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.
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.
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.
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.
Locarno
Go for the Venetian suite in this shabby Art Deco favourite.
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’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.
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.
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.
Glass Hostaria
Glass Hostaria is a slice of civilised and contemporary restaurant dining in amongst the rowdy Trastevere tourist traffic.
Enoteca Palatium
This modern restaurant and enoteca is dedicated to cuisine from the oft-forgotten region of Lazio.
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
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.
Antico Arco
An enchanting venue set on the edge of the park.
Al Bric
Officially a wine and cheese emporium, Al Bric goes above and beyond.

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