Written by: Kate Zusmann
What is a must-do when you come to Rome? First, of course, to try local food and especially Roman pasta! Many restaurants, tavernas, and osterias offer high-quality pasta plates, but let’s talk about the best places.
This list is based on my 9 years of experience living in Rome and endless love of local Italian pasta:
Pimm’s Good is always on my list of places to eat the most delicious pasta. It has a fantastic location right in the heart of Trastevere district.
Moreover, it is famous for its high-quality cocktails and aperitivo. I’d say this is where all the dishes are tasty, so don’t be afraid to make a wrong choice, you will like the food, I promise. Considering pasta, I recommend you to try Carbonara or Spaghetti all amatriciana. I only go to Pimm’s for lunch or dinner when I have free time. Also, try their cheesecake and tiramisu! Making a reservation in advance is not mandatory.
No one will stay hungry in Impiccetta! You can choose from small, medium, and large size of portions.
For you to understand, the “small” portion is already huge! The quality of food, taste, atmosphere, and prices are all excellent. However, make sure to make a reservation as much in advance as possible. From my experience, I love their lasagna and tiramisu.
Pasta Chef al 42 is a street food place, but what quality and taste! So, if you have a break between tours/museums/Roman points of interest, stop by this cozy place to try local Italian pasta. The variety of pasta plates, prices, and size of portions greatly surprises me!
Trattoria Da Teo is one of the legendary places in Trastevere Neighborhood, and every local knows about this restaurant.
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This trattoria offers a variety from seafood to typical Roman dishes to meat, cheese, and salami goodness, allowing customers to find specialties that fully satisfy every taste preference. Meat, seafood, and tuna are cooked in many different ways and used to flavor delicious first courses made with fresh handmade pasta.
Roma Sparita gives you a chance to have a unique Roman experience, where all dishes are local, the atmosphere is impressive, and you will meet primarily locals rather than tourists.
It is mandatory to make a reservation at least 2 days in advance since there are always many guests in the restaurant. Roma Sparita is famous for its Cacio e Pepe pasta, one of the leading traditional Roman plates.
Nonna Betta is a kosher-style restaurant with 2 separate menus. Respecting the Judaic Talmud rule that forbids mixing meat with dairy – a verse of the Torah says, “Do not cook a kid in its mother’s milk” – at Nonna Betta, dishes can be chosen from two separate menus: one featuring meat dishes, and one featuring fish or cheese. Moreover, even modern nutrition suggests not mixing meat, protein, and dairy.
The Jewish Ghetto is famous for its kosher dishes and typical Roman plates, especially artichokes (pasta with artichokes is also excellent). In this place, immersed in a relaxed and welcoming setting, you can relive the stories of the Ghetto and perhaps find answers to questions you “never dared to ask” regarding the Jewish culture, religion, or the 2000-year-old presence of Jews in Rome.
Osteria da Fortunata is one of the most popular places in Rome, where locals and tourists prefer to eat pasta.
Don’t be surprised if many people will suggest you this osteria for lunch or dinner. It is better to make a reservation in advance since there are always many guests.
Author: Kate Zusmann
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