Tutti a tavola a mangiare!
You’re gonna need to fuel up after all the Rome‘ing around you’re doing in La Cittá Eterna (The Eternal City). Trust me, you’ll never get enough of walking past the Colosseum. Here are some of our favorite restaurants we were able to find during our culinary journey around Rome.
Via Merulana 138, 00185 Rome, Italy
This small restaurant holds a special place in our heart since it was our first stop upon landing. We hadn’t researched it or even knew about it but we happened to run into it that afternoon. From the start, we fell in love with the decor and attentive staff. It was 12pm on a Saturday and it was quite empty, which was exactly what we needed after a 9hr flight.
Upon opening the menu, you’re greeted by a message from the restaurant: “We serve only organic vegetables and earth products made and offered by the farm Agrimarks located in Nepi(vt), via Umilta 3577”. This was great!
I ordered the Fetuccine ai porcini (mushrooms) and Rail ordered the Tonnarelli ala gricia (pasta with pecorino cheese and bacon). They were both perfectly al dente and delicious!
Note: I recommend sitting close to the entrance when it’s not that busy; we had trouble getting the waitresses’ attention since they don’t come by the table that often. Either get up and ask for the check politely or try to wave at them when you see them.
This place had a breathtaking view and the food was great. The service was impeccable and, although the day was hot, they still managed to move us towards the shade in order to stay outside with our great view. My favorite dish the spaghetti fruitti di mare! Wake up early for some breakfast with a view or make your way in the afternoon after that morning tour of the city.
Il Porto Di Ripetta
Via di Ripetta 250, Rome, Lazio, Italy
I was so happy we made this spot my birthday dinner! Just a two-minute walk from the Piazza del Popolo, this was an amazing dining experience in a delightfully small restaurant. They sat us next to a cute Vespa and even treated us to a welcome glass of prosecco! The food was heavenly and the service was friendly without being obtrusive. The bread is homemade daily and delicious, too. Our bottle of the night was a wonderfully smooth 2015 Marco Felluga Mongris Pinot Grigio Collio. We started with the Tris di Tartare prepared with tuna, salmon, and seabass. It surpassed our expectations! My birthday dish was the extra fancy tagliolini all’astice (lobster). I’m still daydreaming about it to this day. To end the night? A generously portioned Tiramisu. Best. Birthday. Ever!
Via del Cardello, 28, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Get ready. This place gets busy but you’ll understand why. My dish was a delicious Fettuccine al Funghi Porcini and Rail got a very generous portion of Mostaccioli pasta with bacon and cheese. The service was was great, too!
For those wanting to sit inside, you’re in the clear. If you want to sit outside, make sure you’re not claustrophobic or completely antisocial. It’s not the norm to sit two people in a table of four simply because almost all the restaurants are small. It’s understandable. Don’t let that scare you, though. We met some great people while sitting very close to each other.
Via Celimontana 7, Rome, Lazio, Italy
We were lucky to have found this lovely restaurant during the late hours of the night. It’s a few minutes away from the Colosseum and the service was impeccable. Our wine of the night was a 2014 Coppo Costebianche Chardonnay from Piemonte. I ordered the Tagliatelle con Gamberi Rossi Siciliani (homemade tagliatelle, Sicilian red prawns, and a splash of Brandy). Rail ordered a classic pasta Cacio e Pepe which was amazing! We also tried their Frittura di calamari which did not disappoint. Did I mention the service was great? We got our second round of limoncello on the house! You can’t beat that.
Via della Madonna Dei Monti 79, Rome, Lazio, Italy
A local recommended this restaurant so we knew it had to be good! We found it nestled within a gorgeous alleyway and made it right before closing time in the afternoon. We started with a bottle of Cincinnati Pozzo Dorico Bellone wine and a delicious order of their meatballs which we heard were amazing! This was my first time trying a pasta cacio e pepe and I was not disapointed. It was better than I expected! This was definitely a great find and we hope to return soon.
Piazza del Popolo 1, Rome, Lazio, Italy
I recommend going to Dal Bolognese if you can get a reservation outside, so definitely plan your visit with time. It’s worth it! The terrace is well situated overlooking Piazza del Popolo and the people watching was great. The restaurant is elegant and has excellent service. The food was terrific as expected and prices were reasonable. It was so nice to eat in a place that the locals go. I chose the “Tagliolini” with Red Prawns and roasted Tomatoes which was incredible and we shared a beef tartare that blew me away. For dessert, go with the homemade tiramisu. This over a bottle of Pinot Grigio and a few shots of Limoncello was the end to a fabulous night in Rome.
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