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Once you’ve seen the Colosseum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Trevi Fountain, the next thing you’re going to be coming to Rome for is undoubtedly its food! With pizza, pasta and gelato at every street corner and every Italian kind of cuisine represented in its many excellent restaurants, it’s a foodie’s heaven, and it’s also becoming something of a vegan heaven too. There are now dozens of fully vegan restaurants in Rome, along with many serving vegan options, and they represent a wide range of types of food. Here are some of the best vegan restaurants in Rome.
Though small, this cosy place just across the river from the Vatican makes up for its size with its wonderfully flavourful dishes. Serving mostly raw food, it’s well known for having some of the best in all of Rome, if not Italy. With a balanced selection of dishes such as raw noodles, vegetarian sushi, soups and some homemade nut cheeses, the portions are not enormous but full of flavour and can be deceptively filling! They also offer delightful freshly squeezed juices.
A mix between a store, restaurant and bar, this lovely place makes an impressive range of their own vegan (mostly nut-based) cheeses. They’ll serve you a tasting platter, or you can order vegan pizza with their own cheese on top as well as sandwiches, yoghurt and pesto dishes, all made from scratch. Come for brunch or lunch as they don’t stay open late.
In the Appio Latino neighbourhood, this cute cafe makes all of its own vegan pastries from scratch using biodynamic flour. It’s a great place to come for brunch or one of their themed dinners that they regularly organise, but otherwise it’s the perfect spot between sightseeing for a little tea and cake break! It’s also a very kid-friendly place, as they have a dedicated child’s play area.
Wonderfully presented dishes made with local ingredients in typical Italian styles, Madre Terra is a perfect option for something a little bit special with still very reasonable prices. While the menu is not enormous, having a limited choice means that the chefs have been able to perfect what they do offer. There are also several gluten free options available.
Ops Cucina Mediterranea
At this buffet filled with many classic Italian dishes made vegan as well as tons of different and interestingly prepared vegetable dishes, you fill your plate as you wish and then pay by weight. Staff are very friendly, and the whole place has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, making for a perfect break from sightseeing in the hectic streets of downtown Rome. Just be prepared that this is not the cheapest place, and because you pay by the weight, that if you load up on bread and pasta, it’s going to be some of the most expensive carbs in town!
Romeow Cat Bistrot
If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy a slice of vegan cake while a cat curls up on your lap, this is it! With just a touch of Parisian flair, it is clearly designed to make the guests comfortable, but mostly to make sure that the cats feel safe and have spaces to themselves too. The daytime menu is relatively simple, with a range of sandwiches, cakes and smoothies, and for dinner (after 8pm), a reservation is very much encouraged as it can get busy with cat lovers.