Top Tables

Top Tables: Rome’s Best Restaurants

Indagare is always scouting for the newest best restaurants, classic spots and neighborhood gems that feel like a special find. Though the restaurant scene changes often, here is our current list of top tables in Rome, for any occasion.

Editors’ Picks: Lunch

Antico Arco

Trastevere

Antico Arco has a beautiful setting perched high up in Trastevere’s Janiculum Hill and serves classic Italian dishes with a contemporary touch. It also has a great wine list. Piazzale Aurelio 7

Armando al Pantheon

Historic Center

This is a fantastic trattoria that serves traditional Roman cuisine. It only has a handful of tables, so reservations should be booked far in advance. Salita dei Crescenzi 31

Emma

Historic Center

Emma serves thin-crust pizzas in an industrial-chic space. In addition to pizza, the menu includes a range of fried appetizers and cured meats and cheeses, as well as an ample wine list. Via del Monte della Farina 28

Pizzarium

Prati

A famous take-out spot, Pizzarium has no table service and there are only a few benches outside—though locals who come for the fluffy pies with such organic toppings as wild asparagus, eggplant and cherry tomatoes don’t mind. Via della Meloria 43

Roscioli

Historic Center

This charming salumeria, wine bar and restaurant (great for lunch or light dinner) serves artisanal meats and cheeses as well as classic pastas. Via dei Giubbonari 21

Trattoria Da Enzo al 29

Trastevere

Trattoria da Enzo al 29 serves classic Roman staples including pasta dishes like carbonara or cacio e pepe, which are not to be missed. Via dei Vascellari 29

Trattoria al Moro

Tridente

Located on a narrow cobblestone street near the Trevi fountain, this authentic trattoria is well-known for its pasta al Moro (a light version of carbonara) and scampi al Moro. Trattoria al Moro is also great for dinner. Vicolo delle Bollette 13

Editors’ Picks: Dinner

Dal Bolognese

Tridente

A favorite of Rome’s jet set, Dal Bolognese serves great food and wine and has an unbeatable view right onto Piazza del Popolo. Don’t miss the signature dish, tagliatelle alla Bolognese. Piazza del Popolo 1

DOGMA

San Giovanni

This chic seafood grill has a minimalist design and draws a crowd of in-the-know tourists, professionals and groups of friends (don’t miss the tiramisu, prepared on the grill). Piazza Zama 34

Felice a Testaccio

Testaccio

Ever since it was featured in The New York Times as “the best trattoria in Rome,” Felice is less of a find, but loyal visitors report that the quality of the food and atmosphere remain high. Via Mastro Giorgio 29

Marzapane

Campo Marzio

Serving Roman cuisine with an Iberian twist this outpost has three tasting menus (fish, meat or mixed) created by the Spanish chef as well as both classic and experimental à la carte options. Via Flaminia 64

Pierluigi

Historic Center

On a quiet side street not far from the bustling Campo de’ Fiori, Pierluigi is an iconic restaurant that serves delicious salads, pastas, grilled fish and meats. Piazza de’ Ricci 144

Piperno

Jewish Quarter

With an elegant terrace and charming ambience, this traditional Italian restaurant serves classic cuisine like saltimbocca alla Romana, which translates to “jumps in your mouth,” and Jewish specialties like fried artichokes (carciofo alla Giudia). Monet dé Cenci 9

Retrobottega

Historic Center

The innovative Retrobottega serves boundary-pushing cuisine (think gnocchi with chicken cacciatore and peanuts or burnt-wheat spaghetti with squid) in a casual space. Via della Stelletta 4

Ristorante All’Oro

Tridente

With a central location near Piazza del Popolo, this acclaimed restaurant is not to be missed for authentic Roman cuisine served in an airy modern dining room. Via Giuseppe Pisanelli 23/25

Taverna Trilussa

Trastevere

For a lively and local atmosphere in the cobblestoned streets of Trastevere, head to the authentic Taverna Trilussa for Roman classics alongside signature meals. Via del Politeama 23/25

Zia

Trastevere

Headed by chef Antonio Ziantoni, Michelin-starred Zia serves an intricate tasting menu in a sophisticated and welcoming atmosphere. Via Goffredo Mameli 45

Editors’ Picks: Cocktails

Hotel de Russie

Tridente

Enjoy aperitivo at the peach pink-walled Le Jardin de Russie restaurant which overlooks the property’s leafy garden. Via del Babuino 9

Jerry Thomas Speakeasy

Historic District

For something a little more trendy, reserve a table at Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, which embodies a true 1920s underground watering hole, complete with a dark, sultry interior and a menu of inventive cocktails (advance reservations required). Vicolo Cellini 30

Editors’ Picks: Gelato & Pastries

Gelateria del Teatro

Historic Center

With three locations in the city, Gelateria del Teatro, stands out for its commitment to crafting unique seasonal gelato flavors using local ingredients. Via dei Coronari

Gelateria La Romana

Multiple Locations

Dating back to 1947, Gelateria La Romana serves traditional gelato flavors crafted from the original recipes from five locations, including the historic center.

Pasticceria Boccione

Jewish Quarter

Rome’s oldest bakery in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto dates back to 1815 and is a classic that is not to be missed. Via del Portico d'Ottavia

Biscottificio Innocenti

Trastevere

A neighborhood staple run by the Sesto family since the 1920s, Biscottificio Innocenti is famous for melt-in-your-mouth biscottis and a box of its baked goods makes a great memento to take home. Via della Luce 21

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