Where to eat well in Rome: Top 5 Restaurants
Fortunato al Pantheon: Enjoy classic Italian cuisine at this well-known eatery in Via del Pantheon. There’s an excellent selection of delicious dishes, including beef carpaccio with parmesan and rucola salad, Fiorentina style t-bone steak, meatballs with artichokes, grilled local lamb, and fresh porcini mushrooms roasted or sautèed.
The finest, freshest ingredients, a good wine list, and friendly, professional service add to the experience.
Fish Market: Enjoy fresh local fish at a great price in this restaurant in Via Pietralata, in the north east of the city. It’s different to most other restaurants: you write down what you want at the counter and place your order, pay for it, then wait for your food to be prepared. As with any fish market, the catch varies every day – you could enjoy octopus carpaccio, fish croquettes, sauteed mussels, tuna steak, swordfish, or red shrimp, among many other choices.
La Campana: The oldest restaurant in Rome, La Campana has been around since the 16th Century, and it still retains a classical style and traditional cuisine. There’s a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and excellent service, while standout dishes on the restaurant’s menu include deep fried artichokes, tagliolini with fresh anchovies, and an amazing tiramisu. The restaurant is in Vicolo della Campana, within easy reach of the River Tiber, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.
Antico Arco: This restaurant on the Gianicolo hill offers an intimate setting in which to enjoy Patrizia Mattei’s authentic Italian slow food dishes. Dishes include roasted squid, porcini mushrooms and thyme; poached egg, lobster bouillabaisse and roasted tarragon bread; crispy duck leg, sautéed artichokes and foie gras; and veal tenderloin glazed with strawberry tree honey, Roman gnocchi au gratin and taleggio cheese.
Mirabelle Restaurant: With luxurious decor inside, and magnificent views over Rome outside, Mirabelle Restaurant is one of the city’s best places to eat. Fillets of red mullet in Campari liqueur; scialatielli pasta with octopus, turnip greens, roasted cocktail tomatoes and fish roe; and loin of lamb with cheese and pepper filling, and Roman artichokes are among the delicious dishes of this eatery, which is located on the seventh floor of the Hotel Splendide Royal.