Travellers wondering at the beauty of the 2000 year-old Pantheon, the former Roman temple on the edge of Rome’s Piazza della Rotonda, and pounding the streets of Rome, will find themselves working up quite an appetite. Here are some fine places to eat, worthy of a day spent seeing Raphael, Corelli et al.
This gourmet shop and restaurant sells products from the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, such as Parma ham, parmesan cheese, wine, tortellini, and liquor. It has a seating capacity of 140, which makes it possible to drop in for a taster session, an aperitivo, or a full evening meal. ParmAroma is also conveniently located just two streets north of the great Pantheon dome.
Address: via del Pozzo delle Cornacchie 36, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6880 6729
This restaurant has been in Rome for over half a century, dating back to 1961. Its name is synonymous with high-quality Roman cuisine and there are all the usual staples adorning the menu: regional cold cuts; spaghetti with pecorino romano cheeses; trufle-topped antipasti. Armando al Pantheon is family-run, guaranteeing a smile and a warm welcome right throughout the year.
Address: Salita dei Crescenzi 31, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6880 3034
Authenticity is written all over the walls inside this Roman favorite, with quotes from the Latin of Horace and other poets, and beautiful replicas of classic Italian art. Food is locally-sourced and home-made, with that rustic quality which speaks for itself. In short, La Sacrestia is the perfect stop off for an authentic Roman lunch or dinner near the Pantheon.
Address: via del Seminario 89, Rome, Italy, +39 06 679 7581
Located in the heart of Rome, this French restaurant offers a cosmopolitan environment where customers can explore the cuisine of the continent. Elegant and enticing, the offering here ranges from soups and pates to Mediterranean salads and Lorraine quiches. With discounts for groups and a wide and diverse menu, this restaurant is the ideal alternative to Roman cuisine near the Pantheon.
Address: via Monterone 85, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6880 2101
There are restaurants which boast their perennial experience and long-established traditions; and then there’s this Tuscan restaurant in the heart of Rome, which has been a household name for over a century. Founded in 1901 and still thriving today, Il Buco continues to serve up mouth-watering Italian favorites: fresh meat cuts; fine ice creams and home-made cakes. Oh, and it’s super close to the Pantheon too, just a five minute walk to the west along Via Sant’Ignazio, in fact.
Address: via Sant’Ignazio 8, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6793298
This lovely little place entices guests with its romantic and intimate atmosphere. The name, meaning ‘the old Inn’, is very apt; this place is a quiet and secluded spot serving traditional Italian dishes amidst the bustle of the streets surrounding the Pantheon. Ideal for a candle-lit dinner, La Vecchia Locanda also boasts a wide selection of wines sourced directly from some of the best cellar doors in the country.
Address: vicolo dei Sinibaldi 2, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6880 2831
This restaurant remains open throughout the day and is very flexible in terms of what’s on offer. Customers are invited in for breakfast from 7am; for a quick bite around lunchtime with a menu inclusive of pizza or a buffet selection; for tea and coffee in the late afternoon, until aperitivo time hits at 6pm and the dinner service begins. All ingredients are hand-picked according to their quality in order to infuse the in-house rigatone and ravioli alike with Italian freshness.
Address: via dell’Arco della Ciambella 20, Rome, Italy