Where to Dine in Trastevere
Trastevere is one of Rome’s most vibrant neighborhoods and a central area for fine dining, ethnic restaurants, chic bars and fancy cafeterias.
What are the recommended restaurants for a Trastevere-based dining adventure?
La Punta Expendio de Agave
While Rome’s dining center features mostly traditional Italian cuisine, there are certainly a few reasonable options for the lovers of international flavors.
For those who would like a respite from the omnipresent Italian cuisine, we recommend a visit to La Punta Expendio de Agave, an authentic Mexican restaurant, that brings the best of Mexican cuisine to the Eternal City. The unique menu will certainly grab your attention right away as it’s in the form of a passport with various stamps, each stamp a symbol of a drink featured in the menu. The Mexican-inspired food menu features crispy shrimp tacos and marinated octopus. Mexican tequilla is the way to go for those who want to team their dish up with a truly Mexican beverage.
Via Santa Cecilia, 8, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Pizzeria Ai Marmi
If you look for one of the best pizza places in the Trastevere district, head out to Ai Marmi, an iconic Roman pizza spot. No matter whether you like thin-crust pizza, or Roman-style pizza with mushrooms, prosciutto, or fiori di zucca, Ai Marmi has it all for all kinds of pizza afacionados. Don’t forget to start with one of fried appetizers such as suppli. We also recommend antipasto del mare (seafood sampling plate), and pizza con gorgonzola and speck. All reasonably priced.
The pizzeria gets bubbly and chaotic, but service is typically fast.
Viale di Trastevere, 53, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Modern decors and trendy dishes characterize this Michelin-starred dining venue. Global-inspired cuisine, combined with traditional Italian meals, contributes much to the restaurant’s global spirit. 50-year old cheeses are among the ingredients in the Glass Hostaria’s menu.
Prices are high, so consider one of the tasting menus, starting at €85 (£75).
We recommend Linguine with miso butter, oysters and red onion for just 25 Euro, and white fish sashimi as an appetizer. The ‘’tuna steak’’ is a must for fish meat lovers, and its price is 32 Euro.
Vicolo de’ Cinque, 58, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Freni e Frizioni
If you are looking for the best aperitivo in town, Freni e Firizone is the right destination. A former mechanic shop, the place now is a vibrant happy hour spot for those who enjoy people-watching and interesting conversations with visitors from all over the globe.
A purchase of a drink gives you access to the generous buffet of vegetables, pasta and pizza slices.
Make sure to stop by Freni before dinner for snacks and cocktails.
Address: Via del Politeama 4 – 6, 00153 | Phone: +39 0645 497499 | Hours: Sun-Mon 6:30pm-2:00am
Gelateria del Teatro
The lovers of gelato can head out to Gelateria del Teatro, where they can sample a rich variety of flavors such as lemon, creme brulee, pane, and honey. The gelateria is located right by the Tiber River and is a perfect respite from a walk around the meandering Roman streets.
There you can pick both traditional gelato flavors and experiment with new quirky options. In the ice cream world, that means the best of both worlds!
The gelato is made in front of the thirsty eyes of tourists out of the freshest ingredients on the market.
La Tavernetta 29
This is a paradise for meat lovers! Passers-by will notice huge steakbones on the window display, inviting them for a mouth-watering dinner spree.
A dinner for two, with a 3-course meal, and a bottle of wine, will cost you around 80 Euro. The place only accepts reservations. No walk-ins.
The wood-grill tavern is a producer of gently smoked meat, a great addition to an authentic Italian table. You can also pick from a variety of traditional meals such as pizza with various toppings, like salmon, funghi (mushrooms), cheeses and veggies.
Da Teo is for those who enjoy great social ambiance as much as a yummy dish at the table. Friendly staff will accommodate all your culinary desires. If you prefer to dine in the outside, the place features an outside terrace.
As you scroll down the menu, we recommend that you choose rigatoni either all’amatriciana (tomato, guanciale and pecorino) or alla norcina (a smooth sausage ragù enriched with cream). Finish your meal with strawberries with mascarpone or creamy tiramisu.
And if you are in the rare mood for an Indonesian dish, head out to the Bali Restaurant & Bar for a taste of some Asian cuisine in Rome. There you can order Vietnamese or Thai meals and fresh fruit cocktails. If you are in the mood for tea, the restaurant features a variety of herbal blends that you can match with an exotic dessert after dinner.
Via del Mattonato, 29, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Trastevere is the capital of Roman nightlife. So if you don’t find what you look for there, you might be a little too picky. Trastevere has everything to satisfy the tastes of even the most capricious visitors. From fine dining to casual eateries and dessert shops, the neighborhood is the perfect paradise for foodies from all over the globe.
Another chic fun neighborhood for casual eateries and music spots is Monti, featuring a variety of options for those looking to mingle with international crowds. The place also features numerous bubbly coffee shops and gelaterias, each with their own unique spirit and style.
The good thing about Rome is that is is such a vibrant, young city and so full of opportunities for everyone willing to explore its secrets.