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.

The Rome restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €60)
Moderate (€30 to €60)
Cheap (up to €30)
These prices are for an average three-course meal for one and for a bottle of house wine or equivalent; they include IVA but do not include service charge or tip (typically 10%).


Price: Expensive

Located in Rome’s ancient Jewish Ghetto, Piperno is a classic wood-pannelled dining room with an intimate alfresco patio. The Roman-Jewish menu features specialities such as salt cod with ‘Jewish-style’ artichokes or fiori di zucca ripieni e fritti (cheese-and-anchovy-stuffed courgette flowers). Fresh pasta is also made in-house daily. Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday, lunch only, Sunday.

Address: Via Monte de’Cenci 9, Rome, Italy
Telephone: (06) 6880 6629.

La Pergola

Price: Expensive

Three Michelin stars, over 50,000 bottles in the cellar and breathtaking views mark this roof garden restaurant as one of Italy's best. The chef, Heinz Beck, shapes the seasonal menu, creating inspirational dishes such as agnello ai carciofi in crosta di pane con consommé di agnello e spuma di pecorino (lamb with artichokes in a bread crust served with lamb consommé and pecorino mousse).

Address: Cavalieri Hilton Hotel, Via A Cadlolo 101, Rome, Italy
Telephone: (06) 35091.

La Rosetta

Price: Expensive

Founded in 1966, and regarded as Rome's finest fish restaurant, La Rosetta lies in a quiet side street close to the Pantheon. The interior is simple yet elegant, and a typical, languorous lunch might feature: polpo grigliato al salmoriglio con broccoli (fried curled baby octopuses with zucchini strings), followed by rigatoncini con ragout di cernia e ricotta salata (rigatoncini with grouper ragout and salted ricotta cheese), all accompanied by superlative wines.

Address: Via della Rosetta 8, Rome, Italy
Telephone: 06 686 1002.

Il Convivio Troiani

Price: Expensive

Run by three brothers, Il Convivio is one of the city's foremost food temples. Dishes stem from classic Roman fare, but the basic ingredients are always combined with something unexpected according to the whim of youngest brother and chef Angelo, and turned into something sublime. Three elegant rooms, two with murals on the walls, and well-trained waiters make for a truly rounded gourmet experience.

Address: Vicolo dei Soldati 31, Rome, Italy
Telephone: 06 686 9432.


Price: Moderate

Just off the Campo de' Fiori, this intimate, relaxed restaurant is a gem of reliable, yet inventive Italian regional cuisine (with excellent vegetarian choices) in a decidedly touristy area. The interior is warm and inviting, ingredients are organic, the bread and pasta are home-made, as are the delicious desserts, which are worthy of a postcard home, and there are delectable plates of salami and cheeses too.

Address: Piazza della Cancelleria 74-75, Rome, Italy
Telephone: 06 687 1626.


Price: Moderate

Relaxed Gusto is a split-level, open-plan restaurant, pizzeria, wine bar and osteria (round the back, entrance Via della Frezza 16) with exposed brickwork, wooden floors, marble-top tables and industrial-style lighting. It turns out lip smacking pizzas and in the more upmarket restaurant section, the emphasis is on Mediterranean cuisine, primarily meat and fish prepared with aromatic herbs and spices. Weekend brunch sees a menu based on eggs, quiches, muffins and salads.

Address: Piazza Augusto Imperatore 9, Rome, Italy
Telephone: 06 322 6273.

Open Colonna

Price: Moderate

Located in a stunning glass-walled, glass-roofed setting at the back of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Open Colonna is the creation of internationally recognised super chef Antonello Colonna. As befits the uncompromising modern setting, the menu is new Roman, featuring dishes such as filo pastry stuffed with codfish and caviar and topped with a lemon candy cream. The two-course fixed price lunch is excellent value, as is Saturday and Sunday brunch.

Address: Via Milano 9a, Rome, Italy
Telephone: (06) 4782 2641.

Checchino dal 1887

Price: Moderate

Checchino has been in the Mariani family for five generations. It's in Testaccio, where traditional Roman cooking developed, using the ‘fifth quarter' or offal. Classic dishes evolved, such as coda alla vaccinara (braised oxtail), which are still on the menu today. For those who think offal is awful, there are plenty of other choices, such as petto di vitella alla fornara (breast of veal cooked in the oven).

Address: Via di Monte Testaccio 30, Rome, Italy
Telephone: 06 574 3816.


Price: Cheap

Rome's unique mozzarella bar pays homage to the delicious cheese delivered daily from the neighbouring Campania region and also the even creamier burrata variety from Puglia. Minimalist decor merges stainless steel with pale wood and columns - it feels like a sushi bar, with cheese instead of fish. Customers can eat at counters or settle down in the restaurant section.

Address: Via dei Prefetti 26A, Piazza di Firenze, Rome, Italy
Telephone: (06) 683 2630.

Da Augusto

Price: 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 pollo arrosto con patate (roast chicken and potatoes), abbacchio al forno (lamb done in the oven) and tripe on Saturdays.

Address: Piazza de' Renzi 15, Rome, Italy
Telephone: (06) 580 3798.

Pizzeria Da Baffetto

Price: Cheap

The perfect Roman pizza is thin, with a crispy crust, loaded with toppings and served bubbling hot straight from the oven, and Da Baffetto serves some of the best. Popular with local celebrities and footballers, you’ll have to join the queue of devotees to get in. Once in try the fried courgette flowers to start before moving on to classic Roman pizzas such as provola cheese and speck or artichokes and mushroom.

Address: Via del Governo Vecchio 114, Rome, Italy
Telephone: (06) 6821 0807