Food Spots #9 – Rome
Hello, I’m back! The past few months have been very busy and they still are, but I have so much content I want to share on my blog, that I’m currently writing this post from the train. I’m heading to Brussels for the weekend and I have a two-hour ride to work on my blog. I’ve missed this!
Today, I wanted to share with you my food spots from Rome. I was there around two months ago for the second time, but I felt like I totally rediscovered this city. The first time I was in Rome, it was with my family around five years ago, and I wasn’t exactly a foodie yet. So I decided to surprise my boyfriend for his 27th birthday and take him to Rome (also because he’s half Italian), avoid all touristy places and focus on eating a lot of pasta.
Rome was definitely a food trip this time, I literally ate pasta and pizza every day but it was magical. I (re)discovered Italian food and we even took a pasta making class! I’m so happy I can make my own pasta now. So here are my favorite food spots from Rome, the ones you really need to try if you’re looking for authentic Italian (more specifically Roman) food.
Trapizzino was my first food discovery during this trip to Rome. It serves pizza dough pieces filled with either meat, cheese, or vegetables. How to explain the taste? I’m seriously salivating right now just by the thought of it. Homemade, fresh, and warm pizza dough filled with fresh ingredients is all I ask for. It was truly delicious, especially the ones filled with fresh stracciatella cheese. At Trapizzino, we also tried Suppli for the first time, I don’t actually know what’s the difference between a suppli and arancini. But they are fried rice balls with cheese or ham inside and it’s very tasty.
Trapizzino is initially a wine bar that serves side dishes but you can as well you go there for lunch and don’t drink any wine, just the delicious food!
Trapizzino – Piazza Trilussa, 46, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
What you must know before visiting Italy, is that this country used to be divided into several other countries before. This means that every region has its own language, his own food. For example, Rome locals don’t actually speak Italian, but they speak Roman, which is quite different. Same for the food: pizza comes from Napoli, and in Rome, people eat four types of pasta dishes. This includes Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper pasta), Pasta Alla Gricia (pork cheek and cheese), all’ Amatriciana (pork and tomato), and Spaghetti a la Carbonara. These are the four dishes that you’ll find in the most authentic restaurants in Rome, and most of the time, they are the only primi piatti from the menu.
Not easy when you don’t eat meat right? Thankfully, I’m a big fan of Cacio e Pepe, and that’s basically what I ate for six days.
On our first night in Rome, we found Boticella, a small restaurant located in the Travestere area. When we entered the place, it was totally empty and we thought it won’t taste good, but it turned out that people in Rome just eat later. At la Boticella, we were welcomed by a real Italian Mamma and she was adorable. We ordered a burrata as a starter and then my boyfriend ordered a Carbonara and I had my first ever Cacio e Pepe in Rome.
We both thought that since pasta is a primi piatti, and that you’re supposed to eat a secondi piatti afterwards, the portions would be quite small/medium. But, we ended up with huge pasta plates (just after having the biggest burrata ever and several pieces of bread) and it was just impossible to finish.
The food was however delicious: super authentic and tasty and the service was perfect. We paid around 55 euros for two with wine and water and it was so good, that we wanted to come back another day (we didn’t, cause we wanted to try so many other places).
La Boticella – Vicolo del Leopardo, 39/a, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Taverna Lucifero is another restaurant I found on Google (I don’t use any other platform) and it was rated 4.7. So we decided to eat there on our second day in Rome.
Taverna Lucifero is a “hidden” restaurant and is specialized in truffles. We ordered a cheese plate served with truffle honey (may sound weird but it was actually delicious), and then truffle pasta. Everything was very tasty but quite expensive. We paid 75 euros for two and the owner gave us a price out of his head, pretending to give us a discount so we don’t say anything. A bit of a weird experience, but the food was very good and the ingredients very fresh. The truffles had a lot of flavours.
Taverna Lucifero – Via del Pellegrino, 51, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Da Enzo al 29
Da Enzo al 29 is my favourite restaurant in Rome. We went there on our last night in the Italian capital and despite the very long line (we waited for 1,5 hours outside), it was the most authentic Italian place I’ve eaten at. First, we ordered a stracciatella and then I had my fifth Cacio e Pepe. We didn’t pay that much, the service was excellent and the food very tasty. I really recommend this place but if you go there, you should really be on site 10-15 minutes before the restaurant opens.
Da Enzo al 29 – Via dei Vascellari, 29, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
If you’re looking for a lunch spot in Rome and you want to try typical suppli, I really recommend this place. There are no seats so it’s a take out place but again, very authentic. We tried one cacio e pepe with lemon zest and it was really good and melting in our mouth.
Suppli Roma – Via di San Francesco a Ripa 137, Roma, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
The Pasticceria Siciliana
The Pasticceria Siciliana is a great spot for breakfast. If you’re craving for something savoury, you can have a suppli or a piece of pizza. But they are specialized in pastries from Sicily, which are delicious.
Pasticceria Siciliana – Via Cipro, 93, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
Gelateria La Romana
Our pasta-making chef recommended this Gelateria and said it was the best one in Rome. And I can confirm that it was. Also, he taught us how to identify a good gelateria. Curious? Keep reading!
First of all, the ice cream must be hidden in a container and not shown to the public. Most of the ice cream shops do that but it’s wrong. And it’s even worse when there’s a pile of ice cream that comes out of the container because the ice cream on top doesn’t stay at the right temperature while the ice cream at the bottom does.
Then, check out the ice cream colour. If it doesn’t look natural, then it’s full of chemical ingredients and conservatives. An Italian guy told us that pistaccio ice should be brownish and not green at all.
Last but not least, if the flavours ingredients are not local or seasonal, then it’s not homemade. Or at least, not made out of fresh ingredients. So if you find strawberry ice cream in wintertime, it’s not homemade. All gelateria change their menu every season and this is why we all think that Italian ice cream is the best.
Gelateria La Romana – Via Venti Settembre, 60, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
If you’re looking for authentic Italian coffee, Sciascia Caffè is the right place. We went there while waiting for our airbnb to be available and even though we paid quite lot, we could really taste the coffee. Italians don’t sit while drinking their coffee, but they order it at the bar and drink it there. Is quite nice to look at!
Sciascia Caffè – 80/a, Via Fabio Massimo, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Kitchen of Mamma
When in Rome, I 100% recommend taking a pasta-making class. I found this activity while looking for something fun to do on my boyfriend’s birthday and it was amazing.
We first went to a local market and bought fresh ingredients. The chef taught us a lot about Rome and Italy in general. Then we went back to the kitchen and made pasta for around three hours. The cook explained how to make the dough and then he taught us the traditional al ragu recipe. And he made a squash and ricotta ravioli for me!
Everything was, of course, served with a lot of red wine and fun! The price is 50 euros per person
Kitchen of Mamma (Yellow Hotel) – Via Palestro, 51, 00185 Roma RM, Italy