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Restaurants we love in Rome

Italians take their food very seriously and you will never have much difficulty in finding somewhere to eat in Rome. However, some of the best restaurants are hidden away or are only known to the locals. That is why we have put together a list of some of our favourites, from traditional Italian to more modern interpretations of cooking.

Le Asiatique

Largo della Fontanella di Borghese, 86/A, 00186
+39 06 6933 0441

Le Asiatique restaurant is a trendy Asian fusion restaurant in the heart of Rome. It immediately transports you to Asia, through the interior design and Asian customs. The restaurant is broken up into various Japanese rooms, each decorated with artwork from Chiara Montagner. The menu has everything we love about Japanese cuisine, from crispy sushi rice to gyozas. There is an extensive cocktail menu, with exciting combinations as well as the old classics.

Mò Mò Republic

Piazza Carlo Forlanini, 10, 00151
+39 06 537 3087

Mò Mò Republic, within a grand historic villa in Piazza Forlanini, is a lively restaurant with creative menus. The restaurant setting is elaborate, and nothing is understated. The terrace is laid out around the illuminated outdoor pool and the indoor dining rooms have a quirky vibe with brightly coloured walls and massive chandeliers. Brunch on Sundays is served buffet style. There is a huge array of food on display, from towers of charcuterie to endless lines of seafood and croquettes.

Madre Roma

Largo Angelicum, 1/a, 00184
+39 06 678 9046

Madre Roma is housed in a former convent within the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas. The décor is completely unique, with the whole space covered head to toe in hanging plants and flowers. The name Madre, comes from the fact that sourdough starter is present in their dishes. Sourdough starter is called lievito madre, translated as mother yeast. The kitchen is run by talented Michelin starred chef Riccardo di Giacinto. The menu is simple and on trend, focusing on pizza, ceviche and spirits. Dishes are served tapas style, the type of place where you sit together in a group and order lots to share.

Alfredo Alla Scrofa

Via della Scrofa, 104/a, 00186
+39 06 6880 6163

Operating since 1914, Alfredo Alla Scrofa is known as the birthplace of Fettuccine Alfredo. In 1914, Alfredo, the creator of the dish, converted his oils and wines shop into a restaurant and called it Alfredo alla Scrofa. It immediately gained popularity, even among big Hollywood stars. You will see many photos of famous guests in the dining room including Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot. The menu features a nice amount of homemade pasta dishes, traditional meat dishes and several fish options. The dessert menu has some delicious options with a definite French influence.

Vista, Casina Valadier

Casina Valadier, Piazza Bucarest, 00187
+39 06 6992 2090

Vista restaurant is situated within Casina Valadier, a neoclassical-style building surrounded by pristine landscaped gardens. It specialises in seasonal menus and sourcing local produce. Chef Massimo D’Innocenti has a strong eco-friendly ethos and only serves dishes that are naturally available during the ongoing season. Dishes are a celebration of the region, from crispy parmesan dumplings with burrata to Gaeta olives and candied tomatoes.

Zuma Rome

Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 00186
+39 06 9926 6622

Zuma Rome is located in the luxury fashion house of Fendi, occupying two floors of the iconic building. Zuma features fashionable Japanese cuisine in an elegant izakaya-style setting. In Japan, izakaya symbolises an informal eatery where food is shared among table guests. Zuma continues to use some of the main components of Japanese culinary traditions, like the sushi counter and the robata grill. Dishes are designed with bold and intense flavours that emphasise the quality of the ingredients.

Le Jardin de Russie

Hotel de Russie, Via del Babuino, 9, Rome, 00187
+39 06 32 88 88 70

When in Rome, brunch at the city’s most iconic hotel is simply a must. Le Jardin de Russie offers contemporary Italian cuisine within the beautiful surroundings of the terraced courtyard and gardens. Weekend Brunch has been curated by renowned chef Fulvio Piernagelini. Offering the ultimate Italian feast, there are pasta cooking stations, live cooking stations focusing on seasonal produce and a fish corner with sushi, sashimi and oysters. Finish your feast with a selection of classic Italian desserts including panna cotta and tiramisu.

Taverna Trilussa

+39 06 581 8918
Via del Politeama, 23/25, 00153 Rome

A local landmark, Taverna Trilussa’s is a family-run trattoria and has been a local favourite for nearly a century. It is charmingly rustic, with cured meats and dried herbs hanging around the dining room. Their most loved dishes include bucatini all’amatriciana, ravioli mimosa and mozzarella in carrozza, a fried cheese sandwich originating from southern Italy.

Corsetti 1921

27, Piazza di S. Cosimato, 00153, Rome
+39 06 580 9009

Corsetti 1921, is a family-run restaurant which specialises in classic Roman dishes and pays homage to Italian cooking traditions. Some spectacular dishes include the risotto with scampi cream and Roman oxtail stew.

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