The Best Restaurants in Rome, Italy

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Updated: July 19, 2023
By Santorini Dave

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10 Best Restaurants in Rome

1. Salumeria Roscioli • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $$$

Salumeria Roscioli deli and restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 687 5287
Rome’s premier deli features a fabulous in-house restaurant. Space is limited but the food is consistently high level with a menu of traditional Italian fare and classic international dishes. Also serves a fantastic wine list.

2. Emma Pizzeria • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $$

Emma Pizzeria in Rome
Map • +39 06 6476 0475
Excellent wood-fired pizzas in a smart, modern pizzeria. Toppings include southern Italian mozzarella, cured meats, and fresh seasonal veggies. It’s one of the few places that does pizza at lunchtime.

3. Colline Emiliane • Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale • $$

Colline Emiliane restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 481 7538
A renowned restaurant specializing in regional food from Emilia-Romagna. That means cured Parma ham, parmesan cheese, and rich meat sauces paired with homemade egg pastas. A short walk from the Trevi Fountain.

4. Armando al Pantheon • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $$

Armando al Pantheon restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 6880 3034
Traditional family-run trattoria in the touristy Pantheon area. Cozy and often crowded, it’s famous locally for its unswerving dedication to authentic Roman cuisine. Reservations recommended.

5. Osteria dei Cappellari • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $$

Osteria dei Cappellari restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 9436 6598
Traditional Roman cuisine with excellent house wine in a charming, non-touristy environment. The menu features a range of local and regional Italian dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and a range of gluten-free dishes.

6. Felice a Testaccio • Testaccio & Ostiense • $$

Felice restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 574 6800
The best of the trattorias in the foodie Testaccio neighborhood. Hugely popular, it flies the flag for traditional Roman nose-to-tail cooking with dishes such as tripe and coda alla vaccinara (oxtail).

7. Casa Coppelle • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $$$$

Casa Coppelle restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 6889 1707
Sophisticated Italian-French cuisine, modern romantic decor, and a prime location near the Pantheon.

8. Glass Hostaria • Trastevere • $$$$

Glass Hostaria restaurant and wine bar in Rome
Map • +39 06 5833 5903
Chic restaurant serving creative Michelin-starred food. With its contemporary decor and innovative cuisine, it stands out in the medieval Trastevere district. Bookings necessary.

9. Metamorfosi • Villa Borghese, Barberini & the Quirinale • $$$$

Metamorfosi restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 807 6839
Michelin-starred restaurant in the upmarket Parioli neighborhood. Food is modern and creative as per its signature dish, Uovo 65° carbonara, a contemporary deconstruction of the classic pasta dish. Book ahead.

10. Ristorante L’Arcangelo • Vatican & Prati • $$$

Ristorante L'Arcangelo in Rome
Map • +39 06 321 0992
A bistro/restaurant in the Prati district that’s much loved by local foodies. Particularly prized are its traditional Roman dishes such as carciofi alla romana (Roman-style artichokes made with white wine, garlic, anchovies, and mint).

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11. Pizza Florida • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $

Pizza Florida restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 6880 3236
Cheap and delicious pizza by the slice known for their crispy crust and wide variety. Limited seating, so plan on taking your pizza to go; there are benches across the street around the ruins of Largo di Torre Argentina, Caesar’s murder site.

12. Pizzarium Bonci • Vatican & Prati • $

Bonci Pizzarium restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 3974 5416
Legendary takeaway serving Rome’s best pizza al taglio (sliced pizza). Squares of feather-light dough are capped by artisanal cheeses, cured meats, and assorted veggies. It’s about 10 minutes’ walk from the Vatican Museums.

13. Forno Campo de’ Fiori • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $

Forno Campo de Fiori restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 6880 6662
A busy bakery famed for its sliced pizza. The house specialty is pizza bianca (white pizza): rectangles of unadorned pizza base seasoned with salt and olive oil. Ideal for a quick snack or cheap lunch.

14. Ce Stamo a Pensá • Monti • $

Ce Stamo a Pensa restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 6936 3154
Casually cool spot for Neapolitan street food and comfort food, known for their fried pizza. Great pastas, panini, tiramisu, Moka pot coffee, and beer.

15. Supplizio • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $

Supplizio restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 8916 0053
A gourmet takeaway dedicated to supplì (fried rice croquettes). Go for the classic supplì, stuffed with rice, tomato, and cheese, or choose from a selection of clever variations. You can eat in the brick-clad interior or take away.

16. Mordi e Vai • Testaccio & Ostiense • $

Map • +39 339 134 3344
A Testaccio market stall cooking up classic Roman street food. Best of all are their panini (bread rolls) filled with slow-cooked beef. It’s a local favorite so expect crowds most lunchtimes.

17. Mercato Centrale • Termini & Around • $$

Il Mercato Centrale food court in Rome
Map • +39 06 4620 2900
Termini station’s three-story food hall. Stalls are ranged under towering brick vaults serving everything from pizzas and pastas to veggie burgers, salads, sushi, and shakes.

18. Fatamorgana • Trastevere • $

Fatamorgana gelateria in Rome
Map • +39 06 580 3615
Organic gelato from one of Rome’s best gelaterias. There isn’t a huge choice but the quality is high and you’ll find some unusual flavor combinations such as pineapple and ginger. There are several other branches across town.

19. Glauco Gelateria • Monti • $

Glauco Gelateria in Rome
Decadent gelato shop known for their rich, homemade gelato topped with your choice of macaron. Opt for hazelnut or pistachio gelato; dairy-free varieties available.

20. Venchi • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto

Venchi gelateria in Rome
Map • +39 06 6992 5423
The best of the gelaterias near the Pantheon. It specializes in chocolate which features in creamy ice creams, drinks, and dolci (sweets). Expect lines.

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21. Caffè Sant’Eustacchio • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $$

Sant Eustachio cafe in Rome
Map • +39 06 6880 2048
Famous for its espresso, reckoned by many to be the best in Rome. The cafe, situated between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, is a workaday place, better for a quick stand-up coffee than a leisurely break.

22. Barnum Café • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $$

Barnum Cafe in Rome
Map • +39 06 6476 0483
Cool all-day hangout with shabby-chic furniture and a relaxed vibe. Stop by for a breakfast cornetto (Italian croissant) and cappuccino, a light lunch, or cocktails and jazz in the evening. •

23. Sciascia Caffè • Vatican & Prati $$

Sciascia Caffe in Rome
Map • +39 06 321 1580
A model old-school cafe with wood-lined decor and waistcoated bar staff. The house specialty is caffè al cioccolato, an exquisite espresso served in a demitasse lined with melted chocolate. In Prati.

24. La Casa del Caffe Tazza d’Oro • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $

La Casa del Caffe Tazza d'Oro in Rome
Map • +39 06 678 9792
Landmark cafe near the Pantheon. It serves superb coffee, best taken standing at the long wooden bar. In summer, go for a granita di caffè, a delicious blend of coffee, crushed ice, and whipped cream.

25. Roscioli Caffè • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $$

Roscioli Caffe in Rome
Map • +39 06 8916 5330
Elegant cafe serving great coffee, indulgent sandwiches, and divine mini-pastries – try the maritozzi (sweet buns packed with whipped cream). It’s generally standing room only but there’s seating in a small back room. Near Campo de’ Fiori.

26. Caffetteria Musei Capitolini • Ancient Rome & Monti • $$

Capitoline Museums in Rome
Map • +39 06 6919 0564
For inspiring views with your coffee. The Capitoline Museums’ cafe is a stunning spot, offering memorable panoramas from its elegant terrace. Without a museum ticket, you can access the cafe through Palazzo Caffarelli just off Piazza del Campidoglio.

27. Caffetteria Chiostro del Bramante • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto • $$

Chiostro del Bramante in Rome
Map • +39 06 6880 9035
Even in Rome, few places can rival this cafe’s location. Set on the first floor of an elegant Renaissance cloister, it sets a memorable stage for a tranquil coffee or light lunch. Just behind Piazza Navona.

28. Antico Caffè Greco • Tridente & Trevi Fountain • $$$$

Antico Caffe Greco in Rome
Map • +39 06 679 1700
Rome’s oldest cafe and the former haunt of Casanova, Goethe, Byron, Keats, et al. Nowadays, it’s touristy and pretty expensive, but it really does exude a sense of history. You’ll save a euro or two by drinking at the bar.

29. Canova Tadolini • Tridente & Trevi Fountain • $$$

Canova Tadolini restaurant in Rome
Map • +39 06 3211 0702
Only in Rome. The one-time studio of sculptor Antonio Canova is now a busy cafe with tables laid out between marble busts and figures. Good for drinks but avoid the overpriced food.

30. Libreria Caffe Bohemien • Ancient Rome & Monti • $$

Libreria Caffe Bohemian in Rome
Map • +39 339 722 4622
Books, bricks, mismatched furniture, and bold colors abound at this relaxed hangout. Stop by for wine, cocktails, or tea. In the village-like Monti neighborhood.

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