Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Vizi Capitali
Don't be put off by the incongruous-looking sign over the door, which gives you the impression that you're about to enter an Eighties steakhouse - this is a genuine find amid the rather mediocre Trastevere tourist trattorie.
Vinarium
A candlelit temple to gastronomic adventures - sit down and strap yourself in for some sensory explosions.
Tutti Frutti
A real hidden gem in rustic, authentic Testaccio, Tutti Frutti is an artsy, informal and friendly dining spot.
Tram Tram
Rooted in the bowels of San Lorenzo, Tram Tram was definitely born on the right side of the bohemian tracks.
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.
The Hg2 guide to Roman food
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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.
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.
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.
San Anselmo
Set in the leafy environs of the Aventine, Hotel Sant'Anselmo offers sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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.
Pommidoro
A carnivorous choice of restaurant that pulses with proleteriat chic.
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
Pierluigi
Pierluigi caters to the dreams of those seeking a picture-postcard Roman holiday, and indeed everyone seems to have a soft spot for this dependable restaurant.
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.
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.
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Osteria dell’Ingegno
This offbeat, chic dining room has everything it takes for a seriously pleasant evening.
Osteria Bonelli
Found in the Tor Pignattara area, Osteria Bonelli offers up generous and authentic Roman cuisine in its unassuming, unfailingly popular space.
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.
Mezzo
Mezzo is a slinky, stylish, New York-style eatery with white walls and high ceilings.
Maccheroni
A Roman restaurant near the Pantheon in the Centro Storico, Maccheroni serves up hearty plates of Italian fare, with lashings of atmosphere.
Locarno
Go for the Venetian suite in this shabby Art Deco favourite.
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.
Le Mani in Pasta
A classic Italian restaurant in Trastavere, Le Mani in Pasta is a neighbourhood joint, serving up delicious dishes in laidback surrounds.
La Terrazza dell’Eden
Boasting possibly the most heart-pinchingly lovely view of Rome, La Terazza restaurant is on the top floor of the Hotel Eden.
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.
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.
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.
L’Asino d’Oro
Serving Umbrian-inspired cuisine, L’Asino d’Oro stands out for its food in a city already known for its top-notch Italian restaurants.
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.
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.
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
Il Tempio di Iside
Pricey, but one of Rome's best seafood restaurants.
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.
Il Margutta
This restaurant has been serving a fully vegetarian menu since its inception in 1979, which may account for the rather odd elevator-style background music.
Hosteria del Pesce
Acutely fashionable and glamorous, despite being, by all accounts, a massively overpriced fish restaurant.
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.
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.
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.

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