From Pizza to Michelin Stars: Romantic Places to Dine in Rome

In planning the most romantic holiday of your life in Rome, the one thing you'll need to know before you get there is where to eat. After all, what goes hand in hand with love and romance if not food? 

The eternal city is full of restaurants and bars and whether it's a trattoria, pizzeria, a gelato or Michelin star dining experience you're after, you can bet you'll find it in the eternal city.

For that special romantic occasion, say a proposal or an anniversary or for when you really want to impress, make a booking in advance at the best restaurant in Rome - if not Italy - La Pergola. Located at the Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria, it boasts 3 Michelin Stars and is the only one of its kind in Rome. Featuring a terrace with a spectacular view of the city, not to mention the food and wine, this is a once in a lifetime dining experience.

But if local and simple Roman fare is your style, who's to say that's not romantic? Head to Da Enzo, the quintessential Roman trattoria with chequered tablecloths but importantly, authentic cucina romana. Or if you want to try real deal Roman pizza, Da Remo in Testaccio is the place. For a stylish pub experience there's Open Baladin in the center and for you sweet-tooths, try the mini desserts at one of Rome's premier cake shops, Cristalli di Zucchero or the famous tiramisu at Bar Pompi. 

Happy eating in the city of love!

Located in the heart of the working class neighborhood of Testaccio, Da Remo's pizza is pretty hard to top. This pizza place is most famous for its paper thin (literally) pizza. Menus don't exactly exist here, so be prepared to have in mind what...  Read More

For traditional roman cuisine, Da Enzo in Trastevere is the place to be. It's literally a hole-in-the-wall with maybe about 10 or 12 tables. Da Enzo definitely does up the most mind-blowing carciofi alla giudia (Jewish style fried artichokes)...  Read More

For traveler's with 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 a true gem for those who happen to stumble upon it. At this pastry shop,...  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

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

Located on Rome's olde world glam, the famed Via Veneto, Brunello Lounge and Restaurant serves up the best of Italian and regional Italian cuisine. Housed within the five star Regina Hotel Baglioni, it is open to non hotel guests for lunch,...  Read More

Caffetteria d'Arte al Chiostro del Bramante
Photo courtesy of Nicole Arriaga

How many places do you know of where you can sit in a charming Renaissance cloister while sipping on a cappuccino? Not too many, that's for sure. The Choistro del Bramante is a cloister turned venue space for art and photographic exhibitions....  Read More

San Giovanni/Termini/Colle Oppio

Dar Sorchettaro is one of those city haunts that all Romans know about. It's a bakery located not far from Termini station and generally opens from about 11pm in the evenings and stays open all night. It's been around forever and a day and they...  Read More

La Pergola

For those looking to add a little more bling to their dining experience and when money isn't a question, eating at La Pergola restaurant is the icing on the cake. It will turn your Roman Holiday into the ultimate Dolce Vita experience. The...  Read More

With sweeping views of the Roman cityscape, perched above the Spanish Steps, this sixth floor dining room would attract attention for the impressive location if nothing else. But Neapolitan head chef Francesco Apreda has created a menu of...  Read More


Meet Maria Pasquale

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

She has a formal background in political science and policy and now runs her own event...  More About Maria

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