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Rome for Foodies

Authentic Roman Pizza
Rome for Foodies
Rome is a food lover’s dream destination. From its street food and cucina povera (peasant cuisine) to artisan gelaterie and Michelin stars, you can find and taste it all in the Eternal City.
By Erica Firpo, AFAR Local Expert
Photo by Riccardo De Luca
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    Authentic Roman Pizza
    Authentic Roman Pizza
    In Rome, you'll eat a different type of pizza depending on the time of day—locals are that serious about it. Morning calls for pizza bianca (ungarnished pizza bread) or rossa (pizza bread with tomato sauce) at Roscioli, while hungry lunch patrons queue for Roscioli's pizza al taglio (cut pizza), choosing signature topping combinations like burrata and pesto or potatoes and rosemary. In the evenings, Romans head to Ai Marmi in Trastevere or La Gatta Mangiona for pizza romana (thin-crusted pies).
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    Rome's Best Fresh Produce Markets
    Rome's Best Fresh Produce Markets

    Campo de' Fiori, Rome's outdoor market poster child, is a bustling scene of locals shopping for produce, feisty butchers running the day's orders, and barmen hand-delivering trays of espresso to the vendors. Though not as large, the Testaccio Market is one of the city's best places to delve into the local food scene: Its stalls are piled high with seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as fried snacks, traditional cookies, honey, and hearty sandwiches. Here's a food tip: If you don’t see it in the market, don’t order it in a restaurant.

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    Traditional Roman Fare
    Traditional Roman Fare
    To sample food your imaginary Italian grandmother may have made, look for a family-run spot with just a few specialties scrawled on the blackboard, like Trattoria da Danilo, which serves classic Roman dishes like cacio e pepe and carbonara. For a fun night out, book a table at Taverna Trilussa in Trastevere, where tourists line up for its bucatini all'Amatriciana and mozzarella in carrozza.

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    Romance in Rome
    Romance in Rome
    If you're looking for tableside romance, L'Arcangelo is the intimate bistro you want. Chef Arcangelo Dandini shows off his flair for traditional dishes like gnocchi. For romantic whispers in cozy corners, The Corner's elevated terrace restaurant is the perfect spot for an evening tryst. Chef Marco Martini just earned a star in Rome’s Michelin galaxy for his culinary creations, which he pairs with equally stellar cocktails.
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    The Fundamental Food Group: Gelato
    The Fundamental Food Group: Gelato
    You can find a gelateria on just about every corner, and everybody has an opinion on what is the best, so take your time to seek out your sweet spot. In the center of the Centro Storico is Ciampini, a traditional caffè whose traditional gelato flavors rule the neighborhood. By Campo de' Fiori, take a taste of Corona, a small family-run gelato shop with traditional flavors like stracciatella and cioccolato fondente, as well as seasonal creations like Amalfi lemon and basil. Too hot for gelato? Try Corona's granita, crushed ice in flavors like coffee, watermelon, and lemon.
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    A Constellation of Stellar Cuisine
    A Constellation of Stellar Cuisine
    Rome's dining scene is more than pizza served atop checkered tablecloths in rustic trattorie. Its constellation of restaurants includes several world-acclaimed Michelin stars. High on the Monte Mario hill in the Rome Cavalieri is La Pergola, the city's Michelin-three-star restaurant. The sprawling panorama of Rome is spectacular, but chef Heinz Beck's creative nouvelle menu commands the most attention. Meanwhile, in the very heart of the city is Pipero, where chef Luciano Monosilio and his team of sommeliers pair Roman classics with unforgettable wines.
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    Exploring New Terroirs
    Exploring New Terroirs
    Rome has a long tradition of wine bars, known as enoteche, that have plenty of by-the-glass choices and knowledgeable staff to help guide you. Many enoteche also offer light meals to accompany your winetasting. In the Centro Storico, near Campo de' Fiori, the rustic Il Goccetto has an encyclopedic variety of label choices, as does neighbor L'Angolo Divino. In the hip Monti neighborhood, go to La Barrique for excellent traditional and natural wines from Italy and France. In the Monteverde neighborhood, Litro celebrates natural wines and international spirits, including 30 different kinds of mezcal.
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    Your Morning Cuppa
    Your Morning Cuppa
    Coffee is an integral part of Roman life. Customers queue up for their morning cappuccino or espresso, and every Roman knows that where you enjoy your morning coffee is just as important as the caffè itself. For a bit of history, Antico Caffè Greco on Via dei Condotti is the oldest caffè in Rome and a historic landmark. Ciampini, in the elegant Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, is known for its delicious coffee drinks, as well as gelato and aperitifs. Near Campo de' Fiori, Roscioli Caffè is worth the wait and limited elbow room. The modern caffè offers classic coffees and the rare (for Rome) pour over, as well as traditional Roman pastries made on-site.
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    Food Tours and Cooking Classes
    Food Tours and Cooking Classes
    So much of Rome’s history and culture is tied to its food. Take a walking tour of the city to learn all about the food Romans make, sell, and eat. Spend a few hours with trained sommeliers, cookbook authors, and chefs, like Casa Mia's Eleonora and Gina, who will guide you through central and not-so-central neighborhoods in pursuit of the best bites. And then bring it all to the table with a few hours cooking in an authentic Roman kitchen at Daniela's Cooking School.
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    The Street-Food Scene
    The Street-Food Scene
    Grattachecca, trapizzino, supplì, oh my! Rome's street-food scene has never been so tasty. All Romans know that just a little bit of pizza bianca (ungarnished pizza) can tide you over in the morning, which is why the lines at Roscioli Antico Forno flow out the door every a.m. At the nearby Testaccio Market, pick up a sandwich from Mordi e Vai made of braised oxtail or tripe. And if the weather's hot, grab a grattachecca, a cup full of freshly shaved ice flavored with fruit syrups and fresh berries—just look for the green kiosks along the Tiber River.


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