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Top Rome Restaurants

Abbey Alexander, Writer
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With all the hot hotels opening in Rome, you’d be smart to find an excuse to pass through. And while you’re there, you gotta eat. Rome is known for its pasta, and there’s never a crowd that a good cacio e pepe or vongole didn’t please. Here are your five top restaurants.

The Restaurant: Salumeria Roscioli

The Neighborhood: Regola

So, you’ve come to Rome in search of unique fine-dining experiences. Your first stop should be Salumeria Roscioli. A mix of casual deli fare and more elaborate pastas and entrees, the spot is loved by locals and tourists alike. It’s simple Roman food at its best, complete with an unassuming storefront that looks like a simple shop. Grab a table for dinner or browse the food outlet’s high-quality meats and cheeses. Just be sure to come hungry.

Address: Via dei Giubbonari, 21

The Restaurant: Ristorante Rocco

The Neighborhood: Monti

At Ristorante Rocco, classic Roman trattoria meets modern casual eatery. Here you get all the white tablecloth glamour without the stuffiness, thanks to a reliably hip crowd of locals (and local celebrities). The daily rotating menu is penned on a charming blackboard and consistently highlights classics like cacio e pepe and fresh Anzio seafood. Additionally, Ristorante Rocco highlights small wine producers from local regions.
Address:Via Giovanni Lanza, 93 

The Restaurant: Camponeschi

The Neighborhood: Centro Storico

It’s one of the prettiest restaurants on one of the prettiest squares in Rome. Steps away from Campo de’ Fiori, Camponeschi proposes an innovative and refined menu. Think dishes like Roman artichokes, spider-crab salad, and tiramisu served in a cup of dark chocolate. Oh, and the backdrop to your dining experience? A fifth-century palace in Rome’s center. This is an establishment that takes Roman tradition seriously, and it shows.
Address: Piazza Farnese, 50-50a

The Restaurant: Nino

The Neighborhood: Regola

Located in the beautiful Piazza di Spagna, Nino is just as much a landmark as it is a restaurant. The establishment has been going strong since 1934 and is a celebrity favorite, serving everyone from film luminaries Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren to Giada De Laurentiis. According to the team at Nino, the menu aims to naturalize the traditions of Tuscany right on your plate. Best known for its killer steak tartare and traditional Florentine soup, Nino is a must-do for your next visit.

Address: Via Borgognona, 11

The Restaurant: Hotel Eden Rooftop

The Neighborhood: Rome City Centre

Panoramic views of the city, a family-style tasting menu, and a range of luxury and casual dining options, Hotel Eden has it all. From the comfort of a Michelin-starred fine-dining experience, you will be privy to views of Rome’s most stunning landmarks, from the Palazzo del Quirinale to St. Peter’s Basilica. The hotel‘s two rooftop restaurants give guests the choice between casual or more upscale dining experiences, both complete with a wide range of classic and contemporary Italian dishes. 

Address: Via Ludovisi, 49

The Restaurant: Antica Pesa

The Neighborhood: Trastevere

In the heart of the Trastevere neighborhood, this is a reliable classic and a must-visit. Everyone goes to Antica Pesa at least once, and we get why. It’s packed with locals and tourists, and the menu is basic but in a good way. The charming restaurant is housed in an old grain storehouse that once belonged to the Papal State. And who doesn’t love a good historical site with a side of pasta.

Address: Via Garibaldi, 18

The Restaurant: Dal Bolognese 

The Neighborhood: Flaminio

Think Carbone, but Roman and with a history spanning across three generations. Dal Bolognese is a dining experience where elegance meets comfort. The interior is cozy and energetic, while the heated outdoor patio boasts a view of the Piazza del Popolo. The menu may be simple, but it showcases classic Emilian cuisine at its best. And if it’s good enough for Nicole Kidman and Elton John, it’s good enough for us. 

Address: Piazza Del Popolo, 1

Bar Bonus: Stravinskij Bar

So you’ve landed yourself a dinner reservation at one of the above options and are roaming around looking for a good outdoor aperitivo setting. We recommend settling into the courtyard of the Hotel de Russie for a signature spritz or artisanal martini. The private piazza is at the foot of the five-star hotel’s secret garden. So it’ll have you feeling like royalty the second you enter.  The menu features classic and contemporary cocktails, as well as basic bites from burgers to salads to pastas. Stravinskij Bar even has a margarita with pounded pepperoni, so you’ll really feel like you’re in Rome. 

Address: Via del Babuino, 9

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