After spending five days in the bustling city of Rome, we’ve decided that getting the right food is one of the most important parts to having a great trip. We learned that it is pretty hard to go extremely wrong when looking for Italian food, but this guide will give you the six most outstanding restaurants we had in the city. Please enjoy!
Matricianella was the first restaurant we ate at in Rome and we were very pleased. After getting to our OneFineStay at 10:00 pm, we were starving. Thankfully our host recommended this local favorite, so we walked right over after dropping our bags. I ended up getting my favorite Italian delicacy, gnocchi, and I loved it. We were so tired by the time we finally managed to get our bill- Italians aren’t in a big hurry to get you on your way- but we were well fed and happy!
In between exploring the beautiful Vatican and going to the Pantheon, we went to Osteria dell’Ingegno and had a great lunch. I got their delicious cacio e pepe, as well as a salad I shared with my mom. There is a chalkboard menu on the wall with all the specials of the day. My sister got squash blossom toast and she loved it. It was simple, yet perfect food.
Trattoria Da Enzo
Throughout our whole time in Rome, I have to say that Da Enzo was hands down my favorite restaurant. There was a pretty long wait, but luckily that didn’t stop us from having a meal of a lifetime at a great little traditional restaurant in the area of Travestere. I got their cacio e pepe, just like the day before, and was blown away by it. I can also 100% recommend the tiramisu. It was so good! Just make sure that you have your navigation going to the one on Via dei Vascellari… not the one on Via Ostiense. We learned that one the hard way!
As for the most fresh and fun (because we got to watch the chefs make the food) restaurant we went to, Pianostrada took the cake. We got there around 10pm after going to the Roma vs. Empoli soccer game. The place was jammed and we were starving! Thankfully the host snuck us up to the counter overlooking the kitchen where the chefs and the owner took great care of us. I watched my cherry tomatoes and garlic being sautéed and the fresh pasta being quickly boiled. My mouth was watering by the time the plate got to me! I can also highly recommend the desserts- we got a variety to share and everything was great.
After a great day at the Colosseum and our gladiator class, Roscioli was the absolute perfect way to end it. It was my birthday dinner and I could not have been more happy with the delicious cacio e pepe I ordered. Oh, and the tiramisu was insane! Are you seeing a trend? I really love cacio e pepe and tiramisu!! My mom got chicken, which she loved. The restaurant itself is slightly on the nicer side and you really need to make a reservation before going.
You’re probably thinking, “why has he not eaten ANY pizza?!” Well, to answer your question, we did have some pizza, but this was the very BEST pizza! The three of us all shared the prosciutto and mozzarella pizza, their classic margherita pizza, and a simple green salad. Everything was simple and delicious. It is well known, so remember to book reservations ahead of time. It can be VERY crowded!
Good to know…
For gelato, I recommend going to Grom. It is very simple and fresh and has great flavors!
Make sure to never go to a gelateria that has their displays the size of mountains or unnatural colors. It means the quality is not good – go to the places with nice flat containers of gelato- or even covered is good too.