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Al Moro Near the Trevi Fountain, this charming old- fashioned trattoria serves superb food. Try the local cold cuts and cheeses as an appetizer. Delicious grilled meats and vegetables. It was a favorite of Federico Fellini while filming La Dolce Vita. Eat inside or out. Reservations are suggested.

Da Fortunato This elegant restaurant near the Pantheon has lovely views, and is frequented by senators and deputies. They offer wonderful Roman food and service. Dressy. Reservations are necessary.

been in the same family for 100-plus years, and caters to its upper-middle class neighborhood.

La Campana At Vicolo della Campana, 18, between the Tiber and Piazza Borghese just off the Via della Scrofa. Wonderful family restaurant with classic Roman dishes. Desserts are special. Reservations are suggested.

Le Mani in Pasta Cozy, rustic, reasonably priced trattoria in Trastevere. Friendly service with many terrific pasta dishes to choose from. The specials are presented on a blackboard. Not touristy. Reservations are needed…they are still serving dinner at midnight.


A local institution, Nino opened in 1934 in the heart of the historic, fashionable shopping district located two blocks from the Spanish Steps. Very good Tuscan food and an extensive wine list with lots of Tuscan reds. Game is abundant in late fall. Dressy and expensive. Reservations are needed.

Da Fortunato first opened its now historic doors in 1975. © Da Fortunato

Giolitti Historic, 1890 old-fashioned gelato parlor many consider the best in Rome, and perhaps the world. Located behind the Pantheon. Extremely busy. Romans go here all night long. Many flavors and sweets to choose from.

Piperno Located on a cobblestone street in the old Jewish Quarter along the Tiber, this restaurant serves traditional Roman-Jewish cuisine.

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Sweets at Giolitti. © Giolitti

Il Matriciano In Prati on the Vatican side of the Tiber, they have especially good spaghetti all’amatriciana. It has

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Cacio e Pepe T

his very Roman pasta dish, found on many Rome restaurant menus,

literally translates as “cheese and pepper.” It consists of black pepper, Pecorino

Romano cheese, and pasta – usually long and thin, like spaghetti. Deceptively simple and delicious!

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