Where to Eat Rome’s Best Pasta


Where to eat Rome’s best pasta…

A conversation never to be discussed amongst actual Romans, might I add, unless you want to be knee deep in hours of debate and passionate rage.

I might not know pasta like an Italian would, but I definitely know how to tell al dente from overcooked, and bad seasoning from good.

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Everywhere you go in Italy the pasta is good. And since Italian cuisine is passed down through family recipes rather than formal culinary institutions, no two pasta experiences are the same. Here are the best of the best in Rome…

Osteria da Fortunata in Rome

Homemade, fresh pasta just like madre intended. All pastas at Osteria da Fortunata are made on the spot while you wait, by the same chef who has been there for decades.

The restaurant sits close to the Tiber River’s edge, not far from the Roman Pantheon . Booking is essential if you intend to eat later than 7:30.

The staff speak very little English and the menus are only in Italian. Have some of your helpful Italian phrases ready for when you eat here and need to order.

Osteria da Fortunata in Rome – by Osteria da Fortunata – Sourced from their Facebook

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 12pm to 1am
ADDRESS: Via del Pellegrino, 11/12, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Colosseo

Roscioli Salumeria in Rome

Italians, especially Romans, usually judge a restaurant by how well they can make a carbonara. Roscioli Salumeria is a restaurants, wine bar and deli hybrid… and their carbonara is an absolute show stopper.

Roscioli is known for sourcing only the most prestigious ingredients for all of their pasta dishes. For example, if a dish requires egg, then it is sourced from hens fed on goats milk, which is said to alter the flavor of the egg to a noticeable degree.

I should also mention that Roscioli stocks over 2,800 wines at any given time. For an Italian dining combination you won’t easily forget there is no better place.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday – 12:30pm to 4pm // 7pm to 12am
ADDRESS: Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Colosseo

Taverna Trilussa Trastevere in Rome

Trastevere is a trendy little neighborhood in Rome, filled with hidden gem pasta restaurants that you can eat your way through for the duration of your trip.

Taverna Trilussa is my favorite pasta in Rome. It has to do with a combination of both the food, the wine and the atmosphere of the eatery itself. Everything comes together in an unforgettable way.

Their Ravioli Mimosa dish is award winning, and mind blowing. Make sure at least one person at the table orders this while you’re here!

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday – 7pm to 12am
ADDRESS: Via del Politeama, 23/25, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Colosseo

Pastificio Guerra in Rome

It’s all good and well to dine in at the upmarket trattorias scattered through the ancient city streets, but oftentimes the best pasta lies in the most unassuming of places.

The Pastifico Guerra is a hole-in-the-wall little pasta kiosk that only offers takeaway and limited dine in space. It saved my life once during a guided walking tour and I have returned religiously ever since.

For just €4 you’ll get a generous portion of pasta and sauce. The meal is as basic as they come, but utterly satisfying. The deal includes a bottle of water, or if you happen to find a chair inside the tiny dining room, then a small glass of wine as well.

Pastificio Guerra in Rome – by Pastificio Guerra – Uploaded by them

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 1pm to 9:30pm
ADDRESS: Via della Croce, 8, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Flaminio

Maccheroni in Rome

I’m an absolute sucker gnocchi and nothing can throw my mood quite like an under-portioned, poorly cooked plate of what should be potato goodness.

Maccheroni was recommend to me by a friend who shares my approach to gnocchi. It’s a wonderfully pleasant little restaurant with a great atmosphere, affordable wine and fantastic pasta dishes.

Maccheroni is held to high esteem by a lot of Roman too, so you know how good it must be.

Maccheroni in Rome – by Maccheroni – Sourced from their website

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – Various Times
ADDRESS: Piazza delle Coppelle, 44, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Spagna

Pasta Imperiale in Rome

When you’re between sights and you just need something quick and satisfying, Pasta Imperiale will save the day.

They do a variety of pastas, served hot and fast and the quality is great for the price. I love their special that includes a pasta, a water and a tiramisu for just €8. Most of the pastas are €5 otherwise.

Note that this restaurant is very lowkey; you’ll eat off of paper plates and tables turn within minutes. As I said, a quick in-n-out lunch or dinner while roaming the city center.

Pasta Imperiale in Rome – by Pasta Imperiale – Uploaded by them

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 12pm to 10pm
ADDRESS: Via dei Coronari, 160, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Spagna

Grazia & Graziella in Rome

Another spot that I absolutely love in Trastevere is Grazia and Graziella. It’s a wonderful and authentic Italian eatery that offers some of the best pizzas and pastas in town.

This is the place for when you have guests to entertain or you want to show someone what good, Roman pasta should taste like. Their outdoor seating makes for a great ambient evening under the sky, and since Trastevere is so vibrant there is usually street music to be heard somewhere in the distance.

Bookings are relatively essential most nights of the week, unless you come before 7pm.

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 11am to 1am
ADDRESS: Largo M.D. Fumasoni Biondi, 5, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Metro STATION: Circo Massimo