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Savoring Rome: Exploring the Culinary Delights of the Eternal City’s Finest Restaurants
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Savoring Rome: Exploring the Culinary Delights of the Eternal City’s Finest Restaurants

Best Restaurants in Rome

Best Restaurants in Rome

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You’ll have no trouble finding some of the best restaurants in Rome, no matter which area you are exploring in the city.

When it comes to culinary delights, few cities can rival the enchanting gastronomic scene of Rome. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and deep-rooted traditions, the Italian capital boasts a plethora of remarkable restaurants that are sure to tantalize even the most discerning palates. From intimate trattorias tucked away in narrow cobblestone alleys to lavish Michelin-starred establishments with panoramic views, the restaurants in Rome offer a remarkable dining experience that is steeped in both tradition and innovation.

Embark on a culinary journey through the bustling streets of the Eternal City, where ancient ruins coexist harmoniously with modern Epicurean delights. Indulge in the authentic flavours of traditional Roman cuisine, where classics such as Cacio e Pepe, Carbonara, and Amatriciana take centre stage, inviting you to savour the simplicity and depth of the Italian culinary heritage.

But Rome's gastronomic landscape doesn't stop at traditional fare. The city has become a haven for adventurous food enthusiasts seeking innovative creations by world-renowned chefs. Prepare to be dazzled by the culinary artistry and avant-garde techniques showcased in Michelin-starred restaurants, where each dish is a masterpiece that marries contemporary concepts with the essence of Italian ingredients.

Whether you seek a romantic candlelit dinner, a casual family feast, or a refined gastronomic adventure, the restaurants in Rome cater to every taste and occasion. From rustic osterias serving homestyle dishes to elegant rooftop terraces offering breathtaking views of the city, Rome promises an unparalleled culinary experience that will leave you longing for more. Join us as we explore the very best restaurants in Rome, where culinary dreams come to life amidst a backdrop of history and culture.


Best Michelin Star Restaurants in Rome

 

La Pergola

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With three Michelin stars, La Pergola is one of the top restaurants in Rome, located within Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The interior exudes elegance, perfectly complementing the breathtaking panoramic views of Rome that stretch from the panoramic windows. The attentive staff made us feel like honoured guests, guiding us through an unforgettable dining experience.

But it was the cuisine that truly stole our hearts. Under the creative genius of Chef Heinz Beck, La Pergola crafted a symphony of flavours, blending traditional Italian ingredients with innovative techniques. Each meticulously plated dish showcased the essence of culinary artistry, stimulating our senses with every bite. From seafood delicacies to succulent meats, the menu was a testament to Chef Beck's mastery. And the wine selection, curated by sommelier Marco Reitano, flawlessly complemented the dishes, elevating our dining experience to unparalleled heights. Prepare to be captivated by the symphony of flavours and the enchanting atmosphere, leaving you with memories that will linger long after you depart from this culinary paradise.

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Il Pagliaccio

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Il Pagliaccio is one of the city’s hottest reservations to come by, thanks to the elaborate menu curated by chef Anthony Genovese. The restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars, showcasing the quality of the food and the attentive service you’ll receive. With an avant-garde menu to choose from, the best way to experience this restaurant for the first time is to choose one of its tasting menus. There’s also a vegetarian choice and a lunch menu, so your options are plentiful here.

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Acquolina

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Located inside the popular hotel The First Roma Arte, Acquolina has been awarded two Michelin stars. Enjoy creative Mediterranean dishes within this chic but minimalistic dining room. The aim of the menu is to transport you around the world, evoking different feelings and emotions with each dish you try.  Expect small pasta plates, fresh fish, and meat, as well as delicious desserts and pastries courtesy of their pastry chef, Andrea Cingottini.

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Enoteca La Torre

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Enoteca la Torre, located in the heart of Rome, is a hidden gem that beckons to both wine enthusiasts and food lovers alike. Nestled within the elegant Villa Laetitia, this enchanting restaurant offers a refined and intimate dining experience. The expertly curated wine cellar boasts an extensive selection of Italian and international vintages, providing the perfect accompaniment to exquisite cuisine. Under the guidance of Chef Domenico Sera, the menu showcases a harmonious fusion of traditional and contemporary flavours, elevating classic Italian dishes to new heights. With its charming ambience, impeccable service, and a culinary journey that delights the senses, Enoteca la Torre is a must-visit destination for those seeking an unforgettable food experience in Rome.

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Moma

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Moma is a captivating culinary oasis that fuses contemporary art with gastronomic excellence. Located in the vibrant Testaccio district, this modern and stylish establishment boasts an inviting atmosphere that seamlessly blends creativity and sophistication. Led by talented Chef Fabrizio Mancuso, Moma's menu showcases an innovative approach to Italian cuisine, with dishes that delight the palate through a harmonious balance of flavours and artistic presentation. From the freshest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients to unique culinary techniques, every bite at Moma is a masterpiece.

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Idylio by Apreda

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Chef Francesco Apreda opened one-star Michelin restaurant Idylio by Apreda inside The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel, attracting visitors from around the world. This five-star hotel makes the perfect base for this fine restaurant, which serves a menu of Mediterranean flavours. One thing that sets this restaurant apart from others with similar menus is the subtle oriental influence, which is a hallmark of the chef’s work. Choose from one of the signature menus serving meats, fish, and pasta.

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Marco Martini Restaurant

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Dine on innovative Italian cuisine at this one-star Michelin restaurant. Guests appreciate the winter garden covered with glass and the spacious dining room, creating a relaxed atmosphere to focus on the delicious food and great company. We recommend trying the spaghetti with oysters or the lamb with butter anchovies, both of which are highlights of the menu here. The tasting menu created by chef Marco Martini is a journey through memory and innovation, research and instinct, with Roman solid flavours with an international accent.

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Imàgo

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Imàgo is a culinary masterpiece perched atop the iconic Hotel Hassler, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Eternal City. With its elegant and sophisticated ambience, Imàgo sets the stage for an extraordinary dining experience. Led by Chef Andrea Antonini, the menu showcases a fusion of traditional Italian flavours with contemporary culinary techniques, resulting in a symphony of taste and innovation. Each dish is meticulously crafted, paying homage to the finest ingredients sourced from Italy and beyond. Imàgo's impeccable service, artistic presentation, and unparalleled views create an unforgettable gastronomic journey that delights all the senses.

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Il Convivio Troiani

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Il Convivio Troiani is well worth a stop on your next holiday in Rome. The restaurant was opened back in the early 1990s by three brothers who share their Lazio-inspired cuisine with the city. Enjoy a wine list with over 3,600 bottles to choose from, as well as a menu of traditional recipes with a bold and modern twist. While the menu changes seasonally, we highly recommend trying the pasta and beef dishes.

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Pipero Roma

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At Pipero Roma, the team provides the guests with an unparalleled and unforgettable gastronomic adventure. They strive to offer a refined and playful dining experience, blending ancient traditions with modern reinterpretations, taking you on an emotional and sensational journey through flavours. Nestled in a captivating location in the heart of the city, the restaurant exudes style, elegance, and vibrancy. From the main dining room overlooking the New Church of Rome to the intimate upstairs area and even the table in the cellar, every space offers a unique and enchanting atmosphere. The tasting menus, meticulously crafted by Chef Ciro Scamardella, are an exploration of taste, respecting seasonality and showcasing the best of the region. Each dish is a work of art that combines refinement, entertainment, and culinary excellence.

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All'Oro

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Situated within The H'All Tailor Suite, a bespoke hotel offering tailored services, All'Oro boasts a sophisticated New York-style dining room and a second room with English-inspired decor. Both settings provide an elegant backdrop for Chef Di Giacinto's creative Italian cuisine, which is deeply rooted in the flavours of Italian tradition, reinterpreting classic dishes in a contemporary and innovative manner.

With a firm belief in stepping back to move forward, Chef Di Giacinto combines modern techniques with the true essence of Italian taste, ensuring that every homemade product, from bread and breadsticks to pasta and pastries, respects the authentic flavours of the Italian tradition. His culinary philosophy can be summarized in three adjectives: sincere, delicious, and tenacious.

The meticulously curated wine selection is categorized by wine varieties and showcases excellence, wisdom, surprise, and wonder. They focus not on the number of bottles but on the utmost care in choosing labels, from renowned and prestigious labels to smaller, lesser-known gems that bring the guests even greater satisfaction.

To enhance your dining experience, All'Oro offers alfresco dining in the inviting outdoor space known as All'Aria during the summer months.

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Per Me Giulio Terrinoni

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“Per Me” is the culmination of Chef Giulio Terrinoni's professional and personal experiences, creating a new concept entirely dedicated to the guest. Located in the heart of Rome, between Via Giulia and Via dei Banchi Vecchi, the restaurant reflects Chef Terrinoni's philosophy of sourcing exceptional raw materials and showcasing daily catches with an expressive and captivating culinary attitude.

Renowned for its tapas-style snacks (“tappi”), “Per Me” offers exquisite variations of tapas for lunch, showcasing elaborate presentations and delightful flavours. The main courses, categorized by cooking method (fried, roasted, or steamed), are equally noteworthy. The restaurant pays meticulous attention to ingredient selection and caters to individual dietary requirements, including vegan options by prior arrangement.

The restaurant's design perfectly blends sophistication and homely comfort, creating a sober yet elegant atmosphere. During the summer months, reserving a table in the charming outdoor space is highly recommended, as it offers a limited number of seats for an enchanting dining experience.

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Pulejo

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Pulejo is located in the Prati district, so it’s ideal for pairing with a day exploring the Vatican. This modern restaurant is helmed by Davide Pulejo, who ensures every dish is served with the attention to detail required to wow any diner.

Immersed in a contemporary ambience and a serene atmosphere, Pulejo Restaurant captivates guests with its unwavering focus on outstanding cuisine. Each dish, crafted with meticulous precision, reflects the chef's commitment to perfection while retaining a delightful simplicity that brims with delectable flavours. The modern decor sets the stage for an unparalleled dining experience, where every detail is thoughtfully considered.

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Best Italian Restaurants in Rome

 

Il Marchese

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No trip to Rome would be complete without trying authentic Italian cuisine, such as that served at Il Marchese. Expect a typical Roman menu here, with dishes including fried meatballs, stuffed chicken, or a classic spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce. The restaurant appeals to both locals and visitors, so you can be sure you’ll enjoy high-quality Italian cuisine.

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Ad Hoc

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Ad Hoc is a culinary destination with two prestigious locations, one in Piazza del Popolo and the new addition in Circus Maximus, both offering the delightful option of an outdoor terrace. With identical menus, wine lists, and impeccable service characterised by elegant and discreet hospitality, Ad Hoc ensures a memorable dining experience.

Delving into traditional Roman cuisine, the menu highlights the city's culinary heritage with delectable meat and fish dishes while honouring the majestic truffle. The extensive wine list boasts over 1000 Italian labels, including a variety of vintages and Magnum formats, with knowledgeable sommeliers ready to guide you in making the perfect selection.

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Almatò

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Located in the Prati district, this culinary gem delights food lovers with its modern and beautifully presented dishes, carefully crafted for a harmonious balance of flavours. Chef Tommaso Venuti, one of the partners and a culinary virtuoso with an impressive background in architecture, has brought his minimalist style to the design of Almatò. The space exudes a sense of simplicity with pale wood, blue steel, and clean lines, ensuring that the focus remains on the star of the show—the food.

Chef's boundary-pushing, multi-course menu captivates diners, making Almatò a popular dining destination. Almatò's a la carte menu takes diners on a land-to-sea journey. The pasta dishes showcase innovative combinations, and the mains impress with imaginative pairings. In addition to the a la carte options, Almato offers tasting menus that change monthly.

The wine list offers a selection of around 80 Italian and international labels, curated to complement the culinary creations. For expert guidance, sommelier Alberto Martelli, a member of a long-standing Roman restaurateur family, is on hand to offer recommendations.

Almatò is the ideal destination for those seeking to make a lasting impression. It offers a memorable dining experience that combines culinary creativity, impeccable service, and a sleek atmosphere.

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Hosteria Grappolo d'Oro

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Dine on Roman pasta, antipasti, meat, and fish, which are served alongside regional wines at Hosteria Grappolo d'Oro. If you are able to get a lunch table here, you’ll want to choose the Roman menu to enjoy a variety of dishes to get you ready for the rest of your day of sightseeing in the city. Our favourite options on the menu here include roast lamb, salted cod, and cacio e pepe pasta, which you must try at least once when in Rome.

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Luciano Cucina Italiana

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In the heart of Rome, tucked behind Campo de' Fiori, lies a charming bistro-style restaurant that embodies small, simple, and informal dining rooms, complemented by tables set outside in a delightful small piazza. This historic location sets the stage for a culinary experience that celebrates the rich flavours of Rome.

The menu boasts an array of excellent dishes, with a particular focus on creative reinterpretations of classic favourites. While the menu rotates seasonally, iconic Roman dishes like Cacio e Pepe, Amatriciana, and the renowned Signature Carbonara by Luciano Monosilio are always present. The restaurant strives to bridge the gap between haute cuisine and popular trattorias, bringing familiar flavours into an elegantly contemporary realm. This inclusive project aims to democratize high-quality cuisine, seamlessly blending innovation with tradition.

The team takes pride in selecting the finest ingredients from all across Italy. From the open kitchen, the brigade works diligently to enhance the region's culinary riches. The service staff will surprise you with their expertise and guidance, offering combinations from an ever-evolving wine list that showcases artisanal winemakers and esteemed historical producers. At this cosy haven in the Parione district, be prepared to indulge in a delightful culinary journey that captures the essence of Rome.

Read our interview with Chef Luciano Monosilio!

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Best Restaurants in Trastevere

 

Glass Hostaria

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Glass Hostaria is one of the city’s most celebrated restaurants in Rome, meaning it’s still hard to come by a reservation here. The contemporary Italian restaurant is based in a sleek dining room on Vicolo del Cinque and is very deserving of its Michelin star. The modern Italian fusion menu is inspired by America and Asia, with top dishes including sashimi with fermented pears and flying fish roe.

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L'Osteria della Trippa

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L'Osteria della Trippa in Rome is a hidden gem for adventurous food enthusiasts seeking an authentic taste of traditional Roman and Lazio cuisine. Tucked away in the charming Trastevere neighbourhood, this unassuming eatery specialises in tripe, a beloved ingredient in Roman gastronomy.

The rustic ambience and friendly atmosphere create the perfect backdrop for savouring hearty and flavorful dishes. From the classic “trippa alla romana” to other regional specialities, L'Osteria della Trippa showcases the culinary heritage of Rome with passion and pride. With its unpretentious charm and dedication to tradition, this osteria offers a unique dining experience that transports guests to the heart of Roman culinary tradition.

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Zia

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Zia Restaurant, nestled in a tranquil and charming Trastevere, distinguishes itself from the district's typical eateries with its fresh and elegant ambience, professional service, and exceptional cuisine. Guests are warmly welcomed into the culinary world of Chef Antonio Ziantoni, where his accessible yet elaborate recipes take centre stage, treating the palate to a memorable feast. With over 350 labels, the extensive wine list offers a diverse selection, including intriguing options by the glass.

The interior design at Zia pays homage to the familiar Scandinavian aesthetic while incorporating distinctive Made in Italy touches, creating a truly unique space. With fewer than 30 seats, the restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere away from the bustling areas of the neighbourhood.

The menu at Zia attracts discerning diners in search of culinary excellence and innovation. While the refined techniques showcased on the plate are of high calibre, the prices remain remarkably reasonable for Trastevere. The seasonal menu showcases an array of delights and the dessert creations by Christian Marasca, particularly the spectacular Tourbillon, are a fitting conclusion to the culinary journey.

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Osteria Fernanda

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Located in the renowned Porta Portese district, this restaurant, led by two talented partners, is a must-visit culinary destination. With Manuela Menegoni overseeing the front-of-house operations and Davide del Duca showcasing a true passion for creative cuisine, Osteria Fernanda offers a delightful dining experience.

The menu features innovative dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients, as well as carefully selected produce from farther afield. Osteria Fernanda embraces a modern bistro concept, where contemporary and inventive recipes blend with modern interpretations of traditional and culinary roots.

The dynamic dining room sets the stage for this culinary journey, accompanied by a wine selection curated by sommelier Andrea Marini. With over 200 meticulously chosen labels, the wine list showcases the finest Italian and international wineries. The focus is on terroir, offering sought-after gems, including natural, organic wines and prestigious Champagne houses.

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Antica Pesa

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Nestled in Trastevere, the celebrated restaurant Antica Pesa offers a menu brimming with meticulously crafted Roman dishes using carefully selected ingredients. The restaurant itself is housed in a former grain storehouse that once belonged to the nearby Papal State, lending a touch of history to the ambience. Adorning the walls are large paintings by contemporary artists, while near the entrance, a cosy lounge beckons with a welcoming fireplace.

Antica Pesa's reputation is further enhanced by its collection of photographs showcasing the esteemed guests it has welcomed over the years. The service is exceptional, characterised by attentiveness and professionalism, with the chef personally ensuring your satisfaction. Roman specialities take centre stage, complemented by an impressive wine list. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the charming patio and delightful terrace, adding to the overall appeal of this renowned restaurant.

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Restaurants in Rome with a View

 

La Terrazza

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Located inside Hotel Eden, this restaurant has one Michelin star to its name and offers beautiful views over the city. This Mediterranean restaurant is located on the rooftop, but you’ll also enjoy the piano lounge here before or after your meal. Choose from one of their delightful tasting menus offering scallops, warm sea urchin cream, and Gran Riserva risotto.

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Mirabelle

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Enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner at Mirabelle, which offers spectacular city views and high-end Italian cuisine. The restaurant can be found in the Hotel Splendide Royal, with views stretching for miles over the city. On the menu, you’ll find Mediterranean dishes such as pasta, risotto, and sea bass. Choose from tastings menu or a la carte, all of which will leave you feeling satisfied after a meal here.

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Il Giardino Ristorante – Hotel Eden

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Also located inside Hotel Eden, this is another great restaurant to dine at if you are looking to enjoy beautiful views over Rome. Enjoy simple but flavour-filled classic dishes which will remind you of Caprese and the Mediterranean. Popular dishes are ravioli with lemon sauce, fresh seafood, or grilled mozzarella with lemon leaves.

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Terrazza Les Etoiles

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This elegant rooftop restaurant overlooks St. Peter’s. Before or after your meal, you can also enjoy a drink at the rooftop bar, which offers great views over the Vatican. On the menu, you’ll choose from a wide selection of dinner dishes, such as raw seafood, spaghetti with sea urchins and risotto with pumpkin, coffee and amaretto.

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Ambrosia

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Perched in the heart of Rome, Ambrosia is a rooftop restaurant and bar that seamlessly blends the city's ancient allure with contemporary sophistication. Situated on the rooftop of Hotel Artemide, this enchanting establishment offers unparalleled panoramic views of Rome's iconic landmarks, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vittoriano monument.

Upon stepping onto the terrace, guests are enveloped in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The ambient background music, a fusion of contemporary jazz and chillout melodies, sets the perfect tone for an unforgettable dining experience.

The menu presents a delightful array of Italian specialities, each dish expertly crafted with creativity and passion. The bar complements the dining experience with a selection of signature cocktails, skillfully prepared using premium spirits and fresh ingredients, as well as a curated collection of wines sourced from Italy's finest vineyards.

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Restaurants in Rome near Colosseum

 

Aroma

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Aroma Restaurant offers a magical scene and a perfect setting to indulge in exceptional cuisine and personalised service tailored to the most discerning guests.

Perched on the top floor of Palazzo Manfredi, with a breathtaking view of the Colosseum, the Aroma Terrace invites you to embark on a culinary journey curated by Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio. His signature dishes, accompanied by sommelier Alessandro Crognale's wine recommendations from over 600 label selections and delectable desserts from the pastry chef, promise a remarkable dining experience.

Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio showcases his culinary expertise by combining the highest quality raw ingredients, carefully selected from top regional producers, with outstanding technique. Drawing from his experience in renowned kitchens around the world, he melds the aromas of classic Mediterranean cuisine with avant-garde touches, offering a contemporary twist on ancient flavours.

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Li Rioni

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A trip to Rome isn’t complete without trying some of Italy’s best pizza in Rome, which you can enjoy at Li Rioni. This restaurant offers Roman-style, thin-crust pizza with a variety of different classic Italian toppings on offer. The restaurant is the perfect spot for lunch after exploring the Colosseum and is a great option for families travelling with kids and teenagers. Go for a classic Margherita for a simple lunch, or opt for one of the Pizza Bianche for something a little different.

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Roof Garden

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Overlook the Roman Forum when dining at Roof Garden, which offers a range of classic Italian dishes and delightful cocktails. This terrace near the Colosseum is extremely popular in the spring and summer with locals and visitors, so make sure you get here early or book ahead. On the menu, you’ll find oysters, marinated fish, crab, and scallops, all of which will go well with any of the popular pasta and spaghetti dishes on offer.

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Il Tempio di Iside

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Scampi and seafood dishes are the highlights of any meal at Il Tempio di Iside in Rome. The interior is very intimate, with exposed brick walls throughout. Diners are impressed by the long wine list here, which offers a range of options to go with any of the fish and pasta dishes on offer. Portions are very generous, so make sure you come hungry after a long day of sightseeing in Rome.

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Restaurants in Rome near Pantheon

 

Bottega Tredici

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Located near the Pantheon, Bottega Tredici offers a menu of creative seasonal dishes which are made from locally sourced products. You’ll enjoy sitting in the outdoor area in the spring or summer months, dining on meals that are created from very carefully selected ingredients. Start your meal with their raw wild salmon or Roman artichoke Tarte Tatin. From there, you can enjoy stuffed gnocchi or cod ravioli before finishing off with a classic Italian dessert.

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Retrobottega

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The tasting menu at Retrobottega is one of the best in the city, thanks to the creativity of the chefs. As you enter the restaurant, you’ll notice two cooking counters, which have 26 seats surrounding them. The location is open from Wednesday to Sunday each week for lunch and dinner, and the menu is constantly changing, depending on the season. Diners love coming here over and over again, thanks to the variety of dishes the chefs challenge themselves with each week.

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Cipasso Bistrot

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Cipasso Bistrot is a contemporary bistro located near the Pantheon. It recently moved to its new location, but still offers the Roman-inspired menu of traditional dishes with a modern twist. The chefs here really focus on using seasonal ingredients, so you’ll find there are always new menu items to choose from. Highlights of the current menu include pumpkin ravioli, spaghetti with clams, or seared calamari.

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Achilli al Parlamento

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Another great spot that’s centrally located near the Pantheon is Achilli al Parlamento. Pierluigi Gallo leads the kitchen here, using modern cooking techniques to bring the best out of simple ingredients. Expect classic Italian pasta dishes, fresh salads, fish, and meat, all of which will be served alongside their extensive wine menu. The restaurant is open every day except Sunday, allowing you a good chance of securing a reservation during your next visit to Rome.

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The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Rome

 

Mater Terrae

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Mater Terrae was awarded one Michelin Green star, cementing its place as the city’s top vegetarian restaurant. It’s located within the Bio Hotel Raphaël and is a great option for both vegetarian diners and anyone looking to enjoy a lighter meal while in Rome. The menus are entirely vegan or vegetarian, with fantastic salads to start your meal and a range of pasta and spaghetti options for the primi piatti. Save room for dessert, where you can enjoy a tiramisu or la tarte Tatin.

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Il Margutta

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Il Margutta offers diners a range of classic Roman menu items, all of which are suitable for vegetarians. Highlights of the menu here include the Fiori di Zucca Panati and the Bavarese di Ricotta. You’ll find that the menu here is very accessible for anyone who is trying vegetarian dining for the first time, but it has some options for more adventurous diners looking to enjoy something different while in Rome.

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Best Pizza in Rome

 

180g Pizzeria Romana

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Ranked 17th place in the world’s top 50 pizza restaurants, 180g Pizzeria Romana is one of our favourite Italian restaurants in Rome. The venue is very relaxed and cosy, offering you the chance to reconnect with your loved ones over their artisanal pies and regional street food. There’s a good range of wine and beer to choose from as well, which will go well with their classic pizzas. The Margherita here is always worth ordering, as it showcases just how effective even the simplest dishes can be when cooked well.

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Seu Pizza Illuminati

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Taking the 8th place spot in the world’s top 50 pizzerias, you can’t go wrong with eating at this restaurant during your visit to Rome. This hip restaurant is a contemporary spot to go to for your pizza, offering almost every topping you could imagine. Top sellers here include the Margherita, Napoli, DOP, or Marinara, all of which everyone will be able to share if you order a selection of pizzas for your whole table.

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Qvinto

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Another highly rated pizzeria in Rome is Qvinto, which came in at number 25 on the top 50 pizza restaurants list. As well as their amazing pizzas, you can enjoy pasta and other local dishes here, so there really is something for everyone. The crust and base of the pizza are what make it stand out so much, but you’ll find there are toppings to suit everyone’s tastes, including meat, vegetables, and fish.

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Best Tapas Restaurants in Rome

 

53 Untitled

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Tapas are a great option for a lighter lunch or dinner, and 53 Untitled is one of our favourite restaurants in Rome for tapas. The menu is ideal for curious diners who will enjoy the food and drink options on offer. As well as the small appetizer portions, you can opt for full dishes of meat, fish, and vegetables. For a more leisurely meal, purchase the tasting experience, where you’ll enjoy a dish and wine for each course.

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Malandros – Bodega de Tapas

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The extensive menu at this restaurant makes it one of the best tapas spots in the city. They have both hot and fried tapas, as well as a range of desserts that are inspired by Italy, Spain, and the Mediterranean in general. We also recommend trying their paellas. It’s a casual restaurant that’s popular with locals and visitors and is ideal for anyone just looking to rest and relax after a busy day in the city.

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Ercoli 1928

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Stepping into Ercoli 1928 is akin to entering an elegant covered market, offering an unparalleled selection of products from both small-scale and large-scale companies sourced from Italy and beyond. From the moment you cross the threshold, a unique olfactory experience awaits.

Seek guidance from their gastronomes, venture into uncharted culinary territories, and explore over 100 products, including salamis, hams, coppe, culatelli, mortadella, bresaola, soppressate, sausages, speck, and over 200 cheeses. It's a true declaration of love for Italian and French products, as well as the finest offerings from England and Spain.

You can dine at the table or choose to be served alongside the enticing showcases, overflowing with a cornucopia of pasta, rice, preserves, cookies, sweets, coffee, champagne, wine, beer, liquor, spices, legumes, teas, and much more.

The menu draws inspiration from the Italian heritage and traditions, showcasing genuine products hand-picked by the kitchen team led by Executive Chef Andrea Di Raimo. With fresh ingredients arriving daily, they continuously explore new culinary creations that bring out the best flavours from exceptional raw materials.

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Modern and Chiq Restaurants in Rome

 

Giano

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Blending the flavours of Sicilian cuisine with the essence of Roman culture, Giano Restaurant at W Rome Hotel elevates the culinary scene with its innovative approach. Head Chef Ciccio Sultano, known for his “Cucina Educata,” creates exquisite dishes that captivate the palate and push boundaries.

The menu at Giano Restaurant reflects Chef's artistic expression. Rooted in a deep respect for his Sicilian heritage, the flavours he crafts are inventive, robust, and elegant, with an international flair. As a self-taught chef, he treasures the fundamentals, considering oil, wheat, and salt as the pillars of his cooking, both historically and culturally. Lunchtime offers simple yet satisfying dishes, while the evening presents more refined gourmet options.

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Casa Coppelle

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Casa Coppelle combines French and Italian influences to create a fantastic menu to enjoy in this intimate restaurant. There are a few different dining rooms to choose from, including the library rooms and the gallery of portraits. The modern menu offers small plates that are colourful and eccentric, using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients to delight your taste buds.

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Adelaide

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Adelaide is located in Hotel Vilon, which is one of our favourite hotels for a weekend break in Rome. The seasonal menu is updated regularly, making a good excuse for you to come back over and over again. You won’t want to miss the pasta dishes on the menu here, which offer a modern twist on your classic spaghetti and pasta dishes. The green outdoor patio is delightful to sit out and dine on, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the year.

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Acquasanta

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Acquasanta is located in the middle of Testaccio, which is a beautiful historic district that’s known for being home to some of the top restaurants in Rome. It’s a very minimalistic restaurant, so tables book up fast here due to the limited capacity. We recommend that you try any of the fish and seafood dishes on offer, but there are also great options for vegetarian diners. The bread service is also a highlight of any meal here, offering artisan bread that will create the perfect setting for the beginning of your meal.

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Taki OFF

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Combining the flavours of East and West, Taki OFF is the work of chef Andrea Fusco. You can enjoy one of the tasting menus here, which combines Japanese and Italian ingredients and dishes. Expect small plates which will take you on a fascinating journey, which can be enjoyed alongside the extensive wine and drink menu. Highlights of dining here include the Crudo di Wagyu and the Risotto All’Oro.

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Le Jardin de Russie

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Despite its French name, Le Jardin de Russie surprises guests with its creative and contemporary Italian cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean ingredients of the region. Set in a sublime location, the restaurant offers an elegant dining room adorned with stylish classically-inspired accents and a verdant outdoor terrace nestled at the foot of the Pincio, surrounded by mature pine trees and blooming citrus.

Renowned as one of Rome's most exclusive dining establishments, Le Jardin de Russie is celebrated for its exemplary Italian cuisine overseen by Michelin-Starred Chef Fulvio Pierangelini. Chef Pierangelini's gourmet a la carte menu showcases a tempting array of local dishes, combining Roman influences and ingredients to create culinary masterpieces.

With over 25 years of experience, Chef Pierangelini's refined approach and inventive presentations bring a distinctive flair to classic Italian flavours, making each dish a delightful and memorable experience.

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Spoil Yourself with the Taste of the Best Restaurants in Rome

While Rome is known for offering some of the country’s best pasta and pizza, as you can see, there are top restaurants in Rome offering every type of food you could imagine. All of these restaurants are extremely popular with locals and visitors, so make sure you book ahead of your visit to ensure you don’t miss out.

Don’t forget to take the time to taste some of the city’s classic dishes during your trip too, as we guarantee you won’t be disappointed by the food on offer in Rome.

 

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Last Updated on February 12, 2024 by Editorial Team

 

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