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Corsetti Il Galeone, S. Cosimato 27, Trastevere. - Perfect food, excellent service, nice interiors. Go for the courses outlined in the menu. Price category is midrange; 2 main courses, 2 side dishes, half a bottle of wine and 2 deserts with caffè for total of 65 euros.
Ferrara -Via del Moro, 1/A - Piazza Trilussa, 41 (06583 33920). Trastevere. They won the 2003 Oscar as best wine selection, food is good, with a sophisticated twist, ambiance is minimalist/elegant. Poshy!
Da Lucia, on Vicolo del Mattonato, Trastevere- A a nice little trattoria in Trastevere with outdoor and indoor tables. Although everything is good, don't bother having anything else but its speciality - Spaghetti alla Gricia, made with pancetta, romano cheese, olive oil, and black pepper. Toss well with your fork, then enjoy. It would be hard to find a better pasta anywhere in Rome.
Da Corrado" in via della Pelliccia 39. Trastevere - This is a family business, a small "trattoria", with paper tablecloth, glasses that don't match, and a very friendly atmosphere. So if you want something more sophisticated, don't go there... But if you're up for something local and reasonably priced, Corrado is the place to go. The food is genuine Roman, simple but very good. It's a cheap place, you can spend around 20-25max euro per person for a whole meal (pasta, meat, veggies, wine...), and 10euro if you have just one course.
Olindo, in via del Mattonato (intersection with vicolo della Scala). Trastevere - Olindo is also a simple family trattoria, serving traditional Roman food. It's not as popular with locals as Corrado, but if Corrado is full, this is a very good second choice. You can try the gnocchi (on Thursday), involtino (meat stuffed with ham and veggies, in a tomato sauce), puntarelle (veggies) and more....Inexpensive eat, anywhere between 10-25 euros per person.
Osteria der Belli in Piazza Sant'Apollonia. Trastevere - It's a good Roman/Sardinian restaurant, they have a great buffet of appetizers (take the anchovies, if they have them, and the grilled radicchio, really good) and fish/seafood is also especially good and always very fresh. You can also try saltimbocca alla romana, magro alla vernaccia, carciofi and other typical dishes. The wait staff is very professional, and the atmosphere is warm and good. You can spend 40-50 euros per person if you take primo piatto, meat of fish, dessert, wine...or around 25-30 if you're a more moderate eater.
If you're up for a good GELATO - in Trastevere, don't miss "Da Checco" in Via Benedetta (it's the street that runs behind Piazza Trilussa).
CAMPO DEI FIORI/PIAZZA NAVONA
Da Sergio, Vicolo delle Grotte 27 (near Campo de' Fiori)- This is a great little neighborhood spot. Home style Italian cooking. At lunch, it was full of neighborhood types, a few tourists and many regulars. Little English spoken. No credit cards taken. Great food at a very low price by Roman standards. Delicious and fun; a true Roman experience.
Osteria Romana, Via San Paolo alla Regola (near Campo de' Fiori) - For a true Roman experience with course after course of meat or fish, wonderful outdoor dining with painted umbrellas, and service you usually only dream of. If it was good enough for Bill Clinton when he visited (they will be more than happy to show you the photos), it is certainly good enough for anybody else! Homemade creamy limoncello is not to be missed. If you're really lucky, they will show you the museum and what they discovered when digging way back into antiquity.
Grotte del teatro di Pompeo, via del Biscione (nr. Campo de' Fiori)- Roman cuisine, a favourite of locals
la Carbonara, Piazza di Campo de' Fiori- Roman cuisine, beautiful view onto the square from the upper floor
Le Bain, via Botteghe Oscure (corner Largo Argentina) - Fusion, buffet style, excellent for lunch breaks.
Pierluigi, Piazza de'Ricci (Campo de'Fiori) - Great outdoors dining in the small Piazza de'Ricci. Large patio with good ambience, excellent (but not inexpensive) Roman food.
Cul de Sac, Piazza Pasquino, behind Piazza Navona - A wine bar-restaurant, don't miss this little place.They are well known for their salame, prosciutto, lardo di colonnata, great cheeses, pates, and the city's most comprehensive wine list. But you can also have pasta, or try the brandade di baccala' (cod brandade), the topik (a chickpeas puree, very good). Desserts are also good. Try the coppetta di zabaglione, or fichi with ricotta, if they have them. No reservations - just go, queue up, get in, and enjoy. Good for lunch too; outdoor tables as well. Indoor eating is a bit more quiet though. 20 euros or less per person.
Roscioli--Via dei Giubbonari, 21-22a . It's a grocery store, a bakery (Via dei Chiavari), wine bar and a restaurant: you get in and start to wipe your chin! Take a look to belive it: http://www.anticofornoroscioli.com/ph...
Da Giggetto Ar Portico d'Ottavia -Right next to the Portico d'Ottavia, in the heart of the Jewish ghetto, this is an excellent restaurant to savour Roman and Jewish dishes. It's famous for its "carciofi alla giudia" (deep fried artichokes). Pasta dishes and meat are very good. This is a reliable restaurant, prices are moderate/average. Make sure you make reservations in advance because Giggetto is always packed!FORUM/COLOSSEUM
Vecchia Roma near Santa Maria in Portia. Wine bar with excellent food.
Tavernelle - Via Panisperna, 48 - A lot of celebrities have dined at this restaurant, judging by the the autographed pictures on the walls. The restaurant is cozy, the staff is very friendly and professional, and the food is reliably good! They have a nice bar of antipasti, very good seafood, and seasonal specialties (such as grilled porcini mushrooms) are always delicious. A favorite with locals, but expect to find also some tourists. The walk to this restaurant is especially beautiful if taken from Via Cavour, walking in front of the Hotel Forum and then up, by the Forum walls.PANTHEON
Osteria del Sostegno, in Via Delle Colonnelle -Is a lovely, restful little restaurant which does a simple but absolutely delicious lunch menu. Traditional pasta dishes, salads and a good wine list make it a fantastic afternoon stop when trudging the tourist route. Staff friendly and some English is spoken if your Italian is not up to speed. Strongly recommended.
Obika--Via dei Prefetti, 26a (Pantheon). Every day from 8am to midnight. Do you like mozzarella cheese? Then Obika is the perfect choice! Wonderful for an Italian brunch (22 €) on Saturdays and Sundays and from 7.30pm aperitivo time with canapes and fresh tiny mozzarellas. They opened a restaurant in London too!
PIAZZA DEL POPOLO/PIAZZA DI SPAGNA (Spanish Steps)
Ristorante La Penna d'Oca at via della Penna, 53 - Piazza del Popolo Small intimate and warm place (a bit upscale), quiet location (just near the Piazza del Popolo) amazing food where the owner/chef prepares much of the menu. The food has a southern Italian flair with Roman influences. Do not forget to try the souffle's which are fabulous - but remember, these need to be ordered in advance! A special place for a special meal.
Cafe Romano in the Hotel D'Inghilterra entrance on via Borgognona - right near the Spanish Steps and via Condotti - Tending towards upscale without pretension with dishes that while Roman in flavor are in preparation nouvelle cusine. Fabulous by all means with a very impressive selection of wines by the glass that will amaze you (a local Shiraz that will stun lovers of red wines).
Nino at via Borgognona, 11 a favorite of the locals (you will find Nino filled with more Romans than tourists) just near the Spanish Steps and via Condotti- . Casual with fabulous service and a lively atmosphere. Food is true Roman flavors that will keep you wanting more - a must are the marinated artichokes - add in their house red by the carafe to complete the picture and you will finding yourself dining true Roman style.
Margutta Vegetariana at Via Margutta 118. Vegetarian. Inexepensive lunch buffet during the week and on Sunday.
Gina, Eat&Drinks--Via di San Sebastianello 7/a, (06678 0251), just off the Spanish Steps. From Mon to Sat 11am to midnight; Suns from 11am to 8pm. Chisel this address in your mind! Very stilish totally white interior. Buy your pic nic basket here for your romantic getaway to the nearby Borghese Park!!!
rHome--Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 46 (066830 1430). Every day from 1pm to 2am (restaurant is closed on Mons). Even if the square is well known for Gusto, in an hidden corner there is this modern design place that has one of the new emerging chefs of the Accademia della Cucina Romana (Roman Cuisine Academy). Trendy lounge-bar with a dee jay after supper; there is an upper floor for cigar smokers!
San Marco--Via Sardegna 38d. Very easy and modern place, you can use this place as you want: for a pizza, a quick snack or to dine. Same owners of Gusto.
Enoteca Costantini/Ristorante Simposio Piazza Cavour, 16 (06321 1502; Fax: 06321 3210 www.pierocostantini.it ) An unbelievable wine store, with a rather fancy restaurant attached.
Da Giovanni-- via Salandra 1. A great, inexpensive trattoria ... Located on the intersection of Via Septembre XX, just 30 euros for a meal for two of minestrone soup, roast pork, a half bottle of a decent Chianti, and a half bottle for mineral water.
Tuttifrutti-- Via Luca della Robbia 3/a. (06 5757 902) A favorite with locals, this small trattoria is a well kept secret in the heart of the lively Testaccio neighborhood. Delicious appetizers, where traditional ingredients of the Italian cuisine are revisited to create innovative, yet familiar, combinations. Seafood and meats are especially good. Around 30 Euros or less per person.
This residential district just south west of the Roman Forum and Palatine hill has some very pleasant restaurants with plenty of local Roman customers. The Trattoria Bucatino on the Via Luca della Robbia offers good quality, traditional Italian food (think home- made potato gnocchi, luscious pollo alla romana, great bucantini all'amatriciana, fresh fish ) and the prices are very reasonable. The pizzeria Bean, also on the Via Luca della Robbia, has wonderfully thin-crusted pizzas with creative but unfussy fillings on its menu. Try the daily specials on offer! Bus routes 23, 75 and 175 stop at the Via Marmorata close by.
Enoteca Il Goccetto --Via dei Bianchi Vecchi, 14 (06686 4268). Navona Square/Via Giulia. Cosy, small, resolutely for locals.
Del Frate--Via degli Scipioni, 118 (06323 6437). Vatican. Also wine shop and some very good food, including a list of more 30 different cheeses.
L'Angelo Divino--Via dei Balestrari, 12 (06686 4413 ). Navona Square/Campo de’ Fiori. True wine bar.OUTSIDE ROME
Ristorante Bastianelli, in FIUMICINO (small town close to the airport) - This restaurant has been offering excellent seafood since 1929. The seafood is very fresh, and cooked deliciously, in traditional ways, or rivisited with a modern twist, but always excellent. Desserts are also very good. If you have a long layover at the airport, hop on a taxi and go to Bastianelli. Around 30-40+euros per person, not cheap, but it's seafood...
Le Onde in TERRACINA A friendly sea-front restaurant which, in addition to the usual menu, will produce a wide range of delicious vegetarian options, particularly if given notice. Excellent value for both food and wine (50 euros for two feasts, including wine, coffee and liqueurs) . Very engaging, helpful staff.