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Rome

La Carbonara dal 1906
A Roman trattoria with more than a hundred years under its belt, La Carbonara dal 1906 is an authentic spot to try traditional Roman cuisine in Monti.
Maccheroni
A Roman restaurant near the Pantheon in the Centro Storico, Maccheroni serves up hearty plates of Italian fare, with lashings of atmosphere.
Pescheria Osteria Sor Duilio
A fishmonger and restaurant in Trieste, Pescheria Osteria Sor Duilio is a sleek, family-run space in which to buy or dine on superlatively fresh seafood.
Agata e Romeo
An elegant family-run restaurant, Agata e Romeo serves outstanding Roman cuisine, best washed down with a bottle from the impressive cellar.
Casina Valadier
Found atop the Pincian Hill in Rome, Casina Valadier offers panoramic views, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, and creative cocktails.
Osteria Bonelli
Found in the Tor Pignattara area, Osteria Bonelli offers up generous and authentic Roman cuisine in its unassuming, unfailingly popular space.
Capo Boi
An elegant restaurant in the Coppede district, Capo Boi specialises in serving its devoted clientele delicious seafood in its old world dining room.
Kook
A bit out of Rome proper, Kook serves up delicious Mediterranean dishes, including pizzas, in its quirky, quasi-industrial space near the town of Olgiata.
Green T
Upscale gourmet address serving Chinese high cuisine that follows traditional recipes bound to surprise even the most seasoned traveller and good enough to make you skip pasta for an entire evening.
Infernotto
Reliable address on Pigneto's buzzy pedestrian thoroughfare, this place takes its name from the infernotto, the most hidden part of wine cellars where only the
Pommidoro
A carnivorous choice of restaurant that pulses with proleteriat chic.
Enoteca Palatium
This modern restaurant and enoteca is dedicated to cuisine from the oft-forgotten region of Lazio.
Primo al Pigneto
A stylish mix between a bistrot and a traditional osteria, Primo is hailed as one of the best restaurants in Pigneto, the new hotspot elected by the city's most alternative and knowledgeable crowds.
Tiepolo
A relaxed and funky choice in Roma Nord, Tiepolo is a tourist-free zone, populated by a young and fashionable crowd who've clearly made this bistro part of their scene.
L’Arcangelo
Sommelier and owner Arcangelo Dandini opened this elegant trattoria at the end of 2003 with his wife Stefania, and has since received great acclaim on account of Tuscan chef Fulvio Pierangelini's innovative takes on Roman cuisine.
Glass Hostaria
Glass Hostaria is a slice of civilised and contemporary restaurant dining in amongst the rowdy Trastevere tourist traffic.
Hosteria del Pesce
Acutely fashionable and glamorous, despite being, by all accounts, a massively overpriced fish restaurant.
Del Frate
From the outside Del Frate looks like a dusty old enoteca, but once you're through the door things are refreshingly modern, clean and fresh.
Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
A real hidden gem. Despite the unassuming room, and checked tablecloths, this taverna turns out some of the best pasta in Rome.
Nonna Betta
Walking into Nonna Betta and being welcomed by owner Umberto Pavoncello makes you feel like you're entering a welcoming Jewish home in the heart of Rome.
Angelina a Trevi
The rustic flavour of this brand new restaurant tucked in a tiny square a few steps away from the bustling Trevi Fountain is that of a quiet and relaxing garden
Pizzeria la Montecarlo
Along with Da Baffetto around the corner, and Da Francesco in Piazza del Fico, this rustic pizzeria is the third in the great pizza triumvirate around Piazza Na
Il Pagliaccio
An exceptional restaurant on almost all counts, where Michelin-starred chef Anthony Genovese has been captivating contemporary Romans with his Mediterranean concoctions tinged with Asiatic touches for two years.
Enoteca Costantini Il Simposio
This rather stuffy wine bar and restaurant on Piazza Cavour is very appealing in the colder months, when you can neck back some corpulent wines in a sumptuous i
Enoteca Ferrara
Hailed as one of the finest gastronomic experiences in Rome, Ferrara has all the trappings of a pretentious, arrogant eaterie, with its formal layout and starched white tablecloths, and service that is characteristically not of the calibre the preten
Antico Arco
An enchanting venue set on the edge of the park.
Arancia Blu
A very friendly establishment with dark wood tables, and an interior embellished with interesting decorative touches.
Hostaria dell’Orso
Once an inn accommodating the likes of Dante and then Goethe, Hostaria dell'Orso is housed in a 15th-century patrician palazzo on the banks of the Tiber.
Dal Bolognese
Traditional high-end Roman eaterie Dal Bolognese poses no surprises or edgy mystique, but sometimes there's more to life than gritty nouveau-chic.
Lo Scopettaro
This tiny restaurant by the side of the Tiber is said to be a favourite haunt of the Fendi family, the founders of the Rome-based fashion house.
Bla Kongo
This cute bistro offers a warm and unpretentious atmosphere, as well as an unusual menu.
Tutti Frutti
A real hidden gem in rustic, authentic Testaccio, Tutti Frutti is an artsy, informal and friendly dining spot.
La Taverna degli Amici
This heavenly refuge sits in the corner of an ivy-clad square behind the traffic hub of Piazza Venezia and just begs summertime lunchtime boozing.
Santa Lucia
Santa Lucia is a prime example of an excellent restaurant spitting-distance from the square, yet a world away from the caricature cartoon artists and tacky tat.
Mezzo
Mezzo is a slinky, stylish, New York-style eatery with white walls and high ceilings.
Da Enzo al 29
On the other, less touristy side of Trastevere this unaffected, homely trattoria dishes up some of the best and heartiest pasta in Rome.
Hostaria Costanza
Don't be put off by the anonymous entrance of this upscale yet still down- to-earth osteria in the heart of the historical centre, a few steps away from heavily-trodden Campo dei Fiori.
Pastificio San Lorenzo
Set in a renovated old industrial building hosting exhibits, photo shootings and artistic events, this restaurant in the heart of San Lorenzo is one of Rome's best addresses for its upscale New York diner atmosphere with a Roman accent.
La Rosetta
Massimo Riccioli's lauded fish restaurant feels like a ship inside, all wooden portholes and white tablecloths, and the most comprehensive list of Mediterranean aquatic creatures imaginable.
Taverna Angelica
This is a decent choice in the lost corner of Borgo Pio - an area that predominantly caters to the touristy backwash of Vatican visitors with unconvincing cuisine.

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