Eat Like a Local Rome

When in Rome, eat as the Romans do! Roman food is based on its ancient past and demonstrates simple, yet delicious cuisine!

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Italian specialities you should try on your visit to Rome:

Abbacchio alla scottadito – roast lamb with rosemary potatoes

Baccalà – dried cod, often with peas

Bollito misto – mixed boiled meats, usually served with a green sauce

Bucatini all’amatriciana – pasta with tomato sauce, bacon and pecorino

Carciofi alla giudea/romana – artichokes fried in oil

Carpaccio di manzo – thin raw slices of fillet of beef with rocket leaves and parmesan

Carpaccio di pesce – thin marinated slices of swordfish or tuna

Ciammotta – deep-fried vegetables

Coniglio alla cacciatora – rabbit braised in the oven with rosemary

Fave e pecorino – beans with pecorino

Finanziera – stew of chicken, sweetbread and mushrooms

Garofolato – braised beef

Gnocchi salvia e burro – small potato dumplings with sage and butter

Insalata di puntarelle – bitter salad leaves with garlic and anchovies

Orecchiette – ear-shaped pasta, often served with broccoli and scampi

Pagliata – calf’s intestines with penne pasta

Panzanella – white bread with tomatoes, oil and chopped basil as a salad

Panzarottini – pasta bake with cheese and egg

Pasta e fagioli – penne or other fresh pasta with bean soup

Pesce spada – swordfish with lemon and oil, usually grilled

Pollo al diavolo – spicy chicken

Porchetta – slices of suckling pig on a roll, usually served cold at a stall

Saltimbocca – slice of veal with sage and parma ham

Scamorza con prosciutto – smoked cheese with ham

Trippa alla romana – tripe, usually served with vegetables

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Restaurants serving traditional Italian cuisine:

Gelateria Giolitti 

Rome’s most famous ice-cream parlour has been in business since 1900. Traditionalists order the bacio chocolate ice-cream or the truffle ice. Fruit sorbets, particularly the champagne and ginger flavours, are also chart-toppers here. Open Daily 7am–2am | Via Uffici del Vicario 40 | Bus 62, 63 |

La Veranda

In the Baroque courtyard of the Hotel Columbus near the Vatican you can enjoy modern Roman food such as rabbit chasseur. Open Tuesday–Sunday | Via della Conciliazione 33 | Tel. 066 87 29 73 | Bus 40, 62

Vincenzo alla Lungaretta

A cosy eatery where cannelloni, lasagne and pizza come from the wood-fired oven. Try the imaginative antipasti, which includes stuffed aubergines, pepperoni and artichokes. Open daily | Via della Lungaretta 170/173 | Tel. 0 65 80 03 45 | Tram 8, Bus 780

Il Bocconcino

Right behind the Colosseum, Giancarlo and his wife Nelly have opened a slow-food trattoria that has been a real hit in the locality. Try their traditional Roman-style starters such as polpette di melanzane e pinoli (aubergine dumplings with pine kernels), crostini di alici (toasted bread with anchovies) or spezzatino di vitella (veal stew with beans). Open Thursday–Tuesday | Via Ostilia 23 | Tel. 06 77 07 91 75 | Tram 3, Bus 60, 75, 81, 85, 117 |

Hostaria Romanesca

A restaurant situated in the buzzing and colourful Campo de’ Fiori, a square located south of Piazza Navona and means “field of flowers”. It serves classic Roman dishes such as spaghetti carbonara and pollo ai peperoni. A reservation is necessary in the evenings! Open daily | Campo de’ Fiori 40 | Tel. 0 66 86 20 24 | Bus 116

Il Boscaiolo

A pizzeria north of the Fontana di Trevi with a wide selection of toppings and thin, crispy dough. The salads here are delicious too! Open Tuesday–Sunday (evenings only) | Via degli Artisti 37 | Tel. 0 64 88 40 23 | Metro A: Barberini


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