Rome’s Best Wine Bars

Drinking wine in Italy is practically a birthright – well, they are the world’s largest producer of the stuff – and the capital has many charming enotecas where you can sit and sip. We love these spots in particular for their attentive label selections, knowledgeable staff, and relaxing atmosphere. Raise a glass with us to the best wine bars in Rome.

 

Brylla

Located in the Trieste area of Rome, Brylla is well worth the trip outside the centro storico. This modern wine bar opened in 2016 with a unique selling point: every one of the more than 150 wines can be ordered by the glass thanks to Coravin, a new design of bottle opener that allows wine to be poured through a tiny hole in the cork, which is then resealed. With no wastage from spoiled, only half-empty bottles, Brylla can offer guests absolute choice from wines at any price point, including the most prestigious vintages.

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Il Goccetto

Possibly Rome’s most famous wine bar thanks to its gorgeous vintage ‘Vino e Olio’ sign outside, Il Goccetto is well known among locals and tourists in the know. Its strategic location in the historic centre means it can get busy so be prepared to wait at peak times or just congregate on the street outside, drink in hand. There’s ample choice of wines by the glass, starting at just a few euros, and an extensive selection of labels available by the bottle – just check out the collection lining the walls for inspiration. A small menu of meats, cheeses, and other delicious snacks, provide the perfect accompaniment to your tipple.

 

Litro

This pretty spot in the residential neighborhood of Monteverde specializes in natural and biodynamic wines from across Italy. The cellar is stocked with interesting choices that go beyond the usual red and white, and into rosé (which, actually, is not always well represented in Italian wine bars) and even orange wines. Don’t be afraid to ask the staff for recommendations either – they’re passionate about what they do and happy to find the perfect match for your tastes. Litro also offers a small but exceptional food menu.

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Ai Tre Scalini

Ai Tre Scalini has been an institution in the Monti neighborhood since 1895. This rustic bottiglieria is frequented by a laid-back, artsy crowd who love the informal atmosphere as well as the extensive Italian wine list. There’s also a selection of craft beers, both on tap and bottled, from some of the peninsula’s best microbreweries. Pair your drink with light bites, such as olives or lupin beans, or dive into a generous platter of cured meats and artisanal cheeses.

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Enoteca Ferrara

If you want to whet your whistle, Enoteca Ferrara is the place to do it. Their wine list is less flimsy pamplet and more hardback, two-volume novel. With over 1600 labels to choose from, even the most knowledgeable enophile will discover something new. If that’s too much choice, let the sommelier select a bottle for you – there’s labels for every taste and budget. Not just a wine bar with an impressive collection of bottles, Enoteca Ferrara is also an elegant restaurant, traditional osteria, and birreria, making this locale a great choice for any occasion.

 

Rimessa Roscioli

The Roscioli brand is well known in Rome for its restaurant and historic bakery, both located in one of the most beautiful parts of the city centre. In recent years, they’ve added to their empire with a coffee shop and a wine bar. Rimessa Roscioli focuses on accessible wine tastings, showcasing not just the best Italian vini but the production techniques, history and culture that goes into every glass. Tasting sessions should be booked online in advance but you can also stop by without a reservation for a glass or two at any time.

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Where to Eat In Rome: 5 Trattorias You Can’t Miss

With such a longstanding culinary tradition, Rome is undoubtedly a haven for foodies who flock to the city to sample classic dishes such as cacio e pepe and carbonara. However – like just about anywhere around the world – not every restaurant is created equal, so it pays to do your homework. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite trattorias, all of which showcase fresh, seasonal produce and serve up delicious, mostly traditional, fare.

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Da Enzo al 29

This family-run restaurant tucked away on a Trastevere side-street is well known among both locals and tourists for its wholesome cucina romana. There are a handful of tables on the street and just a few more inside this tiny eatery so be sure to book (only the 7.30pm slot is available) or expect a long wait. Da Enzo prides itself on its local specialities such as carciofi alla guidia (Jewish style fried artichokes), amatriciana (rigatoni pasta in a smooth tomato sauce with salty guanciale), and cacio e pepe (tonnarelli noodles in a pecorino cheese and black pepper sauce). Their meat-based secondi, such as meatballs and oxtail stew, are also excellent.

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Osteria Margutta

Just a few steps from the Spanish Steps (and our gorgeous Spanish Steps Terrace) is the picturesque Via Margutta and Osteria Margutta has been feeding the residents of this charming street (and beyond) since 1965. Pull up a chair – not forgetting to look for the plaques that testify to the high-profile names who’ve dined here previously – and take in the vintage knick-knacks, theatrical memorabilia and other artistic treasures that decorate the walls. Typical Roman fare is on the menu but some of the more inventive and unusual dishes are well worth sampling. We like the fusilli al ragù, an old family recipe, spiked with a hint of cinnamon for a unique flavor profile.

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Colline Emiliane

In a city so rightly proud of its culinary heritage, finding a restaurant that offers food from a different Italian region can be tricky. Happily, Colline Emiliane has been cooking up dishes typical of Emilia-Romagna since 1931 – and doing it well. The region is famous for its top-quality ingredients, such as balsamic vinegar, prosciutto di Parma, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and you’ll find them here in delicious dishes like tagliatelle alla Bolognese, pumpkin tortelli, and braised beef meatballs. The perfect place for a lazy Sunday lunch, especially if your apartment is within staggering distance.

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Trattoria Monti

Helmed by the Camerucci family, Trattoria Monti is a favorite among those in the know for its specialities from Le Marche, on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Remember to book in advance and you’ll be rewarded with refined yet satisfying dishes such as the mezze maniche pasta with pecorino, sausage and black pepper or the tortello al rosso d’uovo; a large raviolo with spinach, ricotta, and runny egg yolk. Second courses range from the meat-heavy (think roast rabbit with truffle) to the vegetarian friendly (fresh vegetable tarts and flans). Take a look at our Apollo Terrace Apartment in the same neighborhood.

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Osteria Barberini

True to the Barberini area, well known for its dolce vita mood, Osteria Barberini is elegant without being stuffy (just like our nearby Barberini Terrace). The compact restaurant is better suited to couples or small groups so larger parties should book in advance to avoid disappointment. The kitchen rustles up Roman classics like amatriciana and pasta e fagioli (a traditional bean and pasta soup) but is most proud of its truffle offerings. There’s white truffle tagliolini pasta, risotto with white truffle and prosecco, and scrambled eggs with black truffle and pecorino cheese, to name just a few of the dishes on the menu.

Trastevere Neighborhood Guide

With its ivy-laden streets, local trattorias and lively atmosphere, Trastevere is one of Rome’s most picturesque – and coveted – neighborhoods. Though Trastevere, which means “across the Tiber”, is popular with tourists, it’s an area of the city that is still filled with local institutions so it’s a great place to stay during a vacation or extended period. When you stay at TreasureRome’s Trastevere Terrace, you can start your day with breakfast on your private terrace while the church bells ring in the distance before wandering outside to begin your sightseeing adventures.

Our Favorite Sights

Villa Farnesina: with magnificent frescoes by Raphael, rooms intricately decorated with trompe l’oeil paintings and a leafy garden, this 16th century Renaissance Villa is our favorite place to escape the crowds in Rome.

Orto Botanico: nature lovers will want to spend a couple hours at Rome’s Botanical Garden, a peaceful park set upon 12 hectares. Discover beautiful fountains, a bamboo forest, Japanese garden and more.

Santa Maria in Trastevere & Santa Cecilia: Rome is home to hundreds of churches and two of the most noteworthy lie in Trastevere. Santa Maria is one of the oldest churches in the city, with floor plans that date back to the 3rd century. It has impressive 13th century mosaics in the apse. Santa Cecilia, a 12th century church features a peaceful enclosed courtyard and a Baroque statue dedicated to the martyr.

Gianicolo: one of the highest hills in Rome, Gianicolo provides an incredible view of the city skyline and its many church domes and bell towers. It’s also the location of the monumental Fontana dell’Acqua Paola fountain built in the 17th century.

 

Our Favorite Places To Eat

Antica Pesa: an institution in the neighborhood, Antica Pesa is an upscale trattoria that dates back to 1922. It’s a favorite haunt for celebrities and VIPs and serves up excellent Roman dishes along with some creative spins on Italian favorites. The hidden courtyard is a romantic place to while the night away.

Le Levain: this little French cafe has been exceedingly popular since the day it first opened. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by the comforting scent of freshly-baked croissants and a wide array of colorful sweets, including macaroons, mini eclairs, fruit tarts and more. We love the savory quiches.

Roma Sparita: located right in front of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Roma Sparita is a trattoria that shot to stardom when Anthony Bourdain filmed an episode of No Reservations here, so you’ll need to book ahead for a seat. Don’t miss ordering the cacio e pepe which comes served in a parmesan cheese bowl.

Otaleg: one of the newcomer’s to the Trastevere scene this year is Otaleg, an artisanal gelateria that serves some of Rome’s best creative, seasonal flavors which a focus on quality ingredients.

 

Favorite Places To Drink

Enoteca Ferrara: home to a wine bar, beer bar, restaurant and trattoria, Enoteca Ferrara is a great place to stop by at any time of the day – and especially during the winter months. Order wine by the glass or flip through a veritable Wine Bible with hundreds of labels.

Niji: speakeasy bars are having a moment in Rome – enjoy the intimate atmosphere of Niji after having dinner at a local trattoria and cozy up with a carefully-crafted cocktail of your choice. If you need advice, the bartenders here are excellent and can provide suggestions based on any preference.

Bir & Fud: part beer bar, part pizzeria, Bir & Fud is one of Rome’s legendary places for a bite to eat or a drink in the heart of Trastevere. There are a dozen craft beers on tap and a wide array of mouthwatering pizzas (made in the Neapolitan style) for you to choose from.

Litro: this natural wine bar is one of the best places to enjoy unfiltered, organic and biodynamic wines in Rome. It’s a hip little spot that attracts wine connoisseurs and also has a menu of creative dishes to pair with your glass.

Dining Al Fresco: Where To Eat Outside In Rome

With its quaint piazzas and panoramic rooftop terraces, Rome is a city made for drinking and dining al fresco, soaking in la dolce vita and the city’s quintessentially “small town” atmosphere. Day or night, summer or winter, the Eternal City’s mild temperatures ensure that eating outside is a 365-day-a-year affair but it’s especially delightful on long summer evenings as the sky slowly turns from pink to blue to a black tapestry dotted with stars.

Discover our 5 favorite restaurants for dining al fresco and consider booking a private chef to cater your own rooftop dinner in one of TreasureRome’s luxurious terrace apartments.

Pierluigi

Set within one of Rome’s most discrete – and loveliest – piazzas, Pierluigi is one of the most romantic places to enjoy a meal in Rome. The historic seafood restaurant (open since 1938) is a favorite of celebrities, politicians and other VIPs for its five-star service, fabulous and fresh cuisine and extensive wine list with over 1,500 labels. Be sure to book ahead to snag a table out on the coveted patio.

Da Teo

Trastevere is filled with delightful Roman eateries but our favorite is undoubtedly Trattoria Da Teo. The restaurant is tucked into a corner in an unassuming little piazza and has plenty of outdoor (and indoor) seating so it’s a great place to try dishes like amatriciana, carciofi and cacio e pepe at any time of the year. It’s particularly evocative in the evenings as the sun begins to set and the temperatures begin to drop.

Baja

One of the most unique places to eat in Rome is outside on the banks of the Tiber River. Baja is a boat-restaurant permanently docked along the river so it’s another great choice for dining year-round. We love coming here for brunch on the weekends, when Baja serves up a bountiful buffet of hot dishes (quiches, pastas, meats and more) plus cheeses, vegetables and more. It’s also a nice place to dine during holidays or celebrations.

Pianoalto

The younger sibling of Rome darling Pianostrada, Pianoalto is a rooftop restaurant located in south Rome, making it one of the few places to offer a perfect view of the surrounding industrial skyline. The urban garden has romantic details and the menu serves everything from gourmet sandwiches and succulent pasta dishes to burgers, focaccia and plenty of antipasti and side plates you can share or enjoy all to yourself.

Babette

Just steps from Piazza del Popolo, Babette is a hidden gem with a French spin. This chic bistrot has a beautiful interior courtyard, making it a romantic place for a relaxed meal, and an ample list of pastas, fish and meat courses – it’s particularly inviting for vegetarians, though anyone in your group will be satisfied with the options. In the cooler months, you can also sit inside and enjoy the whimsical decor.

The Best Healthy Restaurants In Rome

January always brings high hopes and plenty of resolutions for the new year – from health goals and travel plans to personal projects and career aspirations. Although we believe each day is a new opportunity to make your life as fulfilling as possible, there is something exciting about a fresh start so we wanted to put together a list of some of our favorite restaurants in Rome to help you meet your health goals in 2019.

The Mediterranean diet continues to be considered one of the best “diets” in the world and we feel very fortune to have many wonderful options in the Italian capital. But sometimes you want some more fruits, vegetables and salads to offset the pasta and pizza that abounds! Here are places we recommend to our guests when they ask us where to find a flavorful, healthy meal.

 

Ginger

 

With two locations in the heart of Rome, Ginger Sapori e Saluti is a beautiful restaurant with an ample menu full of delicious dishes and fresh fare. Open daily from morning to evening, it’s a great place to stop by for an açaí bowl at breakfast, fresh garden salads at lunch and artisanal pastas for dinner. With dozens of options on the menu ranging from quick bites to more elaborate entrees, Ginger is a chic place to get your vitamins and is sure to please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. We love the Palomba salad with mixed greens, pears, goat cheese, walnuts and fresh mint paired with a fresh smoothie (and lots of ginger). One a sunny day, grab a seat outside and watch the well-heeled locals stroll by along the cobblestone streets.

Address: Via Borgognona 43-46 and Piazza Sant’Eustachio 54-55

Stay: Our Grazia Family Home is just a short walk from Ginger.

 

Vivi Bistrot

Vivi Bistrot is another great all-day dining option with several locations in central Rome, from a lovely outdoor patio inside Villa Doria Pamphili park and a secret cafe in Piazza Navona to a new presence inside the Rinascente department store on Via del Tritone. It has a beautiful feminine flair, with freshly baked cakes and gluten-free options, plus hearty salads and a wide range of teas, freshly-pressed juices and smoothies and a seasonal menu that includes everything from sharable appetizers (like hummus and guacamole) to hamburgers, pastas and salads. We really like stopping by the Vivi Bistrot in Piazza Navona in the afternoons for a matcha tea and a slice of carrot cake – or in the evenings for an Aperol Spritz and some bruschetta.

Address: Villa Pamphili: Via Vitellia 102; Rinascente: Via del Tritone 61; Piazza Navona 2 and Via della Mercede 50

Stay: Our Navona Terrace and Grazia Family Home apartments are located right near Vivi Bistrot’s multiple locations.

 

Aromaticus

Nestled in the bohemian neighborhood of Monti, Aromaticus is a sweet gardening store, aromatic herb shop and healthy cafe all wrapped up into one. It’s a nice little spot to stop by for a casual lunch and enjoy a taste of healthy dishes like quinoa with pumpkin, tofu and hummus, freshly pureed soups in an array of colors (topped with fresh sprouts), vegan burgers and powerbowls. There are also a few dishes for fish and meat-eaters like beef tartare and cod carpaccio. And if you’re eager for a change from wine, Aromaticus has a nice selection of craft beers.

Address: Via Urbana 134

Stay: Our Apollo Terrace Apartment and Daphne Terrace Apartment are located right nearby (and if you’re traveling in a larger group, you can combine both apartments and book the Colosseum Terrace Residence which sleeps 13!)

 

Grezzo

Right next door to Aromaticus lies Grezzo, arguably Rome’s best raw, vegan and gluten-free gelateria and pastry shop. This little gem is beloved by raw foodies and gluttons alike for its rich chocolates and nutrient-rich ingredients – and the shop itself looks like its selling fine pieces of jewelry. Grezzo prides itself on using the highest quality organic ingredients in all of its sweets so look out for hazelnuts from Vitbero, Sicilian almonds, coconut oil and sweets flavored with agave. We love to pick up a few nut spreads for breakfast and a cone of dairy-free dark chocolate gelato. And if you’re in Rome around Valentine’s Day, may we suggest picking up an oversized chocolate heart for your sweetheart?

Address: Via Urbana 130

Stay: Our Apollo Terrace Apartment and Daphne Terrace Apartment are located right nearby (and if you’re traveling in a larger group, you can combine both apartments and book the Colosseum Terrace Residence which sleeps 13!)

 

Solo Crudo

Solo Crudo means “only raw” and we’ve got to admit this is our favorite place to recommend to raw foodies when they’re visiting the Eternal City. This juice bar and bistrot is an explosion of flavors and colors and sees beloved dishes adapted into raw recipes. Cacio e pepe is made with zucchini spaghetti, artichoke cream sichuan pepper and marinated artichokes; ravioli are stuffed with savoy cabbage, sweet potato puree and served with a grape sauce; and pizza is made with a cashew and buckwheat base, tart tomato sauce, cashew cheese and plenty of fresh basil. You’ll also find a selection of vegan sushi, soups and desserts (including a decadent chia and chocolate pudding with strawberry jam and cocoa crumble).

Address: Via Federico Cesi 22

Stay: Our Navona Terrace is the closest apartment to Solo Crudo which is located in the Prati district.

What To Eat For Breakfast In Rome

Spending a vacation in Rome is an experience into art, culture and food. You have the opportunity to discover the Roman lifestyle, all the traditions that made the Eternal City one of the most famous cities in the world.

So, where should you begin? Let’s start with breakfast!

Italians don’t usually have a very big breakfast, but they make sure to start a brand new day with a cappuccino or espresso and a freshly baked cornetto. It’s the recipe for a good morning. Talking about cornetto, you’ll have a great array of options. You can find it with different shapes or names, like saccottino, danese or fagottino, such as semplice (plain), crema (custard), cioccolato (chocolate) or nutella, mele (with apple), frutti di bosco (filled with berries), marmellata (different kinds of jam filled), miele (honey) or integrale (made with whole grains).

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But if you are loooking  for something else, you can also have different kind of pastries, like bomboloni (fried and filled with cream), biscuits, ciambella, cakes, muffins and maritozzo, the typical Roman pastry filled with whipped cream. You only need to pop into one of the many bars or cafe’s and make your choice.

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If you prefer a savory breakfast, you can also opt for a fresh fruit juice and a tramezzino, which is a fresh sandwich with mayonnaise and, for example, tuna, tomato, salami, ham, eggs,chicken salad…If you are really hungry, you can choose from all those cafe’s that serve omelette or salty snack with salmon or bresaola filling. Even if the traditional Roman breakfast is sweet! If you feel like a slice of pizza or if you are not sure about what to eat, you can also go to a forno (bakery) or a pastry shop.

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The best piece of advice we can give to you is to take a seat, relax and enjoy your time in Rome, from breakfast to lunch.

How To Avoid Tourist Trap Restaurants In Rome

Rome, and Italy in general, are (also) famous for food. When you visit a City for the first time, or even when it’s your second or third time in a place, unfortunately you can encounter a tourist trap. An unpleasant experience, which can turn into a waste of money and even expectations. You have to be careful if you want to eat well.

How can you recognize a tourist trap, in order to avoid it? First of all, they are often located close to the most famous monuments. These are 5 signs more you should consider.

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Go off the beaten path

When you enter a restaurant and you find all the plates and ingredients translated in 5 or 6 languages, maybe you‘ve just picked up the wrong one. Probably it’s also close to the busiest area of the city. Try to run away as soon as possible, because you’ll probably eat something you won’t like. Lose yourself in the  Eternal City, walk around in the side roads, away from the obvious places, and you’ll discover better restaurants.

You find too many asterisks in the menu

In Italy all the ingredients in the menu that are frozen and not fresh must be indicated with an asterisk. If there are a bit too many asterisks – usually used for vegetables, fish or fried food – and even the pasta or pizza are frozen, you’d better escape.

Regional dishes in the wrong place

If you go to a restaurant in Rome and you find some regional dishes from another areas of Italy- like ‘trofie al pesto’, pasta with basil pesto, which is from Liguria, or ‘pasta alla norma’, pasta with ricotta, tomato, aubergine and basil which is from Sicily- there is a problem. When in Rome, try traditional Roman dishes, like cacio e pepe, amatriciana, coda alla vaccinara…

You don’t see locals

You don’t see locals around. On the contrary, the restaurant is full of tourists like you. If a restaurant or a pizzeria offers you a “tourist menu”, there are many chances you’re going to eat in a tourist trap. A good restaurant doesn’t usually have a menù like this. Maybe has some “dish of the day”, which is a different thing. And Romans go there to have lunch or dinner.

You don’t find that restaurant in a guide

Carry out research in advance. Check the local guides, read newspapers, have a look on websites. Don’t decide at the very last moment, otherwise you’ll probably too hungry to make the correct  choice. If you can, plan your holidays but also your meals.

Rome is full of good places to eat, don’t miss them! Check our blog for tips and book your holiday apartment with us: you won’t regret it!

 

The 6 Best Street Foods In Rome

Street food? Yes, please!
You cannot spend time in Rome without tasting its delicious street food. You can eat well even if you don’t have much time and it can satisfy all tastes.
The choice is really wide: pizza, panini, supplì and desserts. But please, don’t expect lightness!

PIZZA

Pizza bianca with mortadella is a must. But you can also eat pizza “scrocchiarella” (crunchy pizza), Pizza margherita or with salami, vegetables, ham: it’s always delicious! One of the places to taste it is the Antico Forno Roscioli, near Campo De’Fiori, but you can also choose one of the many bakeries in the city to indulge yourself with a moment of pure pleasure.

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SUPPLÌ

Filled with rice, tomato sauce and mozzarella: the delicious supplì is typical of Roman cuisine. You can taste it from Supplizio in via dei Banchi Vecchi, near Piazza Navona. Or at the Casa del supplì in Piazza Re di Roma or Trastevere.
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FRIED ZUCCHINI FLOWERS

An authentic delight, made with anchovies. Fried zucchini flowers are very popular with the Romans and can be found at Il cartoccio situated in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 200, close to Largo Argentina and Piazza Navona. A not-to-be-missed recipe!
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PANINO WITH PORCHETTA

In Rome you can find panini filled with various kinds of cold cuts. But the king of the Roman street food is certainly the panino with the roast pork from Ariccia, a typical product of this town in the famous Castelli Romani. You can find this delight at “Er Buchetto“, near the Termini station, where it is possible to eat it together with a glass of red wine.
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MARITOZZO CON LA PANNA

A sweet sandwich, filled with cream: the idea is already exciting! The maritozzo con la panna is typical of Rome and can be found in several patisseries. One of the best known places to go and try it is “Dar Maritozzaro” (via Ettore Rolli, 50) in Trastevere.
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TIRAMISU’

It was not born as street food, but the one from Pompi is the best tiramisu of the city and you can find it in single portions to take away. Also available in strawberry and pistachio flavours, it is excellent as a sweet snack after having visited the whole city centre.
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In Rome food is a serious matter and street food is certainly not an exception!
Do you feel like Italian gelato? Here the best gelaterie in the city.
And if you want to taste even the most famous dishes of Roman cuisine, take a look at this list!

Rome Restaurant Tips: How To Avoid Common Tourist Mistakes

Food in Rome and throughout Italy is a serious matter. And there are not written rules that everyone knows. When someone breaks one of them, this question immediately raises: “Is that a tourist?”
You don’t want to do this fool, do you? These are the 7 eating habits that make you look like a tourist in Rome (and in Italy as well)!

Don’t ask for variations on Roman dishes 

Roman cuisine is delicious, but it is also very peculiar. Maybe you might not like some traditional dishes or some ingredients, but better not to ask for variations. You could give the kitchen a hard time, but above all you could lose those details that make it famous in the world. Choose something else instead.

Don’t put parmigiano on seafood pasta

Never! You can eat delicious fresh fish in Rome and it would be a pity to alter its taste with parmesan, which can be used for other kind of food. 

Don’t ask for tap water during a meal

At the restaurant you have to order bottled water, you can’t have tap water. In Rome as well as in Italy tap water is very good, but in general you can’t have it at the table. The only exception: the glass that accompanies coffee when you have it at the bar.

Don’t drink a cappuccino after noon

Cappuccino is allowed only at breakfast. Romans (and Italians) don’t have it for lunch or dinner. Wine, water and soft drinks: everything is fine, but not just the cappuccino!

Don’t mix multiple courses in one dish

Each course has its own dish and they are never mixed. The only exception is the “complete mail” (piatto unico in Italian).

Don’t order drinks without food (at a restaurant)

When you go to a restaurant, trattoria or pizzeria, you order food and drink. If you do not want to eat, choose another place or ask if in that restaurant you can only drink something (some of them have an area to drink and eat a snack). Otherwise you can choose to have only an aperitif, without having dinner.

Don’t cut your pasta

In Italy you can find pasta of many shapes, which often go with as many types of sauce. Pasta, and spaghetti in particular, should be eaten as they are, possibly “al dente”. You can roll them up, but don’t cut them: can you figure out a carbonara or an amatriciana all in pieces? The only exception is for very young children.
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”: a great piece of advice!

Where To Find The Best Gelato In Rome

A good gelato is always an excellent solution, not only when the heat is unbearable, but also during winter, spring, summer or autumn. And in Rome, enjoying an Italian gelato also means having the opportunity to admire the beauty of the city, nourishing the body and also the soul. Some of the most famous “gelateria” in Rome are in fact located in characteristic places to be discovered. Here is our tour of the best places for gelato in Rome (and what to see around)!

Gelateria La Romana

This famous ice cream parlor has two locations: one in the Ostiense district, the other one in Via Cola di Rienzo. And this offers a lot of opportunities: a good ice cream can be the end of a visit to the Vatican or to a day dedicated to shopping. Via cola di Rienzo is one of the most famous area of the city because it hosts many shops of all kinds. And in the neighboring streets there are several pizzerias and bars to try.

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Gelateria del Teatro

A few steps from the beautiful Piazza Navona, in the amazing Via dei Coronari: this ice cream parlor is surrounded by magical places and peculiar shops to discover. An ideal break before arriving at Castel Sant’Angelo or enjoying an evening in the pubs and restaurants of the alleys of the area, famous for its nightlife.

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Fior di luna

In the heart of Trastevere, in via della Lungaretta, this artisanal ice-cream parlor uses only small cups and pods. A perfect place to take refuge between a visit to Piazza Trilussa and a walk through the peculiar alleys of this district, that still keeps its unique features that have remained unchanged over time.

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Il gelato di San Crispino

This ice cream parlor is in Via della Panetteria, near the Trevi Fountain and not far from Via del Tritone, which houses one of the TreasureRome holiday apartments as well as many shops and bars. What’s better than eating a great ice cream while admiring one of the most famous fountains in the world? And then you can throw the coin that will guarantee you return to Rome!

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How about following this very special “gelato tour” during your Roman holiday? You will certainly not be disappointed!