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Antico Arco

Italian 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This "upscale" Italian's "innovative", "refined" fare and "magic location" on Gianicolo Hill make it "well worth" the trip. — Zagat

Carefully created dishes include homemade fresh cannelloni with rock fish and aged pecorino cheese; or a risotto with red Sicilian shrimp, asparagus, and fresh herbs. — Frommer's

A January 2007 refit has given the Antico Arco a smart new interior, minimalist but warm, and the cuisine has perked up, too, after a period of stasis. — Time Out

A top pick for elevated, modern-Italian cuisine served in a contemporary space, this elegant but still friendly restaurant has a well-priced multi-course tasting menu ideal for special occasions. — Condé Nast Traveler

The chef at this modern, bright and fashionable restaurant selects the best Italian ingredients to create innovative dishes based on traditional specialities. — Michelin Guide

Agata e Romeo

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Plates are all about intense flavor, hand-picked produce, and updated family recipes. — BlackBook

Chef Agata Parisella and her husband, host and sommelier, Romeo Caraccio, have converted a trattoria into an attractive and comfortable spot for Agata's creative dishes. — Gayot

Originally a trattoria, this is now an internationally renowned restaurant. — DK Eyewitness

Situated in a district that is becoming more and more multicultural, this restaurant continues to showcase Roman and Italian produce and cuisine. — Michelin Guide

“Very innovative” “Roman-style” cucina that’s “not your standard Italian fare” is “the main attraction” at this “excellent” family-run spot in Esquilino. — Zagat

Il pagliaccio

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Anthony Genovese’s smart little restaurant has a shortish but inventive menu incorporating international influences. — Insight Guides

Located in a 16th-century building with elegant decor, this top restaurant offers inventive Italian cuisine. — DK Eyewitness

In the two-Michelin-star II Pagliaccio, chef Anthony Genovese has set the standard of creativity high. — Rough Guide

Cutting-edge Italian fusion cuisine has already hooked a crowd of regulars. — Concierge

“Extremely creative” fare highlighting “interesting combinations of flavors” is both “beautifully prepared and delicious” at this white-tablecloth Campo dei Fiori Mediterranean. — Zagat

La Pergola

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Lobster is oh-so-lightly poached, and fish is cooked perfectly, including the delicious black cod with a celery sauce and curry crust. — Fodor's

Believe it or not, a German chef, Heinz Beck, is the heart and soul of what is unanimously considered to be the best restaurant in Rome. — Concierge

This sophisticated rooftop restaurant at the grand Rome Cavalieri hotel is renowned as one of Italy’s finest, and under head chef Heinz Beck has attained all of three Michelin stars. — Insight Guides

Heinz Beck is, without a doubt, the most talented chef in Rome right now. — Time Out

Many Roman food critics call this the best restaurant in the city. — Frommer's

Il Convivio Troiani

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Those who want a “truly exquisite dining experience” come to this “fabulous” dinner-only Campo Marzio Italian serving “creative” dishes made “from the freshest of ingredients". — Zagat

The three Troiani brothers run a high-class act in this temple of foodie excellence just north of piazza Navona. — Time Out

Equal emphasis is placed on vegetables, fish and meat, always combined with the unexpected. — Insight Guides

The three Troiani brothers... have quietly been redefining the experience of Italian eclectic alta cucina (haute cuisine) for many years. — Fodor's

This elegant restaurant is in the heart of the historic centre. Amid a decor of frescoes, paintings and modern minimalism, enjoy quintessential Italian cuisine. — Michelin Guide

Glass Hostaria

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This place is not only design-heavy, with a shadowy mezzanine, pebble-filled floor cutouts, and dramatic lighting, it is also gastronomically innovative. — Concierge

Some of our favorite bite-downs include gnocchi made with red turnips and served with pecorino, crisp anchovies, and tuna. — Frommer's

Owner-chef Cristina Bowerman dishes out “inventive” ‘New Italian’ cuisine to “delight the finest palates” at this “not-to-be-missed” Trastavere venue. — Zagat

Despite being ultra-modern and kicking against the trad Trastevere dining scene, Glass Hostaria offers surprisingly warm service, a very interesting wine list, and pan-Italian food. — Time Out

Her cooking is as innovative as the building she works in‰ÛÓwhich has received numerous recognitions for its architecture and design since opening in 2004‰ÛÓbut Bowerman still abides by some cardinal Italian kitchen rules, such as the use of fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. — Fodor's

Trattoria Monti

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Reservations are certainly needed at this brightly lit, 12-table trattoria located one block from the Piazza Vittorio. — Travel + Leisure

Specialities include dishes from Lazio and the Marche, the owner's birthplace. — Michelin Guide

Small, family-run restaurant that specializes in the cuisine of the Marche region, which means hearty food from a short menu. — Rough Guide

This tiny, upmarket trattoria just south of Santa Maria Maggiore is more difficult to get into than many top restaurants - so book well in advance, especially for a Friday or Saturday evening. — Time Out

The warm welcome and commitment to value for money are reassuringly true to the name. — Concierge

Checchino Dal 1887

Italian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Checchino remains an example of a classic, family-run Roman restaurant, with one of the best wine cellars in the region. — Fodor's

Many Italian diners come here to relish the rigatoni con pajata (pasta with small intestines), coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew)... and other examples of la cucina povera (food of the poor). — Frommer's

Checchino dal 1887 specializes in traditional cucina romana, using the quarto quinto (offal). — DK Eyewitness

Right in the heart of Monte Testaccio's bars and clubs, this is a historic - and expensive - symbol of Testaccio cookery. — Rough Guide

This century-old, family-owned trattoria adjoins Monte Testaccio, an imposing mound of pottery shards piled up over 500 years by Roman slaves. — Gayot

Pizzarium Bonci

Italian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Known for good reason as the “Michelangelo of pizza”, celebrity chef Gabriele Bonci has always had a cult following in the Eternal City. — Frommer's

Tucked away off the northwest corner of the Vatican—making it a perfect stop when visiting the Holy See—this order-at-the-counter pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) joint has become a... — Departures

Head for this gourmet carry-out pizza joint, which stands in a rather downmarket residential street not far from the Vatican Museums. — Time Out

The fresh, organic toppings include treats like wild asparagus; pesto and eggplant; and buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and anchovies. — Concierge

Top Roman baker Gabriele Bonci is the man behind this tiny, hole-in-the-wall pizza mecca that sits in a slightly out-of-the-way location just west of the Vatican. — Condé Nast Traveler

Colline Emiliane

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Delicioso!” proclaim fans of this “small”, family-owned Emilian “on a little side street” near the Trevi Fountain. — Zagat

Many Italians consider the cuisine of the Emilia Romagna region to be the country's best. Try it for yourself, lovingly prepared by a family, oddly enough, from the Marche region. — Rough Guide

Quiet and elegant, Colline Emiliane is a family trattoria on an unlikely street. It’s reputed for its excellent food and wine originating from the gourmet’s region of Emilia-Romagna. — DK Eyewitness

Just a stone's throw from Piazza Barberini, this simple, friendly, family-run restaurant has just a few tables arranged close together. — Michelin Guide

This welcoming, tucked-away restaurant just off Piazza Barberini flies the flag for Emilia-Romagna. — Lonely Planet

Palatium

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Cool and sleek, this wine bar-cum-restaurant celebrates the produce of the Lazio region and Rome, with a menu of regional specialities and a long list of Lazio wines. — Rough Guide

Though it's backed by the regional government, this new wine bar and restaurant deep in the fashion district is more than just a PR exercise. — Time Out

A modern enoteca with whitewashed walls and exposed brick, Palatium is a showcase for the food and wine of Lazio: it’s operated by the regional tourism authority. — Travel + Leisure

This wine bar and restaurant is just a short walk from the Spanish Steps in one of the nearby fashion-forward streets, but it's unique for the fact that it's owned and operated by the... — Fodor's

It showcases the best products from the countryside around Rome, including wines, cheeses, cold cuts, and even Lazio’s own olive oils and mineral waters. — DK Eyewitness

Piperno

Italian 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This longtime favorite... celebrates the Jerusalem artichoke... by incorporating it into a number of recipes. — Frommer's

“Worth it just for the carciofi alla giudia” say enthusiasts of this Roman “favorite” in The Ghetto known for its “excellent” if “expensive” “classic” Jewish specialties. — Zagat

The place to go for Rome's extraordinary carciofi alla giudia (fried whole artichokes), Piperno has been in business for more than a century. — Fodor's

This historic restaurant is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Jewish Ghetto. — Lonely Planet

Traditional yet discreetly upmarket trattoria on a little piazza in the heart of the ghetto district. The menu features classic Roman dishes such as veal and offal. — Insight Guides

Roscioli

Delis 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For our money, it's the bakery-diner side of the operation in Via dei Chiavari that works best, rather than the deli-restaurant in Via dei Giubbonari, where the wine and food is top-notch but the service is on the unpleasant side of frosty. — Concierge

More like a Caravaggio painting than a place of business, this food shop and wine bar is dark and decadent. — Fodor's

Although quite a few Roman wine shops are in the habit of laying out tables for lunch and (sometimes) dinner, Roscioli is the first of the city's butchers to do so. — Time Out

Is it a deli, a wine bar or fully fledged restaurant? Actually it's all three, and you can either just have a glass of wine and some cheese or go for the full menu. — Rough Guide

This deli-cum-restaurant has long had rave reviews for the quality of its authentic produce and its inventive food combinations. — Insight Guides

Imago at the Hassler

International 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“A stunning view over Rome from the top of the Spanish steps” serves as backdrop to the “interesting, creative dishes” at this “elegant” International-Italian. — Zagat

On the top floor of Hotel Hassler Roma, this restaurant overlooks the Spanish Steps, with a bird’s-eye view of the roofs of old Rome. — DK Eyewitness

Great food and a sweeping panorama of Ancient Rome lure patrons to the sixth floor of this deluxe hotel on the Spanish Steps. — Frommer's

This restaurant continues to be a perennial favourite, thanks to its large windows and unforgettable views of Rome. — Michelin Guide

Excellence is at the forefront of everything at Imàgo, the Michelin-starred restaurant inside the legendary Hotel Hassler, and it's all a memorable ode to the international travels of... — Fodor's

Tram Tram

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Taking its name from its proximity to the tram tracks, this good-value nuova trattoria in San Lorenzo attracts a young crowd. — Time Out

Tram Tram is a boisterous, fun place to eat, far from the tourist trail. — DK Eyewitness

The name refers to its proximity to the tram tracks, but could also describe its size, as it's narrow-narrow and often stuffed to the rafters-rafters. — Fodor's

A grungy location but a cosy spot, this trendy, animated San Lorenzo restaurant servas Pugliese pasta dishes, fish and seafood and unusual salads. — Rough Guide

Around the Basilica of San Lorenzo, this is a Roman dining oddity, an address rarely frequented by visitors but beloved by locals. — Frommer's

Open Colonna

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Housed inside the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome’s largest interdisciplinary exhibition center), Open Colonna itself is a work of modern art. — Travel + Leisure

The top floor of the newly refurbished Palazzo delle Esposizioni is the domain of big-shot Italian chef Antonello Colonna. — Rough Guide

Spectacularly set at the back of Palazzo delle Esposizioni, superchef Antonello Colonna’s superb restaurant is tucked onto a mezzanine floor under an extraordinary glass roof. — Lonely Planet

This open-plan, glass-walled restaurant is within the imposing Palazzo delle Esposizioni. — Michelin Guide

Chef Antonello Colonna’s “creative” menu of Italian Haute Cuisine shines at this “lovely” spot atop the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. — Zagat

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Il Sanlorenzo

Seafood 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Between Largo Argentina and Campo de' Fiori, this fine fish restaurant serves the freshest and most creatively prepa red catch in the city centre. — Rough Guide

Right off the Piazza Navonna with its tourist trap restaurants is a bastion of good food and service, all at a moderate price. — Frommer's

At this savvy Michelin-starred restaurant in a side street near Campo de' Fiori, fish is the focus, brought daily from the waters of Ponza to Rome — Travel + Leisure

Built over the foundations of the Teatro Pompeo, this palazzo now houses an atmospheric restaurant, which combines a sense of history with contemporary style. — Michelin Guide

This revamped, gorgeous space—think chandeliers and soaring original brickwork ceilings—houses one of the better seafood spots in the Eternal City. — Fodor's

Da Armando al Pantheon

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Roman institution, which is located 30 yards from the Pantheon, was opened by Armando Gargioli in 1961. Now his sons Claudio (in the kitchen) and Fabrizio (at the front of house) and... — Afar Magazine

Just a few metres from the Pantheon, this small family-run restaurant has been delighting locals and visitors for years with its traditional cuisine. Booking ahead is essential if you... — Michelin Guide

In the shadow of the Pantheon, this trattoria, open since 1961, delights the tourists who tend to come for lunch. — Fodor's

Armando is a simple, no-frills trattoria of the kind that is very rare to find just a few yards from an A-league tourist attraction. — Time Out

Surprisingly unpretentious surroundings and moderately priced heartyfood in this long-standing staple close by the Pantheon (open since 1961 ). — Rough Guide

Dal Bolognese

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The moneyed and models mingle at this historically chic restaurant. — Lonely Planet

It's a prime "place to be seen" for "celebrities, politicians" and "wannabes", but this "buzzing" "institution" "wonderfully located in the Piazza del Popolo" is also a prime place to dine. — Zagat

The darling of the media, film, and fashion communities, this classic restaurant on Piazza del Popolo is not only an "in-crowd" dinner destination but makes a convenient shopping-spree... — Fodor's

The beautiful people congregate to watch each other and dine on rich pastas such as lasagna verde, and on expert presentations of simple Bolognese dishes like veal cutlets. — Travel + Leisure

This elegant - and expensive - restaurant is the place to go if you want to treat yourself to Emilian cuisine; tortellini in brodo is a must if you like chicken soup. — Rough Guide

Enoteca Corsi

Italian 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A friendly wine bar in informal surroundings, Enoteca Corsi has wooden shelves straining under the weight of wine bottles. — DK Eyewitness

Very convenient to the historic center for lunch or an afternoon break, this little hole-in-the-wall looks like it missed the revolution. — Fodor's

Tucked away between Piazza Venezia and the Pantheon, this is an old-fashioned Roman trattoria and wine shop where you eat what they happen to have cooked that morning. — Rough Guide

Merrily the worse for wear, family-run Corsi is a genuine old-style Roman eatery. — Lonely Planet

This lunch-only wine bar and osteria is always bustling with customers for its great menu of traditional Roman dishes like saltimbocca (a thin veal medallion with prosciutto and sage) and... — Travel + Leisure

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