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Five Must-Visit Trattorias in Rome

Trattoria Couple

A trattoria in Italy is a casual eating establishment, one that serves mid-priced quality food and offers a comfortable retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world without. More often than not, trattorias (or trattorie) are family-run establishments, which makes them less formal than many ristoranti. A lot of visitors love them because they are unpretentious, providing a relaxed atmosphere to diners as well as a variety of dishes depending on what produce are in season at the moment.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Rome yet but you are planning to go there soon, do check out the trattorias we have on this list. Take note that it is always best to make a reservation so that you can be sure you’ll have a seat when you visit.

Hostaria Romana

The Hostaria Romana, located on Via del Boccaccio, is well-known among Romans, but it has somehow escaped the radar of many tourists. An institution of sorts among the locals, this trattoria boasts of a historied past as an anti-Nazi stronghold during the Second World War. Today, it is most known for serving what many say is the best antipasto (first course dish) in Rome. Make sure to scribble your name on the establishment’s indoor walls, upon which graffiti is encouraged by the owners.

Settimio al Pellegrino

GnocchiLocated on Via del Pellegrino near the Campo de’ Fiori, Settimio al Pellegrino has been run by the same family for almost a century. Make sure to try their Roman classics, including their tagliatelle, involtini (meat balls), gnocchi, and polpette alla piastra (meatballs).

Armando al Pantheon

Armando al Pantheon is also a family-operated trattoria which is located on the Salita dei Crescenzi, near the Pantheon. Established in 1961, the trattoria is famous for its excellent cuisine and customer service. It serves classic Roman dishes like abbacchio (baked lamb) and coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew). For Saturday luncheons, the restaurant is known to serve more experimental dishes, so you might want to check it out at that time.

Da I 2 Ciccioni

If you’re looking for something even more traditional – as in homemade traditional – then go the Da I 2 Ciccioni. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant is located in Trastevere, and isn’t exactly licensed to operate as an eating establishment. But that is exactly part of its charms. The owner who runs this place is one of the two “fat guys” referred to in the restaurant’s name. For people who don’t have an Italian friend who can cook excellently, a meal from this guy is the next best thing to a homemade meal!

L’Asino D’Oro

Situated along Via del Boschetto in the chic neighborhood of Monti, L’Asino D’Oro is headed by the celebrated chef Lucio Sforza. The restaurant’s food is known for having that provincial and farmer’s market flair, a nod to Sforza’s Umbrian roots. The food is priced just right, and they even serve a three-course lunch from Tuesdays to Fridays at an affordable price of just €12. Also try their merenda at 5 p.m., during which visitors can come in to eat snacks with beer or wine for just €3 per portion.

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Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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  1. E.DeRosa
    Posted December 12, 2015 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

    Check your spelling of Trastevere

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