Best places to Eat in Rome

Rome's cuisine is simultaneously decadent and simple – recipes passed down from 'poor man's food' are now global staples. When you visit Rome, make it a foodie holiday as well as a sightseeing trip. Wondering where to start? Here are our ideas of the best places to eat in Rome. To maximise your time in the trattorias, bag your airport transfers before you go. We'll pick you up at the airport and take you straight to your accommodation.

La Pergola

The first restaurant in Rome to gain three Michelin stars, La Pergola is the place to be when you want to treat yourself big time. Truly unique cuisine made from simple ingredients and culinary mastery means Chef Heinz Beck's meals are works of art. Think: fresh seafood, locally sourced veg and Italian classics – all with a singular twist.

Les Etoiles

For Italian romance, check out Les Etoiles. It's a rooftop bar and restaurant with panoramic views of St Peter's Basilica, often frequented by TV and news companies to get incredible shots of the city. The food takes traditional Italian cooking philosophy and updates it with modern global fusion.

Nannarella

For true local flavours, head to Nannarella. Dishes made from recipes handed down from generation to generation ensure you'll get delicious food and hardy servings. Their speciality is tonnarelli, made the same way as Nonna, as well as saltimbocca, abbacchio and meatballs.

Li Rioni

If you're going to Rome for pizza (and, let's face it – why wouldn't you?), Li Rioni is renowned for its excellent thin-crust offerings. They've one wood-burning oven and churn out hundreds of pizzas for locals and tourists each night – be prepared to queue from 9pm onwards, as it's a very popular choice. Their margherita is one of the best in the city.

Sforno

Another pizza joint that's worth its weight in gold, Sforno is the place to be for good pizza, good wine and great company. It's a rustic restaurant serving good, old-fashioned thick-crust, Neapolitan-inspired pizzas, as well as fritti (fried starters) and a host of craft beers.

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