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Italian food is by far my favorite cuisine. I absolutely love pasta! And though I could eat pasta every day, there are so many more Italian dishes to try in Rome. Check out this post for where to eat and what you should eat in Rome, Italy.
Roman Cuisine You Should Try
Each area of Italy is known for certain foods. These are just a few of the foods you should try in Rome:
- Pizza al taglio — “pizza by the slice”; this Roman street food favorite is generally sold in square slices
- Spaghetti Carbonara — or any pasta carbonara, really; this is pasta with a creamy egg-based sauce, pieces of cured pork jowl, and black pepper
- Cacio e Pepe — literally “cheese and pepper”, that’s it
Where to Eat Lunch and Dinner in Rome
Located just down the street from Castel Sant’Angelo, Opera Ristorante has pasta and pizza. We tried a few different pizzas. The pizzas were pretty big and you could definitely share them between two or three people.
Via Paola, 48, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
La Bottega Ristorante Punturi
La Bottega Ristorante Punturi was located near our hotel, the Empire Palace, so it was the perfect location for us. Their restaurant has pasta and wines, and right next door is their pizzeria.
So you can order pizza also in the restaurant, but we stuck with some traditional pasta dishes. They also have really good prosciutto.
Via Flavia, 46, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
We went to Ristorante Mino with our bus tour group. Here, they served us house wines and a 5-course meal of prosciutto, pasta, salad, veal, and gelato. It was so good but way too much food to eat!
Via Milazzo, 20, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
Pinsere Roma is a quick and easy pizza place. It has nearly 5 stars on every online review site, and it has earned it!
You can either eat standing up outside or take your pizza to go. We took ours back to the hotel. The pizzas are almost personal-sized; they can feed one or two people.
Via Flavia, 98, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Another restaurant right around the corner from our hotel, The Piola has pasta dishes and hamburgers. And both pasta and hamburger were so good that I forgot to take a picture!
Via Quintino Sella, 24, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Where to Eat Gelato in Rome
Come il Latte
Come il Latte is one of the best-rated gelaterias in Rome and, bonus!, it was right around the corner from our hotel! We braved the pouring rain to eat this gelato, and it was well worth it! They have a ton of flavors to choose from. And it was a good price for three scoops, a waffle, whipped cream, and a drizzle of chocolate.
Via Silvio Spaventa, 24/26, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Trevi Cafe S.R.L.
Being around Trevi Fountain, I expected gelato to be more expensive, but Trevi Cafe S.R.L. actually wasn’t bad. It’s no-fuss gelato with a great view!
Via del Lavatore, 48, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Gelateria La Romana
Gelateria La Romana is another highly rated gelateria with a ton of flavor options. They had a good bit of seating inside so you could sit and enjoy your gelato.
Via Venti Settembre, 60, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Where to Stay in Rome, Italy
- Top Hotel: Hotel Artemide
- Great Value: Residenza Venti Settembre
- Unique Stay: Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori
More Things to Do in Rome
Spend more time exploring this historic city. Check out these other Rome itineraries:
- How to Spend 3 Days in Rome, Italy
- Visiting Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, Italy
- Pros and Cons of Taking a Group Tour of Italy
Ready to visit Rome, Italy? Plan your trip with these tips.
- Book your flight to Rome: Find the cheapest flights using Skyscanner, my favorite flight search engine.
- Find Accommodation: You can find top hotels in Rome using Booking.com.
- Get a Guide Book: Check out the guide books from Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, or Rick Steves for in depth info about traveling to Italy.
- Save on Attractions: Save big on admission to top Rome attractions using the Go City Rome pass or the iVenture Rome Flexi pass.
What’s your favorite thing to eat in Rome, Italy? Let me know in the comments!