Archived entries for Rome
A few year’s ago this place was a closely guarded local secret, hidden away in the corner of a secluded courtyard, only a select few people were lucky enough to know about it, but all that has changed thanks to an American food writer called Anthony Bourdain. Since he featured the restaurant on his TV show, No Reservations, the place has become a tourist Mecca and they all go for the one thing, the best bowl of Cacio e Pepe in Rome.
There are two Roscioli’s in Rome, one is an upmarket restaurant selling some of the best, most innovative food in the city, while the other is a slightly more modest forno (bakery), which sells breads, pizzas, pastries and at lunchtime some amazing sandwiches, Roman pasta dishes and typical salads of the region.
Italian Enoteche, known in English as wine bars, are some of Rome’s most lively places to spend an evening, and out of all the ones I’ve visited, this is the best. Located just around the corner from Piazza Navona, Cul de Sac boasts a wine list in the region of 1500 different wines. The vast selection which covers the walls and fills the cellar is truly phenomenal, and the accompanying food menu is very impressive too.
Commonly referred too as the best place for Roman-style, thin-crust pizza in the Trastevere district of Rome, Ai Marmi has enough seating for well over 100 customers and most nights is full to the point of bursting. That kind of popularity rarely lies, but in this case I’m not so sure…
Managing to achieve the perfect balance between an unpretentious, local trattoria and a sleek upscale restaurant, for such a modest budget Le Mani in Pasta is as close to the perfect eating venue as you are likely to find in Rome or anywhere for that matter.
Widely regarded as one of the best places for pizza al taglio in Rome, the ten-minute walk from the ridiculously busy Vatican is worth the detour if only to escape the hordes of tourists, but don’t expect the cheap meal the guidebooks proclaim; the food is overpriced and in my opinion overrated.
This small bakery in the corner of Campo de’ Fiori is divided into two separate shops, with one specialising in cakes, bread and biscuits and the other in pizza al taglio. Both produce some of the best baked goods in Rome, but the pizza is bordering on perfection.
A few steps from the busy Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Pizzeria La Montecarlo is located in the heart of Rome’s historic centre, but don’t let that put you off. Serving simple, no-frills Roman food, this one of the few restaurants in this heavily touristic area that serves up consistently good food and at a great price.