Eating on a Budget in Rome

Rome is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations. It’s also quite a pricey city. Like anywhere though, by following the locals to their favourite haunts, you can find great spots without blowing your budget.

Start your day with breakfast at Babylon Cafè, as their cornettos (‘little horn’ breakfast pastries) and coffee will get you going without emptying your wallet. They offer a wide variety of fresh juices, so it’s perfect if you’re trying to keep to a healthy diet.

One of the cheaper places in town to grab a panini is Que Te Pongo. Just a short distance from the Pantheon, this restaurant specialises in fish, so try the panini containing marinated anchovies, mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. If you’re not into seafood, there are plenty of other options on the menu as well.

Head to Pinsere if you want try a Roman speciality for lunch, a short walk from the city’s main train station. Specialising in pinsa (a close relative of pizza), it closes at 4pm but with prices that don’t exceed €4, it’s a great spot to fill up on the cheap.

If you’re looking for a tasty pasta lunch, then head over to Pastificio. For less than €5, you can get a plate filled with freshly made noodles and a glass of house wine to sip on. Make sure you arrive before 1pm though, as this place is popular with locals and only open until 2pm.

When the sun starts to set, make tracks for La Gatta Mangiona. Found in the suburbs a fair distance from the centre of Rome, they serve up traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas as well as daring creations like pizza topped with potato, salmon, parsley and fior di latte cheese.