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10 best restaurants in Rome this summer

From classic to contemporary, venture into Rome's dynamic foodscape.

Standing on the shoulders of giants, a new generation of talented chefs in Rome are shining bright. No longer limited by traditions, their approach to cuisine is more in step than ever with the capital’s lifestyle. Words like ‘organic’, ‘vegan’ and ‘vegetarian’ are no longer foreign to the Italian dining dictionary as restaurants are becoming well-versed in healthier options. Here are our favourites...

Aroma

Skip the tourist traps at the Colosseum, and head straight to Aroma restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience. The ancient monument is literally within an arm’s reach from the terrace, where you can enjoy some sunshine and savour finely prepared dishes. Indoors, the contemporary art-inspired décor reflects the modern twist on classic fare, and by night, the restaurant transforms into a dazzling jewel of new Italian cuisine. www.aromarestaurant.it

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Armando al Pantheon

With humble beginnings, Armando opened his trattoria in Rome over 40 years ago. Culinary excellence firmly rooted in the Roman tradition has won the restaurant its well-deserved recognition from far and wide. Since its early days, the focus has always been prime ingredients that are the basis of every dish. Amongst spaghetti all’amatriciana and Roman-style tripe, you will also find vegetarian choices such as spelt dumplings in truffle sauce. Armando is a crowd pleaser. www.armandoalpantheon.it

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Stazione di Posta

Wedged between Lungotevere Testaccio and Monte dei Cocci is Stazione di Posta, an eclectic venue that combines restaurant, cocktail bar and event space in one. Forging a new way in Italian cuisine, the restaurant uses organic produce supplied by Agricoltura Nuova. The simple menu does away with fancy names to focus on key ingredients. Journey through the 5- or 7-dish or vegetarian tasting menu, and don’t forget that vegan options are always available upon request. www.stazionediposta.eu

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Caffè Propaganda

For a quick lunch or lazy drink near the Colosseum, Caffè Propaganda is a piece of paradise in the Eternal City. Salads, sandwiches, cold cuts and cheeses, or simply a great cup of coffee, you will find it all under one nonchalantly stylish roof here. The chef’s recommendations of the day are always written on the blackboard on the wall. Pair your dish with a glass of wine, and you will soon find yourself singing praises of this little gem. www.caffepropaganda.it

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Enoteca La Torre

Villa Laetitia stands out in all its early 20th century architectural glory amongst other Renaissance and Baroque buildings in this Roman neighbourhood. Housed within Villa Laetitia, owned by the Fendis, is Enoteca La Torre. By day, the venue is bathed in golden light with sunshine pouring through large windows; in the evening, candlelight and chandeliers enlighten your dining experience. Expect nothing less than extraordinary between the classic and contemporary. www.enotecalatorreroma.com

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La Rosetta

This seafood restaurant has been serving the best of the catch of the day since 1966. Mediterranean specialities from citrus-marinated wild seabass fillets to ricciola with lemon, tomato and basil give you a taste of the bounties of the ocean. The Oyster Bar, open from 2.45 to 6.00 pm, makes a wonderful happy hour with a choice selection of crustaceans, anchovies, octopus, raw and grilled fish, beautifully complemented by wines by the glass. www.larosetta.com

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Casa Bleve

The Bleves welcome you to their culinary home in the stunningly-restored Palazzo Medici Lante della Rovere. Owners of La Bottega del Vino, one of Rome’s first wine and gourmet mecca since the 1970s, the Bleve family is no stranger to good eating and drinking. The sumptuous Neoclassical-style dining room will have you feasting with your eyes even before your food arrives. Casa Bleve’s own wine cellar, whose original structure dates from the Augustine period, is a treasure within a treasure. www.casableve.com

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Domenico dal 1968

Now run by second-generation owners, Domenico’s is as authentically Roman as when it first opened. The assorted fried seafood is a must, while meat, vegetarian dishes and homemade desserts are not to be missed. There is also outdoor seating on balmy days. Well worth the trip from central Rome. www.domenicodal1968.it

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St. Teodoro

Located on a quaint little street just a short distance from the Roman Forum is St. Teodoro and its beautiful outdoor seating. A contemporary twist on traditional recipes is both light yet sophisticated. Highly recommended are the wine and desserts. A great place to grab a bite to keep you going until dinner. www.st-teodoro.it

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Giggetto al Portico d’Ottavia

A culinary institution in Rome’s Jewish Quarter, Giggetto has been delighting diners with great classics since 1923. Order signature dishes such as artichokes, zucchini blossoms and baccalà. A venue busy with both locals and tourists, you can expect to see a slice of Roman life here. www.giggetto.it

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1 Aroma
2 Armando al Pantheon
3 Stazione di Posta
4 Caffè Propaganda
5 Enoteca La Torre
6 La Rosetta
7 Casa Bleve
8 Domenico dal 1968
9 St. Teodoro
10 Giggetto al Portico d’Ottavia