Where to eat in Rome: the best and cheapest places
When you come to rest in Rome, you want not only to admire the ancient architecture, but also to try the local dishes. And in the very center of Rome, where at every turn there are overpriced tourist restaurants, you can eat inexpensive and very tasty.
Don’t believe us? We’ll convince you otherwise. We’ve rounded up 15 Roman restaurants, bars, coffee shops, taverns, pizzerias, and Italian fast food joints where you can get a delicious meal without spending a fortune.
And we also highly recommend this gourmet tour, where you will be introduced to the most delicious dishes of Italian cuisine, and of course, with a tasting!
Inexpensive Bars and Coffee Houses in Rome
In Italy, bars are called establishments similar to our coffee houses. You can come to a bar for breakfast, grab a cappuccino and enjoy fresh Italian pastries. Here’s a list of the tastiest bars you can find in downtown Rome:
This bar not only has great desserts, but also the most delicious coffee in town. And even for those who don’t like espresso, we recommend trying it here at least for the sake of interest: you won’t find such a high coffee crema in any other bar in Rome!
Address : Piazza di San Eustachio 82. Open 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
La Casa del Caffè Tazza d’Oro
You won’t find a bigger coffee selection in Rome. Take-away coffee costs just 1 euro. You can drink it on the spot, you can buy it in beans or ground coffee to go. The quality is great and last but not least, there’s a toilet.
Address : Via degli Orfani, 84. Open: 7 am to 8 pm.
Caffè Antica Roma
A stone’s throw from the Colosseum and very popular with locals. Makes delicious sandwiches and real Italian coffee with the perfect crema.
Address : Via Marco Aurelio, 28. Open: 06:00 to 18:00.
Rome’s best gelato and desserts
No trip to Rome is complete without a Gelato and a good portion of Tiramisu. They’re really good here.
At Pompi you get to know what a proper coffee tiramisu is. And then there are the unusual tastes of strawberry, banana, vanilla and caramel. For about 5-6 euros you get a piece of pleasure. By the way, the cafe is just steps away from the famous Spanish Square.
Address: Via della Croce 82. Opening hours: Fri-Sat 11 am to 9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 10:30 am to 11:30 pm.
Gelateria del Teatro
Produces super-natural ice cream made from milk, cream, fresh fruit and sugar. Gelato is made daily and never left for another day. You can watch the process through the see-through display case on the street side, where you can see the kitchen.
Address : Via dei Coronari 65-66. Open 10:30 to 23:00.
La Romana gelateria
A place which offers only natural ice cream of every possible flavour, made with the freshest ingredients!
Address : Via Cola di Rienzo 2. Open time : 11:00 – 00:00.
Where can I get cheap pizza in Rome?
Come to Rome and not try the main local dish? That’s impossible! And if you eat real Italian pizza, then only in proven places.
This is an absolute masthead if you want to enjoy really good Roman pizza. Large, hearty pizza, thin, crispy dough, a sea of toppings, incredible sauce…
Address : Via di Ripetta 14. Opening hours : 12:00 – 23:30.
“Read the top 10 best pizzerias in Rome.
Located a stone’s throw from Piazza Navona, but tourists often don’t notice this place, so well hidden in a quiet street. In the hall you will see mostly locals, and they know a lot about pizza. So rest assured: the food here is delicious.
Address: Via del Teatro Pace 44. Open 12:00 to 23:00.
Pizzeria Pantha Rei
A stone’s throw away from the Pantheon there’s another good pizzeria we highly recommend you to visit. Calm atmosphere, hot pizza from the oven, nice prices. What else do you need to be happy?
Via della Minerva 19. Open at 12:00 to 23:00.
Cheap taverns in Rome
For dinner it’s worth going to a traditional Italian tavern and not a touristy place with a mixed cuisine. We’ve got three great options in the center of the city.
La Scaletta Tavern.
This is one of the top restaurants in Rome’s popular Trastevere neighborhood! Besides a nice typical Italian interior, the tavern offers its visitors a fixed menu (menu fisso): for 10 euros during the day and for 14 euros in the evening you get a complete meal of appetizers, first, second and dessert (drinks separately). All meals are delicious and of excellent quality.
Address : Via Della Scala, 8, Trastevere. Open 12:00 – 00:00.
Milan’s favorite place for local residents. Serves typical Roman fare for a “meal of the day” and is very reasonably priced. Look for it next to the Pantheon.
Address : Via dei Pastini 12. Open 11:30 am to 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm.
The Tavern 48
Without a menu, you can order a fixed menu (menu fisso) for 15 euros, including first and second courses, half a liter of water, 1/4 liter of house wine and bread. Traditional Italian cuisine, reasonable prices and a very pleasant atmosphere.
Address : Via degli Spagnoli 48. Uses: 12:00 to 15:00, 19:00 to 23:00.
Where to eat quickly and cheaply in Rome?
Italian fast food will help if you want to see as many sights as possible and not waste time in restaurants. No cheeseburgers and fries! Roman “food on the run” is just as good as haute cuisine, and worthy of its own tour.
Pastificio Guerra Mini Tavern
Here for €4 you get fresh pasta to take away, with a glass of water or wine included. Every day you can choose between two types of pasta with different sauces and toppings. Isn’t it a godsend? Tasty, quick and filling, and in fact it’s hard to find anywhere else in Rome for a meal for 4 euros!
Address : Via della Croce 8. Open 13:00 – 21:30.
Pane e Salame sandwich place.
The best panino sandwiches you can eat here: soft bread and a million fillings to choose from… Tasty, quick and very Italian!
Address : Via Santa Maria in Via 19. Open 12:00 to 22:00.
Il Panino Ingegnoso
Another worthy recipient of excellent Italian sandwiches, and a worthy competitor to Pane e Salame. After all, it’s delicious here and there. So the choice is yours! Or better yet, try both places and see for yourself.
Address : Piazza di Pietra 35. Opening hours: 10:00 am to 00:00 pm.
Where to eat in Rome: 24 delicious and inexpensive places for a tourist to eat
It’s no secret that Italy has great food, and Rome is a great place to try Italian food. Unusual pizza, a huge number of types of pasta, unique coffee and ice cream.
You can eat delicious food in Rome almost everywhere, but if you want to go to the best places, then I’ve listed them below, breaking them down into thematic headings.
And before revealing the topic of establishments, I want to recommend a tour that will allow you to appreciate Italian gastronomy as much as possible – Roman Castles: wine and gastronomy. This tour is a combination of unique places around Rome and Italian cuisine.
This map marks all the places I talk about in the article. The blue icons are restaurants, the yellow ones are pizzerias, the brown ones are snacks and street food, the red ones are coffee, and the green ones are sweets.
Restaurants in Rome
Italians are true foodies, and they don’t spare money and time to get to a good restaurant. That is why restaurants are often full and you can not just come there – you need to book a table in advance.
So if you have time – I recommend that you follow the links near the restaurant and make a reservation.
Armando al Pantheon €€€
Armando is one of the best authentic restaurants in the center of Rome. If you want to try traditional Roman cuisine, this is a great place. The most famous dish is cacio e pepe (pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese and black pepper), but you can also try many local dishes.
- Address : Salita dei Crescenzi, 31 (click for location on Google Maps)
- Opening time: Monday to Saturday 12:30-14:45 19:00-23:00
- Prices : 10-20 € for first courses, 15-25 € for main courses.
Roscioli is one of my favourite restaurants in Rome. They serve great pasta: the best carbonara I’ve ever had, as well as an excellent amatriciana – pasta with pork and tomato pasta.
This place is quite popular, so be sure to book a table in advance.
- Address : Via dei Giubbonari, 21
- Open Mondays to Saturdays 12:30 to 16:00 and 19:00 to 00:00.
Da Cesare Trattoria € €
One of the best places to eat in Rome. But unfortunately it’s a bit far from the city center, in the Trastevere area.
Some dishes worth trying here:
- Seafood tonnarelli.
- Rigatoni all’amatriciana (pasta with bacon)
- Spaghetti with clams
- Cod in Rome
- Address : Via del Casaletto, 45
- Open hours : 12:45 to 15:00 and 19:45 to 23:00. Wednesday is the day off.
- Prices : 9-10 euros for the first course, 11-18 euros for the main course.
- You can book by phone only: +39 06 536015.
Trattoria Monti €
One of the big names of the Roman culinary scene, often referred to as the best trattoria in the Esquilin area.
A family run trattoria, ideal for classic Italian dishes including meat, fish and vegetarian recipes.
- Address : Via di San Vito 13/a
- Open time : 13:00-14:45 and 20:00-22:45, Monday off.
- Prices: 12 euros for a main course, 15-18 euros for a main course.
- For reservations only: +39 06 4466573
Flavio al Velavevodetto € €
Flavio Al Velavevodetto is one of the best restaurants in Rome for traditional food.
- Address : Via di Monte Testaccio, 97
- Every day at 12:30 to 15:00 and 19:45 to 23:00.
- Prices : 10-14€ for a main course, 12-18€ for a main course.
Ginger € €.
Ginger is one of the unusual restaurants in Rome, located near the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Here Roman tradition meets with a bold combination of ingredients that are relatively new to Italian cuisine.
Their recipes are made entirely from local organic ingredients, and their menu is quite varied (there are dishes for vegetarians as well). They are open all day, so you can stop here for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a light snack.
A great alternative to the traditional places to eat in Rome.
- Address : Via Borgognona, 43-46
- Open every day from 10:00 to 00:00.
- Prices : 10-14€ for a main course, 16-24€ for a main course.
Pizzerias in Rome
When you think of where to eat good food in Rome, pizza definitely comes to mind. Pizza in Rome comes in two flavors: slice by slice and whole round pizza. Sliced pizza is more common for lunch and is usually sliced and weighed, while whole pizza is most often served for dinner.
First, let’s look at establishments that serve sliced pizza.
Pizzarium has one of the best pizzas in Rome. There are so many toppings to choose from, and they are all delicious.
The place is quite popular, so there’s not a lot of space in the place itself. I recommend taking the pizza to go.
- Address : Via della Meloria, 43.
- Open Mondays to Saturdays 11:00-22:00, Sundays 12:00-16:00 and 18:00-22:00.
Antico Forno Roscioli €
Antico Forno Roscioli bakery offers excellent pizza and many other delicious baked goods.
- Address : Via Dei Chiavari, 34
- Opening time: Monday to Saturday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sunday 08:30 am to 7:00 pm.
Forno Campo De’ Fiori €
Forno is conveniently located in Campo de’ Fiori square. It is a traditional bakery with pizza by the slice and other baked goods.
This is a big pizza chain all over Rome and they have quality pizza and lots of toppings by the slice. A plus of the chain is that you can almost always find a store nearby.
Below on the list would be the pizzerias that serve whole pizzas.
Da Remo €
Da Remo is a laid-back restaurant in Testaccio. They have great pizza and other traditional dishes.
They open pretty late at 7pm, so you can only have dinner here.
Emma Pizzeria €€.
Emma is a great restaurant and has great pizza and other traditional Italian dishes.
Snack bars and street food in Rome
In this section I have selected small cafes and eateries where you can eat in Rome in a relaxed atmosphere.
Giselda has a little bit of everything: bakery, pizza, deli, cafe, bar. They have great food and a nice atmosphere.
Opening hours :
- Monday 07:00-21:00
- Tuesday 07:00-21:00
- Wednesday 07:00-21:30
- Thursday 07:00-21:30
- Friday 07:00-23:00
- Saturday 07:00-00:00
- Sunday 08:00-23:00
Pinsere is a very popular eatery that looks a lot like a pizzeria, but it’s not really one. The best way to find out what it is, is to go there and try it for yourself.
Mordi e Vai €.
A stall in the markets of Testaccio, Mordi e Vai serves sandwiches with traditional Roman toppings.
A simple but delicious sandwich store. Perfect for when you don’t want to eat in a restaurant.
Coffee in Rome
Italian coffee is famous all over the world, and Italians themselves can’t imagine their day without at least 1 cup of this drink. So you should definitely try it here in Rome.
This is the place where I suggest to try coffee in Rome. It has a classic design and great service, and in addition to coffee there are delicious snacks and pastries.
- Address : Via Fabio Massimo, 80/a
- Opening Hours : every day 7:00-20:30
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffe €
A famous cafe in Rome with a variety of coffees on sale. We advise you to try the signature tiramisu, which is espresso with cream and chocolate powder on top.
Caffe Tazza D’oro €
Another classic coffee shop in Rome, known for its coffee with whipped cream. It is next to the Pantheon, so you can stop here on your way.
Sweets in Rome
The most famous Italian sweet is ice cream, or as it is also called in Italian manner – gelato. But besides ice cream in Rome you’ll find many other sweet things: cakes, cookies, pastries – all made with incredible skill and often by hand.
Roscioli Café is beautifully decorated and is a great place for coffee, sweets or small snacks.
- Address : Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, 16.
- Opening times: Monday to Saturday 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Biscottificio Innocenti is on a quiet street in Trastevere, on the less-touristy side. Simple and delicious.
Come here for coffee and pastries when you’re in the Testaccio area.
Ice Cream in Rome
There are so many delicious ice cream places in Rome that you’ll want to eat it every day. Read more about these places in this article about ice cream in Rome.
That’s it for now, thanks for finishing! I hope you got the hang of where to eat good food in Rome. Buon appetito!
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