Best Restaurants in Rome
Rome is delicious and affordable when it comes to dining out -
and while everyone in the world may claim to ''love'' Italian food,
you cannot really compare ''ordinary'' pizza and pasta to the
wonderful dishes you can sample in the nation''s capital. Italian
food prepared in the Italian tradition is strong on flavour, meagre
in ingredients, richer, and high(er) in calories.
The typical meal is accompanied with a
(garlic canapé) and
grated cheeses. Not surprisingly, pastas and pizzas are provided in
abundance, the local varieties of which are not to be missed. Red
meat and seafood dishes in the international tradition are also on
offer but are more expensive and come in less generous
There are three main kinds of restaurant in Rome. An
is an informal gathering-spot, serving
basic spaghetti meals and some wine.
are more languid, bistro-style affairs,
offering large meals in a homely setting. A
offers the white table-clothed, silver
spoon and wine-list dining experience preferred by the more
lavish-living among us. All three can be found in the popular
districts of Centro Storico, along Via Cavour and around Stazione
Termini. The Borgo district near the Vatican offers the cheapest
dining options in Rome.
Breakfasts in Rome, as in most of Italy, are minimal, and people
rarely leave the house for their first meal of the day. The main
event is lunch, which sees restaurants open between 1pm and 3pm and
most locals enjoy their lunch breaks in three courses!