/Rome Easter Dining 2017 Edition

Rome Easter Dining 2017 Edition

Pasqua (Easter Sunday) and Pasquetta (Easter Monday) are just around the corner. I can almost smell the whole lamb roasting away in the oven. If you are visiting Rome during Easter and aren’t able to partake in the traditional Easter lamb feast in someone’s home, don’t fret! There are some delicious places that will be open on Easter Sunday as well as Easter Monday, which is also a holiday. Tables are in high demand so be sure to make your dining arrangements ASAP. Here’s where to eat:

Antico Arco: Creative cuisine which draws inspiration from the ingredients and recipes of south-central Italy. Expensive, but not excessively so. Open for both lunch and dinner on Easter Sunday and Monday. Call +39065815274 for reservations.

Cesare al Casaletto: This neo-trattoria at the end of the Tram #8 will serve lunch and dinner on Easter Sunday and Monday. There is a wonderful outdoor seating area, weather permitting. Call +39 06536015 for bookings.

Flavio Velavevodetto: moderately priced Roman cuisine with outdoor seating. Open both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday for lunch and dinner. I still like this place, but I’m a regular and therefore get better service than most visitors might. Many guests have reported poor food and service experiences in the past months. Dine at your own risk. Call +39065744194 for bookings.

La Torricella: Classic Roman cuisine and lots of fish in a familial setting in Testaccio. Open Sunday and Monday at lunch and dinner. Call +39065746311 to book.

Mesob: One of Rome’s best gastronomic–and budget–destinations, this Ethiopian restaurant will be open both Sunday and Monday at lunch and dinner. Reservations essential for lunch. Call +393382511621.

Pizzarium will be closed Sunday and open Monday.

Tavernaccia Da Bruno: This amazingly delicious trattoria will be open for lunch and dinner on Sunday and Monday. This is tied with Cesare for my top holiday dining spot. Call +39065812792

2017-04-13T09:58:38+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio|32 Comments


  1. Dining in Rome Around Easter April 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm - Reply

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  2. Petulia April 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm - Reply

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      It’s Silvio Pistone’s sheep!

  3. […] Lots of Rome restaurants will be closed on Easter Sunday and Monday in Rome, so if you haven’t already booked a table, do so now! Two of our favorite restaurants will be open: Flavio Velavevodetto, an excellent restaurant for cucina romana done Slow Food style (+39 065744194), and La Campana, a restaurant a stone’s throw from Piazza Navona that just may be the oldest restaurant in Rome (+39 066875273). For more, check out Katie Parla’s post on restaurants open over Easter in Rome. […]

  4. Katie March 31, 2013 at 1:55 am - Reply

    cesare, flavio and la campana are booked at lunch sunday but still have availability otherwise.

  5. Tanya February 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Ciao! We are planning our trip to Italy 2014 and will be in Rome for Easter. Would these still apply for this year?


    • Katie March 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      they usually don’t change much from year to year!

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  7. Kim March 3, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Wondering if can recommend restaurant near Vatican for after Easyervsunday MAss? Many closed on Sunday. Thank yiu

    • Katie March 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Kim, you should grab a cab and go to Cesare al Casaletto. I dont recommend anything near the Vatican for Easter Sunday lunch, unfortunately

  8. Kelly March 24, 2015 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for these tips!! We’ve been scrambling to make reservations for Easter without luck so far. We will try Antico Arco and Cesare al Casaletto now.

  9. Jenny March 24, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie – thanks for the tips! Do you think Cesare and Flavio will have fixed “special occasion” menus for Easter lunch, or will it be possible to order normally? Thanks!

    • Katie March 25, 2015 at 12:19 am - Reply

      @jenny i think they will have a la carte menus

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  11. Maggie April 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Just to note, I was at Flavio Velavevodetto earlier tonight for Easter Sunday and they seem to have had a limited menu (no carbonara :[). Wish I had known because I think I would have gone elsewhere. Thanks for the suggestions, though! I’ve been to Cesare al Casaletto and it was great!

    • Katie April 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Maggie, Most places limit their menus somewhat on big holidays. It makes the food better:) Glad you enjoyed Flavio and Cesare. My favorites!

  12. Maggie April 8, 2015 at 3:39 am - Reply

    I wish I could say I enjoyed Flavio but the service was awful. It wasn’t that busy and our waiter spent a lot of time at another larger table and ignored all the other smaller tables (at least our table wasn’t the only one ignored). Our plates were never cleared and we never got the dessert we asked for. We finally gave up waiting and just asked for the check.

    • Katie April 8, 2015 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      bummer, maggie! sorry to hear that. it happens especially on holidays though it should not.

  13. Angel April 10, 2015 at 4:36 am - Reply

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  15. Tom G February 24, 2016 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Does anybody have any thoughts on where to eat Easter Dinner in Venice, by any chance?

  16. Lisa March 6, 2016 at 3:10 am - Reply

    I am starting off in Rome but ending up in Venice and too will have Easter in Venice. I second Tom G’s question above. Do you have any recommendations by chance for Easter dinner there? Thanks!

    • Katie Parla March 6, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      I would try alle testiere!

  17. Aga March 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    We are coming to Rome the weekend after Easter. Do any restaurants offer their Easter specialties through the whole post-Ester week?

    • Katie Parla March 19, 2016 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      They only serve easter specialties (like coralina and pizza pasquale, etc) on easter, but you will find seasonal springtime dishes like lamb and coratella and viganrola for sure

      • Aga March 21, 2016 at 2:35 am - Reply

        Thank you! My husband and I met in Rome in 1999 (neither of us is Italian) and then went back for our honeymoon in 2004. Two kids later, we will have glorious 4 nights in Rome sans kids! Are you familiar with Cooking the Roman Way by David Downie? We were thinking about trying some of the restaurants from the book, but I’m afraid 14 years after the print they may not be worth it. Any thoughts?

        • Aga March 21, 2016 at 2:48 am - Reply

          Just realized your new book will be released 2 days before our flight, so I ordered a copy. Can’t tell if it’s heavy on restaurant references, but will for sure enjoy the recipes after we return.

          • Katie Parla March 22, 2016 at 8:49 am

            Thanks so much Aga! It mentions lots of restaurants — Cesare, Armando al Pantheon, and Roscioli, not to mention delicious shops and stalls like Trapizzino and Mordi e Vai!

        • Katie Parla March 22, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

          Downie is great but 4 year old restaurant recommendations aren’t valid, much less 14!

          • Aga March 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm

            Very excited for your book!

  18. John April 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Katie, any suggestions for this weekend in Rome? We just realized it’s Easter and we are going to be in town for our honeymoon.

  19. tom April 14, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Although the main page has a thumbnail with the call out stating Update for 2017, the page is from 2016. May be just a glitch on my end but thought you might want to know.

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