Hi am visiting Rome for the weekend in January with my boyfriend and we are looking for recommendations for restaurants to visit. The hotel we have booked is close to the colosseum so any recommendations close to that but also for other parts of the city would be great.
I recommend Crab, which is a restaurant close to the colisseum serving Sardinian-inspired seafood dishes. Probably some of the best seafood dishes I have ever eaten - I had Spaghetti with Clams and then Langoustines baked in a Red Pepper sauce, it was delicious. Not cheap though.
There is a restaurant in Piazza Navona (sorry I don't remember the name!) that has outside tables with a covering over them that serves the best chocolate gelato dish. I'm sure the rest of their food is very good too but I only ate that and some bread because it was lunch and I wasn't very hungry.
There's this great little pasta place in that shopping area below the Spanish steps, but I can't remember the name for the life of me. It's among all those impossibly expensive places, but it's reasonably priced, the owner is a charm, and the pasta is fresh and plentiful. Sheesh - like that narrows it down! I'll ask my friend to see if she remembers...
Part of the fun traveling is discovering a wonderful restaurant. You shouldn’t worry about good places to eat, as long as you don’t get stuck in some tourist joint.
Menus will generally be posted on the window or door. If there is one in English, a warning flag goes up. If the first person who comes to help you speaks to you in English, a second warning flag goes up. That being said, remember Italy is inundated with English tourists in the summer, so there are lots of menus in English and lots of Italians who have learned tourist English. Look: are there Italians eating there: that’s the best indicator.
Since Roman cuisine is different than other regions, and since Italians are so proud of their cooking, ask the waiter what he recommends, and what is the specialty of the house. His pride is at stake, he will make sure you are well taken care of. A mom and pop owned restaurant where she does the cooking can be wonderful. I have great luck with the night hotel staff recommendations.
If you want a fine dinner with not a tourist in sight go to Scarpone, via S. Pancrazio 15 (tel. 58 14 094). The best vegetarian ristorante (the best mushroom risotto I have ever had) is Margutta Vegetariano, via Margutta 118. Edy, at Vicolo del Babuino 4 is a small trattoria with great food especially the spagetti with seafood. The gelato place in Piazza Navona is Tre Scalini. The streets around the Jewish Synagogue are full of great places to eat. If all else fails go to Campo de' Fiori and choose a restaurant nearby. For more adventure cross the Tiber, go to Trastevere and discover your own favorite eatery. Addio.