Italian cuisine is known worldwide for its pasta and pizza. These dishes seem to gain an even better taste when made with regional ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. On a trip to the country, it is practically impossible for you to leave without falling in love with local food even more.
Paulo and I are going to Rome soon and we have already started researching more interesting restaurants in this region. I selected the top 10 and I will tell you what they are. Most of them have a tasting menu, perfect for those who want to try several dishes in small portions!
This restaurant is very modern and, although small, has delicious and creative dishes. Spanish chef Alba Esteva Ruiz brings a different and more innovative touch to Italian food. They offer two types of tasting menu, in addition to the à la carte. The ingredients are super fresh, since the menu changes according to the products of each season.
The shrimp tartar and the smoked eggplant cream are among the most requested dishes there. The restaurant is a great option for those who want to eat a good tasting menu and at a more affordable price.
With super different dishes and different options, All’Oro is winning more and more customers. Chef Riccardo Di Giacinto seeks to make his food modern and please all tastes, so he also offers a vegan menu. For you to get an idea of the dishes, the cod tiramisu is one of the stars of the house.
You can try the main dishes of the restaurant through the tasting menu, as well as choose a single dish. Both the decoration of the place and the plating are super contemporary!
The atmosphere of Antico Arco is very relaxed and simple, decorated in a minimalist way – which I love! They also have a tasting menu and, among the main dishes, is the castelmagno cheese risotto with nebbiolo sauce. Those looking for a more intimate and peaceful place will love Antico Arco, from the place to the delicious dishes.
In addition to the incredible view of the city, the dishes at La Pergola are surprising. The restaurant is more expensive – the tasting menu can go up to 250 euros – but it is worth trying the food there at least once. Chef Heinz Beck values mainly Mediterranean and, of course, Italian cuisine. The place has wonderful wine options that perfectly accompany the local tasting menu.
The restaurant is more formal and refined, so it is necessary to go with a look a little more appropriate to the place. Ah, they also accept to make changes to the menu if you are a vegetarian, but it is worth remembering that this restaurant is based mainly on meat.
Fish dishes are the specialties of chef Terrinoni. The menu, which also has options with vegetarian meat and pasta, is super balanced and full of flavor. For those who like outdoor tables, the ones in this restaurant are beautiful, mainly because of the entrance decorated with trees that make the place even more charming.
If you want a good pasta dish, it is worth asking for cappellacci with vegetable ragú, caciocavallo cheese and seasoned with marjoram. The combination of flavors is incredible and you will not regret trying it.
Like All’oro, Glass Hostaria is very modern and this is reflected both in the food and in the decoration of the environment. They have two types of menus and both have parts designed especially for those who are vegetarian. The dishes are innovative and of great quality, as they are made with fresh ingredients. In addition to vegetarian dishes you can also choose from various pastas, such as gnocchi, or specific dishes with meat or seafood.
Pizza Bonci is wonderful especially for two reasons: selling a delicious pizza that is made to go. There are only a few stands outside, but the proposal is that you eat the pizza as a snack.
The place is close to the Vatican Museums, so it is very busy, especially for tourists. As the pizza’s output is large, they are always fresh. The flavors are super varied and the pieces of pizza are sold per kilo. This is one of the best known places in the region to eat pizza, so you can’t miss the opportunity, right?
This restaurant is ideal for those who like appetizers such as cheese and smoked meat accompanied by wine. As the name implies, the place is a salumeria, but they also have a part that serves delicious pasta, like the traditional carbonara. I do not recommend it highly for those who are vegetarian, since several meats are exposed and hung in the central area. If you have no problem with that, don’t leave this salumeria out of your script.
Colombian chef Roy Salomon Caceres seeks to mix different types of cuisine, including ingredients from Latin America and also from the Middle East. This seemingly crazy combination worked very well and his restaurant is one of the best in Rome. Even plating is out of the ordinary and some of the food is served on stones or in wooden bowls.
One of the dishes that demonstrates this cuisine full of personality is the smoked wagyu meat served with eggplant and peanut puree. The dishes can be chosen separately, but you can also opt for the tasting menu which can have 6 or 10 dishes!
Marco Martini Restaurant
Marco Martini is, in addition to a restaurant, a bar – great for those looking for a more relaxed and modern environment. The food is traditional and based on seasonal products from Rome. The environment is beautiful, well lit and decorated with plants that are scattered throughout the place. My tip is that you choose the tasting menu, tasting different dishes, such as cod with chickpeas or tomato spaghetti, in the case of the vegetarian menu.
These are some of the most amazing restaurants in Rome. Comment down here if you know any more cool places that have been left out of the list 😉