Rome Restaurants guide.
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Roman life revolves around Rome restaurants. Economies may be suffering, interest rates could be high, and National debt even higher but seldom will you find Restaurants in Rome empty. Eating out is part of the Italian culture, and their DNA.
Outdoor dining is preferred (weather permitting) and thoroughly enjoyed. Romans spend many hours 'people watching' and their hope is to also be watched (and admired) themselves.
In fact outdoor dining in Rome is so popular that it's quite common to see people dining outdoors in winter too. Of course this is usually in the company of large gas burning heaters warming up the immediate ambient.
Restaurants line the Piazza di Campo dè Fiori at night.
Rome restaurants: Where to eat.
Eating out in Rome is great anywhere, a bad meal is really the exception, and you don't have to visit expensive restaurants to sample the best Roman food (sometimes the opposite is true).
My favorite areas are the charming cobbled alleys and squares of the Trastevere, Pantheon and Campo dè Fiori. These areas have it all: beauty, history, a variety of restaurants catering for different tastes, relaxing atmosphere (and more up tempo if you like), great food, interesting people and "La Bella Figura", what more could you want?
Rome restaurants: Ristorante, Trattoria or Pizzeria?Rome restaurants: Pizzeria
The food is usually great (I have only ever eaten fantastic at a pizzeria) and inexpensive, with prices ranging between 5 and 10 Euros for pizza or pasta. If you think you know what a great Pizza is, I can assure you you will change your mind after visiting Rome.
Tradition calls for wood burning Pizza ovens (forno a legna) they make All the difference and the electric pizza warming gadgets are frowned upon.
Rome restaurants: Trattoria (plural - trattorie)
If you think you're going to eat any worse in a trattoria then think again. Trattorie are known for their authentic local and regional specialties. Many are family run and the pride of the family name is at stake.
Most Trattorie will not have a menu but will nonetheless be more diverse than most Pizzerias. There will be more meat and vegetable dishes, but prices for pizzas and pastas (some may not offer pizzas) will be more or less the same.
Rome restaurants: Ristorante
The "ristorante" (restaurant) will be more elegant with emphasis on the complete dining experience. The lush decorations, atmosphere and experience alone can be worth the price of the meal (which can sometimes pays for some of the decorations!)
Rome restaurants: Opening hours and bookings.
Restaurants in Rome usually open from 12:00Pm to 3:00Pm and then 7:00Pm to 11:00Pm, however in Rome center it's common that restaurants will stay open a little longer. If you haven't reserved a table it may be worthwhile getting to the restaurant before 8:30Pm.
For more info about reading the menu and table etiquette see my Rome restaurants section in Italian culture tradition and customs. Go from Restaurants in Rome to Rome Italy home page.