Places to Eat on Your First Trip to Rome

If you’re visiting Rome for the first time, the choice available to you can be staggering. Many spots within the old part of town can be expensive, so don’t be afraid to venture into newer areas to find an authentic Italian meal.

Start your search at Flavio Al Valavevodetto, which sits in the shadow of Monte dei Cocci. Don’t miss their polpette di bollito (fried shredded beef) and pasta carbonara, particularly as these classic dishes will fill you up for a long afternoon of sightseeing.

Within a stone’s throw of the Parthenon, Armando Al Pantheon is a restaurant that exceeds expectations in Rome’s historic centre. Make sure you book a table, as dishes such as spaghetti alla gricia (pasta with pork jowls, pepper and Romano cheese) and coda alla vaccinara (braised oxtail) have long made this a popular place among food critics.

If you want to eat a quick, delicious and affordable lunch, try Mordi e Vai, which is perfect for a bite to eat after you explore Testaccio Market. With most of the made to order sandwiches costing no more than €3, you’ll save money and eat well at the same time. Don’t forget to add their fried meatballs to your order.

If you just want to sit in a café surrounded by locals and sip on an espresso or glass of wine as you watch the world go by, then spend a few hours in Litro. Found in Trastevere on Janiculum Hill, this sleek bar’s loved for its coffee and pastries in the morning. Later in the day though, the focus shifts to wine and spirits like mezcal as things get a bit livelier.