Best Six Places to Eat in Rome, Italy

The Italian cuisine is an iconic part of the culture — here are some restaurant recommendations to help create an immersive abroad experience. 

A large part of Italian culture involves its famous cuisine. Ranging from Italian roast cappuccinos and flatbread pizzas to pasta dishes and copious amounts of gelato, it can be difficult to find the best options for Italian cuisine.

Being immersed into the Italian culture as a study abroad student, it is important that I am finding good food to eat that is entirely authentic. Tourists and Italians alike should avoid restaurants with large menus which include images of the food options and employees standing outside encouraging people to eat there. Italian kitchens often aren’t large enough to make an extensive list of meals in-house, and large pictures easy attract tourists to these restaurants.

In no particular order, here are six authentic Italian restaurants in Rome, Italy. 

1. I Dolci Di Nonna Vincenza

This quaint little coffee shop is located off of Via dell’acro del Monte and a short walk away from Ponte Sisto. It has some of the city’s best Sicilian cannoli’s Rome has to offer. Baked in a short round tube and filled with a creamy ricotta cheese filling, these bit size pastries are perfect for a treat on the go or to be enjoyed in their small shop. The cannolis are baked fresh every day and come in small and large sizes. Their freshness is guaranteed, because every evening after 8 PM, the pastries are half price in order to get rid of the day’s goods.

This cannoli from I Dolci Di Nonna Vincenza in Rome, Italy has a cookie like crust filled with a ricotta cheese cream. Some cannoli's have pistachios and chocolate dipped on the ends. Photo by Samantha Winn.

2. Pizza Trilussa

Located in the Piazza Trilussa, the pizza shop with a similar name offers a variety of pizzas. Due to the small size of the pizzeria, it is easier to ask for the pizza as a “take away” and enjoy it on the piazza steps only a few feet away. Drinks are also available for purchase, including water, beer, juices and sodas.

Pizza is often served by the slice at Pizza Trilussa. The pizza pictured above has ham, buffalo cheese, and a pesto and olive oil drizzle on it. Photo by Samantha Winn.

3. L'Orange

This small family-owned restaurant located in Trastevere, Rome, Italy houses a two-story restaurant with a large wine selection proudly displayed along the entrance wall. The kitchen is located on the second floor with tables and chairs gathered inside and out. With a small menu and great customer service, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself into authentic Italian cuisine.

4. Suppli

Getting its origins from the city’s less fortunate and poor past, suppli, a popular cheap Roman street food was originally made from food leftover to save money. Rolling rice, mozzarella and tomatoes into a ball and deep frying it makes for a savory treat to consume while exploring the city. While these snacks can be found in several restaurants, Suppli’s history is the most delicious and respected in Rome.

Suppli is a popular street food in Rome, Italy. Although this specific suppli was found at the Suppli store, many pizzerias will create their own. Photo by Samantha Winn.

5. Forno in Campo dei Fiori

Although this bakery and pizza shop is located in a popular piazza in the midst of Rome’s Campo dei Fiori, it offers a wide selection of pizzas and bread selections for customers to choose from. The aroma of freshly baked bread captivates you from the street and draws you into the store, even if you might not be hungry.

The crisp pizza from the Forno at Campo dei Fiori can be taken to go for tourists on the run to see all of the Roman historical sights. Photo by Samantha Winn.

6. Gelateria Giuffré

Located in Trastevere, Rome, Italy, this gelato shop also doubles as a coffee and pastry stop in the morning hours. Offering almost 20 flavors and toppings like white or dark melted chocolate or whipped cream, it’s hard to pick the wrong flavor of anything. The creamy gelato is the perfect way to end a day of sightseeing or as a quick snack during the day.

A chocolate and Nutella stuffed croissant is one of the various pastry options offered at Guiffré in the morning hours. Photo by Samantha Winn.
Gelato, similar to ice cream can be found at small local shops around the city. This cup of gelato from Guiffré has 2 gutsi - ciocallato and straticatella. Photo by Samantha Winn.

Honorable Mentions

1. Lindt Chocolate

In the heart of the historical city center, this well-known chocolate brand also serves a variety of popular gelato flavors. Adding whipped cream and chocolate sauce drizzled on top, makes it the perfect sweet treat for tourists.

2. Pizzeria da Simone

Located in the small nearby Roman town of Villa Sciarra, this small locally owned pizza shop includes many classic favorites, like buffalo cheese, margherita and suppli. This residential area makes for fewer tourists around, which results in a better Italian eating experience.

Pizza taken to go in the small Roman neighborhood of Villa Scarria. Photo by Samantha Winn.
A suppli from a small pizzeria located in the small Roman neighborhood of Villa Scarria. Photo by Samantha Winn.
Samantha Winn

Samantha Winn

Samantha Winn is a junior journalism major at the University of South Carolina. While in Italy, she has enjoyed exploring the city of Rome and the food it offers.