Where to eat tasty and cheap in Rome – my favorite restaurants
One of the most popular questions asked by our guides during excursions: Where to eat tasty and inexpensive in Rome? Where do the Italians themselves go? Do not recommend tourist places. Dear friends and readers, the time has come to share with you my favorite restaurants in Rome. For a long time, these addresses were available only to our friends and customers and were transmitted directly as secret and exclusive. The important point is that we ourselves go to the same places as tourists or tourists go to the same places as we do – this does not matter. The main thing is high-quality, tasty and affordable food. Popular rumor naturally advertises the right places and many of the institutions below are quite popular, and some institutions only have to test the quality and stability over time. Tip: you can find out more cool and atmospheric places during our author’s individual excursion. DIVING IN TRASTEVER WITH TASTING. How much does it also need to understand that in the historical part of Rome the average bill for a modest dinner for 2 will start at least 50 euros. Doubt it? Try to have dinner, for example, in Navona Square or near the Pantheon for less than 60-70 euros and share your experience in the comments. Moreover, the main attractions have high traffic, and this means that in most cases, the owners do not care whether you return or not. And, of course, they will charge you a good percentage or a fixed fee of 5-8 euros per person for service. In Rome, all the locals know that the Trastevere district is a gastronomic paradise. For delicious, reasonably priced food and the true atmosphere of the old city, here you are. I also advise you to read about: my favorite craft beer in Rome Pasta e Vino Osteria The name of the restaurant Pasta e Vino speaks for itself – only pasta and wine. Pasta is made manually from eggs right in front of your eyes. To get started, you need to choose one of six types of pasta: fettuccine, gnocchi, ravioli, tagliolini, strozzapti or spaghetti. Then choose pasta sauce, such as Carbonara or Pomodoro. Prices are very affordable – from 7 to 10 euros. Homemade lasagna costs 9 euros. Address: Via della Pelliccia, 12, 00153 Roma RM – This restaurant. There is also a more affordable option with self-catering near Vicolo de ’Cinque, 40. Hours: daily from 11:30 to 23:30, after 17:00 the queue is about 20 minutes. You can reserve a table through TheFork or by phone +39 06 6456 2839. What to try: all kinds of pasta, everything is delicious. Cost for 2: 20-30 euros. Website: www.pastaevinoroma.it
Impiccetta It is here that I now bring all my friends to try Roman cuisine, unlike Carlo Menta (lower in the rating), here you can order any dish, not just pasta – everything is very tasty! Minus for the mass tourist – a mandatory reservation in Impicetta is mandatory for at least three to five days. Salivate and read my review of Impiccetta Restaurant. Address: via dei Fienaroli 7, Trastevere (near Giacomo) Opening hours: daily from 19:00 to 23:00, on weekends open for lunch from 12:00 to 14:00 My favorite dishes: all kinds of pasta, lamb (Abbaccio ), tiramisu. Lunch for 2: 30-40 euros. Table reservation via Google or by phone +39 06 4201 3406 Dar Poeta In our ranking of the best pizzerias in Rome, she rightfully takes the first place, with no options. I recommend starting dating with real Italian pizza here. You can take pizza to take away, but better to wait. Yes, imagine there are queues here, but I advise you to wait 5-20 minutes and sit down to have a meal inside. Pizza has been baked here at the highest level since 1995. The service is again lucky, but everyone pays off the price and quality of the pizza. Address: Vicolo del Bologna, 45, 00153 Roma Opening hours: daily from 12 to midnight, after 18:00 a queue of about 20 minutes. What to try: all types of pizza, but it will not fit in you so much. Cost for 2: 25-30 euros. Carlo Menta The first restaurant I came to in Rome many years ago. Today it is the cheapest place in terms of price / quality ratio where you can have lunch or dinner in Rome and, of course, very popular. I advise you to start your acquaintance with Italian pasta here. It’s ideal to go here for lunch, as Carlo has been operating since 12 noon. Be sure to try homemade lasagna (lasagne fatte in casa), spaghetti carbonara (spaghetti alla carbonara), penne Carlo Menta. Leave soups, main courses, and pizzas to others – nothing special. Take a liter of red or white homemade wine (vino della casa) for 8 euros – Rome will seem even more beautiful to you. Part of the staff speaks Russian, although it can sometimes hide it. You should not expect a particularly individual approach, but this is not the main thing. Do you want pasta for 5 euros? Address: via della Lungaretta 101, Trastevere Hours: daily from 12:00 to 23:00 My favorite dishes: Gnocchi “Carlo Menta”, tiramisu fatto in casa (home tiramisu), panna cotta con frutti di bosco (panna cotta with wild berries). The cost of lunch for 2: 25-40 euros. La Botticella This restaurant is open only after 19:00, it is kept by a nice Italian family. He is more expensive than average. Very tasty steaks, ravioli with mushrooms and everything. If something stays in the plate they don’t understand! Read the review here. Address: Vicolo del Leopardo, 39a, Trastevere What to try: cozze (mussels) and everything that fits. Opening hours: after 19:00, a table reservation is required. Cost for 2: 40-70 euros. Bottega Fienaroli First place in our personal ranking, but sixth overall. In fact, this is a small but very cozy self-service bistro. It used to be called Take Your Time. Owner Giacomo sincerely in love with his business, all his life he was fond of cooking, dreamed of opening his own bistro restaurant. And so, having achieved success in another business and becoming a fairly wealthy person (continuing to do business during the day), he realized his dream. I thank fate that once walking in the narrow streets of the Trastevere district, we accidentally discovered this unusual place. On the very first night of your stay in the Eternal City, you are only here. Important: Pasta and pizza are not prepared here, but you will have a tasting of many types of prosciutto and jamon, cheeses, as well as rare types of beer and wine (a bottle of wine in the range of 18-35 euros, but these are the best wines in this price category), selected from knowledgeable and inaccessible in most restaurants. Giacomo and his employees will tell you a story about each dish – where it was brought from, how it differs, who supplies it to them and other interesting facts. Agree, it is very pleasant when the owner of the establishment is often personally present on the spot, in love with his job, and your stomach and the bill for lunch and dinner indicate that you have enough money to return here more than once. Of the nice options are free internet (takeyourtime password) and the ability to recharge the phone. Address: Via Dei Fienaroli 4 – 00153 Roma Trastevere. Phone for reservations: +39 335 533 0628, you can also write in the Whats app in English or Italian, in extreme cases in Russian (Giacomo teaches) Opening hours: daily from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 18:00 to 01: 00 Reservation on Friday, Saturday, Sunday is recommended. Facebook page: Bottega-Fienaroli For whom: An ideal quiet place to enjoy a delicious meal with a bottle of wine. What to try: slicing cheese and meat on the advice of staff. Look through the photos of dishes on Instagram @bottegafienaroli The cost of a dinner dinner for 2 with wine or beer: 40-50 euros. Note: If you have never been to Italy and want to start with basic (standard) dishes, go to lunch at the restaurants / pizzerias described above.