Rome‘s well-heeled Parioli district lies to the north of the city and while the elegant residential neighbourhood offers little in the way of historical attractions, it is nevertheless home to some great restaurants from Michelin-starred fine dining to rustic pizzerias. Here is a list of the best eateries in Parioli.
Al Ceppo is a dining institution in Parioli and has been in business since 1964. The stunning dining room is decorated with fine art and gilded mirrors and the same elegant extravagance extends to the menu which boasts homemade pasta with truffles, fresh seafood and hearty meat dishes. Be sure to leave space for the decadent desserts.
Colombian-born chef Roy Caceres is a well-known face on Rome’s fine dining scene and his Michelin-starred restaurant Metamorfosi showcases his culinary skill and style. The food takes influence from across the globe as well as riffing on Roman classics with dishes such as the iconic Uovo 65° Carbonara, a slowly cooked egg served with crunchy guanciale, dried pasta and a parmesan cream. Try one of the tasting menus to sample some of the best creations with accompanying wines from the extensive cellar.
A favourite with families, La Pariolina is a friendly restaurant and pizzeria with a relaxed ambience. The pizza is Neapolitan-style with a thicker base which is proved for 72 hours to ensure a light texture and can be ordered in super-sized version for two or three people to share. The restaurant menu has something for everyone with pasta dishes, meats and fish, all with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Duke’s brings a taste of Californian-style international fusion to Parioli with a laid-back bar and restaurant which is the hangout spot of choice for young, cool pariolini. The menu covers all corners of the globe with sushi, seafood, steak and salads while the cocktail list covers everything from classics to house specialties, all of which can be served with delectable snacks and starters.
Gli Ulivi brings a little bit of Umbrian countryside to Rome with this effortlessly chic bistro-restaurant. Much of the produce and ingredients are brought directly from the owners’ land near Orvieto and the menu combines classic primi and hamburgers with more elaborate gourmet creations, always with a focus on freshness, seasonality and sustainability.
The warm, cosy dining room at Taverna Rossini serves up wood-fired pizzas, classic cucina romana and grilled meats and fish non-stop from 12 noon to 2am making it a great option for those looking to dine outside of Rome’s usual strict restaurant hours. Head here for a hearty, satisfying meal in a convivial atmosphere.
With its elegant monochrome dining room and extensive outside terrace, Molto is a classy restaurant and cocktail bar popular with the trendy locals. The menu varies from creative dishes featuring ingredients from across Italy and beyond, while the house special sees high-quality meats gently cooked on a turnspit and served with vegetables from the restaurant garden.
Caminetto is a Parioli institution which has passed down the generations of the same family since 1959 and the restaurant still oozes old-school charm and style from its elegant dining room. The menu reads as a collection of Italian classic cookery with delicious traditional pastas to carefully prepared meat and fish secondi topped off with a selection of desserts made in-house.