This European city of romance is sure to fill both your hearts and your stomachs. Here are some of the most romantic restaurants to devour exceptional food in Rome.
Enoteca La Torre
Tucked away in Rome’s Vittoria district, Enoteca La Torre is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Built in 1911, Villa Laetitia, the building which houses Enoteca, is brimming with history – an effect enhanced by the restaurant’s stunning Art Nouveau interior. Rich decoration, ambient lighting, and huge windows offering stunning views onto the restaurant’s lovely summer garden have made this restaurant a haven for couples looking for romance and intimacy. The restaurant’s exceptional food has earned it a place in the Michelin dining guide.
Enoteca La Torre, Lungotevere delle Armi, 22, Rome, Italy, +39 06 45668304
Antonello Colonna Open
Open Colonna‘s setting, at the back of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, is sure to stun visitors. The glass roof that tops the restaurant offers sensational views of this architectural gem as well as a romantic star-covered panorama of the night sky. Beauty is not simply confined to the surroundings at Open Colonna, the presentation of each dish is artistic and delightful in its own right.
Open Colonna, Scalinata di via Milano 9a, Rome, Italy, +39 06 47822641
Expect pristine white linen, attentive service, and an excellent wine selection at this high-end restaurant. Located on top of the Gianiculum Hill, across the river from Rome’s bustling center, Antico Arco offers couples a perfectly tranquil escape and elevated views across the entire city. Come and be swept away by the rich and full flavors of the food here. The restaurant aims to combine traditional Italian recipes with a modern creative flair. The result? Gourmet versions of deliciously warm, home-cooked food. The creamy risotto with Castelmagno cheese is especially recommended.
Antico Arco, Piazzale Aurelio 7, Rome, Italy, +39 06 581 5274
A stone’s throw from the Campo de Fiori, and just a few blocks from Rome’s iconic Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the area surrounding Ditirambo is simply abounding with Rome’s fantastic history. Soak up the city’s greatest landmarks while dining in style at this restaurant. The personal service and somewhat rustic style of the interior gives Ditirambo an intimate and cozy atmosphere. This makes it an ideal choice for couples seeking romance without excessive glamour or pretentiousness. The menu changes weekly to showcase only the best and freshest of ingredients, all locally sourced.
Set a little outside the city, a trip to L’Archeologia is well worth the journey. Its location, on a 400-year-old estate, and its idyllic garden lend the restaurant its perfectly tranquil and natural atmosphere. Be charmed by the restaurant’s roaring open fire, or the centuries-old wisteria and Roman ruins which make up the outdoor dining area. It’s not just the location you’ll be falling in love with; locally sourced meat and fish are grilled to perfection along with a selection of homemade, mouthwatering pastas.
L’Archeologia, Via Appia Antica, 139, Rome, Italy, +39 06 788 0494
For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to Bar Pompi should be on the cards in order to taste one of Rome’s most famous desserts: the tiramisu. Diners come from all corners of the globe to admire the creamy deliciousness of Bar Pompi’s take on the delicacy, which comes in multiple flavors including pistachio, hazelnut, and strawberry. The homemade gelato here is also excellent. But the culinary delights of this restaurant aren’t confined to the dessert menu. The extensive wine list and good selection of main meals complete the fantastic dining experience of Bar Pompi. Pompi also have a takeaway branch by the famous Spanish Steps.
Bar Pompi, Via Albalonga, 7b/9/11, Rome, Italy, +39 06 700 0418
Widely regarded as Rome’s best restaurant, La Pergola is the only restaurant in the city to possess three Michelin stars. For those looking to splash out to experience the best of the best in Rome, look no further than La Pergola. This place is set on the rooftop of one of Rome’s most exclusive hotels. With more than 1800 labels, the wine cellar is one of the best in the city. But the expertise at La Pergola doesn’t end at the wine, the restaurant also has an extensive olive oil menu, water menu, and coffee menu. These levels of attention to detail make it clear why La Pergola is listed among the top 50 restaurants in the world. Dining doesn’t get much finer than this.
La Pergola, Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101, Rome, Italy, +39 06 3509 2152
This traditional Italian trattoria will charm diners with its elegantly wooden decor, welcoming service, and the warm glow of candlelight. The tempting aromas wafting around the restaurant invite guests in and the fantastic quality food makes them stay. The intimate atmosphere, with only enough room inside for a few tables, makes The Library the perfect setting for a romantic evening. Located just a few streets from the Piazza Navona, The Library is stunningly situated in one of Rome’s most historic areas and magnificent architecture surrounds the restaurant on all sides – a magical location in which to wander round together as the sun sets.
The Library, Vicolo della Cancelleria, 37, Rome, Italy, +39 334 806 1200
Be at one with nature, as well as your partner, as you enjoy a deliciously traditional Roman meal in Piperno‘s outdoor dining area by the Tiber River. Request a table on the piazza and watch the world go by while tucking into divine versions of classic Roman dishes such as spaghetti with Pecorino cheese and pepper. Let the Italian atmosphere work its magic and fill you with all the infamous Italian passion that is evident in the fantastic cooking here. The amorous atmosphere and culinary expertise at Piperno make for a winning combination.
Piperno, Monte dé Cenci, 9 Rome, Italy, +39 06 6880 6629