Roman locals Stefano and Marcello Bedetti from Bedetti, the legendary haute horologist, provide their insider tips on where to eat and drink in the Eternal City.
This restaurant is close to Fontana di Trevi. It’s a historic venue, because the owner was a friend of Federico Fellini, and he actually appeared in the film Satyricon. Excellent Roman cuisine, served in a lovely location with outdoor tables.
Al Moro, vicolo delle Bollette 13, Rome. Bookings tel. +39 06 6783 495, www.ristorantealmororoma.com
Enoteca al Parlamento
The Bedetti family often take their customers here, because this is a real discovery in the city centre. A fantastic selection of wines, fortified wines and spirits, accompanied by a menu based on superb ingredients, in simple recipes, wonderfully prepared. Peaceful and calm, ideal for appetizers and then moving onto to some food. Fixed menu at lunch.
Enoteca al Parlamento, via Prefetti 15, 00186 Rome. Bookings tel. +39 06 6873 446, www.enotecalparlamento.com
One of Rome’s legends, a café that roasts its own coffee beans using a roaster dating to 1948. Great pastries as well, but the venue is famous above all for its coffee in which they are true masters.
Piazza Sant’Eustachio 82, 00186 Rome. Tel. +39 06 6880 2048, www.santeustachioilcaffe.it/. Open every day except 25 December and 15 August, from 8.30 a.m. to at least 1.00 a.m.
Just a few steps from the Pantheon, this gelato parlour has fine Art Nouveau interiors, and tables outside. Fantastic ice-creams, with all the classic flavours, and some special cup recipes such as Coppa Giolitti, with chocolate ice-cream, custard and zabaione, topped with cream and hazelnut shavings, a recipe that dates back to 1920. Go once, you’ll return.
Giolitti, Via Uffici del Vicario 40, Rome. Tel. +39 06 6991 243, www.giolitti.it/. Open every day of the year, from 7.00 a.m. to 1.30 a.m.