5 of the most authentic places for Roman cuisine in Rome
This trattoria specialises in Rome’s traditional ‘fifth quarter’ cuisine (i.e. offal). The rustic amuse-bouche – white pizza with mortadella (pizza bianca e mortazza) – is a classic, while their carbonara is considered one of the best in town. A good selection of natural wines. Daily specials posted on the wall.
2) La Tavernaccia
La Tavernaccia is nestled in perhaps the least touristy nook of otherwise tourist-trappy Trastevere. The pastas are meaty, cheesy, and rich, while second courses are slathered in traditional, tasty sauces. Surprisingly good service and wine.
3) Trattoria da Cesare
Da Cesare is a trattoria treasure box. Starters include perfectly fried fish, and ‘gnocchi nuggets’ with cheese and pepper sauce. Pastas are perfect. As for mains, Roman staples reign, such as braised oxtail, tripe with tomato and mint and fried lamb chops. The wine list is outstanding.
The restaurant takes its name from the DOP and DOC quality assurance labels for food and wine in the EU. Goodies range from regional craft beers to tasty charcuterie and baked potatoes filled with local produce from the Lazio region. Tucked away below street level, it’s easy to miss. Try not to.
5) La Torricella
A one-stop restaurant for all that Testaccio has to offer, from the neighbourhood’s renowned offal dishes (i.e. rigatoni alla pajata and trippa alla romana) to pizza, steak, and fish – their specialty. The wine list is lacking, but that’s made up for with a warm environment and accessible prices.
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