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Things to do in Rome • Restaurants and cafés

Your insider’s guide to the best things to do in Rome – the best finds in Italian and international cuisines, for the perfect Eternal City weekend

Antico Arco, an Italian restaurant in Rome

Things to do in Rome: Traditional cuisine with a modern reheat at Antico Arco© Gianluca Moggi

Where to eat in Rome

Enoteca Provincia Romana, a wine bar and restaurant in Rome

Enoteca Provincia Romana

The Hotel Cavalieri’s own La Pergola restaurant is the pinnacle of Roman cuisine – not just because it’s the only three-Michelin-star venue in the city but because of the superb view from its perch, high above Rome’s centro.

Atop another hill (the Gianicolo), Antico Arco makes up for a comparative lack of stars and view with excellent contemporary variations on Italian tradition and an urbane mix of cool décor and warm welcome.

The centro storico Monti district is tortuous, medieval and positively buzzing. At the excellent Trattoria Monti the cuisine hails from the Marche region, again with some unique twists. At the minimalist L’Asino d’Oro (no website), chef Luciano Sforza has his heart in Umbria: taste combinations in his creations may be unusual but it’s simple country fare that provides the inspiration.

The Medieval alleys of the Ghetto and Campo de’ Fiori areas conceal dining extremes, from spit-and-sawdust Sora Margherita (make sure you arrive hungry to do justice to its great versions of hearty Roman-Jewish staples) to the exclusive Il Sanlorenzo, where each day’s catch is delivered straight from the island of Ponza, south of Rome, to create delicacies such as exquisite raw seafood antipasto or spaghetti with sea urchins.

On the Tiber’s right bank in Trastevere, Le Mani in Pasta serves up creative home cooking (pasta with baby cuttlefish and artichoke, or a sauté of clams and mussels with chargrilled veg) in generous portions. Overlooking Trajan’s column at the Palazzo Valentini is the Enoteca Provincia Romana, a wine bar and eatery that serves wines and produce exclusively from the area immediately surrounding the capital. The atmosphere is cordial, the food is original and very good and the wine menu is full of pleasant surprises.

Rome’s restaurants fill up quickly, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings: making a reservation is always a wise move.


Restaurant details

Antico Arco Piazzale Aurelio 7. +39 06 581 5274. Open daily.
La Pergola Via Cadlolo 101. +39 06 3509 2152. Evenings only, closed Sun & Mon.
L’Asino d’Oro Via del Boschetto 73. +39 06 4891 3832. Closed Mon.
Il Sanlorenzo Via dei Chiavari 5. +39 06 686 5097. Open evenings only Mon, Sat, Sun; lunch only Tue-Fri.
Le Mani in Pasta Via de’ Genovesi 37. +39 06 581 6017. Closed Mon.
Sora Margherita Piazza delle Cinque Scole 30. +39 06 687 4216. Closed Wed.
Trattoria Monti Via di San Vito 13A. +39 06 446 6573. Closed Sun evening & Mon.
Enoteca Provincia Romana Largo del Foro Traiano 84. +34 06 6994 0273. Open daily.



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