Despite a growing international food scene, the heart, and stomach, of Rome still lies in its world-renowned local pizzerias and trattorias. So when in Rome, eat as the Romans do. Fall in love with the dazzling regional produce and the mouth-watering flavor combinations that have made this great European nation a synonym for ‘foodie heaven’. Featuring pizzas and pastas aplenty, follow our guide for a taste of the best Italy can offer.
Spurning fuss and superfluous flourishes, the tiny menu of just five different Roman-style pizzas at Farine lets the food do the talking. And talking is certainly not something diners will be doing when eating out at Farine, every moment here will be spent filling your mouth with as much of the fluffy dough and creamy cheese as possible. Each pizza is made with love and expertise. The dough is left to rise for a whole 72 hours, with outstanding results. Despite its basic and simple style, the budget prices and deliciously authentic food make Farine a firm local favorite.
Address & telephone number: Farine, Via degli Aurunci, 6, Rome, Italy, +39 06 445 1162
Aromatic smells and impeccable service greet diners as they enter L’Arcangelo, and if that isn’t enough to convince them to stay, the wonderfully retro wood-paneled interior is sure to do the trick. Exceptional quality food is served up at better value prices than many of Rome’s better known restaurants. The lunch tasting menu is particularly good value. Avoid the tourist traps and famous names of Rome’s city and head to L’Arcangelo for authentic Roman cuisine, combined with expert flair, and exquisite presentation.
Address & telephone number: L’Arcangelo, Via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli, 59, Rome, Italy, +39 06 321 0992
For those looking to splurge to receive the best of the best of what Roman cuisine can offer, Il Pagliaccio is the ideal option. This exclusive restaurant seats just 28 diners and the dining experience here is always a truly special event. As the only double Michelin starred restaurant in the city, Il Pagliaccio has a prestigious reputation and diners travel from far around to experience the gourmet Italian cuisine here. Traditional, every-day Roman favorites are transformed into sensational Italian delicacies by the quality ingredients and master cookery. Expect expertise and minute attention to detail at Il Pagliaccio.
Address & telephone number: Il Pagliaccio, Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 129/a, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6880 9595