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Antico Arco

Italian 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Founded by three friends with a passion for wine and fine food (the team leader is Patrizia Mattei), Antico Arco attracts foodies from Rome and beyond with its refined culinary inventiveness. — Fodor's

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

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

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

La Pergola

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

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

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

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

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

Il pagliaccio

Italian 87 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

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

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

Some of the most innovative interpretations of Roman fine dining can be found in this starkly chic restaurant on a back street between upscale Via Giulia and the popular Campo de' Fiori.... — Fodor's

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

Il Convivio Troiani

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

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

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

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

Glass Hostaria

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

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

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

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

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

The menu changes frequently, featuring dishes like a standout steak tartare; risotto with aged parmesan or truffle; tagliatelle with eggplant, prunes, and smoked ricotta. — Fodor's

Checchino Dal 1887

Italian 85 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

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

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

The place for an authentic old-time family atmosphere, plus Roman cuisine of the offal variety. — Insight Guides

“If you are an adventurous eater”, you’ll appreciate this family-owned “institution” in Testaccio (the old slaughterhouse area) that’s been turning “any part of an animal” into a “delicacy". — Zagat

Trattoria Monti

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pizzarium Bonci

Italian 85 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

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

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

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

Colline Emiliane

Italian 84 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

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

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

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

Piperno

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

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

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

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

Palatium

Italian 84 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

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

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

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

Il Margutta

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

Being vegetarian (or vegan!) is so in right now. Il Margutta RistorArte completely agrees. Unleash your artsy side by dining in what is practically a modern art museum filled with comfy... — Let's Go

Well-heeled and a tad snobbish, the clientele of this artsy diner is not what one generally associates with veggie restaurants. — Time Out

Although the French would disagree, the Italians seem to know how to make vegetables more tantalizing than almost any other cuisine in the world. — Frommer's

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

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

Imago at the Hassler

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

Felice

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

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

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

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

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

The place has had a makeover, turning it into a stylishly moderne neo-osteria. Thankfully, though, the quality of the cooking has not changed. — Time Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roscioli

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

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

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

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

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

Enoteca Corsi

Italian 81 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

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

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

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

Open Colonna

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

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

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

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

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

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