Rome Then & Now: The Truth about Fettuccine Alfredo

The original fettuccine Alfredo, made with just Parmesan cheese, pepper and butter.

This blog post was originally posted on September 27, 2019 and was updated on January 29, 2021. Fettuccine Alfredo—the real thing, anyway—is served at just two restaurants in Italy, but its popularity has exploded abroad. Everyone has heard of fettuccine Alfredo, sometimes called “Alfredo pasta” abroad. It’s so popular outside Italy that when I lived […]

Behind the Bite: Roman Pasta

Carbonara pasta with red wine

This blog post was originally posted on March 18, 2019 and was updated on January 26, 2021. There’s something comforting about the dependable, the quotidian, the downright normal. Roman pasta is just that. Amatriciana, carbonara, gricia and cacio e pepe are the main pastas of Rome, and most restaurants have at least two of them on the […]

Our Favorite Rome Restaurants by Neighborhood: Where to Eat in Trastevere

Every night, hungry bar-hoppers stop at Trapizzino in Trastevere for a sandwich and a craft beer

This blog post was originally posted on February 6, 2019 and was updated on October 28, 2020. Trastevere is Rome’s most charming neighborhood, and that’s saying a lot. A bit overrun with tourists and students, yes—but no one who’s walked its winding streets can deny there’s something magical about it. The word Trastevere literally means […]

The 10 Best Pasta Dishes to Eat in Rome Before You Die

Pasta alla gricia

This blog post was originally posted on March 28, 2019 and was updated on September 29, 2020. Pasta is the gorgeous yellow ribbon that binds Italian cuisine together, and no trip to Rome would be complete without it. Every region of Italy has at least one traditional pasta dish to its name. And with a […]

7 Unknown Restaurants Where the Locals Eat in Rome

Spaghetti carbonara served on a white plate with a stemless glass of red wine in the background

This blog post was originally posted on March 4, 2019 and was updated on September 23, 2020. As famous as its sights and museums are, Rome is a city of millions of ordinary people, most of whom have a favorite local restaurant “Eating like a local” is a phrase thrown around a lot in travel […]

The Top 5 Spots for Cacio e Pepe in Rome You Need to Try ASAP

Cacio e pepe pasta

This blog post was originally posted on February 2, 2019 and was updated on September 8, 2020. Cacio e pepe is the classic flavor of Rome, and one of its best and most beloved dishes. Cacio is Roman dialect for “cheese”—in this case, assertive sheep’s-milk pecorino romano—and pepe is black pepper. Put it all together, […]

All About Natural Wine in Rome: What It Is & Where to Drink It

Bottles of wine on a shelf

If you’ve never tried natural wine before, you couldn’t possibly know what all the fuss is about.  While there isn’t an official definition of what natural wine is, what we can tell you is that it’s wine that’s been produced with almost no intervention in the vineyard and cellar.  Translation? It means the grapes are […]

How to Budget for Food in Rome: Average Cost of Food Per Day

Eating pasta at a Roman trattoria

Any trip to the Eternal City will become a culinary one. Amidst thousand-year-old wonders and cobblestone streets, you’ll find terrific food joints in almost every Roman corner. But how much should you be factoring in for food during your Roman holiday? Rome offers a myriad of eating options, from budget street food fare and trattorias […]

When to Eat in Rome: Breakfast, Lunch, Aperitivo & Dinner Times

PIzza at Casamanco at the Testaccio Market in Rome

Forget your eating schedule back home—it’s time to immerse yourself in Roman culture by embracing local eating times. All European countries have different eating schedules: northern countries tend to dine earlier while southerners grab their meals later. And time is so relative: 6 p.m. is “dinner time” in London yet “aperitivo time” in Rome, which […]

Where to Eat in Rome on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Plate of pasta in Rome

We Italians say that “quel che si fa a capodanno si fa tutto l’anno”—what you do on New Year’s, you do all year.  So don’t go crazy searching for the perfect place to celebrate the New Year and instead reserve your table at one of these great restaurants. From foodie havens to party-like atmospheres, we’ve […]

Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Rome

Dish at Casa Coppelle restaurant in Rome

We Romans take Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch very seriously.  Official preparations for Christmas begin on December 8, the day of the Immacolata. This is when we put up our Christmas trees (the Vatican included!), and families inevitably start planning Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch.  If you’re traveling to the Eternal […]

An Insider’s Picks for Where to Eat Near the Trevi Fountain

First up in our pasta shapes guide: spaghetti.

Finding a restaurant near iconic landmarks like the Trevi Fountain is risky business—the possibility of ending up in tourist traps is very real.  And this isn’t just true in Rome; it’s an international fact. So imagine if you get hungry and need to figure out where to eat near the Trevi Fountain. What a nightmare, […]

7 Great Places to Eat Near Termini Station

Cacio e pepe pasta

Termini is more than a train station. It’s a gateway to one of Rome’s most diverse areas—and therefore, some of its best eating. Termini is Rome’s main railway station, and invariably will be where your train arrives if you’re coming from Florence, Venice or any other major city. Inside of it, there are the usual […]

Guide to Buying Wine in Rome: Where to Shop & Sip

Doing a tasting before buying wine in Rome isn't required, but it sure is fun!

Italian grocery stores have a decent selection of wines. But to dive into the real world of vino, get yourself to the famous enotecas—a mix between wine stores and bars where Italian and international wines are the protagonists.  It’s not just about wine here. At an enoteca, you’ll be able to sit down, enjoy a […]

7 Trattorias in Rome for the Italian Meal of Your Dreams

Velavevodetto is the best trattoria in Rome for cacio e pepe.

When we Romans want to indulge in authentic local cuisine, there’s no place like a trattoria: a rustic, family-run restaurant with generous portions. Cucina romana is known for its simple ingredients, and for the most heavenly antipasti, classic primi and hearty secondi, these no-frills, family-run spots are your best bet. So you don’t waste valuable […]