Testaccio is widely considered to be the best neighbourhood for Roman cuisine and this eatery is its unrivaled star. With retro checkered floors, white tablecloths and a tantalizing array of traditional dishes, the old-school restaurant makes for a perfect leisurely weekend lunch with family or a romantic choice for a gourmet dinner. Cacio e pepe is Da Felice’s signature dish: this tangle of noodles, melted cheese and black pepper comes freshly tossed at the table for you.
The reputation of Roman cuisine is such that the best restaurants in Rome are often assumed to be among the finest places to eat on the entire planet. There’s a reason that food from these parts has long outlasted the famous empires of yesteryear, a reason that can pretty much be boiled down to ‘this stuff tastes incredible’. As the old saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans, and yes, that means eating as much as you can as often as possible.
Food is more than sustenance here. It is that as well, but flavours and ingredients play a much larger part in the tradition in Rome than in other comparable cities. What one does in the kitchen is a big part of social existence, and Rome’s longstanding pride in creating everyday food for the masses live son. Of course, innovation and high cuisine also exist here, with a wide range of restaurants pushing the boundaries of what ‘Roman cuisine’ actually means.
Luckily for visitors to this famous city, everything is delicious. But, as the adage goes, some things are more delicious than others, and these are the best restaurants in Rome. Buon appetito!