i'm sure it's tough to find crappy places in Rome, but if you guys know of any nice, reasonably priced places to eat out in Rome, maybe you could let me know. also, if you know of any nice bars or places to go for drinks/coffee etc, do pass on the info. I know there are hundreds of places to go over there, but I don't neccessarily want to end up going to the places recommended in the lonely planet guide etc...
Rome is not as expensive as you might think. There are so many trattorias and bars, it's not that difficult to find somewhere that serves reasonably priced food.
If you are on a budget then avoid the osteria (these are the more expensive restaurants).
Trattorias and pizzerias are more along the lines of what most people can afford. Even around the main attractions like the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps you can find places that dont break the bank. You just have to look around a bit.
One pizzeria I can recommend is Da Bafetto, Via del Governo Vecchio in the centre of the city near the Via Corso. The pizza is divine and its good value.
Another good pizzeria where you can get really thin crispy pizza (Okay, I like pizza ) is Il Leocino on Via Leocino (easy to remember) and again thats just off the Via Corso.
If you dont already know, the Via del Corso is one of the main shopping streets in Rome and many buses feed into it.
Unfortuantely, I cant remember the names of any bars I was in. There are so many that you will be spoilt for choice anyway. Get off the main streets and go exploring - you will find lovely little coffeeshops and bars with tables outside. Try a corretto (I think thats the name) - its an espresso with a shot of something much stronger
Even though you will pay a little more for your beer, it's worth having one at one of the little cafes in the piazza just in front of the Pantheon. Its a very lively spot and there are often musicians there.....its worth it just for the atmosphere alone.
For some out of this world icecream go to Tre Scalini in the Piazza Navona. One word - YUM!!!
I'm not much of a clubber so I cant help you out much on that score, I'm afraid.
Ps: If you are looking for absolutely no frills food at really cheap prices I would say stick close to the area around the Termini and you should find something to suit.
Hope that helps a bit.
yamo: I was fortunate to be taken to dinner by a native Roman and experience his restaurant choice. He chose Ristorante Scarpone on Gianicolo Hill, via San Pancrazio, 15 (tel. 58.14.094). It was not expensive and it was squisito (delicious). The service was exceptional and I did not hear a word of english spoken in this beautiful cottage set near a huge park. The best mushroom risotto I have ever had was at Margutta Vegetariano, via Margutta, 118. Bene appetite. Ah, Roma!