5 food spots if you're on a budget in Rome

1) Dar Parucca

This simple restaurant brings together sophisticated flavours and locally sourced organic ingredients. Meaty Roman treats make up the core of the menu, but you’ll also find vegetarian and vegan options. Even their house wines, a Montepulciano for red and Trebbiano malvasiato for white, are organic.

Interior of Dar Parucca restaurant

Via Macerata 89

+39 324 086 8361

2) Corno d'Africa

An excellent African restaurant. Among the most popular dishes are couscous with meat and vegetables and the spiced beef stew, served with injera, a spongy East African sourdough flatbread. The lively restaurant only has a few tables, so be sure to book ahead.

restaurant facade and sign at night of Corno d'Africa in Rome

Christ Thousands

Via Folco Portinari 7

+39 (0)6 5327 3923

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3) Ravioleria Esquilino

One of Rome’s coolest and tastiest takeout joints in years, combining traditional Roman fare like porchetta with Asianfusion options like bao buns and gyoza, which makes sense in this neighbourhood known for Chinese entrepreneurs. Do yourself a favour and order a little bit of everything – or a lot of everything.

take-out concept at Ravioleria Esquilino

4) Pinsere

This locale specialises in pinsa, an ovalshaped focaccia bread that dates back to ancient Rome, but today is a rarity. Toppings are manifold: ham and figs, parmigiana, cacio e pepe, pumpkin flowers, ricotta, lard, sardines, and mozzarella are just a few. Pinsere also offers cold pastas and salads.

pizza with tomato, mozzarella and basilicum from Pinsere

Via Flavia 98

+39 (0)6 4202 0924

5) Finger

High-quality fast food. There’s only seating for 15 at Finger plus some standing and leaning room at the counter. Dishes include cedar-infused artichokes and saffron-battered vegetables. Food changes daily, depending on what’s fresh at the market. But you can always count on cold craft brews and good wine.

Italian food from Finger

Piazza Pietro Merolli 53

+39 (0)6 8379 6538

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