7 eating habits that make you look like a tourist in Rome

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)!

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.

Putting 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. 

Asking 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.

Drinking cappuccino during lunch or dinner

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!

Mixing the 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).

Ordering drinks but not food

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.

Cutting 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!
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The best places for gelato in Rome (and what to see around)

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!

 

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.

 

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.

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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!

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

Aperitivo from 7 pm. 

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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.  

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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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