The Best Snack Spots and Food Outlets for Lunch in Rome

Lunch in Rome means many things. From a sit down lunch at a trattoria to lunch on the run where nothing but some street food will do. When the clock strikes midday, visitors in the historical center are usually looking for somewhere to stop and recharge for an afternoon of sightseeing. For those who want to take in a leisurely lunch, Nonna Betta in the Jewish Ghetto area is a delicious and unique option for roman and kosher fare. Or perhaps you've just wrapped up a morning in the Vatican Museums. This area is full of options for a quick lunch snack, but none better than Pizzarium - Rome's famous pizza maker serves up an unforgettable slice right by the Cipro metro.

And while for romans, pizza is a meal reserved for evenings, pizza-by-the-slice is acceptable at any time of day! Some other great options include Il Pinsere who serve individual mini pizzas with a huge variety of toppings and I Suppli in Trastevere (also famous for their suppli - fried rice balls stuffed with mozzarella cheese). On the topic of Trastevere, if you find yourself in this picturesque neighborhood at the lunch hour looking for something a little more substantial than pizza on the run, head to Pianostrada, a lab-style cafe where fresh and seasonal are the order of the day. In the center, Panini de Santis is the latest in all-day-dining and make delicious sandwiches with just about any combination you can think of. Buon appetito! 

Babington's Tea Rooms

Two English women opened Babington's in 1893 order to give homesick visiting Brits a taste of home. It is located in a prime location at the foot of the Spanish steps and is open all day for tea or lunch, dinner and aperitif. There is a wide...  Read More

One of the best kosher restaurants of Rome's Jewish Ghetto, the walls here are frescoed with images depicting the area's fascinating history. Some say the high volume of visitors has compromised the quality, but this is as typical as Jewish...  Read More

If you have a sweet tooth, Cristalli di Zucchero will satisfy your every decadent need and desire. This cute little bakery shop located near the Circus Maximus is tue gem for those who happen to stumble upon it. At this pastry shop, once can...  Read More

This bakery near Campo de' Fiori is a favorite with the locals. Its pizza a taglio, or pizza by the slice, comes out of the oven piping hot and fresh to keep customers happy. The toppings range from a simple margherita (tomato sauce and...  Read More

Trapizzino is the home to the 'trapizzino'. Created by award winning Roman pizzamaker Stefano Calegari it is a cross between a sandwich and a pizza - a pizza pocket if you like. Located also in Testaccio, the Ponte Milvio branch is the latest...  Read More

The sandwich shop that was a household name in Milan for years has landed in Rome and is located right in the heart of the city, between the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Open for all day dining from breakfast through to aperitivo time and...  Read More

San Giovanni/Termini/Colle Oppio

Il Pinsere is a whole-in-the-wall pizza shop located a short distance from Termini station and Piazza della Repubblica. Frequented by locals and people who work in the area, the lunchtime rush is madness but a lot of fun. Unlike most pizza al...  Read More

Pianostrada Laboratorio di Cucina is the latest installment in Rome's street-food craze. This hole-in-the-wall in the Trastevere neigborhood is a sandwich bar that serves up delicious street-food, burgers, pasta and salads in an express-style...  Read More

Gabrielle Bonci has been dubbed the 'Michelangelo of pizza making' and he deserves every accolade. Baker turned pizza magician, he's famed for his experimental toppings (he is said to use 1,500 ingredients per year ranging from melon to...  Read More

This hole-in-the-wall take-out joint is a Trastevere institution. Suppl? were the poor man's dish created to recycle old risotto rice, and happily delicious too. While many other places sell bland fried balls in the name of suppli, these are the...  Read More


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