I ate pasta, pizza, gelato, and more pasta in Rome, Italy. Finding great Italian food in Rome is not as easy as it once was due to the heavy tourist population here. There are so many restaurants with picture menus and servers waiting outside trying to persuade you to eat in their restaurant. I avoided them like the plague. With thorough research through Tripadvisor, we found food that tastes like, well, Italy.
My new favorite dish: Bucatini all’ amatriciana. A tomato-based sauce that contains cherry tomatoes, bacon, and Pecorino cheese. The pasta was perfectly cooked al dente. One of the most well-known pasta dishes in Rome. (10 euros)
Stars: 4 out of 5
+ The Bucatini all’ amatriciana, absolutely delicious!
Tip: They are right in the heart of the Trevi Fountain but tucked away from the tourists off the side street.
Overall, a solid meal in Roma with very reasonable prices in a convenient location.
Where: Madonna dei Monti, 9 00184 Rome Italy
Hours: Mon, Wed-Sun | 12:30pm-3:0pm | 7:30pm – 12am
– All the dishes were a little too salty.
Tip: You will need to make a reservation if you come, have your hotel call ahead for you.
Overall, definitely disappointed based on the strong reviews from Tripadvisor. Still a solid meal but a little too much salt for my taste.
Where: Madonna dei Monti, 95 00184 Rome Italy
Hours: Open Daily | 7pm-12am
We stumbled across Alle Carrette when La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali wasn’t available that night. Just across the street, we discovered thin crust, wood fire pizza. A very rustic and casual decor with house wine served in ceramic jugs. Prices range from 8-10 euros which is a great quick and cheap bite.
– Crust could be crispier and served hotter.
Don’t forget gelato! Gelato all day everyday, sometimes twice a day. Everywhere you go you will see mounds of gelato in so many different flavors and colors. It has that delicious creamy taste with a velvety soft not quite frozen texture.
Where: Via Del Lavator, 96, Rome, Italy
Stars: 3.5 out of 5
Gelateria Valentino is a small little ice cream shop with solid basic flavors at a reasonable price (2.5 euros). The ice cream was great but had a little bit more of a melted texture. Overall, a great ice cream place if you are in the area but nothing amazing stuck out to me.
Tip: Near the La Fontana di Venere restaurant and the Trevi Fountain. Convenient location
Where: Via del Governo Vecchio, 112, 00186 Rome, Italy
Stars: 5 out of 5
Literally heaven in a cone. After trying 1-2 gelato places everyday in Italy, this was my absolute favorite. I still dream about this place.
+ Great value for portions and location, it’s right by Piazza Navona.
+ The texture of the ice ream was thick, creamy, and had fresh ingredients.
+ They have their own flavor called Frigidarium flavor that’s absolutely delicious.
Other flavors they had were biscotti, crema florentina, tiramisu.
+They put a cookie or a wafer, fresh crema on top, and the option to dip in white or dark chocolate. All for FREE. Must try.
2. Restaurants will charge for bread “pane e coperto” around 2-3 euros per person.
3. Make sure to always check your bill. I got fooled once, shame on you! Tried to fool me twice? Ain’t happening!