5 great vegan restaurants in Rome

The Roman cuisine is not famous for its vegan dishes, but don’t worry. You won’t starve in Rome for sure, because there are good vegan restaurants, bistrots and patisseries in the Eternal City. Some of them are really peculiar. Are you ready to try them all?

So What? (via Ettore Giovanale 56/58, Pigneto)

A “classic Italian restaurant” as the owners chef Paolo and Alessandra underline on their website, but vegan. They have starters, first and second dishes, side dishes and desserts: ingredients are fresh and some of them come directly from their veg garden. The restaurant is really nice and reflects the owners’ interests: cinema, music and food, of course.

La capra campa (via Dignano d’Istria 51/a, Prenestina)

This is a 100% organic and vegan restaurant: ingredients come from Lazio countryside and some dishes are the vegan version of classic recipes. The name of the restaurant means “the goat can live” from an Italian tongue twister and it’s one of Rome’s best known vegan bistros. They also produce vegan cheese, which is used for their special recipes.

Romeow cat bistrot (Via Francesco Negri 15, Ostiense)

If you love cats, this is the right place for you. It’s the first cat cafè in Rome. It takes inspiration from the Japanese ones, but it has something more: a refined, vegan cuisine. You can have breakfast, lunch or dinner here in the company of beautiful felines. They use seasonal menus and also have raw dishes.

Universo Vegano (piazza del Paradiso 18, Campo De’ Fiori)

This is the first cruelty-free and vegan fast food chain in Italy, that uses only natural ingredients, without animal derivatives. Here you can eat vegan burgers, pizza, lasagna, sandwiches and desserts. As the founders explain on their website, they founded this restaurants because they believe in veganism as a philosophy of life.

Arancia Blu (via Cesare Beccaria 3, Flaminio)

A vegan and vegetarian restaurant and wine bar, which hosts art and events. You can try re-interpreted Italian dishes -from starters to desserts- surrounded by paintings and listening to good music. According to the Daily Meal, this is the fifth best vegetarian restaurant in the world.

If you love pastries and ice cream, you can’t miss Grezzo, the raw patisserie and chocolate shop which is close to Colosseum, in the heart of Monti neighborhood. Check our review here.

 

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Aperitivo, or experiencing real Roman atmosphere

Roman atmosphere. Yes, that’s it. That’s the deep emotion you feel when you discover the fairy corners, the great monuments and the excellent food of Rome. But if you want to experience a true Roman (and also Italian) way of life you must have an “aperitivo“.

Romans love aperitivo, when you can relax after a whole day of work, drinking and eating somenthing just before dinner. Sometimes this “aperitivo” turns into a full dinner, because you can find many things to eat: chips, sandwiches, snacks, pizza, pasta, vegetables,meat and even fish. You can drink Italian wine, beer or a good cocktail.

We often enjoy our “Aperitivo time” at these three places…You could find us there!

MECCANISMO, piazza Trilussa 34

Aperitivo from 6:30 pm until 9 pm.

Meccanismo

In the central Piazza Trilussa, which is the heart of Trastevere, this bistrot can offer you a good cappuccino, a quick lunch or a delicious aperitivo if you like a cozy and calm place. You also have wi-fi to continue planning your holiday…or your next step!

aperitivo meccanismo

COFFEE POT,  via Michele di Lando 20 or via del Politeama 12

Aperitivo from 7 pm. 

coffee pot

We went to the Coffee Pot in piazza Bologna, but there’s another one in Trastevere.  You can drink and eat according to its concept: “sushi, tapas y mezcal”. Music and relax. After your aperitivo, you can stay there to eat or drink somenthing more. Poshy.

MOMART, viale XXI aprile 19

Aperitivo from 6 pm until 10:30 pm.  

momart

Near to Piazza Bologna, this restaurant has a big space outside and it’s famous among young Romans. It won’t be easy to choose what to eat at its buffet…but you can try anyway. You can spend a nice afternoon or a special night losing yourself in Roman flavours.

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