My first thought when booking my trip to Rome was FOOD. I couldn’t wait to try all the delicious wine, pasta, pastries, and gelato. After a few disappointments in touristy areas, I roamed the streets of Trastevere, Vatican City, Monti, and Celio looking for the best places to eat so you don’t have to. A hundred plates and desserts later, here is what I found.
Pizza Grand Gourmet: The best pizza in Rome was at the Pizza Grand Gourmet, don’t believe me? Check out the reviews. After several disappointments, I had finally found a winner. PGG is a take out place with lots of delicious pizza options. The owner Guiseppi was a nice guy, spoke English, and even gave us free water and croquettes. He also recommended the mouth-watering truffle pizza. We ended up ordering a little of everything and devoured a whole pie each. We also returned two more times during our stay. PGG sells the pizza by weight and is cash only, so arrive prepared. Recommendations: Margherita Pizza, Truffle Pizza and Parma Ham Pizza. Address: Circ.ne Clodia, 165/b, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Spaghetti: Located on the corner of the Vatican museum, Spaghetti is a great spot to grab a meal afterward. You can sit inside for a dim-lit cozy dinner or outdoors for a sunny wine-filled lunch. The staff is attentive, the food delicious and, the prices affordable. Recommendations: Sausage Tortellini in cream, Pappardelle Bolognese, Caprese salad, and Veal chops in mushroom sauce, Pistachio Tiramisu.
Address: Via Leone IV, 29, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Lemon Grass Gelato: Lemon Grass became my go-to spot after testing out tons of other gelato spots. The spectacular flavors, fair pricing (2 scoops for 2.50 Euro), and card readers make this gelato the best. The polite staff enhances the experience with their quick and smiley service.
Recommendations: Dulce de leche, Coconut, Cheesecake, Pistachio and Coffee.
Address: Via Ottaviano, 29, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Old Bear : Saving the best for last, Old bear is the go-to spot! The food is fantastic, fair prices, and friendly service. I found the Old Bear by accident three days before leaving Rome. I loved the food so much I returned every night, which was a 45-minute walk from my hotel. Yes, it’s that good. The restaurant is located right next to the beautiful Piazza Navona, has a cozy space and great music.
Recommendations: Crostini, Carbonara, Eggplant Lasagna, Gnocchi, Caprese salad, Tiramasu, and Cheesecake. All truly satisfying choices. I’ve even had other diners ask me about my dishes (it all looks so good).
Address: Via dei Gigli d’Oro, 3, 00186 Roma RM, Italy