, but be wary of expensive tourist traps near the main sights.

The Rome restaurants below have been handpicked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €70)
Moderate (€30 to €70)
Cheap (up to €30)

These prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent; they include IVA but do not include service charge or tip. Some restaurants may add up to 15% service charge to your bill and there may also be a ‘cover’ charge for bread and napkins.

La Rosetta

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Fish

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: Via della Rosetta 8, Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 6 686 1002.

La Pergola

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Modern European

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: Cavalieri Hilton Hotel, Via A Cadlolo 101, Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 6 3509 2152.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Italian, Jewish

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: Via Monte de’Cenci 9, Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 6880 6629.

Na Cosetta

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Fusion

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: Via Ettore Giovenale, 54,, Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 6 4559 8326.

Cafe Romano

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

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: Via Borgognona, 4m, Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 6 6998 1500.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

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: Piazza della Cancelleria 74-75, Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 6 687 1626.

Pizzeria Da Baffetto

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Italian

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: Via del Governo Vecchio 114, Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 6 6821 0807.

Da Augusto

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Italian

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: Piazza de' Renzi 15, Trastevere, Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 580 3798.


Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Italian

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: Piazza Campo dei Fiori, 16, XX, Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 6 6880 2366.