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Recommended restaurants in Rome


Rome
Abruzzi, Via del Vaccaro 1
Not far from Trevi Fountain next to the Church of the Holy Apostles, this traditional Roman restaurant specializes not surpisingly in the cuisine of Abruzzi.
Good food and great value for money make it very popular among students and young priests. The grilled lamb is sensational.
Phone:  06.679.3897
Reservations recommended
Hours:  Sunday through
Friday from 12:30
to 3PM and
from 7:30PM to
10:30PM; closed
for two weeks
in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   4.70EUR

Al Bric, Via del Pellegrino 51
Not far from the Campo de Fiori, this newish spot is run by a restaurateur whose father was a wine merchant. Consequently, Al Bric does a masterful job of pairing food and wine. Different wines are highlighted each night and dishes range from traditional to nouvelle. Inventive use of cheese -- from Brie to pecorino. A great place for oenophiles.
Phone:  06.687.9533 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 7:30PM to 11:30PM; closed during August and for two weeks in January
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   6.75EUR

Alla Rampa, Piazza Mignanelli 18
Just around the corner from the foot of the Spanish Steps, this popular spot has the best antipasto buffet in Rome. For 10EUR, you can choose from over 100 wonderful dishes. The menu offers excellent pasta and gnocchi. But it's hard not to make a meal from the antipasto selections.
Phone:  06.678.1900
Hours:  Closed Sundays
Web:   www.allarampa.it
Credit cards accepted:  No
Antipasto buffet from:   10EUR

Antico Arco, Piazzale Aurelio 7
This hip spot at the top of the Janiculum Hill offers a stylish, younger crowd, sensational food, and up to 30 wines by the glass.
Phone:  06.581.5274 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 8PM to midnight
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main courses from:   12.40EUR

Checchino dal 1887, Via di Monte Testaccio 30
This restaurant in Rome's slaughterhouse district has been serving the city's butchers since 1887. If you're looking for traditional Roman cooking centered around entrails and organ meats, this is the place. But if haggus frightens you, there are plenty of less adventurous dishes to choose from.
Phone:  06.574.3816 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30PM to 3PM and from 8PM to 11PM; Closed Sundays in summer
Web:   www.checchino-dal-1887.com/
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   9.85EUR

Colline Emiliane, Via Avignonesi 22
This family-run restaurant right off the Piazza Barbarini serves some of the best Bolognese cooking in Rome. Killer pastas, roast veal in cream sauce served over mashed potatoes, and fabulous prosciutto keep regulars coming back.
Phone:  06.481.7538 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Saturday through Thursday 12:45PM to 2:45PM and 7:45PM to 10:45PM; closed during August
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   23.50EUR

George's, Via Marche 7
Behind the Excelsior Hotel, off the Via Veneto, George's is one of the most pleasant places to dine in Rome. The piano bar is a great spot for before- or after-dinner drinks. And during the summer, the lovely garden is hard to beat. The finest available ingredients, impeccably prepared and beautifully presented. Dress up, take money, and enjoy the evening.
Phone:  06/42084575 Reservations required
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 12:30PM to 3PM and from 7:30PM to midnight; closed Mondays in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   21EUR

Girarrosto Toscano, Via Campania 29
If you're not going to Florence this trip -- or even if you are -- considering stopping by Girarrosto Toscano for some of the best Tuscan cooking in Rome. The bistecca alla fiorentina is a meat-lover's dream and the antipasto selections are superb. Near the Villa Borghese gardens.
Phone:  06.482.3835 Reservations required
Hours:  Thursday through Tuesday 12:30PM to 2:30PM and 7:3PM to 11PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   13EUR

Harry's Bar Roma, Via V. Veneto 150
Opened in 1959, this bar was a popular watering hole for Hollywood stars during the 1960s.
Phone:  06.484.643
Hours:  11AM to 2AM daily
Credit cards accepted:  

La Terrazza, Via Ludovisi 49
This restaurant in the Hotel Eden is the perfect place to splurge. There?s hardly a better view in town than this one, overlooking St. Peter?s from near the top of the Spanish Steps. The kitchen under the direct of former Kensington Palace chef Enrico Derflingher is arguably Rome?s best -- it?s earned a Michelin star. The service is first-rate. And the menu includes some unexpected surprises. To get the most for your money, try one of the fixed price menus. There are usually a couple to choose from. Dress up, take money, and enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.
Phone:  06.47.81.21 Reservations recommended
Hours:  12:30PM to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to 10:30PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   21EUR
Fixed price menu from:  62EUR

L'Eau Vive, Via Monterone 85
For something different, consider this French restaurant run by an order of Belgian nuns. Behind the Pantheon, L'Eau Vive is decorated with vaulted ceilings and beautiful frescoes. At 10PM, the sisters sing Ave Maria and offer their prayers. Food, wine, and service are first-rate. And the overall experience is uniquely Roman.
Phone:  06.688.010.95 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Monday through Saturday from 12:30PM to 2:30PM and 8PM to 10:30PM; closed the first three weeks in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   13EUR
Fixed Price menu from:  11.40EUR

Otello alla Concordia, Via della Croce 81
With its lovely courtyard and cozy dining room, this is one of the most popular restaurants near the Spanish Steps. In fact, you?ll likely have to wait for a table. But the classic Roman cooking and ambience are worth the wait.
Phone:  06.679.1178
Hours:  12:30PM to 3PM and 7:30PM to 11PM Monday through Saturday; closed in mid-February
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   7.25EUR
Fixed price menu from:  18.60EUR

Piperno, Monte dei Cenci 9
Located in the Jewish Quarter, Piperno has been packing them in since 1856. The main attraction her is carciofi alla guidia -- artichokes -- which are prepared a number of different ways. There are three small dining rooms and several tables outside. In addition to artichokes, they serve stuffed zucchini flowers, cod, and deep-fried specialties.
Phone:  06.68.80.66.29 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 8PM to 10:30PM Tuesday through Saturday; Noon to 2:30PM on Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses from:   15.50EUR

Relais Le Jardin, Via C. de Notaris 5
Located at the edge of the Villa Borghese gardens in the Hotel Lord Byron, Relais Le Jardin competes with La Terraza for the "Best in Town" title. It?s one of the more formal places in town, and service is absolutely world class. You simply can?t go wrong with anything on the menu. When you want a special dinner, and money?s no object, you?ll have a very memorable evening here.
Phone:  06.361.3041 Reservations required
Hours:  1PM to 3PM and 8PM to 10:30PM Monday through Saturday; closed in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   23.50EUR

Ristorante Il Matriciano, Via dei Gracchi 55
Popular among priests from the Vatican, Il Matriciano is a great spot for classic Roman cooking. The bucatini all matriciano here is just about as good as that dish gets. And the antipasti and osso buco are outstanding too. A very enjoyable spot.
Phone:  06.32.2327 Reservations required
Hours:  12:30PM to 3PM and 8PM to midnight daily; closed in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   7.25EUR

Ristorante Pierluigi, Piazza de Ricci
When the weather's fine, their patio on Piazza de Ricci is a little bit of heaven. Go late to avoid the tourists and have seafood -- lobster if you're willing to pony up.
Phone:  06.686.1302
Hours:  Closed Mondays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V

Sora Lella, Via Ponte Quattro Capi 16
The location in the middle of the Tiber on Tiberina Island is a much a draw as the food. The founder?s legendary hospitality has been continued by the present owners -- her son and nephews. You?ll get outstanding traditional Roman dishes at this enjoyable trattoria. Try rigatoni all?amatriciana, and save room for dessert.
Phone:  06.686.1601 Reservations recommended
Hours:  1PM to 2:30PM and 8PM to 11PM Monday through Saturday; closed in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main Courses from:   7.75EUR

Taverna Flavia, Via Flavia 9
Though it's no longer the star magnet it was in the 1960s and '70s when the Rat Pack and Dick and Liz were frequent guests, Taverna Flavia still serves fantastic food. Try the house special -- Penna Gloria Satta -- with shrimp and olives in a saffron sauce or the salad named for Elizabeth Taylor with shrimp and arugula.
Phone:  06.474.5214 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Monday through Friday from 12:30PM to 3PM and from 7:30PM to 11PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   10.50EUR

Tre Pupazzi, Via dei Tre Pupazzi at Borgo Pio
In a recently restored 1625 building not far from the Vatican, this family restaurant offers great food and friendly service at reasonable prices. Fish is featured on Tuesdays and Fridays and roasted meats the rest of the week. You can also get pizza at lunch, which is the exception in Rome.
Phone:  06.686.8371
Hours:  12:30PM to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to10.30PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main courses from:   10.50EUR

Tre Scalini, Piazza Navona 30
Sure, they serve food. But who cares. If you?re here, you?re here for one thing and one thing only: the tartufo -- a magnificent concoction of ice cream, chocolate, and whipped cream. Nab a table on Piazza Navona and enjoy.
Phone:  06.687.9148
Hours:  12:15PM to 3PM and 7PM to 11PM Thursday through Tuesday; closed in winter
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Ice cream from:   3.10EUR

Vecchia Roma, Piazza Campitelli 18
Great food, a wonderful setting in the Jewish Quarter, and better-than-average service make this popular trattoria a wonderful choise for lunch or dinner. Seafood, pasta, risotto, and Roman specialities are featured. And when the weather?s fine, you can sit on the lovely piazza, not far from Piazza Campidoglio.
Phone:  06.686.4604 Reservations recommended
Hours:  1PM to 3:30PM and 8PM to 11PM Tuesday through Thursday; closed for two weeks in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC
Main Courses from:   12.40EUR

Tivoli (Rome)
Albergo Ristorante Adriano, Via di Villa Adriana 194
Just outside the ticket office for Hadrian?s Villa, this is a pleasant spot for lunch if you didn?t bring a picnic to enjoy on the Villa grounds. You can dine indoors or out on traditional Italian dishes.
Phone:  07.74.535.028
Hours:  12:30PM to 2:30PM and 8PM to 10PM Monday through Saturday; 12:30PM to 2:30PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses from:   12.40EUR