When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
This old saying is especially true when it comes to eating! There are thousands of restaurants in Rome, but they’re certainly not all created equal. Many are nothing more than over-priced tourist traps and some of the best are hidden away. Here are 5 of the best restaurants that Rome has to offer.
Cesare al Casaletto
If you’re looking for the best pizza in Rome, Cesare al Casaletto is your destination! The pizzas are almost impossibly thin, topped with a delicious tomato sauce and baked in a wood-burning oven. The restaurant also serves some amazing fried appetizers (the eggplant is the top pick) and homemade pastas.
Antico Arco is home to some of the best traditional Roman cuisine in the entire city. The atmosphere is upscale, with white tablecloths and waiters dressed to the nines. However, the food is totally down-to-earth and offers everything from individual, a la carte options to a seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings. This is also one of the most popular restaurants in Rome, so you’d best plan to book a reservation early.
Agustarello a Testaccio
If you truly want to eat with the locals, Agustarello is the place! The menu is totally traditional, but the experience is every bit as delightful as the food. While you may have to wrestle some of the local patrons for a table, once you’ve got one you’ll be welcomed with open arms.
Pro Loco Pinciano
Italian delis are as much of a staple in Rome as the restaurants, and in the case of Pro Loco Pinciano, you get the best of both worlds. The atmosphere is pretty unique, with stone and brick walls on all sides. One end of the restaurant is a functioning deli, where you can purchase meats, cheeses and jars. It just so happens that at this deli you can also order a martini and a pizza.
Rome is the undisputed capital of pasta carbonara. Eggs is a restaurant that specializes in the dish, offering 10 different varieties from tuna and pistachio to artichoke. What’s most unique, though, is that they’re served in glass jars.