Anybody heading to Rome has to visit Trastevere, the place where the Romans go to eat, people watch and enjoy ice cream.
Below are eight places that I would recommend – You can book a table in some whereas for others you will have to wait in line … remember the best place often have queues.
7, via dei Fienaroli, +3906 583 347 51
A very nice restaurant with a medium priced menu, they have very friendly staff who even coped well when I took a group of 14 drunken English and Irish people just before my wedding. I have eaten here more than five times would recommend visiting especially for the wonderful antipasto misto.
45, Via delle Fratte di Trastevere +3906 58 95 167
An excellent option for people with a lower budget, you can get decent antipasta and very good pastas at affordable rates. It is a large restaurant where you can often get a seat especially before 8pm. The staff are very friendly and happy to speak English or Italian to their customers.
Ivo A Trastevere
158, Via di San Francesco a Ripa, +3906 58 170 82
I class this as the best pizza restaurant in Trastevere, they serve an incredible range of pizzas. My friend even had a brie and salmon one which she said was delicious. This place really is pizza heaven, the only problem is trying to decide which one to have.
Trattoria Da Lucia
2, Vicolo del Mattonato, +3906 58 036 01
My favourite restaurant in Rome, it is owned by a famous ex-boxer and family run. There are pictures are up on the wall of the owners boxing past. A very traditional place to eat, in the summer you can sit outside. This is always our choice for our first and last meal when we visit Rome, two excellent pasta dishes are “Cacio e Pepe and Penne Alla Gricia”.
41a, Via Della Lungara
This restaurant is on the outskirts of Trastevere, a bottle of house wine is only six Euro and very good. If you try this place out, be sure to get there early as it fills up quickly. It is a very simple restaurant, the waiter has perfect English if you cannot speak Italian. As the night goes the menu gets smaller and smaller as the food runs out.
Isole di Sicilia
68/69 Via Garibaldi, +3906 58 334 212
An excellent Sicilian restaurant where the portions are huge, it is a little more expensive than most restaurants in the area but is well worth it. Having visited Sicily, we thought we would give it a go and were very impressed. The fish and Nero d’Avola were excellent, it gets very busy and would be worth booking a table to avoid disappointment.
18, Via Garibaldi, +39065809236
This restaurant is high end, and you have to book to have any chance of getting a table. The menu boasts a wide range of dishes that you are unlikely to find anywhere else in Trastevere. The décor is very impressive and if you are there in summer make sure you reserve a table in the wonderful garden.
Fior Di Luna
Via Della Lungaretta
No list would be complete without recommending a gelateria, in the main square you will find Blue Ice which is part of a chain. Personally I would go back towards Viale Trastevere and on your left you will see Fior Di Luna – They sell the most amazing organic ice cream.
By Scott Balaam
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