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Antico Arco

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

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

When Rome’s restaurants try to go too creative they can often feel out of place—an effect a sleek space only helps to amplify. Not so at this wonderful spot on the Giancolo Hill, a more... — Departures

Located above Trastevere, next to the Janiculum Hill, this is one of Rome's finest restaurants, serving superb, exquisitely presented dishes, plus an enormous fine wine list. — Rough Guide

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

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

Il pagliaccio

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

As a result, prices here are fairly exorbitant, but dishes like pasta bundles filled with onion, tapioca, and red currants in a saffron broth; or duck with black salsify, caramelized pear, and chocolate sauce are well worth it. — Fodor's

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

This restaurant is a breath of modernity in the heart of Renaissance Rome. It is constantly on the lookout for new products, creating innovative dishes from traditional favourites. — Michelin Guide

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

La Pergola

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

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

Chef Heinz Beck helms Italy's only three-Michelin-Star restaurant, considered by many to be Rome's very best. — Travel + Leisure

Among Beck's specialties: duck foie gras with apple, almond and amaretti, liquorice crusted John Dory on almond cream with lemon shrimp and simple but sublime pastas. — Gayot

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

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

Il Convivio Troiani

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

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

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

At Il Convivio, imposingly formal decor is matched by impeccable, equally formal service....The Troiani brothers turn out perfectly executed dishes. — Concierge

This is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Rome -- and one of the very few to have a coveted Michelin star. — Frommer's

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

Glass Hostaria

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

Trastevere’s foremost foodie address, the Glass is a modernist-styled, sophisticated setting with cooking to match. — Lonely Planet

Chef Cristina Bowerman spent 14 years in Austin, Texas, before returning to Rome and earning a Michelin star at the high-flying Glass, whose menu is a bible of surprising combinations. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

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

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

Trattoria Monti

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

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

One of the most dependable, moderately priced trattorias in the city. — Fodor's

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

“Consistently good”, “authentic” fare from the Le Marche region, including “delicious” “homemade pastas". — Zagat

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

Checchino Dal 1887

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

The Mariani family's historic restaurant is Rome's leading temple of authentic cucina romana. — Time Out

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

Come for the pots of tomatoey tripe and decent local wine list (rare in this area). — Condé Nast Traveler

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

Checchino is a traditional Roman restaurant originally opened in 1887 by the Mariani family. — Travel + Leisure

Pizzarium Bonci

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

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

Celebrity pizzaiolo Gabriele Bonci reinvents pizza al taglio—rectangular Roman pizza sold by weight—at the tiny Pizzarium. — Travel + Leisure

A gourmet revelation masquerading as an unassuming takeaway, hard-to-find Pizzarium serves some of Rome's best sliced pizza. — Lonely Planet

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

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

Colline Emiliane

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

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

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

Serving the classica cucina bolognese, Colline Emiliane is a small, family-run place -- the owner is the cook, and his wife makes the pasta (about the best you'll find in Rome). — Frommer's

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

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

Palatium

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

Eat downstairs at one of the tables that crowd around the bar, or in the coolly minimalist upstairs room. — Concierge

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 rich showcase of regional bounty, run by the Lazio Regional Food Authority, this sleek, ground-breaking wine bar serves excellent local specialities. — Lonely Planet

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

Piperno

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

“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

A restaurant has been here since the mid-1800s, though the original Piperno is long gone. — DK Eyewitness

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

Tucked away on this tiny piazza, there's perhaps no more atmospheric place to sample Roman food. — Rough Guide

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

Roscioli

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

Foodies flock to this specialty food and wine shop-cum-restaurant. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

Off-the-track branch of this splendid deli-bakery-pizzeria, with delish pizza al taglio , pasta dishes and other goodies that make it ideal for a swift lunch or picnic stock-up. — Lonely Planet

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

Pierluigi Roscioli bakes the greatest pizza bianca in Rome at his traditional family bakery. — Travel + Leisure

Imago at the Hassler

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

Even in a city of great views, the panoramas from the Hassler Hotel’s Michelin-starred romantic rooftop restaurant are special. — Lonely Planet

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

“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

Tram Tram

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

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

It's a family-run concern whose menu is an unusual mix of Roman and Pugliese... dishes, featuring taste sensations such as tiella riso, patate, cozze. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Il Sanlorenzo

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

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

Impeccable fish dishes” and other “fresh”, Neapolitan-accented “seafood specialties” star at this “upscale” Mediterranean near Campo dei Fiori. — Zagat

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

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

Da Armando al Pantheon

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

Despite being in view of the Pantheon, in the heart of the tourist crush, this old-school, wood-paneled spot remains a local favorite for the most typical of Roman pasta and meat dishes. — Condé Nast Traveler

An institution in these parts, wood-panelled Armando is a rare find – a genuine family-run trattoria in the touristy Pantheon area. — Lonely Planet

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

Despite being just a few steps from the Pantheon, this typical Roman trattoria remains an authentic, family-owned business serving as many locals as tourists. — Frommer'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

Dal Bolognese

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

With a convenient location and potential for easy pickings, this long-established restaurant serves extremely good Emilian cuisine. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

When it comes to the sacredness of Italian gastronomy, Bologna is a patron saint. Dine on some of the best food in town, out in front, on their cobble stone seating. — BlackBook

Enoteca Corsi

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

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

Here's a breath of unpretentious fresh air in a pricey neighborhood: an informal wine tavern open for lunch only. — Frommer's

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

This 1940s wine shop was the first in Rome to begin serving lunch, and is now more trattoria than enoteca. The daily-changing menu is written up on the board at the entrance. — Time Out

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

Felice

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

Beloved by posh Romans, this rather informal, nearly 100-year-old institution in the slightly out-of-the-way Testaccio neighborhood is a go-to for classic Roman fare. — Condé Nast Traveler

Always crowded, this isn't quite the rough-and-ready establishment it was, and some feel it's not what it was when Felice used to choose his customers from a line outside. — Rough Guide

The"tonnarelli cacio e pepe" is a "do not miss" at this long-standing (since 1936) Testaccio trattoria that's also a "good bet" for other "authentic Roman pasta" dishes and more. — Zagat

One of the standard-bearers of cuisine from Lazio, this simple trattoria with a family atmosphere is now so popular that it is advisable to book your table in advance. — Michelin Guide

This traditional Roman restaurant in the down-home Testaccio district was a spit-and-sawdust bolt-hole for traders from the local produce market. — Concierge

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