Ciampini is well known among locals. A short walk from the Spanish steps, impeccably chic bartenders in white jackets and even whiter gloves will serve you silky, dark coffee or one of their legendary pizzas if you decide to stop by for lunch.

Forno Campo de' Fiori

You can find the best pizza tagliata on the famous Campo dei Fiori. Grab a few slices of gooey goodness and sit in the sun on one of the fountains of Piazza Farnese. You’re bound to make friends with others who’ve had the same idea.

Cul de Sac

If you’re looking for an unpretentious place for lunch, Cul de Sac is the one. This popular wine bar is situated just minutes from Piazza Navona and their encyclopaedic wine list is unparalleled anywhere else in the city. Soak it up by indulging in plenty of cheese and cold meats, or some of their incredible pasta.


If you are looking for a sun-drenched terrace for an elegant (but boozy) meal, look no further. Pierluigi is protected from the crowds on the sunny Piazza de Ricci, just 20m from the Piazza Farnese, and is renowned for high-quality food, particularly its fresh fish. The super friendly owner will also take great care of you.

Assunta Madre

We couldn’t resist recommending our other favourite seafood restaurant in town, which happens to be the best kept secret on via Gulia. Set in a traditionally chic setting, it’s the perfect place for a Saturday night dinner. Tip: pop over the road to the DOM hotel for after dinner drinks on the rooftop.

Al Moro

Tucked away on a side street near the Trevi Fountain, step into a trattoria straight out of your Roman dreams (lighting and furniture included). The old-school waiters will prepare anything for you, from the best carbonara in town to a Monte Bianco dessert. Now, what to order…


If you are looking for a more modern spot, head to Pastificio in San Laurenzo. Inside a former industrial space, the restaurant is situated in Rome’s contemporary art hub. The crowd is cool, the burgers delicious.

Osteria La Gensola

This simple but elegant family-run restaurant in Trastevere focuses on seafood and fish dishes with a Sicilian-inspired menu that includes an excellent caponata, spaghetti con bottarga di tonno and Roman classics like rigatoni alla carbonara.

Emma Pizzeria

With its extensive list of mozzarellas sourced from Campania and the lightest organic dough imaginable thanks to Pierluigi Roscioli’s artistry, Emma’s refined pizzas are perfect for a quick (or lingering) lunch. Book a table outside for more atmosphere and work through the impressive wine list.

Gelateria al Teatro

Head to this charming ice-cream store a short stroll away from the Piazza Navona to indulge in seasonal and floral flavours including lavender and white peach, mint stracciatella and white chocolate and basil.

San'Eustachio il Caffe

This coffee spot is much-loved for its home-roast beans and pre-sugared secret ritual, which have earned it the title of the best café in Rome since 1938. Grab a table and take your time over an unparalleled cappuccino or macchiato.

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