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Why would anybody in Italy, which has the best food in the world, long for a bacon, lettuce and tomato or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Why would anyone who has tasted the sublime flavors of Italian sausage long for a plain old American hot dog with yellow mustard? Force of habit strikes the expat. It happens. Even more astonishing, Italians, yes, food-snob Romans have begun to enjoy the novelty of the amboorrgehr. American restaurants are opening in increasing numbers, and speciality stores — nay, even supermarkets — have begun to stock items like oatmeal and ketchup. Here are a few of our favorites.


Homebaked: Grandma's Kitchen

Just steps from the American University of Rome, this cozy spot serves delicious and authentic versions of all the American classics: authentic wraps, bagels, American breakfast (including pancakes!), PB and J, BLT. But the crowning glories are the homebaked goodies, the apple pies, cupcakes and brownies, the cheesecakes made fresh daily from family recipes. The American coffee is for real, and you can relax over a gossipy American celebrity mag or bring your tablet or laptop. The WiFi is free. Owners Jesse and Carolina have created more than an eatery, Their little place is a community, where specials dreamed-up by the regulars appear on the chalkboard. Walk in, and you'll receive a warm greeting. Hang out for a few minutes and you'll be engaged in a friendly chat.
Via Fratelli Bonnet 21 (Monteverde Vecchio, just above Trastevere)
Now open every day, and you can call or text your order in advance:. tel 338 137 1344


New! Ted Burger & Lobster
An extension of the popular London restraurant, that attempts to recreate the traditionalEast Coast steak and lobster house. Burgers and fries,lobster rolls, club sandwiches, or for a total splurge, whole lobsters. Cocktails of all sorts, ceviche, in a big open space, seating 100.
via Terenzio 12, (Prati) tel 06 94517168
Open noon-2 am

New! Byron
Burgers and beer are stars of this rustic restaurant, decorated with comfortable couches and a big communal table fashioned from an old Indonesian boat. All very "of the moment" with artesanal beers , homebaked breads, New York cheesecake.
Via Ostiense 73,(at via del Porto Fluviale), tel 347.2140767

Ham Holy Burger
Part of a chain that includes locations in Milano, Genova and London as well as Rome. Your table comes equipped with an ipad, with which you can order your customized burger directly, scanning photos to make your selection. The gourmet burgers are made with Piedmontese beef, and you can add an Italian cheee, like provolone, mushrooms bacon . . .  Fries are hand cut. For dessert try the hot chocolate with mascarpone cream. Burgers €8 -€10.
Via Brescia 28 (Nomentana) and  Via Chiana 58 (Corso Trieste) tel 06 884 0685

L'Hamburgeria di Eataly

Newly opened in Rome by the folks who developed Eataly, after the success of their burger joints in Turin, Bergamo and Rende, the restaurant boasts organic ingredients including Slow Food-approved beef from La Granda in Piedmont, bread made from stone-ground flour and sauces from Cereal Terra. The burgers are Italian-style — pancetto in place of bacon, good Italian cheeses, extra virgin olive oil. A few miles up the ladder from a Big Mac. They offer artiginal beers to wash down your burgers and gelato to top off the meal. Free WiFi, a space to entertain the kids.
Via Veneto 11
Open daily from 10 am to midnight

T-Bone Station
If you really, seriously miss the Sizzler back in the good ol' US of A, these restaurants are for you: burgers, steaks, onion rings, buffalo wings, corn on the cub and stuffed potato skins, nachos, Oreo pie, New York cheesecake. Pepsi — no Coke. Kids menu and special menus for kid's birthday parties. And for all you couch potatoes, they offer home delivery. Three Rome locations:
Via F Crispi 29 tel 06 678 7650 (near Piazza Barberini, Via Sistina);
Via di San Dorotea 21 tel 06 588 2079 (Trastevere)
Via Flaminia Vecchia 525/527 tel 33 3297 (near Corso Francia)
Via Vittorio Colonna 21 tel 06 32 65 19 67 (Prati)
Open Sunday- Thursday, 12:30 - 3 pm and 7:30 pm - 11:30 am; Friday- Saturday, 12:30 - 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm  12:30 am

Roadhouse Grill
A downmarket chain of restuarants serving a taste of America in Rome: burgers, hot dogs, salads, Texas BBQ ribs, buffalo hot wings, onion rings, fajitas, steak and cheese sandwiches, and a selection of grilled steaks. For dessert: New York cheesecake, brownies, apple pie, ice cream sundaes. Kids menu. Several locations in Rome, and many more all over Europe.
Via Salaria 1350 tel 06 888 8255 open 11 am - 3 pm and 7 pm - 11:30 pm
Via Marsala 27 (across from Stazione Termini) tel 06 489 07344
open non-stop 11:30 am - 10:30 pm

Viale Trastevere at Piazza Ippolito Nieve tel 06 580 9404 open 11 am - 3 pm and 7 pm - 11:30 pm
Via Galvani 71/83 (in the Testaccio market) tel 06 574 4696 open noon - 3 pm and 7 pm 11:30 pm

Hausgarten Bagel Bar 
(Piazza Monte Grappa 1) Serves up all sorts of bagels as well as waffles, pancackes and other American-style goodies, including Philly cheese steaks. It's a bit pricey and we'd give the food mixed reviews, but it's a nice atmosphere for an alternative lunch, especially on a sunny day when you can sit in the garden.
Piazza Monte Grappa 1 (Off the Lungotevere, near Castel Sant'Angelo, on the Prati side of the river)
Open daily from 7:30 am to 2 am to serve all your bagel cravings.
Sundays, noon-2 am.

Hard Rock Cafe

The Rome outpost of the popular chain, famous for its burgers, ribs, and the scene of many a kid's birthday party.The specialty here is the Tennessee hickory-smoked barbeque  — ribs, chicken or pulled pork, served with coleslaw and fries or beans or corn muffins. Think of their chipotle and hickory Texas bbq sauce, or the South Carolina mustard sauce, or the crispy fried onions. Hungry yet?
Via Veneto 62 tel  06 4203051

Fonzie's Burger House

Serving superb kosher burgers and hot dogs, as well as favorites like onion rings, wraps and steak sandwiches —even tortillas. It's a tiny place, but very popular and for good reason. You'd be hard to find a better burger in New York or Chicago. Artiginal and international beers. They will also cater your party.
Via Santa Maria del Pianto 13 (Ghetto)
Open 10 am - midnight tel 06 6889 2029

Bakery HouseBakery House
If you’re craving a true American brunch experience, look no further than Bakery House. Founded by Viviana Lorenzini, a native Roman inspired by her childhood trips to America and the cuisine she encountered along the way, Bakery House is a classic American food mecca. The menu offers scrambled eggs, bacon, ham and cheese omelettes, French toast, pancakes, challah, and even American-style coffee. If you’re too full for dessert (a very probable scenario) take something to go. Bakery House’s desserts are just as delicious as they look. The heavenly chocolate layer cake is worth every calorie. On Sundays a mix of expats and Italians can be found there, and the interior mimics that of a classic American bakery.
Corso Trieste 157 (Nomentana)
Brunch Saturday-Sunday (11 am – 4 pm) tel 06 943 77841

The Perfect Bun
The success of this restaurant is in its recreation of a wide range of American favorites: bagels, pancakes, onion rings, chicken wings, nachos, quesadillas, burgers, chili chesse fries, steaks, brownies. Their weekend brunches are legendary. While the €30 buffet is a bit pricey, the Perfect Bun does offer a wonderfully authentic selection, with a variety of muffins, cakes, and breads that will satisfy any sweet tooth, while an omelette station, bagels, and bacon defy the traditional Italian perspective that savory is not for breakfast. A popular choice for locals and expats alike, it's consistently busy. Be sure to reserve a table in advance.
Largo del Teatro Valle 4 (near Piazza Navona)
Open 11 am - 2 pm and 5 pm to 11 pm
Brunch Saturday-Sunday, 11 am - 2 pm tel 06 4547 6337

Barnum Cafe

The bar, popular with Americans, is good anytime you need to take a load off, from breakfast through late night drinks. The bar food is replete with American favorites like hamburgers, and you can order a moist apple cake or fudgy brownie with your afternoon tea or coffee. The coffee, by the way, is especially good, and the Barnum is one of the few places in Rome where you can order it with soy milk. Great muffins and cornetti at breakfast, and the lunch and appertivi buffets are exceptional.
via del Pellegrino 87 (near Campo de' Fiori)
tel 06 647 60483
Open Monday-Friday, 9 am - 2 am; Saturday, 9 am - midnight

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