10 x tasty hotspots in Rome (no tourist traps!)

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On a city trip to Rome, but no idea where to settle down in the evening for a really good plate of pasta or a tasty pizza? Culy  has your back. Because there is actually nothing more annoying than thinking that you are in a good restaurant, but when you receive the menu with pictures you already know: we have to get out of here. That is precisely why we have compiled a list of hotspots in Rome that are not tourist traps!

10 x hotspots in Rome

Stay away from the tourist traps with these delicious restaurant tips.

Trattoria Il Pompiere Ristorante Al Ghetto

At Trattoria Pompiere it seems as if time has stood still and perhaps it has. Don’t expect fusion Italian cuisine here, but real Roman cuisine from the 80s. The restaurant is located in the middle of the Jewish ghetto (one of the nicest neighborhoods in Rome) and serves classic Roman-Jewish dishes.

Expect fried artichoke ( carciofi alla giudia),  but also gnocchi with truffle,  tagliolini al limone and of course a perfect spaghetti carbonara. Add this together with charming waiters (often over fifty), small square tables with white sheets and your evening is complete. One of the better hotspots in Rome.

Beppe egg suoi formaggi

Attention cheese lovers! Not feeling very hungry, but still in the mood for good food? At this hotspot in Rome – Beppe ei suoi formaggi – you will find cheese, cheese and more cheese. And cold cuts. Although it looks a bit old fashioned from the outside, it is not. They serve hip Italian beers and modern (orange) wines. Try the vitello tonnato or the smoked pecorino with some mostarda, guaranteed to be a treat.

Dar filettaro a Santa Barbara

If you are in the vicinity of Campo de’ Fiori, you should not miss this hotspot. There isn’t much on the menu at Dar filettaro , read: it’s all about fried bacala  (dried cod), a real Roman specialty. They have been serving this the same way for years and it remains a draw for the Roman locals. Nowadays there is something more on the menu, but if you really want to feel like you are among the locals, order the fried fish and a plate of anchovies with butter.

Renato e Luisa

At Renato e Luisa you eat Italian classics again, but chef Renato likes to experiment. The classic dishes have already undergone a small twist here. The chef here constantly keeps an eye on whether you have enough to eat and drink. If not? Then he donates himself.

Order the pasta with fresh anchovies or the tartare, but be sure to save room for dessert. Often tiramisu, but if you’re lucky the chef is having a good day and there’s Torta Sbriciolona on the menu. You could almost leave your main course in front of it to be able to eat the whole pie in one sitting.

Retrobottega (and Pasta e Pane & Vino e Caffe)

If there’s one hot spot in Rome that you really shouldn’t miss, it’s Retrobottega . This restaurant has three hotspots in Rome that are all around the corner from each other. Each with a different concept. For example, the Retrobottega is Italian fine dining. Expect cutlery in a drawer under your table, gigantic wine cabinets and an even bigger chef’s table. Everything for the experience . Only 20 people can get in here. If you are with a large group, it is better to continue.

Then you have the Pasta e Pane, where they serve the dishes before they are approved to move on to the Retrobottega. So tip: go to the Pasta e Pane, then you pay a lot less for the same delicious food, but this is more for “eat a quick pasta and on to the Spanish steps.”

Do you want to enjoy delicious food and drinks all evening? Then you have the Vino e Caffe. Here the focus is on wine and coffee, but they also have a delicious shared dining menu. Try the courgette carpaccio and the veal tongue with giardinera.

Giggetto Al Portico D’Ottavia

Once again in the Jewish ghetto (and again: you should not miss it) is this hotspot that you really can’t miss. Firstly because it is right on the park in front of Teatro Marcello and secondly because they serve the tastiest saltimbocca in Rome. In addition – if in season of course – delicious fried artichokes, but also tasty gnocchi (only on Thursdays). Also try the cacio e pepe and the puntarelle and your belly will be full!

La Fiaschetta

This hot spot in Rome is one of those you’ll think can only be seen in movies. The entrance to La Fiaschetta alone is charming, let alone the interior in the food. The prices are good (i.e. low), the service is Italian (a.k.a. charming) and the food is delicious.

Order a plate of cacio e pepe or carbonara and you’ll be served a portion that you don’t expect to be able to eat beforehand. But it’s so delicious here, you’ll be full of new carbs  in no time . Not in the mood for pasta? They also have a very tasty salmon fillet with pistachio crust that Culy’s Martine often dreams about.


Restaurant Roscioli has several branches in Rome, but the best one is the one just behind Campo de’ Fiori. You can barely get in because of the tables between the wine bottles and the beautiful counter full of large pieces of cheese and gigantic hams. This hotspot in Rome is one to stop for a vino  and a small snack.

You can eat here in the evening, but then you have to book quite early in advance and as a tourist (especially if you don’t speak Italian) the atmosphere can often be a bit intense and over-stimulating. So take a seat at the bar and let yourself be pampered. Order a shelf of anything and everything and enjoy.



Ivo A Trastevere

On the other side of the Tiber, in the fantastic Trastevere district, you can also enjoy culinary delights. There is almost no tourist trap to be found here, but it can still be nice to go out with a recommendation. And that’s Ivo A Trastevere . This pizzeria has been around since 1960 and has been a hit ever since.

They have been making the tastiest pizzas (and now pastas) here for three generations. Order a pizza bianca (without tomato sauce) with zucchini flowers or the rigatoni alla carbonara and it’s delicious anyway. Every now and then they also have a delicious zabaglione  on the menu. Is it there? Then we almost have to force you to order it.

Freni e Frizionic

Do you want to drink good cocktails, people watch and have a bite every now and then? Say no more. Frenzi e Frizioni is the cocktail bar in Rome where they know how to do it. You order a cocktail (or another drink) here and say si  or  no.  The waiter then asks you if you want an aperitivo.

And then it starts. The bar here is standard (from about 4 pm) filled with bowls full of snacks and goodies. If you answer the aperitivo question with  si  , you can have unlimited snacks for a meager price. If you answer with  no,  then it is entirely Dutch: look, look, don’t buy. You know what to do!

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