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Antico Arco

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

The menu changes according to the season, but even in winter, lightness is a key word, with plenty of vegetables and herbs. — concierge.com

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

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

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

Il pagliaccio

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Pergola

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

German chef Heinz Beck is the "magnificent" talent behind the "exquisite", "artfully presented" dishes at this "elegant" yet "warm" Italian-Med in Monte Mario's Rome Cavalieri Hotel. — Zagat

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

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

Il Convivio Troiani

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

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

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

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

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

Trattoria Monti

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

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

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

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

The Camerucci family runs this elegant brick-arched place, proffering top-notch traditional cooking from the Marches region. — Lonely Planet

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

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.com

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

Pizzarium Bonci

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

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

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

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

Undoubtedly Rome's best pizza-by-the-slice joint where celebrity baker Gabriele Bonci uses top-notch ingredients to create creativaly topped pies like rabbit and raisin or trippa alla romana. — Rough Guide

Colline Emiliane

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

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

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

Palatium

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

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

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

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

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

Piperno

Italian 80 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

“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

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

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

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

Roscioli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 →

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. The $95 tasting menu shows off chef... — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

Da Armando al Pantheon

Italian 79 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

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

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

Dal Bolognese

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

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

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

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

This is one of those rare, chic dining spots with food that actually lives up to the scene. — Frommer's

Enoteca Corsi

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

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

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

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

Felice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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