Best Italian Restaurants in Rome: Try Authentic Roman Food

The world over, when you mention Italy, the one thing that will come to mind is, food. And when it comes to eating in Rome, good restaurants run the gamut from Japanese and Indian to grabbing a simple pizza at a little ol' pizzeria. But perhaps, nothing takes the cake than grabbing a bite to eat at one of the Eternal City's top rated Italian eateries. Whether you're looking for something modern, casual, mom-and-pop or a mix of all of the above, Rome certainly has something for all walks of life and wallet sizes.

With Italian cuisine renowned for being not only seasonal but regional, you don't even have to leave Rome to get a taste of some of Italy's other cities or regions. Across the city you can find a wide variety of restaurants that specialize in regional dishes from Rome, Naples and Venice to coastal seaside locations like Sicily and Calabria. In fact, most regions of Italy are represented by their cuisine here in the eternal city.

While you don't have to venture too far from the historical center, inner city neighborhoods like Testaccio, Trastevere and Monti are packed full of worthy and diverse dining options. So check out 10Best's list for the top 10 Italian eateries in Rome.


For some of the best meat in town, look no further than Bisteak restaurant. This western-style decorated restaurant is located in the Nomentana/Montesacro area of Rome is one of the best places in Rome when it comes to eating steak. The...  Read More

Grappolo D'Oro Zampanò

Believe it or not, in and around the centro storico being in the heart of it all doesn't always gaurantee you'll find a good restaurant. One exception though is Grappolo D'Oro Zampanò. Unlike the slew of tourist traps around the Campo de' Fiori...  Read More

Hostaria Dino e Toni is your typical mom-and-pop type of trattoria that continues to win over locals and tourists everytime. The small restaurant is located just a short distance from the Vatican Museums. It's best known for its variety and...  Read More

Da Gianni Cacio e Pepe
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The restaurant's official name is Da Gianni Cacio e Pepe, but to locals it's referred to as the 'Posta' because of its very kitsch outdoor seating area right smack dab in front of the post office's door. But nevermind the appearance, the quality...  Read More

If you're looking for a pub or birreria that's all about 'Made in Italy', look no further than Open Baladin near Campo de' Fiori. Some might classify it as a pub. While other would categorize it as a locale that specializes in hand crafted beer....  Read More

Il Bacaro

Located between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, Il Bacaro is romantic and small, and each table is adorned with dripping candles. Some of the best Italian wines available can be found on their wine list. The spinach risotto makes a great...  Read More

Most people go to Testaccio looking to paint the town red. As it's the hub for Rome's best nightlife, this neighborhood gets jumping with tourists and locals on the weekends. Another good reason to come to Testaccio is for its slew of good...  Read More

For those who can't make it down to Sicily to indulge in their delicious desserts, going to 'Mpare in the Piazza Bologna district of the city is the next best thing. Indeed, when it comes to traditional Sicilian desserts, no one does cannoli and...  Read More

Whether you're looking to go for a simple pizza with friends or for a hearty dish of pasta, La Mora is the perfect place to come to. It's location is positioned in a lovely little piazza across the street from a mini outdoor market just around...  Read More

For over 26 years, childhood friends Fabio and Luciano have been churning out authentic and hearty meals at Osteria Il Pulcino Ballerino. Some of the restaurant's absolute showstoppers are: Taglioni del Pulcino (made with a delicious cream...  Read More


Meet Maria Pasquale

Born to Italian parents, Maria always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne.

An award winning food and travel writer, in addition to 10Best USA Today she also...  More About Maria