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Antico Arco

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

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

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

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

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

Trattoria Monti

Italian 89 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

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

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

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

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

Il pagliaccio

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

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

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

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

La Pergola

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

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

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

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

Checchino Dal 1887

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

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

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

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

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 85 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Il Convivio Troiani

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

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

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

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

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

Piperno

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

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

“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

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

Palatium

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

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

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

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

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

Glass Hostaria

Italian 84 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

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

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

Sora Lella

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

Try the delicious prosciutto and mozzarella to start, and move on to classics like pasta all'amatriciana, meatballs in tomato sauce, or Roman baby lamb chops. — Fodor's

This long-standing family-run restaurant enjoys a memorable setting in a tower on the Tiber’s tiny island. — Lonely Planet

Sora Lella, located on the Isola Tiberina, is famous for its classic Roman cooking. — Gayot

In a "wonderful location" on Isola Tiberina (an island in the Tiber River), this family-run Roman offers "well-executed" classics such as tonnarelli alla cuccagna. — Zagat

Son and grandchildren of the famous late "Sora Lella", perpetuate in a dignified way the tradition both in the warmth of the welcome and in the typical Roman elements of the cooking. — Michelin Guide

Il Margutta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tram Tram

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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 →

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

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

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 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

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

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

La Campana

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

A classic city restaurant, a trattoria with loyal regulars; informal service, tables close together and traditional Roman cuisine. ". — Michelin Guide

A historic trattoria, this is Rome’s oldest, established in 1518. Its exterior, though somewhat unpromising, camouflages a gem inside. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

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

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