Food In Rome - It’s Time To Take Your Taste Buds On A Ride!

- Oct 06, 2022 - 2.6K Views

Rome is undoubtedly the reigning king of the food and drinks realm. Its best meals are astoundingly simple. However, the food in Rome is only enjoyed when you eat it like a Roman. And it is no simple affair! Romans consider eating their food as an art.

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While breakfast is a hasty affair in Italy, people give all their time to the three-course lunch and dinner. They see dinner as an opportunity to bond with their friends and family over food. Italian chefs always cook with the local ingredients and the foodies also follow a simple rule: eat local and eat seasonal. To experience the Roman cuisine at its best, here are some points to keep in mind:

1. Street foods in Rome to devour

Sidewalk carts, skilled vendors, and an appetite-seducing aroma that fills up the alleys: some of the best meals you get are from the street, even in a city like Rome, where fine dining is not a choice but a lifestyle. With its scrumptious street delights, Rome has successfully blurred the line between a humble Trapizzino and a Michelin-star three-course meal. Here are some of the best street foods you should not miss to have when in Rome:

Pizza and Mortazza

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Pizza is the greatest gift given by Italy to mankind. Will there be anything sweeter than the pleasure of having pizza in its purest form? Pizza and Mortazza is nothing but pizza bread with bologna and it is the go-to street food of the locals.


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Suppli is a priced dish/food in Rome made from fried balls filled with mozzarella and marinara sauce.


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Tigelle is a delicious cross of an English-muffin and a pancake. The Tigelle is a treat for all those with a sweet tooth. 

Carciofi alla Giudia

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Carciofi alla Giudia is as authentic as Rome can get. Although the dish traces its origins to the Jewish community, it has managed to captivate the Romans since the 16th century.

Filetto di baccala

These flaky fillets dipped into egg batter and then fried, served hot, are every foodie’s weakness. The Dar Filettaro has been serving this dish since ages and is a must-visit place in Rome.

2. Eating cheap in Rome

Finding a bite of the best culinary for a buck is quite a challenge in a food-obsessed city like Rome. But to a budget traveller’s relief, Rome is home to many cheap chow experiences. Here are some best options in Rome to have a cheap meal:

Trattoria Vecchia Roma

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The Trattoria Vecchia Roma is the best place to have Bucatini all’amatriciana at comparatively low prices.


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Pinsere is the best place to have ‘pinsa’, an oval-shaped pizza with toppings. The basic price with the cheapest toppings starts from just 3 Euros! Now you know where your next lunch is going to be.


When you are bored with pizza and want to have something different yet cheap, head to Pastificio as they have an assortment of tasty pasta dishes just under 5 Euros.

3. Everything traditional

Rome is a city where the iconic recipes of the traditional dishes often predate the historic buildings. Here are some quintessential Roman dishes that you must have when in Rome:


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Carbonara is prepared is a popular delicacy in Rome and can be found abundantly in the city.

Where to eat: Pipero al Rex


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Gnocchi is like soft and light potato dumplings. It has become a favourite prime time snack in the city.

Where to eat: Osteria da Fortunata

Cacio e Pepe

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The dish is prepared with linguine, tonnarelli, and spaghetti. 

Where to eat: Flavio al Velavevodetto

4. Desserts and drinks in Rome

Gelato and Pastries

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Traditional Roman pastries and Gelato are the best ways to end your delicious meals. The Pastiera Napoletana is one of the most authentic Roman pastries. Tiramisu, Cornetto, and Sweet Salami are other drool-worthy desserts you must have.

Best places to find: Roscioli Caffè, Fior di Luna, Alessandro’s


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Italian Coffee is a whole new experience to have when in Rome. You will encounter plenty of cafes and restaurants offering this delightful drink.

Best places to find: Pergamino, Sciascia, Faro

Wine and beer


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Italy is one of the oldest producers of wine in the country. This owes to the fact that Rome does not disappoint wine lovers from all over the world. 

Best places to find: Il Goccetto, Al Vino Al Vino, Il Vinaietto

Loosen up your diet plans and go on a memorable culinary trip to Rome!