It’s almost impossible to visit the Eternal City without putting on a few pounds, because Rome has some of the finest cuisine on the planet. If you want to go ahead and indulge in the Roman food scene though, it’s hard to know where to start considering there are coffee bars, gelaterias, and beautiful-looking restaurants on almost every corner.
For this reason, a guide to wining and dining in Rome is essential. Visit the following places, and you are sure to give your taste buds the Italian experience of a lifetime.
Explore Testaccio Market
Wander around the city any day except Sunday and make your way to Testaccio Market, where locals and tourists mingle to shop for and taste some of the freshest food in the city. From pastas and produce to chocolates, Testaccio Market has it all. Almost every visitor to the city swears that the panini at Mordi e Vai are among the best in all of Rome.
Combine a Classic Cappuccino with Art
What could be more Italian than great coffee and great art? At the Museo Atelier Canova Tadolini, you can admire beautiful sculptures in the artist Canova’s former studio, which now houses a gallery and a café. Remember, cappuccino is almost always a morning beverage in Rome, so get to the gallery early.
Discover Rome’s Best Gelato at Come il Latte
Out of the thousands of gelaterias in Rome, it’s hard for visitors to know which gelato is most worth the price. Look no further than Come il Latte, a relatively recent gelateria in Rome that has one of the best ratings among tourists and locals in the city. Expect very rich, creamy gelato from this shop whose name literally means “like milk,” although non-dairy eaters can also choose among 8 non-milk flavors. In addition to the classic coffee and pistachio flavors, there are plenty of more unique gelatos to try out year-round, and the ingredients are always high-quality, fresh, and seasonal.
Enjoy Wine at Cul de Sac
Cul de Sac boasts a reputation as one of Rome’s original wine bars, and one of the few in the often-visited Piazza Navona district (close to many well-known Rome hotels) to uphold high standards after years of tourist arrivals. Visit this bar to discover a huge and impressive choice of Italian wines, and indulge with the provided delicious cheeses and cured meats.
Dine Like a Roman in Hostaria La Fraschetta
Though it is less known than the Michelin-starred fine dining establishments in Rome, Hostaria La Fraschetta provides top-notch authentic Italian cuisine at decent prices coupled with wonderful Roman hospitality from the owners to make you feel at home. Locals and tourists alike rave about the food here, so make sure to drop by this Acilia-area restaurant to experience a fantastic meal.
For food, coffee, and wine lovers, finding the perfect Italian dining and drinking experiences in Rome can be a hassle with all the choices available. However, with the options included here you are guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds and your thirst for authentic Italian cuisine.
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