What We Would Eat in Rome If We Had Only One Day

If you're not sure what to eat in Rome: we've got three words for you: cacio e pepe.

There’s a lifetime of meals to be eaten in Rome. But sometimes, you’ve only got one day. Rome is Italy’s biggest city, and there are literally thousands of great restaurants, bars, pizzerias, gelato shops and bakeries that we could recommend if you’re wondering what to eat in Rome. The good thing, though, is that Rome […]

Behind the Bite: Roman Jewish Food

Carciofo alla Giudia is an example of Roman Jewish food that made it mainstream.

This post is part of our Behind the Bite series, deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. After thousands of years of habitation and hardship, one thing is certain: the Jews of Rome have a cuisine unlike any other in the world Rome is home to Europe’s oldest Jewish community. The first Jews […]

Hidden Rome: Dining in Centri Sociali

If you’re looking for cheap, local food, served with a side of politics, you’ve got to go to a Roman centro sociale Centri sociali are one of the great, hidden protagonists in Roman cultural life. There are Centri sociali all over Italy, but we’re going to focus on the Roman ones in this blog. Dining in […]

Behind the Bite: Roman Offal

Coda alla Vaccinara is a classic Roman dish of oxtails in tomato sauce with celery

This post is part of our Behind the Bite series: deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. Inside the anatomy chart that is a typical Roman menu. Roman food has a few essential characteristics. It’s simple. The main seasonings are black pepper, pecorino and mint. And every part of the animal can […]

Behind the Bite: Roman Pasta

Dining in centri sociali in Rome is a feast for the senses. As far as food goes, it can range from international offerings to Roman classics like carbonara.

There’s something comforting about the dependable, the quotidian, the downright normal. Roman pasta is just that. Amatriciana, carbonara, gricia and cacio e pepe are the main pastas of Rome, and most restaurants have at least two of them on the menu at any given time. They are, by and large, the things Romans love about their food. […]

A Seasonal Guide to Eating in Rome

One of our favorite summertime dishes in Italy is fried calamari. Check out the rest in our guide to seasonal eating in Rome.

Eating seasonal in Rome isn’t just about which vegetables are at the market (although there are plenty of those). It’s about festivals, holidays, and even days of the week. One of the great things about eating in Rome is, ironically, the limitations of the season. Certain dishes—cacio e pepe, braised oxtail—are evergreen, but many things you only […]

A Love Letter to Cucina Romana

Purple artichokes from the Roman countryside are a springtime treat.

I have a standard quip with those who come to visit me in Rome: When you’re hungry, there’s nothing quite like Roman food to satisfy that hunger. When you’re full, there’s nothing you’d less like to eat than Roman food. Cucina Romana isn’t for everyone. It’s full of bold, unusual flavors like sheep’s-milk pecorino and bitter […]

7 Unknown Restaurants Where the Locals Eat in Rome

Bucatini all'amatriciana is one of the quintessential Roman pasta dishes you need to try.

As famous as its sights and museums are, Rome is a city of millions of ordinary people, most of whom have a favorite local restaurant “Eating like a local” is a phrase thrown around a lot in travel guides. We’re not going to pretend that after a week in Rome, you’ll feel like you’ve lived […]

Our Favorite Rome Restaurants by Neighborhood: San Lorenzo

At Tram Tram, Pugliese dishes like rice, potatoes and mussels are the specialty of the house

Where there are students, there are sure to be bars and restaurants. Welcome to San Lorenzo. Right now, if you asked any Roman about San Lorenzo, they’d probably say “la movida.” A word borrowed from Spanish, it means the young-person culture of bars, aperitivo and late-nights. San Lorenzo, located just behind Termini, is adjacent to […]