I’ve had an avalanche of reader mail about dining in Rome this week and, while I don’t mind answering messages individually, I think sharing information is really important. I have listed some of this Q&A below so upcoming visitors to Rome can benefit. Feel free to add your own questions to the comments section and I will respond to them in an upcoming post.
Q: What are the rules for tipping in Rome?
A: I get this one a lot. This post outlines how to tip in Rome and Italy in general.
Q: Do you have a list of favorite places to eat and drink in Rome?
A: I do indeed, though it occurs to me that this is a mental list and I need to write a dedicated post on the topic. In the meantime, here are some places I love: If you are looking for fine dining, check out Glass, All’Oro, and Il Pagliaccio. For upscale traditional Roman cuisine, there’s L’Arcangelo and Roscioli. For upscale modern Italian, Antico Arco is an excellent choice. If you prefer traditional cucina romana at moderate prices, Da Danilo and Flavio al Velavevodetto are your best bets. For Neapolitan style pizza, check out Tonda and La Gatta Mangiona, while Da Remo serves the quintessential thin crust Roman pie. For gelato, Il Gelato di Claudio Torce’, Gori, and Fatamorgana cannot be beat. I also really like Latte di Neve. My favorite wine bars are Il Goccetto, Remigio, and La Barrique. For beer, I love Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa, Open Baladin, The Blind Pig, and Brasserie 4:20. Don’t miss pizza by the slice at Pizzarium or pizza bianca at Forno Roscioli. For more, check out my free web based app and the “My Rome” tab.
Q: I’ll be in Rome at the end of August and I hear most restaurants are closed. Which ones will be open.
A: You actually have a much greater choice than in previous years. Some of Rome’s best restaurants will be open for the entire month of August (except August 15). You can see the round up I wrote for the NYT here.
Q: I’m travelling to Rome on a budget. Can I eat well and save money, too?
Q: Are there casual places to drink wine in Rome?
A: Three of my locals, Al Vino Al Vino, Cavour 313, and La Barrique, are contenders. I also recommend Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi, Il Goccetto, Cul de Sac, and Enoteca Provincia Romana.
Q: Can you suggest a couple local places for morning coffee and breakfast? We are staying at the Nicholas Inn in Monti.
A: Roman breakfast is usually a pasty and espresso or cappuccino consumed standing at the bar. If you want something a bit more leisurely, but with the same menu, I suggest heading over to Piazza Madonna dei Monti for breakfast with a view (people watching, that is). I also really like the Illy cafe next to the Hotel Ivanhoe on Via Urbana, and the Antico Caffe del Brasile on Via dei Serpenti.