Best Street Food in Rome 

The Best Street Food Places in Italy’s Capital 🍝 🍕

Are you ready for a taste-bud extravaganza in the heart of Rome? Brace yourselves, foodies… We’re about to embark on an epic journey through the delicious world of street food in the Eternal City.

Get ready to indulge in mouthwatering delights without burning a hole in your pocket.

Let’s dive in! 👇

👉 Trastevere: a foodie’s paradise️ 

Picture this: you’re strolling around the charming neighborhood of Trastevere where the cobblestone streets whisper tales of culinary wonders. As you walk through its lovely alleys, an intoxicating aroma dances in the air, leading you to this area’s street food haven full of tantalizing treats… Sounds great, right?  

Explore this idyllic area and make sure you also visit Dar Filettaro, a wonderful local trattoria. Sample some filetti di baccalà aka fried cod fillets with a crispy golden exterior and tender flaky fish inside which are a mouthwatering Trastevere specialty. 

Trastevere, Rome
Trastevere, Rome

👉 The mighty trapizzino, a roman legend

Now, let’s talk about the true hero of Rome’s street food scene—the mighty trapizzino. Prepare to have your mind blown. What exactly is a trapizzino, you ask? Well, imagine a fluffy mash-up of pizza, sandwich, and sheer deliciousness. Sink your teeth into succulent beef, tender chicken, or veggie delights, all drenched in yummy sauces. Find the best trapizzino in Rome that will have you coming back for more. Our personal favorite? At the cozy and laid-back Trapizzino Testaccio.  


👉 Budget-friendly bites | Cheap Italian food in Rome  

But hold on, there’s more to Rome’s street food scene than trapizzinos. If you’re on the hunt for budget-friendly bites that never skimp on flavor, you’re in for a treat. Rome knows how to satisfy your cravings without emptying your pockets. Take a bite into the crispy, golden goodness of supplì (fried rice balls that ooze with melty cheese and savory surprises), arancini, and fried zucchini flowers at Supplizio in the Monti neighborhood. It’s the ultimate snack that will have you hooked from the first crunch. 

Also, make sure you try pizza al taglio, the reigning champion of street-food convenience. Enormous rectangular slices of pizza, loaded with fresh toppings and served by the slice. It’s a quick, satisfying, and oh-so-delicious way to fuel your Roman adventures while on the go. Go ahead, grab a slice (or 2) and say “cheese”. Be sure to check out Pizzarium Bonci, known for its delicious and innovative pizza creations. 

👉 Food markets in Rome & colorful stalls  

Now, foodie explorers, keep your eyes peeled for the bustling food markets and colorful stalls that dot Rome’s cityscape. These vibrant hubs of culinary creativity will take your taste buds on a wild ride. From the crispy delights of fried artichokes to the unbeatable perfection of porchetta sandwiches, you’ll surely discover a medley of flavors. Check out our article on the best markets to see in Rome for more info!

Grab a classic Italian panini filled with ingredients like mozzarella, prosciutto, or roasted vegetables for a quick and satisfying street-food experience; try Roscioli Caffè Pasticceria for yummy panini. Or experience the convenience of grabbing a piping hot plate of pasta from street-food vendors like Pasta Chef, in the Testaccio neighborhood, with options ranging from carbonara to amatriciana.  

Embrace the city’s lively atmosphere, chat with the passionate vendors at Mercato di Testaccio, and learn about their family recipes while discovering local ingredients, aromas and flavors.  

👉 For your sweet tooth  

Indulge in some authentic Italian gelato at Gelateria del Teatro, in Trastevere, or at Fatamorgana Gelato which is all about artisan and organic gelato (even gluten and lactose free!). Try some mouthwatering Italian pastries like cannoli at I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza, in the Prati district, that will transport you straight to the streets of Palermo. Or enjoy some sfogliatelle and tiramisu from local bakeries and patisseries, such as the Pasticceria De Bellis.  

Visiting Rome with the little ones? Read our article HERE to discover the most interesting things to explore in Rome with the whole family.

Italian Gelato
Italian Gelato

👉 Free your inner food adventurer   

Rome’s street food scene is a paradise of flavors where every bite tells a delicious story. Indulge in the city’s best trapizzinos, savor budget-friendly bites, and immerse yourself in the bustling food markets.  

Grab your fork, let your cravings be your guide, your appetite your compass, and get ready to create unforgettable food memories that will leave you longing for more!  

Top FAQs for the best street food in Rome

What are some of the most popular street foods in Rome?

Some of the most popular street foods in Rome include pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), supplì (fried rice balls with mozzarella and tomato sauce), trapizzino (a hybrid of a tramezzino sandwich and pizza), porchetta sandwiches, and gelato.

Where can I find the best pizza al taglio in Rome?

There are many great places to get pizza al taglio in Rome, but some of the top-rated include Pizzarium by Gabriele Bonci, Antico Forno Roscioli, and La Renella.

What is a trapizzino and where can I try one?

A trapizzino is a kind of street food unique to Rome. It is a triangular piece of pizza dough filled with traditional Roman dishes like chicken cacciatore or tripe. You can try a trapizzino at the Trapizzino shop, which has several locations throughout Rome.

I love gelato. What are some of the best gelaterias in Rome?

Rome is full of excellent gelaterias. Some of the top-rated include Gelateria dei Gracchi, Gelateria Del Teatro, and Fatamorgana.

What are some of the best areas in Rome to find street food?

Some of the best areas to find street food in Rome include the Trastevere neighborhood, the Testaccio Market, the Campo de' Fiori Market, and the area around the Vatican.

Are there any food safety considerations I should be aware of when eating street food in Rome?

Generally, street food in Rome is quite safe to eat. However, it's always a good idea to check that the place you're buying from looks clean and that the food is being stored and handled properly.

Is it possible to find vegan or vegetarian street food in Rome?

Yes, it is possible to find vegan or vegetarian street food in Rome. Many pizza al taglio places offer vegetarian or even vegan options, and many gelaterias have dairy-free gelato options. There are also a number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city that offer takeaway options.

I have a gluten intolerance. Can I still enjoy Rome's street food?

Yes, Rome is surprisingly accommodating for those with a gluten intolerance. Many pizza places offer gluten-free pizza, and there are even gluten-free bakeries and gelaterias in the city.

🛎️ Where to stay in Rome 

After all your culinary adventures in Rome, you need a place where you can loosen your belt after all that food, unwind and recharge. Where can you do all that? At the MEININGER Roma Termini.  

Address: Via San Martino della Battaglia 16, 00185 Rome  

Visiting Rome soon?

The MEININGER Roma Termini is in a lovingly renovated old building close to the main train station Termini. MEININGER has good public transport connections and from the Castro Pretorio station you can take a short ride to the Roman Forum and Colosseum and go in search of the ancient Romans.

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