Campo de' Fiori + Pantheon to Parliament+ Spanish Steps + Trastevere + Monti + Piazza Navona
Prati, Parioli and the Northside + San Lorenzo + Ethnic Restaurants + Rome's Rooftop Dining + Budget Restaurants
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Brunch in Rome + Wine Bars + Cafes + Best Coffee in Rome + Rome's Best Gelato +
Gourmet Food Shopping + Open Air Markets + Rome's Hot Chocolate + Cooking Schools
Italy’s reputation as a food-lover’s paradise is well founded. Although we have been invaded by McDonald’s and there are supermarkets everywhere, carrying frozen meals, instant polenta and packets of spinach boiled beyond any nutritional value. And the historic center is infested with “menu turistico” restaurants and cafés that offer a menu of special platters. Beware of these, especially if they include colored photographs. They will most likely be frozen pasta dishes, reheated in a microwave. But it’s still easy, if not unavoidable, to eat like a king. The fields outside Rome are still a more likely source of the tomatoes in your pasta sauce than the farms of China. And the vineyards of Italy still produce an impressive percentage of the finest wines in the world. We offer you here a selected list of restaurants that have given us hours of culinary pleasure. For the sake of convenience, they are arranged by neighborhood. Just click any of the links above. Our price indications range from a single euro sign (€)for a cheap but delicious meal (usually a pizza or pasta dinner), to a very expensive but unforgettable meal, indicated by four or more euro signs (€€€€) The average good meal with wine in a nice restaurant, costing twenty-five to forty-five euro per person, depending on what you order, merits two to three euro signs.