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Eating in Rome


Rome knows pasta, wine and pizza. Here, there is not necessary to search for restaurants. Rome restaurants are everyplace! You will discover small and cheap but nice trattorie, osterie and ristoranti. Tariffs for Rome restaurants, even in the heart of Rome, are moderate and the quality remains of a fair standard. Many agreeable places are located in the Centro Storico, along Via Cavour and around Stazione Termini. Alike, you can eat cheaply in the Borgo district around the Vatican.

Trastevere is Rome's traditional restaurant ghetto; touristy now, but still the home of some fine and moderately priced Rome restaurants.

Testaccio is also a famous evening place with an interesting selection of restaurants and pizzerias. Of course there is a large selection of both Italian and international restaurants, but the best for the visitor are the local cuisine with the authentic Italian touch.

A typical Roman menu


Commences with the indispensable bruschetta "ammazzavampiri" (a canapé so full of garlic it would kill vampires), and perhaps also a fantastic mozzarella in carrozza. The large pasta course that follows could be: spaghetti alla carbonara, bucatini all'amatriciana, bucatini cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper sauce) or gnocchi alla romana. If you wish to try rigatoni pasta with the popular "pajata" sauce, we suggest that initially you eat it and then ask what the ingredients are: you might be so impacted that you no longer want to try the dish besides that lose your chance to try out new types of food.

Onto the second course. You can prefer among: coda alla vaccinara (beef tail stew), saltimbocca alla romana, costolette d'abbacchio (lamb ribs). For side dishes, don't miss the occasion to try artichokes "alla giudia", a traditional way of cooking artichokes from Jewish-Roman traditional cooking.

Wash the whole meal down with a white wine from Frascati or Cerveteri.

Let's take a look at food and wine you can buy.

Hours for eating in Rome.


  • Colazione (Breakfast) 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
    If you see Romans eat breakfast at home with milk and cereals, it's presumably on a TV commercial. Romans choose to stop at cafés and get a cornetto (croissant) with a cappuccino or latte macchiato.

  • Pranzo (Lunch) 1:00 p.m.
    Lunch can be anything from a quick sandwich eaten standing at the corner bar to a full four course meal ending with a coffee.

  • Merenda (Afternoon Snack) 4:30 p.m.
    The term merenda generally refers to children eating sweet afternoon snacks. Adults like to eat a slice of pizza or something small with coffee, while taking a short afternoon break.

  • Cena (Dinner) 8:30 p.m.
    Romans have dinner no sooner than 8:30 and you'll see people coming to restaurants at 11:00 or even later.



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