You Can Feel at Home in Rome with These Homestyle Restaurants

Rome does not run short of homestyle restaurants. In fact Roman food is about as quintessentially homestyle as food can get. Pasta dishes are in themselves comfort food and when ingredients like eggs and guanciale (pork cheek or jowl) are added to make a carbonara they become a delicious way of feeding the body and soul. Roman meat dishes are also well known for their comfort factor with dishes like coda alla vaccinara (oxtail cooked for hours in tomato sauce), and pollo ai peperoni, or chicken with peppers, that are cooked for hours to let stew the flavors of the sauce. These dishes end perfectly with swipe of bread to soak up every last taste, or a scarpetta (which means cute little shoe) in Italian.

But though dishes don't vary much from restaurant to restaurant, there are certainly better and best. Try little Da Enzo in Trastevere for a perfect carbonara, Flavio al Velavevodetto for some of the city's best coda alla vaccinara, Osteria Bonelli for a range of vegetable contorni (side dishes) and Settimio al Pellegrino for an unbeatable piece of montblanc. All of the places on this list will have you feeling like Rome is a home away from home.



Situated a stone's throw from Rome's Parliament, da Gino is one of those family run places that surprises for its mix of a traditional menu and great location in the historic center. Since 1963, this trattoria has been serving excellent Roman...  Read More



Take the 8 tram through Trastevere and to the last stop where Da Cesare al Casaletto is just yards away from the tram's terminus. Getting out of the center brings down the price slightly and raises the food's quality. At da Cesare you'll find...  Read More



Only in Italy can a pizzeria make the cut as a homestyle restaurant because in Italy pizza is not fast food but a traditional dish. At Li Rioni, the fast-paced family feel of the place is enhanced by its tasty and classic pizzas. Crowd in with...  Read More

Appio Latino/Tuscolano/Cinecitta


Head out of Rome's center on the 105 tram from Termini to Torpignattara, not far from the Pigneto area, for some of the city's best homestyle food. The dishes at Osteria Bonelli are simple and cheap and are ordered off a chalkboard menu....  Read More



The spotless white interior of this family-run restaurant between Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Navona speaks to its simplicity. But to experience it, first you must get in. The drawn curtains and locked door might fool you into thinking the...  Read More



If you ask a Roman who knows their food where you should head for real food they will undoubtedly send you to the area of Testaccio, not far from the historical center. Ask them where to eat in Testaccio for authentic cucina romana - they'll say...  Read More



For traditional cucina romana (Roman cuisine), the best place to go to is Da Enzo. 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...  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

Taverna dei Fori Imperiali


Alessio and his wife Maria have created a homey ambiance in their small, family-run restaurant. Here, just a stone-throw away from the Coliseum, enjoy the beauty of Italian cuisine and hospitality. The recipes are a selection of Sicilian, Roman...  Read More



Another Roman restaurant serving up the city's classic dishes, Flavio al Velavevodetto is located in an unusual place, under the tossed off terra cotta pots (or amphorae) of Ancient Rome known as Monte Testaccio. Come here for local specialties...  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