Many of the latest hotspots in Rome are New York warehouse style eateries, with quite a few located in up-and-coming industrial Ostiense. Porto Fluviale is a bright and cool space and houses several different types of restaurants: a trattoria, pizzeria, bar and dining room all with the same modern rustic style and laidback feel. The food is great, affordable and local. At lunch time they put on a large buffet spread and the in the evening there is a lively atmosphere at aperitivo time where you can order "spuntini" or small bar snacks off the menu plus an extensive drinks and cocktail list. Brunch is held each Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm, �19 for adults and �12 for children. It is buffet style, with around 50 different items to choose from, hot and cold including pasta, vegetables, meat and fish dishes and desserts. Juices included in the buffet. Other drinks can be ordered at cost.
Located at Rome's Termini station, you will be spoilt for choice at Mercato Central, which houses food stalls from some of Rome's most renowned food people. Whether you're looking to buy fresh meat from Rome's best butcher, grab a slice of pizza from the famous Gabriele Bonci or a quick snack from a Michelin-starred chef, Mercato Centrale opens up a world of quality food to those passing through Termini station. Bringing the 'food court' concept into the 21st century, Mercato Centrale will definitely satisfy even the keenest foodie.
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 installment to the brand. These delicious pizza pockets are filled with all sorts of goodness from quinto quarto (the roman slang for offal), to chicken cacciatore and traditional meat balls in a rich tomato sauce. Rome's favorite street-food - the suppli (a rice ball fried to golden perfection) are also on the menu. METRO: Flaminio. BUS: 23
For more than 50 years, Bar Pompi gelateria and pasticceria has been a traditional Roman staple when it comes to tiramisu. Albeit, you can probably find good tiramisu around town, but nothing come close to Bar Pompi. This bar is considered the king of all tiramisu and for years Romans would travel half way across the city to get their hands on one of their decadent tiramisu from their flagship store in the San Giovanni district near Piazza Re di Roma at via Albalonga 7b-9-11. Now, locals and tourists have an even closer Bar Pompi at their fingertips with the opening of the pasticceria on Via della Croce 82 near Piazza di Spagna. METRO: SPAGNA and Via Cassia 8B
Located in the heart of Trastevere, Baylon is super popular with locals and foreigners alike. Its all-day dining format keeps it busy with people working off their free wifi during the day and buzzing with locals having aperitivo or an after-dinner drink in the evening and into the wee hours of the night. Breakfast and brunch is a super casual affair and the menu features everything from a full English breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon and toast plus truffled roast potatoes, to more exotic treats like Moroccan style eggs. Vegans are also catered for with some items like french toast and if you have a sweet tooth, their pancakes are served with either chocolate sauce or seasonal fresh fruit. The walls here are lined with vintage and second-hand books and they are all for sale too. They have a full juice bar with whatever fruit and vegetables are in season and their friendly staff are more than happy to help you choose just the right one. BUS: H, 3, 75. TRAM: 8.
A local institution, Il Maritozzaro is a bakery that is open literally all night serving the classic Roman sweet, the maritozzo (a sweet cream-filled pastry bun). A maritozzo is essentially a sweet pastry bun that has been cut open and filled to the top with fresh whipped cream. Here at Il Maritozzo bar you can order yours with coffee and do as the romans do and take a little cream from the bun and mix it in to make your coffee that little creamier. This place gets packed in the wee hours with people on their way home from clubbing. TRAIN: Trastevere, BUS: 3, H, TRAM: 8.
La Base is known by Romans as the place where you can dine until about 5 in the morning. It's a restaurant, pub and pizzeria all in one and located right by the Colloseum on Via Cavour. Being one of the few late night restaurants in the area, the place gets particularly busy after midnight with young Romans on their way out or home, and the kitchen remains open with the full menu available until morning. The menu features various pasta dishes, main courses, pizzas, burgers and a wide selection of wine and beer. And desserts are on their too. METRO: Cavour, Colosseo
The Kebab House is located in the heart of San Lorenzo, Rome's lively student quarter right by Termini station. This isn't just any old kebab shop. All the products are made fresh on site and there might even be a wait for your kebab with each made express with freshly carved meat. The meat is marinated and prepared with a traditional family recipe which gives it the well-deserved reputation for the best kebab in San Lorenzo. The falafels are also homemade and super tasty. They also have hot dogs, fried snacks, beers and traditional middle eastern sweets available. METRO: Termini.
This popular pizzeria located in the heart of Trastevere is one of the best when it comes to serving up that perfect Roman pizza: light, thin and crispy crust. It's extremely sought after not only by tourists but by locals themselves. For years, Romans have been calling this pizza joint "l'obitorio" (the morgue) and "ai marmi" because of its characteristic long marble table tops. Aside from the pizza being so good, locals also come here to devour their famous suppl� and fritti as appetizers. Their pizza is certainly not the cheapest by any means, but is absolutely reliable and consistent. Rest assured, you're pizza will be great here, every single time. TRAM: 8. BUS: H.
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 bake through the night. In the early hours of the morning there's a line right up the street. You'll find anything from pizza by the slice to cornetti and sweet baked treats. Their signature dessert is the Sorchetto doppio schizzo - a flat cornetto pastry topped with fresh chantilly cream and chocolate sauce. METRO: Termini, Repubblica.