Most Traditionals Places Where to Have Lunch in Rome
Rome has some of Italy’s most delicious food. Get ready to try new dishes in these amazing places where to eat in Rome. Discover them here!
I am more than sure that during your next travel to Rome you won't starve.
It is impossible! Surely you will gain a few kilograms because the food is so delicious and tempting that you won't resist trying everything you will see.
What time is lunch eaten in Rome?
We are very strict with our eating schedule in Italy, we grow up eating every day around the same time and then we end up never eating any other time of the day because "it's not the right time" or at least this is what my grandmother used to tell me when I was a kid.
In Italy, we have breakfast between 7 - 8 am. We usually eat something sweet, like a pastry, cereals with milk or my favourite, yoghurt with granola.
We also always drink a coffee that can be a cappuccino or a caffe latte. Nowadays, many swap coffee with green tea or fruit tea.
Then we eat something light for "merenda" around 10 am that could be a juice like orange, a coffee and something sweet like a pastry or savoury like a little sandwich.
We then have lunch between 1-2 pm, usually pasta or risotto. In Italy, we use to eat carbs for lunch and proteins and veggies for dinner.
Around 4 pm we have another "merenda" that could be just a coffee or a fruit.
Dinner time is between 7-8.30 pm. We usually eat meat or fish with veggies or a good soup (in Italy we love soups).
We almost never have dinner after 9 pm and this is something to keep in mind when going to eat out in Italy.
If you book a table, never book it after 9 pm. Kitchens usually closed at 10 pm so if you want to get a better service, book your table between 7.30 and 8.30 pm.
For those who don't know what Roman cuisine has to offer, check out my article "28 Delicious Food and Drinks to Try in Rome", and then check out this article where I am about to tell you where you can find all those delicious and super tasty Roman dishes.
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Pranzo / Lunch
Having lunch in Rome will be a delicious experience. I advise you to have something fast so you can go back to exploring this charming city. I think that sitting down in a restaurant would be perfect for dinner so you will have more time to relax and enjoy a fantastic Roman meal.
If you are looking to discover the typical Roman recipes, to know what to order, have a look at my article "28 Delicious Food and Drinks to Try in Rome". And you will go there already knowing what you want to try!
Antico Forno Marco Roscioli
This bakery is a place that every pizza lover will love. They serve pizza al taglio ( pizza by the slice), which is a fantastic way to try different pizzas with different toppings. Pizza al taglio is a typical Roman way to eat pizza, and I think it is genius.
I advise you to try the "Bianca" (which means white) that is only dough. Also, the "Rossa" (red) is very typical, and it is made with the only addition of tomato sauce. Obviously, they have many more toppings to choose from, like mozzarella and fresh tomatoes, mortadella, mixed veggies and more.
Address: Via dei Chiavari, 34, 00186 Roma RM
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Another heaven for the Foodies. Where you can find any pizzas, focaccia, and the famous "suppli' al Telefono". They also make fried food like "crocchetta di patate" (like a mash potatoes cylinder, breaded and then deep-fried. I love it with ketchup and mayo), and "arancino" (like suppli but typical from south Italy), and more.
Opening Times: from Tuesday to Thursday from 12 pm to 3 pm, from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
Friday 11 am to 3 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm.
Saturday 11 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm.
Sunday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
Address: Via della Meloria 43, 00136 Roma.
Do you want to try the famous Suppli'?
This is the perfect place because they have six different variants of it and some other delicious Roman delicacy like Trippa alla Romana, Mozzarella in Carrozza (like a toastie with tomatoes and cheese but instead to be toasted they breaded and deep-fried it), Polpette di melanzane (aubergine balls deep fried) and some salads and soups.
I advise you to try the "classic supply", the "cacio e pepe" and the "amatriciana" one.
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Closed Sundays.
Address: Via dei Banchi Vecchi 143, 00186 Roma.
The famous Trapizzino is a white triangle-shaped pizza pocket closed on the sides and made with the same dough of pizza. It is then stuffed with Roman recipes and other cuisines.
From tongue in green sauce to braised oxtail, from meatballs in their sauce to zighinì (spicy meat stew), from picchiapò to pork belly Roman style and much more.
Address: Via Giovanni Branca, 88, 00153 Roma / Piazza Trilussa, 46, 00153 Roma / Via Giovanni Giolitti, 36, 00185 Roma / Piazzale di Ponte Milvio, 13, 00135 Roma.
One of the best places where to eat a sandwich with "porchetta" (roast pork). It is a delicious option for a fast lunch. Just grab a beer and you are settled.
Located close to Stazione Termini (train station), is the best place where to stop if you just arrived in Rome from the airport and you feel hungry or if you are about to leave and want to have the last bite of delicious Roman cuisine.
Opening Times: from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm. Saturday from 10 is to 2.30 pm. They are closed on Sundays.
Address: Via del Viminale 2F, 00184 Roma.
Dar Filettaro a Santa Barbara
This is a kind of Trattoria where you can eat the "filetti di baccala'" (fried little slices of cod). They also have many starters, salads (they have the "puntarelle" I talked about in "28 Delicious Food and Drinks to Try in Rome") and some desserts.
All the portions are small, so you can try different dishes without ending up feeling too full.
Mercato Comunale di Testaccio
This is a covered market where you can find many different stalls that sell typical Roman food.
This is the list of my favourites:
Torrefazione Chicchi e Lettere
Looking for a good coffee and some coffee ground and some other typical Italian delicacies to take home as a souvenir? This is the right place for you.
Here, you can buy Italian cookies, coffee, jams, chocolate, limoncello, and my favourite coffee machine, the Italian Moka.
You can buy delicious salads that they will prepare for you on the spot (very healthy and light). They also sell delicious fresh smoothies and fruit salads.
In this stall, you can buy all artisanal food savoury or sweet. Perfect if you want to take some home with you.
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Mastro Papone Bistrot
If you like to fish, this is the stall for you. The owner cooks delicious and fresh fish on the spot. From raw starters, pasta and also grilled fish, you will find a great menu to choose from.
Mordi e Vai
Looking for a different sandwich than what you usually eat back home? Here you will find only typical Roman recipes in a sandwich. Tasty!
They mainly sell suppli of every kind, but also some other delicious food from Puglia, Campania, Marche and Abruzzo regions.
Altro Pasta & Vino (pasta all'uovo)
In this stall, you will find delicious handmade pasta on the spot, from cannelloni, ravioli, agnolotti, gnocchi, tortellini and lasagne, everything of excellent quality.
You can choose the kind of pasta you like with the sauce you want to try, and they will cook it for you on the spot. Like the other pasta stall, choose your pasta and your dressing to combine and Buon Appetito!
Le mani in Pasta
This is another pasta place, and they also make the pasta there in the stall.
Here you can also buy delicious Formaggio (cheese) and salumi (cured meat) to eat on the spot or in your accommodation if you rent a flat or as I always do, you can buy some and bring it back home with you.
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