The lords of the Roman Empire may have been the richest people in all the land, but that doesn’t mean you have to be royalty to eat like a king in Rome. From backstreet pizzerias to local trattorias, here’s where to find feasts fit for gladiators without burning a hole in your wallet.
There are pasta shops and speciality restaurants all over Rome, but it can sometimes be difficult to find a balance between price and quality. Here, at Pastificio, however, the plates come with mounds of perfect pasta and the prices will bring a smile to your face. The daily dishes basically consist of two different types of pasta. Choose whichever one tickles your pickle and enjoy with a glass of wine! Although, at less than €5 a plate, you might as well order one of each!
Address: Via della Croce, 8
The source of great debate, there’s not a pizzeria in Rome that doesn’t claim to make the “best pizza in Rome!”. But why run the risk when you can order authentic, thin-crusted slices of perfection for less than €10 a pop at this locals’ favourite! Stick to rustic mozzarella, basil and tomato toppings or try the Pizzeria Leoncino speciality, which is an onion, bean and sausage pizza. That’ll keep you going as you explore the Eternal City.
Address: Via del Leoncino, 28
Beside pizza and pasta, one of the other must-try dishes in Rome is porchetta, a sort of slow roasted hunk of pork with traditional herbs. And here, at this intimate and informal little restaurant, they’ve been perfecting it with love and care since 1890. Soulful and warming, it goes down perfectly with a glass of two of the house wine. Not bad for less than €10!
Address: Via del Viminale 2F
Simple, rustic Roman cooking, Hostaria Romana is all about Nonna-made-this style dishes that come in hearty portions and at excellent prices. Naturally you’ll get all the classics, including carbonara, hearty soups and seafood dishes, but be sure to pop in for lunch during the artichoke season — fried, braised or grilled… this is what you’ve been dreaming of.
Address: Via del Boccaccio, 1
Fior di Luna
You can find great quality ice-cream all over Rome, but the prices tend to creep up quite dramatically once the word “artisanal” is introduced. Thankfully, however, things are quite different at this innovative little gelateria. With a slogan that proclaims their commitment to using “Science that honors the past and looks to the future”, their tantalizing scoops elevate classic recipes and capitalize on local produce whenever possible. This is art that you can actually afford to invest in.
Address: Via della Lungaretta, 96