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Eating in Trastevere, Avoiding Tourist Traps. Some Good Restaurant Tips

Eating in Trastevere, Avoiding Tourist Traps. Some Good Restaurant Tips

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.

Ai Fienaroli 

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.

Popi Popi 

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”.

Da Giovanni

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.

Antica Pesa  

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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  • Ho mangiato qualche volta in trattoria Carlo Menta, in Via Lungharetta a Trastevere e mi piace questo ristorante.

  • Tried Popi Popi…. Hmmm, we had ravioli which tasted like it was from Safeway’s freezer section. Low quality. same with the spaghetti.

  • Thanks for these ideas. We tried Isole di Sicilia tonight and it was just great. Not expensive, the main waiter has good English. The food was all unique and special in very nice ways. One of our best meals in Rome in this whole week. A great great discovery.

  • I think you should really review and/or update the above list. We just had dinner in your favorite resto in Rome (Trattoria da Lucia) and it was really the worst meal I had during my 3 weeks inItaly. Very average food (both starter, pasta and main – rabbit). But not only that. Service was rude and very arrogant (even for Italy). And I’m not alone – please check tripadvisor. I should have done that also instead of just depending on this list. Again, best review this resto. Maybe it used to be good but now it’s just a tourist trap and it reflects very bad on this blog and the persons who have written this.

    • Thanks for your input.
      pls note that Scott Balaam is just a contributor of this blog, he’s not the main writer nor the editor.
      You could have imagined that after 3 years and 8 months things might have changed at some of the restaurants listed in the post.

      • I full share Gvgs experience of Lucia. The food quality was that of a mediocre office canteen and the service was rude. It was absolut obvious that we weren’t the first very disappointed guests.

        Yes you may expect som change in 3 years, but given that you’ve obvious been informed of the decay of the place but chose not to edit the article speaks heep abort your (non-)seriousness.

    • We ate at trattoria da Lucia on Saturday evening. The entire experience was excellent. Atmosphere was very romantic, staff attentive and helpful with making recommendations . I had stew and roslyn had pasta. The price was reasonable . Ingredients were fresh an excellently prepared.A great evening.

  • We went to Da Giovanni tonight, based on this review, but it was very very mediocre. Afterwards I’ve googled on da Giovanni a bit more and found out that it’s decay has been noted by several other food-websites and reviews. If you read this and consider Da Giovanni: you should try one of the other suggestions 🙂

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