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March 30, 2020 | Rome, Italy
Dining Guide 2018-05-14T21:30:06+02:00

Top Tables

Osteria dei Cansacchi

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:26+01:00 March 27th, 2008|

Hear strains of a Roman accent here? The chef is Roman in origin, but is now a small town guy who hunts his own game. Go... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:23+01:00 May 12th, 2008|

German chef Oliver Glowig nobly managed to get this Anacapri staple (in the Capri Palace Hotel) a Michelin star (2004). ... Read More

La Cantineta

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:17+01:00 March 27th, 2008|

The bar-trattoria is a short walk from Ancona’s port, Piazza della Repubblica, and Teatro le Muse, this is a monument ... Read More

San Francesco

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:16+01:00 March 27th, 2008|

Facing the Basilica di San Francesco, locals consider this to be the best in town, with creative Umbrian dishes based on... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:36+01:00 March 27th, 2008|

Just across the footbridge as you enter the small but lovely town of Bevagna is Octavius Ristorante, on your right below... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:17+01:00 March 28th, 2008|

The best place to hear live jazz in Bologna. Set in a cavernous cellar with an extensive wine list to match a basic menu... Read More

Nuovo Notai

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:35+01:00 March 28th, 2008|

This is mushroom and truffle heaven. In fact, most of Nuovo Notai's dishes use them in one form or another, which makes ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:24+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

The serene neutral color scheme matched with attentive professional service makes for a relaxing, memorable meal. Superb... Read More

Il Quisi

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:06+01:00 May 12th, 2008|

Chef Stefano Mazzone of Capri’s cappo di tutti capi luxury hotel takes a light, nouvelle approach to seafood, making s... Read More

Buca di Bacco

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:11+01:00 May 12th, 2008|

Don't make the common mistake. This is not the more upscale Buco di Bacco of Postano. Instead, it's a fairly simple fish... Read More

La Capannina

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:22+01:00 May 12th, 2008|

Francesco De Angelis is a soft-spoken, classy gentleman and his charming restaurant reflects a pre-mobile phone approach... Read More

Il Grottino

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:29+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

How can restaurant so lacking in the ostentatious — it’s just a neat, large room off a narrow street — be so stran... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:35+01:00 May 12th, 2008|

It looks like Little Polynesia, kitsch and quaint, with tables in huts covered by awnings and wisteria leaning close eno... Read More

Terrazza Brunella

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:02+01:00 May 12th, 2008|

Perhaps the most romantic small terrace in Capri, and that’s saying a lot. Vincenzo Ruggiero ensures that his hotel re... Read More

Ristorante Aurora

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:03+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Pizza lovers flock here for the pizza all’acqua — thin pizza with mozzarella and a sprinkling of peperoncino. Outdoo... Read More

La Fontelina

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:10+01:00 May 12th, 2008|

Seafood by the sea and under a limestone cliff at this lunch-only Faraglioni staple, which exists to be exotic. Unless y... Read More

Da Gemma

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:32+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

This gem — la mamma's name was Gemma — has been around since 1936 and is located off famous Piazzale Roma. There’s... Read More

Da Paolino

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:53+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

You’ll sit under oodles of lemons at this very popular restaurant also known as The Lemon Tree. Go hungry otherwise yo... Read More

Da Adriano

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:42+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Townsfolk stole the remains of patron saint, Stefano del Lupo, from Abruzzo in 1807. Things have settled down and now it... Read More

Crowne Plaza Caserta

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:06+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Chef Francesco Franceschini produces elegant, innovative flavors and lovely presentations. Sophisticated international c... Read More

Oro Bruno Cafè

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:36+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

This opens at 7 a.m. as a coffee bar, but life really begins after evening falls as it evolves into a sophisticated wine... Read More

Il Grill

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:27+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Hidden between a forest of umbrella pines and the sea, this resort restaurant just north of Naples on the Domitian Rivie... Read More

Enoteca Bengodi

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:41+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

Too many Chiantis and so little time. Let friendly Giuseppe steer you toward some of the area’s better Chiantis. Dine ... Read More

Le Fonti

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:07+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Chianciano’s 1950s-meets-80s center seems devoid of dining options, but they’re all hidden inside bars and hotels. T... Read More

Marabissi Pasticceria

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:44+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Marabissi opened in the 1950s during Fellini’s heyday, busily baking pastries while visitors drank the liver-curing wa... Read More

Al Casale

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:08+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Rustic country touches in a lovely atmosphere with great food. Reasonable prices, too, in this casale that dates back 50... Read More

Ristorante Zaira

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:06+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Chef Giuliana turns out pici pasta with duck sauce, wild boar with funghi porcini mushrooms, pickled or fried artichokes... Read More

Natura e Profumi

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:44+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Maria the Herb Lady serves great food in her modest country house. Her lawn wouldn't cut it an American planned communit... Read More

Terre di Conca

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:09+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Country dining is near the conch hollowed out by the blast of the defunct volcano, Roccamonfina. Bernadino turns out one... Read More

Pasticceria San Carlo

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:50+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Nestled deep within the hilltop hamlet of Erice, near Trapani, is this bijou bakery. Erice, home to an ancient temple to... Read More

Il Cantico

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:12+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Small and cozy, tucked under a medieval abbey San Pietro in Valle, count on sophisticated cuisine in this lovely spot lo... Read More

La Providenza

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:44+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Pasta Ferrarese or pasticcio di maccheroni is a delicate macaroni mixed with veal in béchamel sauce covered with a swee... Read More

Ristorante Ripa

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:45+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Mario runs a simple joint. Pumpkin cappellacci with ragù followed by grilled strips of beef with rughetta. The fixed pr... Read More

Goretta Pasticeria

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:58+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

An ordinary bar with good cappuccino (€1.10) where policemen from the nearby questura sometimes hang out. At breakfast... Read More

Come a Casa

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:59+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Arched brick ceilings, warm salmon and peach decor. While you eat your typical Tuscan antipasti di crostini, or sformati... Read More

Trattoria Zà Zà

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:09+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Cuisine has gone industriale (mass produced) in this Tuscan-meets-Ligurian trattoria that also hawks its cookbook and CD... Read More

Cafagi Ristorante

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:10+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Dates to 1922 but decor is vintage 1960s trattoria. Friendly, attentive three-generation family turns out real Tuscan co... Read More

Taverna del Bronzino

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:14+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Excellent service, food presented with flair, and plenty of space between tables attract Florentine business executives ... Read More

Trattoria Bibe

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:19+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

five generations. Traditional Tuscan favorites like ribollita (€7, soup with bread, beans, black cabbage, etc..) and f... Read More

Trattoria Mario

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:20+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Founded in 1953, this is the kind of simple noisy trattoria that one hopes will never change. Near the Central Market th... Read More

Caffè Italiano

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:43+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Located right off Piazza della Signoria, it’s remarkable that this charming spot isn’t swelled with tourists. A coff... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:47+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Modern, trendy bar and restaurant near the Duomo with Minimalist design and relaxing lighting. Good aperitivi in the bar... Read More

Il Barroccio

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:00+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Owner Giovanni Massa dotes on his customers. This is traditional Tuscan cooking in a typical Italian setting. A gem wait... Read More

Belle Donne

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:06+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Remember your image of an Italian trattoria before you ever saw one? You’ll have déjà vu when you walk into Belle Do... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:06+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Remodeled in 2006, tables were added inside with sepia photographs of old Florence. A reliable breakfast bar, does a rea... Read More

Gelateria Carabé

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:08+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Run by a sweet young Sicilian couple, count on Antonio and Loredana for good ice cream with quality ingredients, not the... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:15+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Step in and forget you’re in Florence. Very modern but oozes warmth. Chef/co-owner Francesco Berardinelli changes his ... Read More

Caffetteria di Pitti

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:23+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

The Pitti Palace courtyard, Cortile dell’Ammannati, offers simple lunchtime bar fare in the Altr’Arno at prices that... Read More

Certosa di Galluzzo

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:24+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

The shop bar across from this monastery’s distillery is ideal for a post-lunch digestivo. Cistercian monks make liqueu... Read More

Le Volpi e L’Uva

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:29+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

This enoteca is great for wine tasters and lovers and closes at 9 p.m. nightly. You can enjoy small plates of excellent ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:46+01:00 March 29th, 2008|

Warm in color and in welcome, excellent food at reasonable prices pulls in Florentine bankers, art professors, academics... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:25+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Great food and wine plus outdoor seating by the façade of the Duomo is Foligno at its best. The Duomo, otherwise known ... Read More

Il Bacco Felice

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:11+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Sicilian Salvatore Denaro, the gregarious owner of this enoteca (his surname means "money" in Latin), is happy to explai... Read More

Villa Roncalli

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:29+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

This 16th-century villa on the outskirts south of Foligno in secluded tranquility is where well-heeled locals like to di... Read More

Vinoteca San Marco

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:51+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

Nestled in the hills above Rome, near Frascati (drive out on the Tuscolana). Try the rigatoni al nero di seppia con cala... Read More

La Baia (Fregene)

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:08+01:00 May 11th, 2008|

Romantic seafront restaurant with delicious Mediterranean cuisine. The indoor dining room has a quaint, home-style atmos... Read More

Östaja dö Castello

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:16+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

Family-run trattoria that’s located in the old town and focuses on fish and seafood specialities. It’s loud but tidy... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:20+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

Founded in 1939, Zeffirino has accumulated plenty of tourist and celebrity cred over the decades ( “Ambassador of Ital... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:35+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

Interesting mix of Ligurian and Sardinian dishes in this family-run trattoria around since the 1950s (Genoa has plenty o... Read More

Da Genio

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:10+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

Seafood salad to die for at this mainstay located off Via Fieschi at the top of a steep hill above Piazza Dante. Yes, tr... Read More

Da Rina

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:11+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

Several eateries boast of being Genoa’s oldest but this family-run restaurant off the old port (in the appropriately n... Read More

Da Maria

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:22+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

The namesake of this hole in the wall (literally and figuratively) near the Carlo Felice has been working at the burners... Read More

La Berlocca

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:27+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

There’s an osteria-bistro flavor in this converted take-out, as well as a sense that traditional dishes really don’t... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:38+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

This restaurant has been in the same family since 1790, which doesn’t always bode well. In fact, beware the line as an... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:42+01:00 May 8th, 2008|

Totally unsophisticated, but who cares? Regulars pack this place near San Donato and their reward is pesto and seafood a... Read More

Ristorante Le Noci

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:51+01:00 May 11th, 2008|

With a town name like "Grutti" one half expects wild boar to be rooting around and sure enough it's on the menu here, su... Read More

Da Gennaro

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:22+01:00 May 12th, 2008|

Gennaro's doted-on restaurant offers capable Neapolitan fare but can feel like a summertime accessory to celebrity sight... Read More

Lo Scoglio

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:07+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

Chef-owner Antonietta Gargulio and her family pride themselves on buying practically nothing they serve at their 60-year... Read More

Artemis Restaurant

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:04+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Chef Bruno Ghione is masterful picker of Champagnes as well as a fine cook. A plump sweet-sour onion dumpling and light,... Read More

Kallmünz Restaurant

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:48+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Neapolitan meets Japanese in an immaculate atmosphere. Most of the staff is Japanese, including the entertaining and inf... Read More

Da Willy

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:48+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

A Milanese staple that's built a loyal following by coming through on its boast that it serves the biggest pizzas in tow... Read More

La Baia

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:56+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

Among the very best spots serving delicious Milanese (thin crusted) pizza, this hard-to-spot restaurant is run by Sabrin... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:57+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

An English cook, Italian wait-staff and global patronage. Alistair’s discreet fusion cuisine tends to the Italian, but... Read More

Famiglia Conconi

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:07+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

Conveniently located trattoria on the outer edge of the Navigli (making parking only semi-impossible), this traditional ... Read More

Da Ilia

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:10+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

Don't be fooled by this restaurant's reputation as a favorite haunt for business people and visiting fashion journalists... Read More

La Milanese

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:32+01:00 June 13th, 2008|

If you like your veal old-style, with bone, come here. In most of Italy, the costoletta alla Milanese is stripped down t... Read More

Il Cestino

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:34+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

In the heart of Brera, this is one of those corner places that catches your eye as you stroll through the town. Follow y... Read More

Joia Leggero

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:34+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

In the Porta Ticinese area, Joia Leggero (light) is the lower-priced, more-informal outlet of chef Pietro Leemann, the m... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:38+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

Leave no stone unturned is the motto in food, style, and appearance. Sicilian Giuseppe Gatto moved to Milan decades ago ... Read More

La Madonnina

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:39+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

Limited menu, two rooms not crammed to bursting (and open only three nights a week, daily for lunch) make this trattoria... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:53+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

Not a UN agency but short for Unconventional Restaurant, this new eatery brings Catalan-style tapas to Milan’s fashion... Read More

Premiata Pizzeria

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:54+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

Old-fashioned decor with long wooden tables and delicious pizzas offset the ear-splitting din made by dozens of yappy lo... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:12+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

Situated on a Brera district sidestreet, the locale itself has some pleasant modern murals. The unique oval pizza served... Read More

Pizzeria Naturale

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:22+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

The menu of delicious organic pizzas is rounded out by a wide variety of side dishes (including minestrone and quiches).... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:26+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

The ultimate in Milanese trendy, Tintero is practically a who's who of the modern fashion world. The cuisine here is lig... Read More

Trattoria Montina

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:44+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

Twin brothers Roberto and Maurizio Montina are the jovial giants who run this upscale Italian eatery. Chef Roberto direc... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:46+01:00 March 30th, 2008|

Warm, elegant ambiance and creative cookery make this upscale trattoria worth the visit. Despite the airy, open space in... Read More

Il Giglio

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:19+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

The family-run bustle and home cooking attracts locals and tourists in this bastion of Brunello. Homemade pastas, grille... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:22+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Friendly owners of this wine and olive oil “bar” offer reasonable prices and fresh recipes. Molle della Valnerina ba... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:40+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Located in the heart of Umbria’s wine country, Coccorone is where you warm up with a glass of Sagrantino di Montefalco... Read More

Castel Petroso

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:47+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Montefalco’s latest addition, opened November 2007, keeps up the culinary interest for authentic Umbrian food at reaso... Read More

Villa Pambuffetti

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:16+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Thank goodness for places like this, where cocktail dresses fit in perfectly. The private villa was converted to a hotel... Read More

Osteria del Nonno

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:44+01:00 March 27th, 2008|

Lunch by a babbling brook next to the crystalline Ambro River at the edge of a forest in the foothills of the mountains ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:44+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

"Where pizza," goes the motto, "is a piece of history." Fair enough. Brandi, just off Via Chiaia, was founded in 1780 an... Read More

Picchio Verde

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:45+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

A bargain, family-run establishment with traditional, home-style cooking. Tonino, the animated owner, is a joy. Don’t ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:48+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

A Naples must. Excellent babà (sponge cake with rum). Try the sfogliatella filled with warm ricotta cream (secret to th... Read More

Dal Tarantino

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:52+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

A tiny Pozzuoli establishment run by colorful chef Gennaro Bisci. The restaurant’s motto is "treats from the sea," and... Read More

Trattoria Ribot

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:13+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

Excellent food served in a ranch-style environment (the owner loves horses). Try the Ribot steak platter, or any of the ... Read More

Da Michele

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:18+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

Fine Naples traditional pizza. Princes and paupers show up for the no-frills classics — margherita or marinara, no oth... Read More

Zi’ Teresa

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:19+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

For a bustling, noisy and popular harbor place, here’s a nice detail: All sweets are still homemade. So don’t miss t... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:48+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

Mood is all about that. Here you get candles, champagne cocktails, a bar in the shape of a “L” and maybe just a too ... Read More

Da Cicciotto

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:57+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

One of the city’s best fish restaurants built into a Posillipo cave. It’s a port joint all the way, founded in 1942 ... Read More

La Mattonella

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:02+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

Pasta with calamaretti is delectable in this small restaurant replete with oddball wall tiles — hence the name. It’s... Read More

Amici Miei

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:28+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

There’s fine meat (but no fish) at this family-run place, which values simple elegance. Paccheri Amici Miei is a stalw... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:42+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

Traditional food and entertainment in true Neapolitan-style, which to say strolling musicians and pointed serenades. Own... Read More

Omu Axiu

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:48+01:00 May 11th, 2008|

When in Sardinia, detour to Orroli to eat at this "restaurant museum." Inside a 200-year-old farmhouse — with all its ... Read More

Il Giglio d’Oro

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:13+01:00 May 11th, 2008|

Enzo Santoni and his son prove that one can have a great view and eat superbly. A sformatino di melanzane con vellutata ... Read More

Casa Dell’Orso

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:02+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Begin with superb zuppa di ceci e porcini (chickpea and porcini mushroom soup with homemade wide noodles, €7) with del... Read More

Park Hotel Majella

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:12+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

During the winter meals are served only on weekends, lunch and dinner. The owner is a hunter, so game enthusiasts can en... Read More

Il Ristorantino

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:53+01:00 May 13th, 2008|

A traditional restaurant with a consciously upscale, sophisticated approach to Sicilian cuisine, Il Ristorantino, locate... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:58+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

An excellent bakery for everything from cannoli to morning brioches stuffed with watermelon jelly.... Read More

Osteria dei Vespri

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:58+01:00 May 13th, 2008|

An excellent wine list, lovely service, and a cozy rustic atmosphere with create cuisine make for a sublime meal— and ... Read More

Osteria Altri Tempi

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:07+01:00 May 13th, 2008|

Cometh cannoli! And in Palermo! This place is a joy for no other reason than it's resistance to fad. Maybe resistance is... Read More

Mi Manda Picone

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:34+01:00 May 13th, 2008|

In the 1984 Naples crime "comedy" (directed by Nanni Loy, with Giannini and Lina Sastri) Salvatore cribs Mafia girl's Lu... Read More

La Scuderia

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:03+01:00 May 13th, 2008|

Power brokers hold court in a light, airy room where white-jacketed waiters anticipate desires, which might include one ... Read More

Ristorante Cin Cin

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:45+01:00 May 13th, 2008|

Versatile chef Lucia prepares traditional Palermo dishes (bavettine con ostriche in salsetta al limone, oysters and lemo... Read More

I Tri Siochètt

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:24+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Good traditional food in casual setting. Here, you'll find fine prosciutto and culatello (euphemistically called "the he... Read More

Trattoria Corrieri

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:26+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Hams hang from the ceilings of this old-school osteria. When it’s packed (often on weekends) it can be off-putting: Be... Read More

La Filoma

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:29+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Hustle-bustle hubbie Bruno runs the floor while his almost alarmingly extroverted wife Marzia works magic in cucina. She... Read More

Gallo d’Oro

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:48+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Movie posters and antiques contribute to the slightly faux-chic in this simple, pleasant place run by the same people th... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:41+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Though it's been around since 1946, recent reinvention has made it more stylish and Michelin-worthy. That's not necessar... Read More

Al Fogher

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:41+01:00 May 13th, 2008|

Too many meals here and those mosaic gals in their bikinis will have to add new routines to their gym workout — the fo... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:40+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Located in the Madonie Mountains between Palermo and Enna, this romantically secluded, family-run agriturismo only uses ... Read More

Da Ciro

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:16+01:00 May 11th, 2008|

Family-run restaurant on the high ground in Le Forna. A 20-minute car or bus trip from the port, Da Ciro has lovely ambi... Read More

La Cambusa

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:55+01:00 May 7th, 2008|

Among the first restaurants you see when arriving at Marina Grande. Terrific outdoor dining area offers views of Spiaggi... Read More

La Taverna del Leone

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:50+01:00 May 7th, 2008|

Nestled along the steep coastline (on SS 163) and owned by Antonio Guida, La Taverna was founded in 1965, at the very st... Read More

La Tagliata

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:49+01:00 May 7th, 2008|

Whoever says you can’t get good meat on the Amalfi Coast hasn’t been to this gem. Located high above Positano in cha... Read More

Duomo Ristorante

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:06+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Chef Ciccio Sultano has a wide following thanks to his innovative dishes and excellent presentations: tuna cut from the ... Read More

Dolci Fantasie

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:48+01:00 May 11th, 2008|

Well-named. Sweet fantasy is right. They stick long-drink umbrellas in their tarts, fill cornetti with cream and fruit t... Read More

Sara Iran

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:44+01:00 April 26th, 2008|

A recent arrival on the Rome scene, Iranian émigrés Lili and Faramar sought to give a taste of home. That they do, off... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:44+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

Cuba libre, mojito, caipirinha… they're all staples at this Latin American wannabe. There’s also acceptable food, bo... Read More

Hosteria Romana

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:45+01:00 May 28th, 2008|

Penne all'arrabbiata, osso buco (veal shank), bombolotti alla pecorara, mazzancolle, bucatini all'amatriciana — Monday... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:45+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

A dependable, neighborhood place with excellent fresh fish (try the rombo — turbot — for two with roast potatoes) an... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:46+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

A genetic cross between a Manhattan warehouse-turned-chic restaurant and an wannabe dive. All that’s missing is a well... Read More

Il Cantuccio

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:47+01:00 April 29th, 2008|

A hangout for the political set, it is also open late (serves at midnight) for after-theater dining. Skip the “outdoor... Read More

Ciccio Bomba

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:48+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

A lively, lovely, and loud Rome restaurant (crystal on the tables) that attracts a young crowd and sits on one of the ci... Read More

Le Bistrot D’Hubert

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:49+01:00 April 29th, 2008|

A Parisian trained in the cooking school of la maman opens a restaurant in a city of Romans who dislike French cuisine. ... Read More

Dong Feng

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:50+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

A place to enjoy a delightful meal in a pleasant setting near the Ottaviano Metro Stop and Via Andrea Doria. The dumplin... Read More

Da Venanzo

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:52+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

A tiny take out restaurant that goes beyond the "just another pizza-by-the-slice" joint. Always jammed with locals and s... Read More

Ad Hoc

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:54+01:00 December 23rd, 2009|

Ad Hoc occupies a capable place in Rome's ever-growing wine-centric, novelle cuisine niche. The elegant Via di Ripetta l... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:55+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Alfonso Iaccarino’s restaurant insider the super-posh Aldrovandi Palace Hotel in Parioli is stylish and costly (the to... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:55+01:00 June 14th, 2009|

All'Oro, which opened in 2007 in Parioli but has since moved, is among the best additions to Rome's ever-growing list of... Read More

Target Restaurant

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:56+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

An elegant pizza and grill spot just off Via Nazionale. Good for an after-movie pizza or a full meal (downstairs there's... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:58+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Andrea runs a reasonable and good lunchtime business in what might otherwise seem like "just" a coffee bar. Like mushroo... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:58+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Another of Piazza Augusto Imperatore’s trendy offerings, with nearby "Gusto" first in line. Pizza is southern and a mo... Read More

Thien Kim

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:00+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Arguably the best ethnic dining experience in Rome. Exceptionally delicate, authentic Vietnamese food at not cheap but r... Read More

Big Mama

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:00+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Around since 1984, the beginning of Rome’s second-phase decadence (read Craxi Socialism), Big Mama is probably as seri... Read More

Taverna dei Mercanti

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:01+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Atmosphere is cozy, with torches outside, bricks and iron ornamentation inside. Urge the owner Davide to open the first ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:01+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Atop the Hotel Splendide, Mirabelle is a portrait of culinary refinement with a stunning view of the center as a bonus. ... Read More

Bistro Tiepolo

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:03+01:00 April 26th, 2008|

Busy and casual posh, the tiny bistrot bottiglieria and lunch joint packs in neighborhood locals and a slew of businessp... Read More

Le Maschere

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:03+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Calabrian specialties — spicy fettuccine, for example — were a pleasant surprise in a place that from the outside se... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:04+01:00 April 24th, 2009|

Casatua is located on the now-ultra hip Via Flaminia Vecchia that over the last decade has gradually gained traction. Th... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:04+01:00 April 9th, 2008|

Check out the web site and you’ll get the idea: Glass. Glass left, right, and center; in fact, you're sitting on glass... Read More

Metodo Classico

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:06+01:00 April 27th, 2009|

Chef Marco Salis and Sambi Gaetano Lovatelli D'Aragona (a fine wine man) have created a stylish little spot located in R... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:09+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Cramped spot on Rome’s ethnic row, Via dei Serpenti, hole-in-the-wall Hasekura is run by a husband-wife team (Japanese... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:09+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Creative Italian food in a converted monastery that gives the party side of dining a wholesale embrace. It's Bacchic. Yo... Read More

Del Sostegno

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:12+01:00 April 27th, 2008|

Don’t miss the straccetti served at this sweet, tiny, family-run trattoria. Pastas change with the seasons and the coo... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:13+01:00 April 26th, 2008|

Elegant little restaurant/pizzeria in a verdant, upscale north Rome neighborhood, Jacini is located next door to a cinep... Read More

Al Bric

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:15+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

Exceptional ambience at this charming Campo area enoteca and restaurant. Bread and pasta are homemade and cheeses of eve... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:15+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

Eye-candy galore at this upscale and stalwart Parioli staple founded in 19569. Father-son team of Italo and Fabrizio San... Read More

Spirito Di Vino

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:17+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Family-run, with all the incumbent idiosyncrasies: an owner (Romeo) who talks a mile a minute about the Jewish catacombs... Read More

La Cucaracha

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:18+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Finally, an authentic Mexican restaurant that doesn’t try to sneak pasta on the menu (which should be illegal). Antipa... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:19+01:00 May 28th, 2008|

For those who saw the Fodor's entry that listed this as Rome's "Best Place for a Special Date" in the guidebook's "Most ... Read More

Radio Londra

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:23+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

Give me your pierced and your poor, or both. The owners give the place a "V-for-Vendetta" look, militarism as a theme. A... Read More

Il Ciak

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:25+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Good, simple greens and potatoes will keep omnivores happy while devouring a good steak. Expect mostly Tuscan fare; you ... Read More

Osteria Sant’Ana

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:25+01:00 April 27th, 2008|

Great pezza di manzo alle erbe aromatiche (marinated beef; an old stand-by) and fish at this semi-basement Piazza del Po... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:25+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Great fusion place, with every twist on mozzarella as the star player. They'll mix the melt-in-your-mouth bufala any way... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:26+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Heavy on sushi, which means the mood is more like a New York or L.A. bar transported to Trastevere. Fresh shrimp and swo... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:28+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Hidden pleasantly in the Jewish Ghetto (near Largo Argentina), this stalwart joint (founded in 1860 and by the Mazzarell... Read More

Il Brillo Parlante

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:28+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

Hip spot carved out of prime Piazza del Popolo-neighborhood real estate, Brillo caters to the young, after-work professi... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:29+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Hunting down solid ethnic food in Rome seems at times like a bridge too far. Sure, you'll find some decent Chinese near ... Read More

Agata e Romeo

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:29+01:00 April 29th, 2008|

Husband-and-wife Agata Parisella and Romeo Caraccio run a tight ship. This is Rome nouvelle cuisine at its finest. Here... Read More

Antica Taverna

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:30+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

I stumbled across this place following my nose down a vicolo near Via del Panico. Caters to families, which means afford... Read More

Ristorante Da Mario

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:30+01:00 April 9th, 2008|

I'd heard this was a Roman classic but probably too many tourists have passed through its doors for it to be anything ot... Read More

Da Vincenzo

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:30+01:00 April 29th, 2008|

If you happen to have time to kill before a train departure, or are simply looking for an upscale alternative to some of... Read More

Le Grondici

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:32+01:00 April 26th, 2008|

In a city chock full of good restaurants, this one is important to remember because it's open on national holidays when ... Read More

L’Angolo Divino

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:32+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

In a neighborhood (Campo de' Fiori)with countless nooks and wine bars, this little place has the advantage of quiet char... Read More

Ristorante Sud

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:35+01:00 May 25th, 2008|

Interesting what New York Magazine had to say about these folks: "After a few days of cacio this and pepe that, you may ... Read More

Cafè Joia

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:35+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

Italians call Joia pettinato, which is to say it attracts a well-groomed crowd. Whether you come to this Testaccio spot ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:36+01:00 April 28th, 2008|

Join the Via Condotti ladies-who-lunch in this stylish eatery right off the Piazza di Spagna. Sandwiches, salads (10 kin... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:36+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Just off Piazza Barberini. Owner Gianni runs the bustling show, aware that God is in the details. Little stands out here... Read More

La Quercia

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:37+01:00 April 29th, 2009|

La Quercia follows in the tradition of Trattoria della Quercia, a popular trattoria that operated for years in the (gran... Read More

Yaun Yuan

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:38+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Like most Rome Chinese joints, Yaun Yuan is tailored to marginally-adventurous Italians, but it's at least closer to the... Read More

Thai Inn

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:41+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Located on the slopes of Monte Verde Nuovo and (sadly) convenient only to residents of the Gianicolo. The ownership is M... Read More

La Sagrestia

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:43+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Long the favorite of late-night politicians (it's next door to the Pantheon, close to both houses of parliament), this i... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:43+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

Lots of jungle, hip hop, techno, and tribal music in this ethno-chic Ostiense throbber. Goa is heavy on steel, colors an... Read More

Girarrosto Toscano

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:44+01:00 April 9th, 2008|

Lovely, grand restaurant with a famous antipasto of zucchine flowers, stuffed, deep-fried olives and such, but known esp... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:47+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Minimalist Japanese immensely popular among the Rome crowd. The staples are all here: sushi, sashimi, and tempura. There... Read More

Da Olimpio

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:47+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Modest all-indoor trattoria and pizzeria next door to the teeming Il Messaggero newspaper building. This place gets load... Read More

Il Pagliaccio

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:50+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Need to escape the traditional Italian cuisine for an evening but can’t bear to leave the Mediterranean? Chef Antony G... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:51+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Nestled in Trastevere, Bali offers fresh, homemade Asian cooking with an emphasis on small-dish items (think tofu, sprin... Read More

Locanda Pasta e Ceci

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:51+01:00 April 29th, 2008|

New owners and new name (it was know before Miró). The namesake dish may be the best pasta and chick peas in town. Past... Read More

Ouzeri Taverna Greca

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:51+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Nice to find a Greek spot in Trastevere, which isn’t high on ethnic fare. You find all the staples here: Tzatziki, spa... Read More

Consolato d’Abruzzo

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:54+01:00 April 27th, 2008|

Off the Nomentana, a solid Abruzzese restaurant where you won’t find a tourist (unless it’s group booked). Cheeses a... Read More

Taverna Trilussa

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:54+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Off Trastevere’s beaten path, this festive restaurant is great for large groups. The menu is limited and heavily favor... Read More

Due Ladroni

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:54+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

Often swelled with tourists, I Due Ladroni’s crowded surroundings can sometimes be dour and off-putting. Still, the pl... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:54+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Oh so cool, with black tables, and lots of industrial light and magic. Disco dining for the 21st century. Over 25 kinds ... Read More

Rinaldi al Qurinale

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:55+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Old-timers will recognize this as the place that once was on Piazza Maddalena, now at the base of the President's Palace... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:55+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

On a side street off Piazza Vittorio, the heart of Rome’s immigrant neighborhood, this outstanding Lebanese-Syrian res... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:57+01:00 April 29th, 2008|

Once upon a time, Sabbatini was made from dreams. You’d dine deliciously while looking out over Piazza Santa Maria, wh... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:57+01:00 April 27th, 2008|

One nice thing about Gaudì is that it’s almost always packed. Not exactly a cheering advertisement for most places, b... Read More

Da Francesco

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:57+01:00 April 9th, 2008|

One night my table neighbor was horror film director Dario Argento, but that doesn’t mean your dining experience will ... Read More

Antica Pesa

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:59+01:00 May 25th, 2008|

Originally a 17th century "cafeteria" for Papal State customs officials who worked down the street. Since contadini had ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:59+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

Outdoor dining at Piazza Farnese (site of the French Embassy) delivers what is without a doubt one of most beautiful squ... Read More

Sotto Sopra

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:00+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Outstanding pizza in San Lorenzo. Just don't wear wool: You'll suffocate. A mixed plate of bruschette is good for starte... Read More

Bir & Fud

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:03+01:00 April 26th, 2009|

Popular, bustling pizzeria/restaurant on Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere. The foreign student crowd packs this place to th... Read More

Sora Lella

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:03+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Positioned on the ark-shaped Isola Tiberina near the synagogue, Sora was founded in 1959 by Aldo Fabrizi and Sora Lella ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:05+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Prati has come a long way as a residential venue. Once a working class "suburb" of the city center, it turned chic about... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:06+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Relatively new entry into the growing Rome hip continental scene, Geroa (near Piazza Zama in San Giovanni) is more taver... Read More

Il Fico

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:06+01:00 April 9th, 2008|

Relocated in December 2006 to this curvy and quiet side street, it still serves hearty, well-made Roman food at reasonab... Read More

Sofa di Via Giulia

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:08+01:00 April 9th, 2008|

Rome’s most beautiful street finally has a restaurant worthy of it. This tastefully designed restaurant in neutral ton... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:09+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Sahara is pure Eritrean. Here, you sit low to the ground (it's traditional) and sample zinghini (spicy meat or lamb on t... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:09+01:00 April 27th, 2008|

Sardinian fish spot, but filled with Romans who love the bottarga (dried sea bream eggs, coated in beeswax for safekeepi... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:09+01:00 February 24th, 2009|

Saverio Crescente (the host, quiet and gracious) and Danilo Frisone (the chef) opened this elegant central establishment... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:11+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

Self-styled West Coast bar and grill that shimmies. The crowd is fantastic to look at: models and hotties (male and fema... Read More

Dai 3 Amici

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:12+01:00 April 9th, 2008|

Simple neighborhood ristorante has good vegetable antipasti with some nice variations from the usual like cabbage. Alfio... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:12+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Since it opened in 1968 offering Venetian cuisine, knowing Romans have perpetuated its “in” status. Near the grand F... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:13+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Solid Indian and Pakistani spot in Prati (near Ottaviano Metro), Shanti does first-rate tandoori and good curry. Staff i... Read More

Trattoria Monti

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:13+01:00 April 29th, 2008|

Something about Rome trattorias with mothers in the kitchen and sons at the ready sends Americans into St. Theresa parox... Read More

Grand Dragon

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:13+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Spartan dining on the busy Nomentana in a no-frills atmosphere. The food is excellent, however. The hot and sour, wonton... Read More

Ristorante Pierluigi

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:15+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

Still a Rome center staple when it comes to topflight seafood (and strong grilled meats). True, it’s probably more tou... Read More

Arancia Blu

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:15+01:00 April 28th, 2008|

Strictly vegetarian (run by Fabio Bassan and Enrico Bartolucci), with wine bottles as décor. Hardly original, but the f... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:16+01:00 April 28th, 2008|

Tasty Italian dining with a Tuscan bent near the Spanish Steps. Start with the sformata di verdura, tall layers of thinl... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:16+01:00 April 26th, 2008|

Tasty, inexpensive pizza, and an engaging atmosphere at this popular San Giovanni spot. If you don’t want pizza, pick ... Read More

Vizi Capitali

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:17+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

The aim of this refined eatery (and enoteca) is to spoil. The antipasto is a meal in itself: Carpaccio with honeydew mel... Read More

Il Convivio Troiani

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:19+01:00 April 29th, 2008|

The doorbell hints at pretension, but the prices are the real joke — or as the streetwise Roman would say, fregatura. ... Read More

Il Drappo

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:19+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

The fish baked in coarse salt is a winner, as is the suckling pig in this Sardinian restaurant. Also try the ravioli di ... Read More

Charly’s Sauciere

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:20+01:00 April 26th, 2008|

The French food at Charly's is admittedly limited. It lacks the buzz of a Paris bistro and the brilliance of provincial ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:23+01:00 May 24th, 2008|

The Parioli neighborhood was among Rome's first certifiable upper middle class (read affluent) districts to keep up with... Read More

The Perfect Bun

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:23+01:00 February 14th, 2009|

The Perfect Bun is a refreshingly authentic take on American cuisine, which in Rome is so often represented by frozen wi... Read More

Freni e Frizioni

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:24+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

The space once housed a hole-in-the-wall auto mechanic, which accounts for ultra-narrow interior and name, which means "... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:26+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

The upscale restaurant (managed by Paris-trained, Bergamasco-native chef James Foglieni) dishes up high-level "light" Me... Read More

Court Delicati

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:27+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

The white walls and minimalist décor seem to actually indicate a style rather than an absence of one, and the Chinese a... Read More

Enoteca Casa Bleve

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:27+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

There are few more hospitable places for a Rome lunch than this one. The luxury (in an arcade-like, neo-classic setting)... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:28+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

There’s no doubt that the food could be more distinguished, but Romolo nonetheless boasts one of Rome’s loveliest (a... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:28+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

These two places (same ownership) style themselves as American "grill and pizza" joints. Lot of that going around. Steak... Read More

Cul de Sac

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:28+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

Think tapas Italian-style at this eclectic hotspot near Piazza Navona. Wonderful takes on French classics like escargot ... Read More

Al Ceppo

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:30+01:00 April 27th, 2008|

This actually started out quite modestly in the 1960s as hearty, inexpensive trattoria for local Pariolini. Times change... Read More

Rossini Restaurant

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:31+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

This dining den for opera divas now has Sardinian chef Vincenzo Loi’s international experience (Spain, Asia, Switzerla... Read More

Taverna Rossini

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:32+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

This excellent pizzeria and restaurant in Parioli is open 12/7 — not bad for Rome — and serves the multitudes (liter... Read More

Surya Mahal

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:32+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

This gracious Indian venue — tandoori oven fare — happily finds itself in a lovely Trastevere location, complete wit... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:34+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

This hole-in-the-wall Japanese surprises and delights. Blink, and you’ll walk past it. Wonderful miso soup with a nice... Read More

Bla Konga

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:34+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

This hybrid of Scandinavian and Italian cuisine in the Salario neighborhood (off Via Po) is interesting if a little unse... Read More

Big Hilda Café

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:34+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

This is a small, poster-covered pub in the Trastevere heartland (on Via del Cinque, 33, off Piazza Trilussa). Good beer ... Read More

Da Cesare

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:35+01:00 April 29th, 2008|

This locale in Piazza Cavour serves up various appetizing fish dishes, including mixed fried fish and seafood platters. ... Read More

La Tana dei Golosi

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:35+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

This low-key eatery (and enoteca) has a highly original menu that puts a spin on traditional regional dishes and alterna... Read More

Le Mani in Pasta

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:36+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

This newish (2003) off-the-beaten tourist track restaurant near Santa Cecilia gets praise for pasta with clams and tuna ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:36+01:00 May 28th, 2008|

This old warhorse has managed to keep prices more-or-less in check despite the high-rent district around it. Being Abruz... Read More

Fig’s Cafe

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:37+01:00 April 9th, 2008|

This quaint spot, with a courtyard and inside dining, seems lifted wholesale from Boston Commons, or Earl’s Court — ... Read More

Da Bolognese

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:38+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

This slightly overrated luxury spot has had many incarnations over the years, including a stint as a dolce vita hot spot... Read More

The Kitchen

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:38+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

This softly lit, minimalist-design restaurant on the fringes of Testaccio offers creative Mediterranean cuisine with a p... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:38+01:00 February 24th, 2009|

This super-central eatery is an excellent choice for a work brunch (same for Saturday and Sunday). It's tasty, tasteful,... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:38+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

This tiny trattoria is run by an engineer-turned-restaurateur who serves hearty fare with a particular leaning toward fo... Read More

La Campana

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:39+01:00 April 27th, 2008|

This vintage Roman trattoria dates to 1527 but has a 1950s atmosphere. The food is old school — which is to say stable... Read More

Da Baffetto

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:39+01:00 April 29th, 2008|

This well-known pizza place near Piazza Navona is hard to get into and usually you have to go either early (7:30ish) or ... Read More

La Scala

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:41+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

Though it changed hands in 2012, La Scala remains the essence of a Roman trattoria: bountiful and quietly elegant. The c... Read More

Il Cedro del Libano

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:41+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Though very much off the beaten track, this quiet Lebanese place offers top-notch homemade falafel, couscous, baba ganou... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:42+01:00 May 24th, 2008|

Too packed for its own, but that doesn't diminish the capable and colorful approach to straightforward Rome fare. Proble... Read More

San Marco

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:42+01:00 April 19th, 2008|

Trendy, loud, three blocks off Via Veneto, and packed most evenings beginning at 9 p.m. Semi-open kitchen and rows of oi... Read More

Il Bacaro

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:43+01:00 April 8th, 2008|

Tucked in a charming nook in the centro storico, Il Bacaro quietly prepares some of Rome’s most delightful meals. The ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:44+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Two efficient Argentine spots that merge good cuisine with ever-present but entertaining Rome kitsch (tango concerts). T... Read More

La Carbonara

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:45+01:00 April 20th, 2008|

Unfortunately an institution (this one founded in 1906) is sometimes institutional. Classic Roman trattoria food is hit ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:45+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Upscale and overpriced Indian that sometimes takes itself a bit too seriously and could use some polishing (it has the c... Read More

La Rosetta

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:48+01:00 April 27th, 2008|

When dining with an Italian diplomat, the meal was a splendid mastery of the art of cooking fish and seafood. Later visi... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:51+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

With its lower Manhattan flavor, "Before" (a reference to BC) offers Argentine beef (meat and cheese) or veggie platters... Read More

Isola Puket

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:52+01:00 April 23rd, 2008|

Workmanlike Thai fare in the Trieste section of the city (Largo Somalia, to be precise). Simple, to-the-point: good curr... Read More

Nuovo Mondo

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:52+01:00 April 9th, 2008|

You really can’t go wrong with the light and crunchy pizza. But go also for the atmosphere: marble-top tables, hand-dr... Read More

Jonathan’s Angels

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:53+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

You’d think this is a left-over biker bar somehow beamed from 1970 Altamont to latter day Piazza del Fi... Read More

Osteria di Rubbiara

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:38+01:00 May 11th, 2008|

Leave your feminist inclinations and your cellular phone at the door when you come to Italo Pedroni’s eatery just a fe... Read More

Porto Bello

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:41+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Located on the island of Salina (in the Aeolian group with Stromboli and Lipari), this is one of the best restaurants in... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:19+01:00 May 11th, 2008|

Fish and seafood so exquisitely prepared makes Uliassi a contender for best seafood meal in Italy. Flavors pop, enhanced... Read More

Da Trombicche

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:51+01:00 May 29th, 2008|

A popular and lively taverna/enoteca opened near Piazza del Campo in the early 1990s, Da Trombicche and its co-managers ... Read More

Le Logge

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:52+01:00 May 29th, 2008|

A stone's throw from Piazza del Campo, La Logge has always risked tourist sullying — an progressive ailment that induc... Read More

Osteria Castelvecchio

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:23+01:00 May 29th, 2008|

Good news: Strong, hearty cuisine, and you can still get away with €20-25 a head (including a carafe of house Chianti)... Read More

Hosteria il Carroccio

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:57+01:00 May 29th, 2008|

One of my favorites — tiny, a great menu, a fresh light interior, and friendly staff. I usually order the pici, a thic... Read More

Osteria del Coro

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:13+01:00 May 29th, 2008|

Stefano Azzi is the restaurant. The chef and owner knows his territory, and the awareness emerges in the dishes. Conside... Read More

Tullio ai Tre Cristi

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:16+01:00 May 29th, 2008|

The contrada la giraffe is considered upscale, even monarchic (Vittorio Emanuele made it "imperial" in the 1930s). But a... Read More

Ristorante Caruso

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:33+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

In essence an Enrico Caruso museum that doubles as a restaurant. Ignore the ultra-kitsch inherent to all such efforts an... Read More

Gli Archi

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:40+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

Located inside the historical Bellevue Syrene hotel, Gli Archi is open in winter, which is a treat. It offers both stupe... Read More

Don Alfonso 1890

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:16+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

Tagged as the best restaurant in southern Italy and one of a handful in the country to have earned three Michelin stars ... Read More

L’Antica Trattoria

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:52+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

Workmanlike upscale, which is to say wannabe luxury. There’s a €110 prix fixe menu and a vegetarian one for half the... Read More

Bar Giardino Bonci

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:45+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

The spot with a view over the rolling hills of verdant Umbria. Ideal for those on a tight budget. Morning coffee, or lun... Read More

Il Pinturrichio

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:19+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

The breadbasket alone is a good omen: the foccaccia is exquisitely flaky and slightly smoky made with lardo (pork fat) ... Read More

La Bastiglia

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:26+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

The town’s classiest service and best gourmet dining is in this luxury rustic hotel. Michelin-starred chef Marco Gubbi... Read More

Il Molino

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:27+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

The wiry Neapolitan chef turns out excellent, sophisticated cuisine. Great wine list. Menu lists the olive oils used and... Read More

Enoteca Properizio

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:53+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Your first stop for learning about Umbrian wine should be at what winemakers call “Umbria’s best wine store.” Carv... Read More

Osteria del Trivio

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:01+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

At this friendly trattoria an inspired chef emphasizes traditional Umbrian cooking and ensures that everything is homema... Read More

Osteria del Matto

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:18+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Filippo Matto lords over this fairly new trattoria (2000). Matto, which means crazy in Italian, was a once valet to Two ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:40+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Locals gather at this spot located near the 1,000-year-old Franciscan convent and across from Spoleto’s Archeological ... Read More

Tric Trac

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:59+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Outside dining offers a dazzling view of Spoleto’s Duomo (late afternoon the sunlight strikes the gold mosaics). The h... Read More

Il Pentagramma

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:15+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Stone walls, cotta floors, and a wood-burning oven have made a cozy restaurant from former stables. Fiori di zucca here ... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:38+01:00 May 25th, 2008|

Like a budget house-of-primi, Nino's place offers pasta (biavette, corzetti, Agnolotti, cappelletti, tagliatelle, and on... Read More

La Gaia Scienza

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:41+01:00 May 25th, 2008|

Located near the city's ancient university, this place (named for a theatrical street troupe) has a rundown, candlelit b... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:29:52+01:00 May 25th, 2008|

No, not the opposite of AB negative. Instead, the A.B. is chef Alessandro Boglione. Boglione, a Bra native, is a new gen... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:00+01:00 May 25th, 2008|

Outstanding no-frills pizzeria and restaurant that has stood the test of time. The wood oven gives you top-notch pizza, ... Read More

Le Tre Galline

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:25+01:00 May 25th, 2008|

The Three Hens, a recently-remodeled Turin staple, is all Piemonte when it comes to food. Cesare Pavese ate here, no dou... Read More

Paglia e Fieno Bistrot

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:31+01:00 June 11th, 2008|

This cozy little French Bistro, located in what was the cantina of a historic building, has vaulted ceilings and rustic ... Read More

Ristorante Vo

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:46+01:00 January 18th, 2010|

Vo is located a stone's throw from the Po River (a walk down Via dei Mille takes you to the banks). The stylish place wa... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:49+01:00 May 25th, 2008|

Where’s the beef? Here. The owners transformed a carpentry shop located on the Po into a steakhouse and wood-oven pizz... Read More

Sfashion Café

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:52+01:00 May 25th, 2008|

You get the best and worst of provincial kitsch in this Liberty-Deco mishmash with weird renditions of Mick Jagger and h... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:28:55+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

After my amusing first lunch amidst gondoliers, two subsequent visits turned up merely adequate fare and fewer laughs. L... Read More

Orient Express

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:10+01:00 June 28th, 2008|

Diners with a wad to blow should head straight for the train station when the Orient Express is in town (from Venice, th... Read More

Panificio Milani

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:13+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

Excellent breads, rolls, pastries and variations on pizza are at this bread bakery. Pair them up with cheese purchased f... Read More

Le Cafè

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:22+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

Gem-like pastries glisten, the aroma is divine, and the bar is likely to be full of Venetians in for a quick hit, either... Read More

Corte Sconta

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:44+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

Lucia and her relatives opened this restaurant in 1980 and customers settle in to a warm welcome. On the approach one mi... Read More

Ristorante al Colombo

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:50+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

Near the Teatro Goldoni, Al Colombo attracts Italian actors and theatergoers for its pleasant outside seating — a good... Read More

Latteria Ronchi

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:51+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

No matter that Latteria Ronchi cheese shop is tiny, all of the local and regional cheeses are well-selected and superbly... Read More

Caffè Florian

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:53+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

Nothing beats this bar for sheer beauty. Its 1720 interior is delightfully frescoed, adorned with antique mirrors, cushy... Read More

Harry’s Bar

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:55+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

On high alert for signs of cliché, staleness, or an abundance of Hawaiian shirts, I instead found a place that fits lik... Read More

Le Bistrot de Venise

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:07+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

Rightly ado about wine: some 510 by the glass, more by the bottle. Rarely does a restaurateur track down sich interestin... Read More

Andrea Zanin

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:17+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

The artistic windows are so alluring they're like pastry sirens tempting passing sailors. Fortunately, here the quality ... Read More

Al Timon

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:20+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

The four or five scarred wooden tables, the ceiling beams, and a blackboard owner’s eclectic wines favorites are reaso... Read More

Vini Da Gigio

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:23+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

The place may be packed with tourists, but you can still dine well with Paolo and Laura. Paolo selects excellent wines. ... Read More

Fiaschetteria Toscana

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:46+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

Warm hosts, an inviting atmosphere — indoors or out in the piazza — and superb cuisine keep locals loyal for decades... Read More

Ristorante Carpaccio

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:49+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

Whether it's the "emigrant" Abruzzese staff or its position near the Grand Canal on Rio di Ca’ di Dio Canal (near Hote... Read More

Totò Bar

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:50+01:00 April 22nd, 2008|

Why do I always return here when décor is nothing special and always skip their food? For a quick boost of their tasty ... Read More

Il Cenacolo

By | 2018-03-22T08:28:59+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Another Piazza Bra mixed bag. Cuisine is traditional but look toward the ample grill since it dishes up excellent meats ... Read More

Il Desco

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:45+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

Michelin-beloved Verona fusion (extra-virgin "gelato" anyone?) that’s as tasty as it is overpriced (hard to walk out f... Read More

Tre Corone

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:20+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

The full name of this place, which is on Piazza Bra near the Arena, is La Trattoria di Giovanni Rana Tre Corone. As impr... Read More


By | 2018-03-22T08:30:22+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

The motto, in dialect, reads: "Magnammo e ppo' vevimmo pechhè quando murimmo chissà si' all' auto munno taverne nce tr... Read More

Osteria del Duca

By | 2018-03-22T08:30:27+01:00 May 10th, 2008|

There’s a suggestion that this 1200s palazzo was once owned by the Montecchi family which might make it Romeo's house,... Read More

La Macina

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:45+01:00 May 9th, 2008|

Max and Anna (a brother/sister team) earned their stripes running a cantina at Vetralla’s annual "Cene in Cantine" fes... Read More

Ristorante Graziano

By | 2018-03-22T08:29:20+01:00 April 30th, 2008|

Formerly called Il Mulinazzo, this excellent rural place (about an hour from Palermo) is run by Adriano and Francesco Gr... Read More

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