Where (and what) to eat in Rome: the guide

Never believe someone who tells you that Rome is only the capital of Italy! It is also rightfully considered the heart of Italian gastronomy in all of its diversity. From Neapolitan Mozzarella di Bufala to Sicilian arancini, Rome is proud to serve you the fullest range of delicious Italian dishes, starting, of course, from the traditional Roman ones.

Here is a guide on how to discover the authentic taste of Roma in all its guises, just as you will like it.

Trattorias or Osterias

When in Rome, a meal in a trattoria or osteria is a must for an authentic culinary experience.

Trattorias are simple yet cosy eateries that serve authentic foods and dishes from different zones of Italy. Look out for trattorias hidden in quiet alleyways or osterias with checkered tablecloths and handwritten menus. Start by trying classic Roman starters such as supplì (deep-fried rice balls stuffed with mozzarella), carciofi alla romana (Roman-style artichokes) or bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and basil. For your main course, consider cacio e pepe (pasta with cheese and peppers), amatriciana (pasta with tomatoes and pancetta) or saltimbocca alla romana (veal with prosciutto and sage). Accompany your meal with a glass of local wine.


Eager for pizza? Try the true Roman pizza, known for its thin crust and simple yet tasty toppings. Head to a pizzeria and watch expert pizzaiolos roll out and stretch the dough before it’s baked in a wood-fired oven. Opt for classic toppings such as margherita (tomato, mozzarella and basil) or marinara (tomato, garlic, oregano and olive oil) for a touch of tradition. For something a little different, try the Roman pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), where you can choose from a range of toppings and pay by weight. Whether you prefer your pizza bianca (without tomato sauce) or rossa (with tomato sauce), one thing is for sure – here you’ll be in pizza heaven.

Gelaterias and Pasticcerias

To round off your daily gastro tour, indulge the creations found in the local pastry shops and gelaterias or enjoy a unique chocolate tasting in Rome. The boutique cafes are treasure troves of sweet treats, from delicate pastries to authentic often homemade gelato. From flaky croissants filled with creamy custard to elegant tiramisù layered with espresso-soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese, you might choose any of them and won’t be disappointed. Try classic Italian chocolate and desserts like cannoli, sfogliatelle, and zeppole, or opt for Roman specialties like maritozzi (sweet buns filled with whipped cream) and crostata di ricotta (ricotta tart). Pair your choice with an espresso or a cappuccino, just like a true Italian.


Keep in mind to shop at the city’s dynamic markets. Explore marketplaces such as Mercato di Testaccio or Campo de’ Fiori, where an extraordinary selection of fresh fruit, meats, cheeses, and other items can be seen. Taste regional delicacies, discover traditional Roman ingredients, and engage with charismatic sellers while buying the authentic Italian ingredients.

No matter how you choose to experience Italian and Roman cuisine, in Italy  it will undoubtedly be delicious, unforgettable and high quality.

Have you had authentic Italian food before? Do you have a particular dish that you really love?

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