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Near Piazza del Popolo, All'Oro is not to be missed for authentic Roman cuisine served in an airy modern dining room.
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Antica Pesa

Located in the heart of Trastevere, this elegant trattoria has been a favorite of local foodies and visitors for nearly a century. The chic candlelit dining room with fresco-adorned walls opens to a leafy terrace that’s lovely for al fresco dining. With a menu of trattoria classics like grilled octopus and homemade tagliolini, the restaurant also boasts a superb wine list.


Aroma restaurant occupies the roof terrace of Palazzo Manfredi and is located across the street from ancient Rome’s most important monument: the Colosseum. The views from this lofty perch are simply stunning. I had a memorable lunch here, staring out across the ancient brick structure, its smooth curves familiar yet spectacular from this vantage point. Even more romantic must be dinner, when the sun sets behind the monument (and now, thanks to new opening hours until 11 p.m., you can even try stopping by post-dessert to see the Colosseum afterwards). The cuisine is creative, seasonal Italian, with a wonderful selection of seafood and a nice wine list. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

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Casa Coppelle

Famed interior designer Jacques Garcia has created intimate, sleek dining spaces where the chef serves a fresh take on a classic Roman menu.

Cesare al Casaletto

This trattoria is the passion project of a local foodie couple and has become one of the city’s best classic eateries, as well as a favorite of Indagare Insider Katie Parla (read more of her Rome favorites in our Q&A). Standout dishes include fried seafood, homemade pasta and pizza.

Checchino Dal 1887

Those craving traditional Roman offal (oxtail, brains, and the like) should make a reservation at this old-world favorite in a hidden corner of Testaccio. As the name implies, the place is deeply historical and dates back to the era when Rome’s slaughterhouse was active across the street, hence the offal-heavy menu.

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Dal Bolognese

A favorite of Rome’s jet set, Dal Bolognese has an unbeatable view right onto Piazza del Popolo, so it comes as no surprise that the restaurant is always booked. Arrive early (8:15pm is their first reservation) to get a table. Diners at this restaurant are here more for the VIP scene and people watching than for the food. When ordering, remember simplicity is key; go for veal cutlets or the tagliatelle alla Bolognese, the signature dish. Expect a chic scene of everyone from politicians to young actors and lithe models vying for one of the few sidewalk tables. Note: reservations must be made far in advance.

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Felice a Testaccio

Foodies have long argued whether the cucina romana is better at Felice or Checchino. In truth both places serve excellent traditional fare, though the dining room at Felice is slightly more updated, which is a plus for some and a major detraction for others. Come here for pasta cacio e pepe (in a simple sauce of crushed pepper, finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and—controversially—olive oil) and abbacchio al forno (lamb baked in the oven). 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. Deep in Testaccio, Felice is best-reached via taxi.

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Hostaria da Pietro

Only a short walk from some of Rome's top shops and the Hotel de Russie, Hostaria da Pietro is a casual trattoria that draws high-profile guests with its excellent pasta and fish. Tucked into an alleyway and decorated year-round with twinkling lights, the beloved eatery makes a great spot for a romantic date night in a truly Roman setting.

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Il Palazetto

The al fresco wine bar on the fifth floor of Il Palazetto hotel (the sister property of the Hotel Hassler) has a lofty location at the top of the Spanish Steps, with perfect people-watching views of the bustling staircase. Wine and cocktails are priced according to this coveted location, but if you’re willing to splurge, it’s a memorable perch for a sunset aperitivo.

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Jardin de Russie

One of Rome’s most magical settings is the candlelit garden at the iconic Hotel de Russie serving innovative Italian cuisine and aperitivo.
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Jerry Thomas Speakeasy

At this hip Speakeasy, the rules are strictly enforced: reservations are required, the entry ‘password’ changes frequently, topics of politics are forbidden and—in true speakeasy fashion—the bartender must be respected above all. The Jerry Thomas Speakeasy embodies a true 1920’s underground watering hole, complete with a dark, sultry interior and a menu of inventive cocktails. The bar is tucked away without any signage, and guests must ring a bell to gain entrance after making a reservation in advance. Adventurous cocktail lovers should try the absinthe concoctions, which are made from a unique blend of liquors and bitters.

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Pipero Roma

The upscale, one-Michelin-starred Pipero is located in the center of Rome and offers gourmet tasting menus. Read Indagare's review.
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Established in 1945, this Roman classic was once frequented by Hollywood stars including Henry Fonda and Clark Gable. Today, the limited, simple menu reflects whatever is in season, be it truffles in the fall, or fresh peas in the spring. However, the real treasure at Tullio is available year-round: the mozzarella di bufala delivered daily from an artisanal maker in Naples.

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