Some of the great restaurants in Rome are modern and ever-changing – yet they always stay true to the flavors of Italy. There’s no shortage of Michelin-starred restaurants in this culinary destination.

    Food fuels the eternal city of Rome. However, there is so much more to the Italian capital than pizza and pasta. From luxurious rooftop restaurants to neo-bistros and cozy delis, you’ll find great Italian dishes everywhere in Rome. Read on and find some of the best places to eat and drink in Rome.

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    Per Me

    Fine and fresh seafood in the heart of Rome

    Per Me is a modern European restaurant in the city centre of Rome led by Chef Giulio Terrinoni. From the bar, you have an unobstructed view of the entire kitchen, allowing you to see the fresh and premium ingredients that go on your plate. Although they’re mostly known for their seafood, the restaurant now has meatier traditions inspired by Chef Terrinoni’s hometown of Fiuggi.

    Per Me boasts an impressive wine collection with over 200 labels from the best wine-growing neighborhoods of the world, such as Italy, France, Australia, and Spain. The restaurant also has outdoor seating. During the warmer months, you can dine outside on the cobblestoned Roman streets.

    Location: Vicolo del Malpasso, 9, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Daily from 12.30 pm to 3 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +39 06 687 7365

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    Al Ceppo

    Traditional Italian cuisine and fine wines

    Al Ceppo is a high-end restaurant founded in 1968 on Rome’s Via Panama. Although their local and seasonal menus draw much from traditions, their dishes are refreshing takes on Italy’s well-loved meals. From refreshing seafood dishes to savory meats, every bite bursts with vibrant flavor.

    Boasting an extensive wine collection with 700 labels, Al Ceppo is a great place to enjoy your favorite Italian wine. They have wines from every region of the country. They stock wines from France as well, particularly from Bordeaux and Burgundy.

    Location: Via Panama, 2, 00198 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Daily from 12.30 pm to 3 pm and 7.30 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +39 06 841 9696

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    Pipero

    Enjoy an intimate dining experience

    Pipero is a 1-Michelin-starred restaurant on Rome’s Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, founded by Alessandro Pipero. It’s a modern and refined space with large windows that offer good lighting and great views of the architectural gem across it: the Piazza della Chiesa Nuova.

    Led by Ciro Scamardella, Pipero serves modern Italian cuisines that change with the seasons. Their specialties include Risotto burro e alici (risotto with butter and anchovies), Fungi foie gras e mirtilli (mushroom foie gras and blueberries), and Rosa mandorla e litchi (almond rose and lychee). 

    Location: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 250, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 3 pm and 7 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +39 06 6813 9022

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    Imago

    Enjoy dinner with a view of Rome

    Imago on Hotel Hassler’s 6th floor in Rome offers fine dining with panoramic views of the Eternal City. This Michelin-starred restaurant serves gourmet selections of food and wine, which are carefully curated by Executive Chef Andrea Antonini. Each dish is a modern take on traditional Italian cuisine, featuring fresh ingredients that embody the rich history and culture of the nation.

    Imago is one of the most romantic restaurants in the capital. Its stunning views, soft lighting, relaxing music, and indulgent cuisine ensure an unforgettable dining experience. If you’re on a romantic getaway with a loved one, Imago is an exceptional date-night spot.

    Location: Piazza della Trinità dei Monti, 6, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Daily from 7 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +39 06 6993 4726

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    Antico Arco

    An elegant dining spot with a historic wine cellar

    Antico Arco is a chic restaurant on Gianicolo hill. Although it doesn’t have a view of Rome’s skyline or plenty of outdoor seating, its organic and hearty dishes make up for that.

    Each month, Antico Arco hosts a tasting dinner, which comes with a food and wine tour led by Chef Fundim Gjepali and their sommeliers. Its wine cellar, formerly known as the catacombs of San Pancrazio, now holds 1,200 labels. All of the wines are carefully chosen by sommeliers. They are kept in consistent and controlled temperatures, ready to be served in prime condition.

    Location: Piazzale Aurelio, 7, 00152 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from noon to midnight (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +39 06 581 5274

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    La Pergola

    Dining under Roman stars

    La Pergola is the first restaurant in Rome to gain 3 Michelin stars. Perched on top of the Rome Cavalieri Hotel, this high-end restaurant offers unparalleled views of the Italian capital. Everywhere you look is a feast for the eyes.

    The same can be said about its food. Chef Heinz Beck, who heads the kitchen at La Pergola, uses premium ingredients, real Italian flavors, and a lot of passion to bring out new flavors and push new culinary boundaries every season. La Pergola also has an exquisite wine cellar, containing over 53,000 bottles. Some of its oldest labels are a century old. During warmer months, you can dine at the open-air terrace and admire the view of the Eternal City.

    Location: Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101, 00136 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +39 06 3509 2152

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    Glass Hostaria

    Italian cuisine with eclectic roots

    Glass Hostaria is a fine dining restaurant located right in the middle of Trastevere, which is steeped in rich Italian history and tradition. Its contemporary space is full of character with its creative lighting, bronze fittings, and innovative furnishings. It easily stands out amid the old, historical charm of its neighbourhood.

    The menu at Glass Hostaria is as vibrant as its space. Chef Cristina Bowerman designed a 4-course menu, aperitif, flowers, and other pleasant surprises using a modern approach to familiar Italian flavors. If you’re feeling adventurous, the eclectic options at Glass Hostaria won’t disappoint.

    Location: Vicolo del Cinque, 58, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 7.30 pm to 11 pm, Wednesday–Friday from 7.30 pm to 11 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +39 06 5833 5903

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    Bistrot64

    A one-of-a-kind culinary adventure

    Bistrot64 is an affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome. This stylish bistro fuses traditional Italian cuisine with Japanese influences. Spaghetti with potatos, butter, and anchovies is one of Noda’s most iconic dishes. The restaurant has won awards for its innovative cuisine.

    Aside from its a la carte and tasting menus, Bistrot64 offers another elevated culinary adventure. Noda takes the gastronomic experience up a notch through an 8-course menu that focuses on innovation. If you’re vegan, the chef can create a special menu just for you at your request.

    Location: Via Guglielmo Calderini, 64, 00196 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Monday, Wednesday–Friday from 6.30 pm to 11 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 12.30 pm to 2 pm and 7.30 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +39 06 323 5531

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    Roscioli Salumeria con Cucina

    A cozy spot serving hearty Italian classics

    Roscioli is a cozy Italian bakery, deli, wine shop, and restaurant just a few steps from Campo de Fiori. They serve hearty Italian meals, such as carbonara, amatriciana, cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper pasta), and more.

    Nabil Hadj Hassen has been the chef of Roscioli for 2 decades. His passion for premium delicatessen products has brought many refreshing variations and twists to great Italian classics. If you’re in the mood for bold flavors and hearty portions, Roscioli is surely the place to be. Plus, you can grab premium cheeses, cold cuts, wines, and spirits on your way out.

    Location: Via dei Giubbonari, 21, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Daily from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +39 06 687 5287

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    Ristorante Moma

    A great spot in Rome for a light lunch

    MOMA is a restaurant in Rome named after New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. It’s a local favorite, offering coffee, baked treats, and cooked-to-order sandwiches. It’s also a go-to lunch spot in the city.

    Although it’s inspired by New York, MOMA serves Italian classics like sartu di riso, potato gateau, and more. Served in small portions, each dish looks and tastes like art. The wine list at MOMA is also very Italian. It has staples like Super Tuscan, Piedmontese reds, and Friuli whites. A small yet significant part of its collection consists of small-scale productions, which tell you the unique stories of their land and farmers in every sip.

    Location: Via di S. Basilio, 42, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 12.30 pm to 3 pm and 7.30 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +39 06 4201 1798

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    Geri Mileva | Contributing Writer

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