The biggest food danger you should be aware of in Rome are the tourist traps. If there are waiters outside trying to lure you in, don't go. If you see anything even remotely similar to "touch menu", don't go. Is the menu tabbed in 15 different languages? Don't go. You get the point.
The best way to find great eats in foreign cities is to just walk. Find a pretty neighborhood, get lost going down all the little side streets and I promise you will find a gem.
Here are our top dinner picks. Get Hook'd!
Esatto, Jewish Ghetto
Esatto is easily in my top 3 favorite restaurants in Rome. I discovered it by, guess what, wandering through the Jewish Ghetto district and spotted it out of the corner of my eye. The food here is Italian with a modern spin and super fresh ingredients. It's the fine dining experience without the crazy price. They charge by plate here, rather then by item. One plate (chosen from any course) is €15, two plates are €25, and three plates are €30. Keep an eye out for our restaurant feature on them!
- Filet Mignon
- Amatriciana Di Mare - Large Pastas with Octopus and Pancetta
La Via Emilia, Prati
This little place is tucked away in a residential neighborhood near the Vatican. It is owned by the sweetest Northern Italian couple you've ever met, and if the food doesn't keep you coming every week, they surely will. This place specializes in the Northern classic, Piadine, which could be described sort of as an Italian style quesadilla. They can be stuffed with anything from Tomato and Mozzarella to Prosciutto and Truffle spread. La Via Emilia also serves, in my humble opinion, the best Lambrusco in Rome. I order it every time, because no other wine goes so perfectly with every single dish they serve. Another great perk is that you can bring your healthy friends here without complaints because they have one of the best salad selections in the city.
- Gnocchi Fritti (Fried Gnocchi served with mixed meats and cheeses for stuffing)
- Piadina special of the day
- Every salad on the menu
Another gem in Prati, Porto is a prime place to satisfy your seafood craving while also satisfying your wallet. Filled with fresh seafood and refreshing white wines, Porto is a summer must try. In the mood for something meaty? Try their sister restaurant Quarto next door. They serve nothing but burgers. Be sure to reserve either of these places on the weekends!
- House white wine
- Polpo and Pesto Potatoes
- Fried Calamari and Shrimp
- Plate of Mixed Grilled Fish
Trust me, I know Italian food can get old after a few weeks of nothing but pasta when you first arrive. Close by to school, and budget friendly for students, Jaipur is right off of Viale Di Trastevere and holds a treasure trove of indian food to share with friends. I suggest getting as many dishes as appeal to you and share them all!
- Lentil Dahl
- Mixed Appetizers like Samosas and Chickpea Batter fried Vegetables
- Garlic Naan
This restaurant is part of the Italian "0 km Movement" where all of their ingredients come from within less than 1 kilometer, or about 1.6 miles. Although its slightly pricier than your typical Italian eatery, it is more than worth it thanks to the quality and creativity of the dishes and their ingredients.
- Carbonara with Zucchini
- "Padella" pasta which is served right in the pan
- Tortelli stuffed with Ricotta and Thyme with Organic Lamb
- House White Wine - It's crisp and refreshing and perfect for a hot day!
Although one of the most famous restaurants in Rome, this place never fails to please with it's Roman classics. Definitely make a reservation!
- Cacio E Pepe (Made Tableside!)