Our Favorite Rome Restaurants by Neighborhood: Where to Eat in Trastevere

Every night, hungry bar-hoppers stop at Trapizzino in Trastevere for a sandwich and a craft beer

This blog post was originally posted on February 6, 2019 and was updated on October 28, 2020. Trastevere is Rome’s most charming neighborhood, and that’s saying a lot. A bit overrun with tourists and students, yes—but no one who’s walked its winding streets can deny there’s something magical about it. The word Trastevere literally means […]

Best Pizza Bianca Recipe (From One of Rome’s Best Pizzerias)

Slices of pizza bianca at the Testaccio Market in Rome

Pizza bianca is pizza at its simplest. There’s no bright red tomato sauce, no cheese, and no fancy toppings. Pizza bianca (which translates to “white pizza”) is as simple as it gets: fresh-baked focaccia topped with nothing more than olive oil, salt, and sesame seeds or rosemary if you’re feeling adventurous. But don’t let the […]

The Top 5 Spots for Cacio e Pepe in Rome You Need to Try ASAP

Cacio e pepe pasta

This blog post was originally posted on February 2, 2019 and was updated on September 8, 2020. Cacio e pepe is the classic flavor of Rome, and one of its best and most beloved dishes. Cacio is Roman dialect for “cheese”—in this case, assertive sheep’s-milk pecorino romano—and pepe is black pepper. Put it all together, […]

Behind the Bite: Pizza alla Romana

One of the most delicious forms of pizza alla romana is served up by the slice, making it easy to eat on the go.

This post is part of our Behind the Bite series: deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. Pizza is the most iconic of Italian foods and one of the few Italian words to have penetrated into almost every language worldwide. It’s also one of the few Italian foods that comes close […]

The 5 Best Cheap Eats in Rome That All Budgets Should Try

Pasta Chef is home to some of the all-around best cheap eats Rome has to offer.

Rome is a city full of high quality food bargains. A scoop of gelato is rarely more than €2.50, and an espresso costs about a euro. Street food and pizza are great options to save your food euros, but you’re probably craving a plate of pasta amatriciana and a glass of wine, too. Rome is […]

The Ultimate Guide to Eating Gluten Free in Rome

If you're obsessed with Rome, you know not to add garlic to your amatriciana.

With pizza, pasta and bread around every corner, you might think that eating gluten free in Rome is impossible—but you’d be wrong! Although traditional Italian cuisine is largely wheat-based, there are many naturally gluten-free ways to eat in Italy. For example, secondo dishes (main courses) usually consist of meat or fish cooked simply. But what […]

Our Top 7 Tips on How to Eat like a Local in Rome

When ordering coffee in Italian, remember that most locals in Rome don't drink cappuccino past breakfast.

If you’re visiting the Eternal City anytime soon, there’s just one rule of thumb you have to live by: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. And that goes for dining out too! Don’t stick with the normal tourist fare—immerse yourself in all aspects of Rome’s culinary culture instead! From what to order (and […]