10 Things to eat in Rome and where

Who I am
Joel Fulleda

wikipedia.org, lonelyplanet.com

Author and references

When you think of Rome, monuments and historic buildings, shopping streets and artists' shops immediately come to mind. But the capital also offers one culinary culture respectable, with traditional dishes that will make you lick your mustache!
Let's find out together the 10 dishes that a Roman could never give up!


  1. Spaghetti Carbonara
  2. Bucatini alla Gricia / Amatriciana
  3. Tripe
  4. Spaghetti cheese and pepper
  5. Grilled lamb
  6. Artichokes alla giudia / alla romana
  7. Maritozzo
  8. Saltimbocca alla romana
  9. Oxtail
  10. Scratchy
  11. Where to eat in Rome: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Roman and Lazio gastronomy in general has a great tradition regarding first courses. One of the most loved and exported specialties in Italy and in the world is the "Carbonara".
Strictly prepared with popular ingredients and with an intense taste, according to the Romans Carbonara is one of the most "abused" dishes, as it is offered in variants that have nothing to do with tradition. The most used types of pasta are spaghetti or rigatoni, accompanied by eggs, bacon and pecorino romano. Absolutely to avoid pancetta and any kind of sautéed with onion or garlic.

  • Recommended to: lunch
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: bacon, pecorino cheese, egg

2 - Bucatini alla Gricia / Amatriciana

Only ingredients for the dressing: bacon of Abruzzo origin and pecorino romano. When they decided to add tomato to Amatrice, the best known pasta all'amatriciana was born.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: Bacon, pepper, pecorino (tomato in the Amatriciana)

3 - Roman-style tripe

A dish not easy to digest. Tripe is made up of several parts of bovine stomach and in the Roman recipe it is cooked in sauce with the addition of a few mint leaves.

  • Recommended to: lunch
  • Average cost: € 18,00
  • Main ingredients: tripe, tomato sauce, mint

4 - Spaghetti with cheese and pepper

It might seem like the easiest pasta in the world to prepare, but it's not: get a good creaming using only pecorino and pepper it really is an art.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: pecorino cheese and pepper

5 - Scottadito lamb

The lamb is the protagonist of every holiday on the Roman table, regardless of the season in which it is celebrated. The scottadito recipe involves a quick cooking on the plate, which makes it crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the etiquette wants it to be consumed strictly with the hands!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 18,00
  • Main ingredients: lamb

6 - Artichokes alla giudia / alla romana

Artichokes are a particularly popular flower vegetable in Rome, and it is no coincidence that two typical recipes are dedicated to them: "artichokes alla giudia" and "artichokes alla romana".

As for the first variant, it is a traditional Jewish dish based on violet-type artichokes, which are put in boiling oil whole and left to fry to have a crunchy result on the outside and soft inside.

The "Roman" variant, on the other hand, is based on a Romanesco variety artichoke and, on the contrary, is stewed and seasoned with a mixture of parsley, mint, garlic, salt and pepper.

  • Recommended to: lunch / snack
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: mammola (alla giudia) or romanesco (alla romana) artichokes

7 - Maritozzo

It is a typical Lazio pastry baked in the oven, garnished with fresh whipped cream. Engaged couples used to give it to their promises during Lent.

  • Recommended to: breakfast / snack
  • Average cost: € 3,50
  • Main ingredients: flour, milk, sugar, eggs, cream

8 - Saltimbocca alla romana

Slices of veal well beaten, stuffed with cooked ham and sage and held closed with a toothpick. To be fried strictly in butter!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: Veal, ham, butter, sage

9 - Coda alla vaccinara

Veal tail cooked in the sauce slowly, so as to make it so soft that the meat must come off the bone without the need to use a knife. Surely the least touristy and most authentic dish of Roman cuisine!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 18,00
  • Main ingredients: Veal tail, gravy

10 - Scratchy

An excellent digestive and a fantastic refreshment on sultry summer afternoons: the scratcher is nothing more than a glass of freshly crushed ice and flavored with fruit syrup. It will make you a child again in an instant.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: Crushed ice, fruit syrup

Where to eat in Rome: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The Eternal City par excellence, it is a continuous swarm of food and wine tradition thanks to its most typical dishes such as the ever-present pasta alla carbonara, spaghetti all'amatriciana and the coda alla vaccinara.

The city continues to amaze thanks to typical trattorias and inns where to take refuge, but also to restaurants where tradition is combined with innovation and revisited recipes.

A visit to his parents is also inevitable markets and its smaller clubs with a relaxing atmosphere and heady scents. We see where to eat in Rome: the best restaurants, typical bars and street food.

1 - Central Market

  • Description: a unique building with extraordinary flavors and aromas with an incredible offer of typical Roman cuisine, both street food and more refined, from Roman to more national specialties. Seating is also available
  • specialty: pasta, pizza, meat, salads
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: via G. Giolitti, 36, Get directions - Website

2 - Trattoria dal Cavalier Gino

  • Description: trattoria with few seats set up in the old way with a slate showing the dishes of the day: spaghetti carbonara, tonnarelli with cheese and pepper, penne all'arrabbiata, tripe alla romana and puntarelle. Reservations highly recommended.
  • specialty: meat alla Picchiapo '
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: vicolo Rosini 4, Get directions - Website

3 - The Fifth Quarter

  • Description: typical tavern near Ponte Milvio, which at lunch also becomes "cirioleria", that is, a traditional sandwich shop, in Roman dialect. Roman specialties but also originating from the Asameno valley, Ventotene and Upper Viterbese
  • specialty: pasta carbonara
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: via della Farnesina, 13, Get directions - Website

4 - Mariolina

  • Description: cozy and pleasant restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere. Peculiarities: the absence of table service, the cellulose pulp dishes and polycarbonate glasses. Do not miss the stuffed pasta and other traditional specialties. Also excellent for an aperitif
  • specialty: cod and potato ravioli with fresh tomato sauce and basil
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: via Panisperna, 222 a, Get directions - Website

5 - The Osteria di Monteverde

  • Description: a trattoria with Roman cuisine with a Roman menu, but with creative and revisited summaries. Cozy and informal environment
  • specialty: octopus and chicory salad, oxtail
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: via Pietro Cartoni, 163, Get directions - Website

Audio Video 10 Things to eat in Rome and where
add a comment of 10 Things to eat in Rome and where
Comment sent successfully! We will review it in the next few hours.