Eat Smart in Rome

Rome is one of the world’s best food cities, and there are countless restaurants that serve up variants of Italian food from across the country.

Osteria Bonelli is a must-visit if you love meat. A simple neighbourhood eatery in Tor Pignattara, it specialises in Roman peasant dishes that range from skirt steak to stewed tripe. It’s also great for pasta, and is known for its fabulous ravioli.

If you’re after authentic Italian-style pizza, head to Farinè La Pizza. Several blocks to the south of Sapienza University, this place is run by a husband and wife team that studied at Italy’s National School of Pizza. Your food may be brought to you on a piece of parchment paper, but the market-fresh ingredients and friendly atmosphere is what makes this place special.

If you want to take on a pizza that will test your tolerance of spice, go for dinner at Cave Canem Pizzeria. Translating as ‘Beware the Dog’, they use hot peppers to give their pizzas an extra kick. You can gauge how much heat you want by referring to a humorous cartoon scale that shows how spicy each pizza is.

If you’re after spaghetti bolognese, then try Sapori e Delize. A small, family-owned eatery, your meal will be made right in front of you, and for the unbeatable price of €5. Keep in mind that it’s probably a ragù that you’re after though, rather than a bolognese. Spaghetti bolognese is a dish that was in fact created outside of Italy, combining the country’s beloved pasta with a rich meaty sauce that’s actually called ragù.
When the time comes for dessert, drop into Pompi for some tiramisu. Just a short distance from Piazza di Spagna, this bakery has been producing this tasty treat for over 50 years. If you want to have some authentic gelato instead, head across the Tiber to the Gelateria dei Gracchi. Found in the Prati district, the gelato here’s made from fresh milk rather than the powdered mixes that can sometimes be used.