What are the best traditional restaurants in Rome? Where the locals eat? Where are the best places to eat? These are some of the most common questions of those traveling to the capital of Italy, looking for the ultimate foodie experience.
Though there are plenty of historic landmarks to stop by while in town, any trip to Rome should include sampling local specialties. If you are a food lover we have got you covered! With the emphasis on freshness and seasonality, here our top recommendations for the best traditional Roman restaurants, to get a true taste of Rome’s mouth-watering and varied cuisine. These are mostly ones that we eat at often, suitable for the gourmet traveler but also for families dining in Rome with children.
These friendly, reliable, and supremely delicious restaurants will welcome you as if you were one of the locals who have been in the know for years.
Settimio al Pellegrino | 117 Via Del Pellegrino | Campo dè Fiori Area – Excellent food and very friendly staff puts this place on our recommended list. The menu of this family run trattoria changes daily. Try the gnocchi on Thursday and homemade fettuccine on Sunday.
Il Caminetto dal 1959 | Via dei Parioli 89 | Parioli area -This is one of the historic restaurants in Rome. A restaurant we have frequented since 1981 and truly our all-time favorite. The waiters are very attentive and friendly, making sure all your needs are met. This place is popular with locals, which is always a good sign! It really fills up around 9pm, so we recommend going around 8pm if you do not have a reservation. The location might be a bit out of the way becuase it is located in a residential area of Rome.
Hostaria Da Cesare | Via Crescenzio, 13 | Prati area -If in Rome, try this place only locals eat here. Old school traditional Italian restaurant just outside the bustle of the Vatican area. Very traditional style restaurant with extremely high quality food prepared to order and lovingly presented.
La Villetta dal 1940 | Viale della Piramide Cestia 53 | Ostiense area – A truly authentic Roman non-tourist restaurant serving hearty, traditional dishes with daily specials. This is the place to go to get the best introduction to the local food.
La Pollarola |Piazza Pollarola, 24-25 | Campo dè Fiori Area – Great restaurant for you craving for local specialties! The menu has a great variety of starters, pasta, meat and veggies all from the traditional Roman cuisine.
Do you know any of these traditional restaurants in Rome? We welcome your comments and suggestions!
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