Food that tastes like soul, passion and warmth: the best places in Rome to an eat authentic italian meal!
Welcome yet again to International Palate, the bi-weekly signature that takes you on a journey across the world through the best restaurants and bars to enjoy the best of cuisine and nightlife. Today, we’re travelling to Italy, more precisely its capital, Rome, to taste the best and most authentic italian cuisine this city has to offer! Buckle up and join us!
Cesare al Casaletto
An authentic italian restaurant with a lot of history, Cesare al Casaletto started out in the 50’s as Trattoria della Palma, and only in 2009 was taken over by the duo Leonardo Vignoli and Maria Pia Cicconi, husband and wife, bringing it to the amazing status it has now. Although it’s based on the terrace of a residential building, it has so much to offer it became almost one of Rome’s best kept secrets and gems.
The menu features all the Roman classics with a few twists thrown in, giving this restaurant an even more unique personality. The pasta alla gricia has achieved cult status and it’s definitely a must when visiting this restaurant. The beverage list spotlights stunningly affordable natural wines from Italy, France, and Slovenia so make sure to try those as well for the full experience.
L’Osteria di Birra del Borgo
A new restaurant in Rome that is known for its “third wave” approach to Italy’s most popular food: pizza. It’s not only the food that can be enjoyed in this restaurant but also the stunning and modern design of its interior that makes this a must visit spot in Rome. Besides many types of pizza, the menu also includes pasta dishes, as well as cured meats and cheese plates, and the drink selection feature domestic and imported beers, and beer-based cocktails that are perfect to clench your thirst.
Situated on the Janiculum Hill between the panoramic terrace of Fontanone and the Villa Pamphili public park, Antico Arco is a contemporary restaurant that highlights seasonal Italian ingredients, showcasing authentic that is typical in a country that values its heritage. As an added bonus, Antico Arco is open 365 days a year and is one of the few quality spots in town that does not close between lunch and dinner services so even if you’re strolling through the city and are looking for a place to eat a late lunch or dinner, this is the place for you.
The elegant Il Sanlorenzo is central Rome’s finest fish restaurant and one you must certainly can’t miss. Dishes depend on seasonal availability and fishing conditions off the coast of Lazio but typically feature local shellfish. However, this restaurant is well-known for its pasta, cooked al-dente as all the best pasta dishes in Italy. Have a taste of Rome in this stunning and elegant restaurant!
A restaurant that serves as a wine bar, restaurant and deli, Salumeria Roscioli‘s menu is extensive with various choices of some of the best Italian food, where the real stars are the cheeses, cured meats and pasta dishes. You’ll find yourself diving into the best cuisine cooked with fresh and local ingredients that will completely stun you and positively wow you. The wine list is also spectacular and unmissable so be sure to drop by this restaurant for a good meal before you go back to exploring Rome’s finest tourist spots.
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Tomorrow, Ferragosto, we will be closed. Ferragosto, originally means Feriae Augusti ("Festivals of the Emperor Augustus"). The first Feriae were introduced exactly in Rome, by the emperor Augustus in 18 B.C. During the centuries became a religious day dedicated to the Assumption. For us is a good day holiday in a crazy month of work. #roscioliisopen #roscioli #summer #salumeriaroscioli #rosciolandia
Armando al Pantheon
Located just 100 feet from Rome’s Pantheon, a must-visit in this lovely and ancient city, is Armando al Pantheon, providing some of the most authentic and classic dishes like spaghetti ajo ojo e peperoncino (spaghetti with garlic, oil, and chile) and coda alla vaccinara (oxtail braised in tomato and celery). Their attention to local and season ingredients make for an amazing menu that you will not be able to resist.
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Here's a free tip about ordering in Roman restaurants: if you can't decide whether to order the Spaghetti alla Gricia or the Trippa alla Romana don't worry. It's a common dilemma. While you can always order both (a primo then a secondo) if you feel that's just too much food, you can always make a deal with your daughter (any other family member or good friend will work just as well.) You order the Gricia, she orders the Trippa, and then you switch plates half way through. But be careful. Some daughters (not naming any names here) eat there Trippa very fast, and then start attacking your Gricia. #EatingRome #pastalife
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