September 3

Favorites: Italy-Rome

I guess the better question when talking about Italy in general, is where not to eat. The truth is that I  have never had a bad meal anywhere in italy because even at its very worst, italian food is still sublime. But here are a few favorites from Rome.

Rome

Al Moro
What Al Moro lacks in ambiance, it more than makes up for. It is old school for sure, and the waiters are there to prove it, but it’s a don’t miss.  Some menu highlights are the carbonara (known on the menu as pasta al moro) artichokes and zucchini flowers with mozzarella and anchovy. Total perfection.
Vicolo Delle delle Bollette 13 / Phone: +39 66 78 34 95

Ambasciata  d’Abruzzo
I go here EVERY time I’m in Rome. It’s about a 5 or 10 minute taxi ride outside of the center in a residential neighborhood and it’s awesome. They give you a big basket of meats on the table when you sit down that you can cut and enjoy yourself. The grilled scarmoza (cheese) is insane as well as the sautéed clams, carbonara and veal saltimbocca. They even have a car that brings you back into town! Hospitality at its finest.
Via Pietro Tacchini, 26 (Parioli) / Phone: +39 6 80 78 256

Trattoria Settimio
This is as authentic as it gets. Run by a husband a wife team (she cooks, he greets), the room is small and like so many European trattorias, lacks the cute ambiance we all long for, but the food is fresh and amazing. They literally make the pasta in front of you. Stand outs are the artichokes and spaghetti pomodoro.
Via del Pellegrino 117 /  Phone: +39 06 88 01 976

Nonna Betta
I have yet to take a trip to Rome without stopping at to eat in the Jewish Ghetto. This place is known for their incredible carciofi all giudia (fried whole artichokes) and super old school setting, it’s a must, especially when touring the Ghetto. Also do not miss out on the fried marinated zucchini, marinated anchovies and when it comes to pasta the dried meat carbonara and cacio e pepe with chicory are the best!
Via del Portico d’Ottavia, 16, 00186 / Phone: +39 06 6880 6263

Salumeria Roscoli
It’s a multi-functional deli, unconventional restaurant, and rich and varied wine bar. So many features, all found in one place. The menu is large but don’t be intimidated! Start with any of the meats and cheeses, my favorite by far was the mortadella. Might have been the best Ive ever had in my life. The artichokes are also a stand out but the cooked and raw versions. There is also a zucchini cacio e pepe and carbonara that should hit your table. Be sure and make a reservation and try to sit upstairs!
Via dei Giubbonari 21, 00186 / Phone: +39 06 687 5287

Taverna Trilussa
When you first walk in don’t be afraid that everyone is speaking english. This restaurant is in Trastevere which is a fun neighborhood to go for drinks and walk around. They serve all their pastas in these huge pans which is super cool looking but they also taste really good. The 2 standouts for me are the norcina and tomatoes and basil, super simple but perfection. For the second course go with the beef sautéed with tomatoes & arugula and lamb chops.
Via del Politeama, 23/25, 00153 / Phone: +39 06 581 8918

Grotte del Teatro di Pompeo

The Grotte del Teatro di Pompeo in Rome is outstanding — beautiful, simple pastas and fresh fish from the mediterranean sea.
Via del Biscione 73-74 00186 Roma / Phone: 06.68803686

Giolitti
There are a million places to go for Gelato in Italy, but Giolitti is really the best for a million reasons. It’s super old school with table service (waiters in tuxedos) as well as a take away counter, and the gelato honestly can’t be beat. This location close to The Pantheon is the original, but there is a second smaller outpost, Bar Giolitti, in the Testaccio neighborhood as well at Via Amerigo Vespucci 20.
Via Uffici del Vicario, 40 / Phone: +39 6 69 91 243

Hotel Eden Rome
Newly renovated this hotel just underwent a 17 month renovation and is definitely worth a trip up to their bar to grab a negroni and the view of the city.
Via Ludovisi 49 / Phone:  +39 06 478121

Hotel de Russe
Is a gorgeous hotel with a beautiful garden bar. The drinks are not cheap but the grounds are beautiful and they serve generous snacks with your order!
Via del Babuino 9 / Phone: +39 06 32 88 81