Going to Rome (for the first time) for a weekend in February and would love some recommendations on where to eat/go for drinks (not too touristy and not too expensive...just good authentic Italian places) while we're there! Our hotel will be near Metro Repubblica and we wont have a car, so places accessible by public transport would be ideal!
- Al GrottinoVia Orvieto, 6, Rome, Italyrecommended Al GrottinoLocated in the San Giovanni district, this pizzeria serves up a unique pizza that you are not likely to find anywhere else in Rome. It's not Roman, it's not Neapolitan -- it is its own special blend ... read moreof flours to make a unique pizza crust that is light and flavorful. After exploring San Giovanni and the many churches in the area, book a table at this pizzeria for a relaxing evening. The pizzeria is always full of locals, and it is one of the most popular restaurants in the area. For those who love beer, ask for the iPad with the beer menu. They have dozens of artisan beers that go well with many of their unique and interesting pizzas.Keith Preble
You'll like this pizza place, I am sure. It's not hard to reach -- just take Metro A to either "San Giovanni" or "Re di Roma" stop, and it is just a short walk away.
- TrastevereViale di Trastevere, Rome 00153 Italyrecommended TrastevereOne of my favorite areas in Rome. Beautiful medieval streets, exciting twists and turns, great food. Sort of the Greenwich Village of Rome, with a lot of students now that John Cabot University has ... read moredug in. Plenty of good restaurants.
- Caffe del QuirinaleVia XXIV Maggio 49 Romarecommended Caffe del QuirinaleConvenient to the Quirinal Palace. Probably the best cappuccino in Rome. Good pastries too and cheap for location. Hole in the wall gem which is worth a look in.
- Caffè Canova - TadoliniVia del Babuino, 150/a, 00187 Rome, Italyrecommended Caffè Canova - TadoliniService was a bit dodgy and they were out of most food items by the evening, but fabulous location for amazing cocktails amid the sculptures. Pretty camp but fun! Have coffee or tea among the statues! ... read more
- Monzù VladiPiazza di San Giovanni della Malva, 2, 153 Rome, Province of Rome, Italyrecommended Monzù VladiMy friend found this place. Great, authentic Neapolitan cuisine. I really wanted something hot (sore throat) and had the best bean soup I've had anywhere!
- La Trattoria degli AmiciPiazza di Sant'Egidio, 6, 00153 Rome, Province of Rome, Italyrecommended La Trattoria degli AmiciReally nice atmosphere and hard to argue with the social mission of the place. But the food is uneven. First course was excellent, pasta average, meat unremarkable, tiramisu excellent. But ymmv.
- La FocacciaVia della Pace, 11, 00186 Rome, RM, Italyrecommended La FocacciaWonderful ristorante with amazing mushroom pizza in front of the Santa Maria della Pace. Highly recommend their al fresco dining. Simply the best of a lot of good choices.
- Antica Birreria PeroniVia di San Marcello, 19, 00187 Rome, Province of Rome, Italyrecommended Antica Birreria Peroniwonderful restaurant tucked away off the Via del Corso. Does amazing fettucini and steaks and sausages (served 'Roman style') of all sorts. Especially enjoyed the ox. Good bread as well and, of ... read morecourse, peroni beer.
- Cristalli di ZuccheroVia di San Teodoro 88, 00186 Rome, Italyrecommended Cristalli di ZuccheroCristalli di Zucchero is a great cafe and sweets shop. They offer a huge variety of very pretty and very tasty goods. Like most bars in Rome, they offer fresh coffee and juices. This is a must-visit ... read moreif you're in the Circo Massimo / Bocca della Verita' area.Keane
Amazing pastries and coffee near the Boca della Verita.
- Da MicheleVia dell'Umiltà 31, Rome 00187, Italyrecommended Da MicheleDa Michele is located two blocks away from the Fontana di Trevi, making it less crowded than the other pizzerie nearby. Their ingredients are listed on the menu board, and there are very few: flour, ... read moresalt, water and a two others I can't remember. Bottom line: This pizza is classically made. While it isn't a perfectly refined slice, they certainly hit the spot if you're hungry. I ordered a slice of the stuffed spinach pizza and one smaller slice of the Margherita. I was stuffed like a moose in the Pacific Northwest. This is saying a lot as I hadn't eaten all day. The cost was 6,67, approximately. Bottles of beer, seemingly big if the ones along the wall are something to go by, cost 3,50. Da Michele serves other items like supplì (1) and crochetti as well. If you need a small snack or a filling slice of no-nonsense pizza near the Trevi Fountain, Da Michele is your spot.Keane
Good pizza by the Trevi Fountain. Avoid the touristy spots!
- Pizzeria Florida Via Florida 25, Rome 00186 Italyrecommended Pizzeria FloridaI've eaten my fair share of pizza al taglio across Rome, and I have to say that Pizzeria Florida serves some of the best, no-nonsense slices in town. Prices are low and the flavor is high. The ... read moreMargherita was particularly tasty, though I suggest not eating it folded lest you want to have sweet juice dripping all over your clothes.Keane
Classic pizza by the slice spot with affordable prices and no crowds.
- Gelateria Artigianale CoronaLargo Arenula 27, Rome 00186 Italyrecommended Gelateria Artigianale CoronaNow THIS is a great gelateria. I had the risotto with lemon and the chocolate with plums and rum, and it was divine. Quiet possibly my favorite gelato shop in Rome, nay, the world.Keane
Another of my favorite gelato spots in Rome. it's lesser known so there's not as much of a wait.
- Er BuchettoVia del Viminale, 2F, Rome 00185 Italyrecommended Er BuchettoGreat spot for truly Roman porchetta panini. Er Buchetto is cheap, the service is prompt and it's located conveniently close to Termini. I feel like I had a different experience from those who ... read morerecommended it to me, as they described getting freshly sliced and curated porchetta panini. While my panino was tasty, he simply handed it to me from a collection of pre-made sandwiches, so it wasn't warm or anything. Still, it was delicious. The porchetta wasn't TOO fatty, and there was a nice balance of flavor. It's a great choice for a cheap and filling meal.Keane
For classic and cheap porchetta sandwiches right by the main train station.
- Gelateria Fatamorgana - MontiPiazza degli Zingari 5, Rome 00184 Italyrecommended Gelateria Fatamorgana - MontiI like to think the best things in life are simple and uncomplicated, that these moments are so pure, none of the distractions of everyday life could possibly contaminate. This is how I feel about ... read moreGelateria Fatamorgana. It was by far the best gelato I had during my two months in Italy. I liked Giolitti. I loved Corona. Old Bridge was alright. But Fatamorgana won me over with its amazing flavors, fresh flavors and its beautiful location in Monti. I tried the basil with honey and walnuts and the Syrian pistachio, enjoyed along the stone wall in Piazza degli Zingari. The lamps of Monti illuminated the warm Roman night as a couple sat to my left, a family with children to my right. I enjoyed those two flavors as slowly as possible. A dream. I could not have picked a better final gelato moment in Rome.Keane
My favorite gelato spot in Rome.
- PizzariumVia della Meloria 41, 00136 Rome, Italyrecommended PizzariumWhen people say Pizzarium is expensive, they mean compared to other pizzerie. But Pizzarium is not just any pizzeria! They devote themselves to the art of breadmaking, and the toppings they use are ... read moremore unique than anything you'll find anywhere else. I ordered a slice of ham and minced fish (I don't actually know the specifics since he spoke so fast) and a slice of Parmigiano-Reggiano, tomatos and herbs. Both were fantastic, though I really wish I went with something wilder with the latter option. You can really taste the bread. Service? Fantastic. The guy behind the counter was all smiles, explanations and friendliness. The cassiera could've been a bit more warm, but hey, you get used to this after awhile... Roma. The pizzeria is located just a block away from the Cipro Metro, so it's incredibly easy to get to if you're Metro-friendly. If you like pizza, you must come here. I'm already thinking about my next visit.Keane
Amazing and fancy pizza by the slice. They sell craft beer here too.
- Open BaladinVia degli Specchi 6, Rome 00186, Italyrecommended Open BaladinIt's a bit sad that my best meal in Rome thus far is a burger and beer. But let me tell you, Open Baladin is legit. I've tried a lot of burgers around the world and the Capri Burger here is one of the ... read morebest I've had. The meat is juicy, the bread (made by Bonci of Pizzarium) is soft and flavorful, and the mozzarella and basil... delicious. Pair that with some of the best potato chips and finest ketchup in the universe, and a huge selection of craft beers from around the world (including several selections from Italy), and you have an amazing meal. All beers cost only 5 per serving, which is a better price than pretty much every other pub in Centro Storico. You MUST come here if you love beer. Aim for noontime if you'd rather not wait with the night crowd.Keane
Best beer bar in Rome!
- Societè LutecePiazza di Montevecchio 17, Rome 00176 Italy
- Freni e FrizioniVia del Politeama, 4/6, 00153 Rome, Italyrecommended Freni e FrizioniFreni e Frizioni is a popular bar overlooking Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere, not to mention its pretty fabulous river views. Popular for its cheap aperitivo (6 will get you a glass of vino and copious ... read moreplates of food) and its young, trendy hippy crowd, it's a great place to hang out on a summer's evening.Julia P
Fun for an apero.
- Trattoria MontiVia di San Vito, 13, 00185 Rome, Italyrecommended Trattoria MontiI first came here years back with a couple Roman friends. It's a very affordable, dependable little trattoria with food from the Marche (on Italy's east coast.) A Roman standby and a bit unique in its ... read moreneighborhood (close to Piazza Vittorio, which has since become Rome's Chinatown.Julia P
Also walkable from Repubblica. (Rome's center is really small, so actually if you enjoy walking, lots of places are accessible, even if there's not a Metro stop right there.)
- La CarbonaraVia Panisperna 214, Rome 00184 Italyrecommended La CarbonaraSuper popular place to eat Roman food, with some innovative twists on classics like pistacchio and pomodoro. The food is delicious, mid priced, and if you go early or late you won't have to wait. In ... read morethe Monti neighborhood, it's a close place to Termini to get some decent food.Julia P
Tourists know about it but it's tasty.
- La BarriqueVia del Boschetto 41, Rome 00184 Italyrecommended La BarriqueThis wine bar just off the Via Nazionale has an amazing wine list starting from just 15 euros, and a bar menu which pairs things like swordfish carpaccio with a specific regional olive oil. The staff ... read moreis knowledgable, friendly, and the atmosphere intimate.Julia P
How exciting! I love Rome - lived there for about 4 years. This place is about 15 min walk from Repubblica.