Your culinary journey: Where to eat near Rome’s most famous monuments 🏛️
One of the top delights you’ll enjoy during a trip to Rome, other than marveling at its centuries-old wonders, is trying the exquisite Italian cuisine in restaurants next door to these landmarks.
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#1 Best restaurants next to the Pantheon
Welcome to the heart of Rome, where the grandeur of Italy’s monuments and landmarks is simply breathtaking. And guess what? The Pantheon, with its colossal presence, is an absolute sight to behold. But there’s more… Brace yourself for a delicious detour because we’re about to reveal the best restaurants near the Pantheon that will blow your mind.
Let’s start with a real gem called Armando al Pantheon. This family-run trattoria has been dishing up goodness to locals and travelers since 1961. Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by a cozy, homey atmosphere and traditional decor that screams authentic Roman dining. Now, get ready for some serious flavor bombs. Their spaghetti alla carbonara and the saltimbocca are pure culinary magic. And what better way to wash it all down than with a glass of robust Italian wine?
Now, if seafood is your jam, you need to visit La Rosetta. Even though Rome isn’t right on the coast, these folks bring the ocean to your plate. They pride themselves on serving up the freshest catches from the nearby Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, celebrating Italy’s love affair with seafood.
😎 MEININGER Hotels tip: the Pantheon Dough Roller
And here’s a little secret tip just for you: the Pantheon has something sweet up its sleeve. Get ready for a sugary spectacle at the Pantheon’s dough roller. Find Pasticceria De Bellis, a cozy pastry shop that’s famous for its irresistible pastries and try the star of the show: their sugar-dusted, cream-filled cannoncini.
#2 Dine near the iconic Trevi Fountain
Wondering where to eat near Rome’s most famous monuments? For the best pizza near the Trevi Fountain, run to Pizzeria da Baffetto. With its thin, crispy crust topped with locally sourced ingredients, this pizzeria’s offerings are as legendary as the monument itself. With an extensive menu and good selection of local and regional wines, Ristorante Angelina is a casual and budget-friendly choice to dine near the Trevi Fountain. And did anyone say “cocktail bar”? Salotto 42 is an amazing place for sipping cocktails while admiring its stylish local crowd.
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#3 Grab a bite next to the Colosseum
As for the Rome restaurants near the Colosseum, the choices are lovely. Aroma Restaurant gives you a Michelin-starred dining experience as well as a panoramic view of the Colosseum. Here, Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio showcases a menu inspired by traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Colosseum, you’ll find Trattoria Monti. This family-owned restaurant is famous for its tortello stuffed with ricotta and lemon zest, a dish that screams comfort and simplicity, which are hallmarks of Roman cuisine.
Pizzeria Li Rioni will be your authentic Roman neighborhood pizzeria experience. Make sure to start with some delicious fritti (fried treats).
#4 Eat close to the Spanish Steps
Meanwhile, if you’re seeking vegan options, the opulent neighborhood around the Spanish Steps houses Il Margutta, Rome’s first vegetarian restaurant established in 1979. Today, it serves you a blend of vegetarian and vegan dishes with an organic wine list. For more vegan food options, why not have a look at our article on the best vegan restaurants in Rome?
Pastificio Guerra, a historic pasta house, serves a quick and tasty lunch in between sightseeing. They only make two pasta dishes per day, and you’ll have to line up to grab one, but it’s totally worth it (and the line moves quickly).
#5 Snack around the Campo de’Fiori Market
Your trip to Rome is never complete without visiting the vibrant Campo de’ Fiori market area. Here, Roscioli, an eclectic food venue that’s part deli, part restaurant, offers you the best of Italian meats, cheeses, and wines. You will love their legendary carbonara and cacio e pepe. At Emma, you can indulge in real cucina Romana and delicious roman-style pizza in a modern setting with outdoor seating. In the mood for burgers? Head to Open Baladin for some of Rome’s best burgers. Prized meat and bread buns, hand flavored chips and one of the city’s largest selections of craft beer. Yum!
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#6 Eat & see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican
If you want to eat near Rome’s monuments, make sure you also try Osteria delle Commari which offer some of the best Roman cuisine with a stunning view of St. Peter’s dome. The oxtail stew is a local favorite and is perfect for a hearty lunch after exploring the nearby monuments. Open all day for lunch, dinner, and snacks, La Zanzara has a full menu from sandwiches and salads to seafood, meat and pasta. At aperitivo time, try all the snacks and canapés served with your cocktails. Il Sorpasso: another all-day dining and a locals’ hotspot. From cheese and charcuterie boards to pasta and prime cuts of meat, Il Sorpasso is more than just a wine bar. Plus, their cocktails are one-of-a-kind!
#7 Cocktails & food in Piazza Navona 🍸
Made famous for its scenes with Julia Roberts, in “Eat, Pray, Love”, Santa Lucia is homestyle cooking with all the classics; plus, a gorgeous garden terrace you get to enjoy in the warmer months.
And remember to pay a visit to Jerry Thomas Project, listed as one of the best bars in the world. This speakeasy makes exquisite cocktails, prepared by a bar staff dressed in 1920s get-up. You must book in advance to get the entry password. Sounds pretty cool, right?
When it comes to dining near Rome’s most famous monuments, remember that it’s more than a food experience. It’s about getting to know the Roman lifestyle, ambiance, conversations, and heritage… served on your plate. Whether you’re munching on a slice of pizza while admiring the Trevi Fountain, feasting on fresh seafood near the Pantheon, or enjoying a fine dining experience with the Colosseum as your backdrop, Rome’s culinary scene is just as diverse and remarkable as its famous monuments!
Where to eat near Rome's most famous monuments: FAQs
Are all the restaurants near Rome's famous monuments open every day?
The opening times of restaurants in Rome can vary. Some may close one day a week, often on Sundays or Mondays while others are open seven days a week. Check the restaurant's official website or call them for the most accurate information.
Do I need to make reservations for restaurants in Rome?
Yes, for many of these popular spots, particularly the Michelin-starred Aroma Restaurant or family-run favorites like Armando al Pantheon, it's advisable to make reservations to secure your spot.
What type of cuisine can I expect from the restaurants near the Pantheon?
The restaurants near the Pantheon offer a diverse range of Italian cuisine. You can enjoy everything from traditional Roman dishes, such as spaghetti alla carbonara at Armando al Pantheon, to fresh seafood at La Rosetta, to delicious pastries at Pasticceria De Bellis.
Can you recommend any vegan or vegetarian options near Rome's monuments?
Absolutely! Il Margutta, located near the Spanish Steps, was Rome’s first vegetarian restaurant and now offers you a blend of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
What are the best dishes to try in these restaurants near Rome's most famous monuments?
This depends on individual preferences, but there are some local favorites to try, such as pizza from Pizzeria da Baffetto, tortello stuffed with ricotta and lemon zest from Trattoria Monti, carbonara from Roscioli, and oxtail stew from Osteria delle Commari.
I'm looking for a place to eat with a great view of Rome's monuments. What would you recommend?
Aroma Restaurant offers a stunning panoramic view of the Colosseum, along with its Michelin-starred dining experience. Osteria delle Commari also offers you beautiful views of St. Peter's dome.
What's a "Pantheon dough roller"?
The term "Pantheon dough roller" in our article refers to the process of making pastries and other baked goods near the Pantheon, particularly at places like Pasticceria De Bellis, which is known for its sugar-dusted, cream-filled cannoncini.