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Antico Arco

Italian 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

This modern bistro is the brainchild of Patrizia, Domenico and Maurizio of Il Bacaro fame, who wanted to construct a light and linear space to enjoy updated traditional Italian gastronomy. — BlackBook

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

With soft lighting (not the case in many Roman counterparts) and romantic tables, options range from classics like the outstanding Amatriciana to more unusual options. — Departures

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

Trattoria Monti

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

“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

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

 Word is definitely out on this cozy, plain-Jane trattoria near Termini station — Frommer's

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

Il pagliaccio

Italian 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

A light makeover in 2006 upped the warmth and intimacy factors and did away with those uncomfortable chairs, allowing diners to focus more clearly on the sheer bravura of Genovese's cuisine. — Time Out

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

La Pergola

Italian 88 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

Even if you haven’t come to Rome for ultra-fancy, haute gastronomie, you shouldn’t miss La Pergola. — Departures

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

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

Glass Hostaria

Italian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Situated in the heart of Trastevere, this restaurant boasts an ultra-modern design with an interesting play of light and a slightly unsettling atmosphere. — Michelin Guide

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

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

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

Il Convivio Troiani

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imago at the Hassler

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You can order à la carte, but this is the place to splurge on a tasting menu. Each carefully and meticulously created dish will leave you in awe. — Fodor's

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

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

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

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

Checchino Dal 1887

Italian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A pig’s whisker from the city’s former slaughterhouse, Checchino is one of the grander restaurants specialising in the quinto quarto (fifth quarter – or insides of the animal). — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

Pizzarium Bonci

Italian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

Gabriele Bonci, one of the city’s best bakers and pizzaioli, uses heirloom flour, natural yeast, and slow fermentation to make sure his dough is the most toothsome in town. — Departures

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 84 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

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

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

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

Piperno

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

It's older than Italy (founded in 1860) and you're here for seriously crunchy guanciale and the outdoor seating. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

“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

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

Palatium

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

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

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

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

The menu changes seasonally, but if the ricotta and tomato flan or the gnocchi with clams and asparagus are on offer, they're must-orders. — Fodor's

Il Margutta

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

A colorful, plant-filled dining room with modern art in profusion and a jazz soundtrack, this is Rome’s first and finest vegetarian eatery. — DK Eyewitness

Vegetarian restaurants in Rome are rarer than parking spaces, and this airy art gallery–restaurant is an unusually chic way to eat your greens. — Lonely Planet

In the center of Rome between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, this rare vegetarian restaurant attracts artists who live in the studios lining this street. — Zagat

It takes on a chic and cosmopolitan air, where you'll find meat-free versions of classic Mediterranean dishes as well as more daring tofu concoctions. — Fodor's

Unleash your artsy side by dining in what is practically a modern art museum filled with comfy black couches and white tablecloths to accommodate all your non-meat needs. — Let's Go

Roscioli

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

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

Near Campo De' Fiori (a magnet for young Romans at night), the Roscioli family has turned their long-standing bakery and grocery store into destinations for food and wine aficionados. For... — Concierge

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

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

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

Tram Tram

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

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

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

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

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

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

Felice

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

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 rustic food obeys the traditional Roman rule of daily specials corresponding to the days in the week. — Travel + Leisure

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

Rather than chose one of the more mundane main courses, carbo load like crazy on fresh pastas, and save room for the decadent tiramisu, served up in a wine glass. — Departures

Foodies swear by this local stalwart, famous for its traditional Roman cuisine. — Lonely Planet

Open Colonna

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

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

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

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

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 82 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

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

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

La Campana

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

La Campana serves all the local classics you might expect in a historic location, with a special focus on fresh pastas and grilled lamb. — Rough Guide

Caravaggio, Goethe and Federico Fellini are among the luminaries who have dined at what is said to be Rome’s oldest trattoria, dating back to around 1518. — Lonely Planet

Certified as the city’s oldest and most traditional restaurant, this classic establishment...provides warm family atmosphere and a classic Roman menu. — Frommer's

La Campana claims to be the oldest restaurant in Rome, and you'll believe it when you see the venerable waiters. — Concierge

Thought to be the oldest restaurant in Rome (a document dates it back to 1518), La Campana remains a favorite of both locals and visitors. — Fodor's

Da Armando al Pantheon

Italian 82 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

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

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

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

The family-run restaurant is known for traditional Roman dishes like coratella and pajata (roasted calf intestines) that are hard to come by these days, along with filling pastas you know and love — Travel + Leisure

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