When in Rome, do as the Romans do and Eat Italian!

Maria Pasquale

By , Local Expert, Rome
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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...  Read more »

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    Osteria Il Pulcino Ballerino

    Osteria Il Pulcino Ballerino serves up some Italian classics with a twist.

    Local Expert Tip: "On the weekends, reservations are a must as this place gets packed."

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    Ristorante Toscano "La Mora"

    Dine in Rome but be transported to Tuscany at La Mora.

    Local Expert Tip: "A must try on the menu is the restaurant's 'cecina toscana', a baked focaccia type of appetizer made with flour and chick peas. Delicious!"

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    For a taste of Sicily in Rome, 'Mpare is hard to beat.

    Local Expert Tip: "'Mpare also does a rich apertivo buffet filled with pastas, veggies, and arancini (traditional Sicilian rice balls) everyday from 6-9pm."

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    Osteria degli Amici

    The Italian classic, including all your standard Roman ones are top notch here.

    Local Expert Tip: "A must try for those with a sweet tooth is their tortino di mele con gelato alla cannella (a miniature cake with gelato made with cinnamon)."

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    Il Bacaro

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: €18
    • Neighborhood: Airport - Fco

    Il Bacaro brings modern cuisine to you in an ancient location.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask about the degustation menu of the day."

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    Open Baladin

    For when you need a break from cucina romana, Open Baladin is the answer.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss out on their homemade potato chips. Their flavors include: paprika, garlic and pecorino cheese, and even liquorice."

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    Da Gianni Cacio e Pepe

    Da Gianni Cacio e Pepe brings you great food in its own unique, kitch little way.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to reserve, otherwise you will wait who knows how long. Dining outside lends a totally different experience than inside. Therefore, request a table outside."

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    Hostaria Dino e Toni

    An old local classic, you'll feel right at home at Hostaria Dino e Toni.

    Local Expert Tip: "Outdoor seating is the best, especially in the summer. The restaurant lacks good air conditioning and dining al fresco with the exception of the winter months is always preferrable."

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    Grappolo D'Oro Zampanò

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: €16
    • Neighborhood: Airport - Fco

    Grappolo D'Oro Zampano is a great choice for the often tourist crowded tourist center.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to order dessert! A house favorite aside from the Tiramisù is the chocolate cake drizzled with cream of bitter oranges on top."

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    For a little American, old west style night, head to Bisteak.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to reserve especially on the weekends. Though this restaurant has over 150 spots, it is always packed no matter what day of the week you come."


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