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Great Eats: Rome, Italy
By Alessia Frattini

Whatever your taste or budget, dining out in the Eternal City provides a culinary experience like no other. And as the saying goes, when in like a Roman, not a tourist. Next time you explore Italy’s breathtaking capital, take a tip from a local foodie and savour the true Italian flavors being served up just off the beaten path. Buon appetito!

Dining Upscale

Antica Pesa--Located in the Bohemian neighborhood of Trastevere and open since 1922, Antica Pesa is adorned in wonderful painted frescos and has beautiful gardens for al fresco dining. With an incredible menu of antipasti, pastas, fish and meat dishes, and desserts, the restaurant’s ambience is prime for romantic dinners. Take note, Antica Pesa is only open for dinner from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and is closed on Sundays.

Via Garibaldi 18 +39 06 5809236

Sapore di Mare--With superb seafood dishes — particularly fresh fish main courses— Sapore di Mare is Rome’s go to place for the sea’s best catch. Situated near the Pantheon, this is not only one of the city’s best restaurants, it’s also one of its most elegant.  While Sapore di Mare excels at seafood, its meat options are equally superb. Dinner is served from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Via Piè di Marmods 36  +39 06 6780968

Al Moro--Not far from Rome’s glorious Trevi Fountain, Al Moro has been serving authentic local specialties such as stewed milk fed lamb and pasta carbonara since 1929. Closed on Sundays, Al Moro is open for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and for dinner from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Vicolo delle Bollette 13  +39 06 6783495

Casual Bites

Ristorante Girararrosto Toscano--Famous for fabulous “antipasti toscani” (tuscan appetizers), Girararrosto Toscano boasts a wide array of fresh homemade pastas, grilled meats and fresh fish from theAdriatic Sea. At the entrance you’ll be welcomed by hangingParmahams, pork sausages, baskets of fruits, and a glowing charcoal fireplace stacked with steaks, veal and lamb chops. Yum!

ViaCampania29  +39 06 4823835 

Hostaria Costanza

Built on the remains of the Pompeo Theatre, Hostaria Costanza is one of the city’s most storied and traditional restaurants. Expect to find a menu of standard favorites paired with an amazing atmosphere. Open for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and for dinner from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Via del Paradiso 63-65  +39 06 6861717

Da Mariano

Comforting, homemade food just like grandma used to make — but even better! Da Mariano’s menu includes traditional standbys along with potato dumplings, fettuccine with meat sauce of hare and fantastic soups. All this at a great value in a child-friendly atmosphere.

Via Piemonte 79  +39 06 4745256

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Enoteca Ferrara--A Trastevere mainstay, Enotecta Ferrara has one of Rome’s best wine selections. A knowledgeable staff can help pair the perfect vintage with a great pasta. Open seven days a week, dinner is open from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The wine-bar is open from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Via del Moro 1/a — Piazza Trilussa 41  +39 06 58333920

Pizzeria San Marco--This hip, yet rusticlly modern restaurant-pizzeria, located within walking distance from Hotel Excelsior on Via Veneto, serves up the best traditional-style pizza in Rome. Closed on Sundays, Pizzeria San Marco is open from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and from 7:00 pm to midnight for dinner.

Via Sardegna 38/d  +39 06 42012620

La Fenice--“Best breakfast” and “best lunch” are just some of the accolades La Fenice has been racking up from devout locals and those “in the know.” Add to that, “best dinner” and you have a winning combination for an unforgettable meal. Did I mention La Fenice has one of Rome’s most approachable wine selections? Cin cin! (cheers!)

Via Crispi 68  +39 06 4883504

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