The best spots in Rome for a lunch that won't break the bank

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). For something a little more substantial than pizza on the run, head to the gourmet food hall that is Mercato Centrale at Termini Station or  Clotilde - right in the very center, this place boasts an interesting menu with a modern take on some Lazio classics.  Buon appetito! 

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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

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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

San Giovanni/Termini/Colle Oppio

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

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