Grattachecca is a traditional Roman summer treat, sort of like an Italian Sno-Cone. La checca is the Roman name for the giant block of ice that gets gradually shaved away to keep Romans cool in the sweltering summer months. There are many around the city, La Grattachecca mentioned here is near Ponte...
The luxurious Inn at the Spanish Steps not only has a great location, but offers an aperitivo gratis each day to its lucky guests. For the foodie with a little extra spending money, this is the place to stay.
The Hotel Artorius is a mid-range hotel, with friendly service and comfortable rooms, and its location in Monti means you can walk to wonderful restaurants and wine bars. A great base for a foodie tour of Rome.
Why stay at Hotel San Pietrino? If you're on the hunt for Rome's best food, you'll spend a pretty penny at restaurants, and Hotel San Pietrino will balance your bank account with its budget prices and great location.
Campo de' Fiori is overrun with young expats at night, but come early in the morning for the market, and be sure to grab a slice of pizza bianca at Forno al Campo de' Fiori, at the top corner of the piazza.
Felice a Testaccio is known for its cacio e pepe and other traditional Roman dishes. The menu changes daily, so check for favorites like coda alla vaccinara (oxtail) and saltimbocca alla romana (veal with prosciutto and sage).
We love this tiny place in Trastevere, with its changing menu, and simple dishes like polpette (meatballs) or pasta with x. This is also a good spot to try the so-called quinta quarta (the fifth fourth) the Roman name for its traditional offal dishes like tripe....
The name says it all. Come to trattoria cacio e pepe to try the eponymous pasta, spaghetti covered in cheese and black pepper, an example of the simple genius of traditional Roman food.
We like the pizza at Montecarlo, although the place has got touristy since 2008 or so. It's on our list of traditional Roman food for its excellent carbonara, one of Rome's flagship pastas.
The food of poor people is surprisingly good, especially when those poor people are Italian. What was born of necessity has endured because it's delicious, and Osteria dell'Angelo in Prati serves up wonderful classics like beans with rosemary and trippa alla romana, among many others....