Foodie in Rome: best local finds for cheap

   Hello there! Do you like Italian food? Well, I do. Let’s be honest: when we travel to a certain place, we are not only excited to walk down the streets, visit museums, meet new city and explore its beauty, we look forward to delicious meals with an authentic local touch. Today I am telling you what we did to avoid frozen food and “food for a tourist” in Rome, and how we found the best Italian food! But first things first: in order to have a delicious experience in Rome you must:
– avoid places where most tourists would eat;
– don’t be shy to ask your apartment host, friend, a waiter in a restaurant for recommendations. I was lucky enough to have my amazing friend in Rome who kindly provided us with some really good places (read about accommodation in Rome here);
– If you decide to stay a little farther from the center, you can taste the best of Rome: from Italian chefs made for Italians. If you come to the cafe where only Italian language can be heard – that’s the place to be.
GOOD MORNING!
Our breakfasts in Rome would not be complete without:
– Cup of Italian coffee and me almost crying over it, because it was THAT good!
– Panini and my husband saying that he will soon be tired of it, and yet ordering it every morning!
– “Cornettialla crema” that was the choice of mine for breakfast. It has a close resemblance to a croissant with custard cream, but it’s better than that! Also, if you like Nutella, you should definitely try “cornetto al cioccolato”. 🙂
Budget: we used to pay paid €7 for a cup of coffee (any coffee) for me, 2 croissants, 1 big panino, and a glass of water for my husband.  Not bad at all, right?
Favorite place for breakfast:
T&Tcaffe on Piazzale Eugenio Morelli, 33, 00151 Roma RM, Italy
IMG_5677IMG_4417   IT’S LUNCHTIME!
For lunch, we would follow the same rule: eat where locals and/or students eat. Our lunch options were pizza, Italian buffet, pasta, or panino.
Budget: you may expect to spend about 10-12 euros for 2 people. It depends on what you eat and what kind of place you go to.  

 

 

Here are a few places we tried:
We had panini at Antico Caffe del Teatro di Marcello (Via del Teatro di Marcello, 42, 00186 Roma RM, Italy);
We enjoyed fancy pizza at Emma Pizzeria (Via del Monte della Farina, 28, 00186 Roma RM, Italy);
We got very hungry and stopped for a buffet at Rosso Eat Drink Stay (Viale Aventino, 32, 00153 Roma RM, Italy);
THE BEST PASTA we have tried in Rome was at Risto Caffé (next to B&B La Casa del Conte).

DINNER TIME IS THE BEST TIME!  
At least in Italy, it is. People get together for a meal or drink and spend at least 3 hours chatting, enjoying life and each other. We live in the USA, so when we came to have dinner for the first time,  we came in, had a really fast meal, were surprised when waiter didn’t come with a check and “no pressure” message, and left. Our last dinner was the longest dinner in our lives 😁 We enjoyed each other, food, atmosphere and people.

 

 

   Budget: you can expect to dine for as cheap as 12 euros for 2 people if you go to the places that offer Aperitivo – you pay ONLY for your drink and eat from the buffet as much as you want.
You must try Aperitivo at Freni e Frizioni (Via del Politeama, 4/6, 00153 Roma RM, Italy)
If you would like to have a restaurant experience, I would definitely recommend visiting the district called “Trastevere”: it’s full of really good restaurants, so you will definitely find something you’d like.
  Timo Roma on Lungotevere degli Anguillara, Rome, Italy 00153  for great drinks and AMAZING view.
I don’t think our food journey in Rome would be complete without delicious dinner at
L’AMO Osteria di pesce  (Via S. Girolamo Emiliani, 9, 00152 Roma RM, Italy) 
that included Italian clssics like fritto misto, arancini, and canoli.
   Also, don’t forget about famous gelato at Cremeria Monteforte on Via della Rotonda, 22, 00186 Roma RM, Italy.IMG_4179

 Thanks for stopping by!
XX,
Gena. 

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8 thoughts on “Foodie in Rome: best local finds for cheap

  1. Yum! I love the idea of the cornetto al cioccolato. When I was in Rome I ate way too much pizza and cacio e pepe. It’s funny, because I’m usually a tea drinker, but Italian coffee drinks are just too delicious to pass up. Thank you for the great post!

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