Rome's Best Italian Restaurants Featured

Rome, the eternal city. For the best eternally delicious Italian restaurants take some inspiration from our guide.

by Giulia Milan

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If you happen to be close to Trastevere, stop by this charming family owned restaurant serving a traditional based italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. The family has had a long standing cooking affair, Patrizia Mattei and her husband after working in other fields decided to go back to their roots. Tradition together with carefully selected ingredients reflect the style and the values of the owners of this typical italian restaurant. The Menu encompasses a wide range of Italian specialities which also include vegetarian options and gluten free dishes, don’t miss the famous pasta alla carbonara and make sure you order one of their tempting desserts.

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If you’re longing to surprise someone, this Michelin starred restaurant’s breathtaking view should work. Located on a hotel’s 7th floor the terrace overlooks a unique view from the 19th century palaces of Pinciano, Villa Medici, Trinità dei Monti all the way to Saint Peter’s and to the Gianicolo. Bruno Borghesi, the head chef, together with the rest of the team has been working hard to keep the standards high and has been demonstrating a longstanding passion and creativity for expressing this kind of art in such a unique environment. Some of the latest specialities range from steamed lobster on a bed of wild lettuce with balsamic vinegar and blueberries to pumpkin cappellotti pasta with taleggio’s cheese cream, almonds and truffle.

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Casina Validier


In the heart of Villa Borghese, where Romans and tourists from all over the world like to gather, lies one of the most fascinating venues in Rome. After undertaking a restoring process, Casina Valadier was recently reopened to the public. The restaurant’s unique ambience and location is the perfect way to lose yourself in a surreal atmosphere while enjoying the perfect view. The menu offers a traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist which is constantly updated and adapted seasonally. You can enjoy breafast, lunch or dinner or even a late drink.

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This restaurant and wine bar lies in a quiet and historical square of one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Rome. Enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere of the daily local aperitivo which offers a wide selction of national and international wines together with a rich buffet of local temptations. If you are looking for a full course dinner this place has also a selection of first and second courses together with a long list of desserts. We recommend the chocolate fondue with fresh fruit as you can combine different flavours and combinations. Check out the official site as they often organise special events such as wine and local food tastings.

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