A household name, eating at the deli-restaurant Roscioli is an absolute must while in town. This culinary haven lies just steps from Campo de’ Fiori and serves Roman classics alongside a mouthwatering array of fresh cheeses, cold cuts and pickled products straight from the deli counter. It’s a classic haunt beloved by food critics and travellers alike, so make sure to book a table in advance.
The capital’s longstanding culinary tradition, steeped in simplicity and rusticism, sets it apart from other cities and is a point of pride for all Romans. Here, casual trattorias, street food and pizza by the slice reign supreme. In fact, the majority of famous Roman dishes are rooted in cucina povera (poor man’s cuisine), which makes the most of leftover, seasonal ingredients to create exceptionally satisfying fare. The epitome of this tradition is mostly showcased in Rome’s classic pasta plates, from amatriciana (pork sauce) to carbonara (egg, pepper, guanciale and cheese) and cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper).
But, just as in the rest of the planet, chefs here are evolving and adapting their kitchens to satisfy the myriad of tourists that land in Rome to eat gelato and drink wine at the best bars in town. A new wave of cooks is reinterpreting Italian favourites and adding a healthy dose of creativity to the local gastronomical scene.
On our list of best restaurants in Rome, we include those new-but-good eateries that are redefining the culture while still showcasing the old-school trattorias and pizzerias that have shaped Rome’s, and the world’s, palates.
No matter which restaurants you choose from this list, you’ll be eating some of the city’s finest food in an unpretentious setting. Buon appetito!