Not sure if this is an universal thing but whenever we go to places where lots of tourists go to (and Rome is definitely one of those places), it can be quite tricky to find something that is (or at least feels) local and “real”. One trick always helps.
Cannot stress this enough: TripAdvisor and mainly the iPhone app is the most powerful tool for me during a trip. Ah, just to point it out, this is not sponsored. I normally download the city guide before a trip so that even on flight mode you can track where you are and what’s around you. Reviews and an estimate of how expensive each restaurant is, are always (and I mean always) a great help. Like this I managed to never feel like a ripped off tourist whether it was in New York, Amsterdam, London or Rome.
And here are my three recommendations for Rome. All lovely, small places that will give you something special and at first you’d walk past it.
This bistrot has fantastic sandwiches (as you can see in the picture also hot dogs but we didn’t try those) and all three that I tasted were all simply tasty and felt very unique. Ingredients were Italian ham, Italian cheese and baguette of great quality. Sandwiches are usually below 5 Euro, great value for money. Have you heard of those soulless sandwiches by Subway? Yeah, better go here.
- After experiencing the Vatican in all its epicness (it is pretty epic) at 33 degrees, hunger attacks you when you least need it. But again the app helped out and we found this little pasta place. Homemade pasta that is of great quality. I tried the Carbonara and what can I say? It was great, haven’t had a Carbonara of that quality EVER in Germany. Well, not that surprising. Either way, if you’re around the Vatican, go here (currently number 22 on TripAdvisor for whole Rome).
Pasta Chef – Street Food Gourmet
There is a reason why this little place (just around the corner of the Colosseum by the way) is currently number 1 (!) out of 9.222 restaurants in Rome. An owner that is simply a great guy welcomes you friendly and with patience, no rush over here. Although the place is not huge, chances are good to find a spot to eat. We actually came twice because it was simply delicious at a great price (no main dish is more than 10 Euro). The pasta is probably one of the best I’ve tried in my life.