Must Eat Local Dishes When Visiting Rome

Imagine the sweet and undeniably romantic ambiance while quenching both your thirst and hunger in the wonderful and fantasy-like place like Rome. Surely, Roman food is both popular and simple. Its food is not boastful yet it is generous in terms of flavor and character.

In Rome, they don’t make food just for the sake of keeping her guests full; Rome makes food to satisfy the taste buds. With the freshest pick of ingredients, it is a hundred percent guarantee that every visitor in Rome won’t go wrong.

Bucatini all'amatriciana
Bucatini all’amatriciana by Barbara Glickler Notarile

On the flip side of the coin, tourists from all over the world usually make the same mistake. They spend too much on overpriced food in Rome. With so many restaurants geared for tourists, shameless as it may seem, they usually overprice their counters.

So, the best tip to eat the best food in Rome without getting robbed is to eat like the locals. As long as you know what you’re looking for and what you’re craving for, then finding for that best and affordable, not cheap, restaurant available in the country of exquisite taste.

Do not confuse yourselves with Italian versus Roman food. To steer away from umpteen gazillion languages derived for the food that you’re looking for, here are items that will make sure that you’re well on your way to eating your way through the best of Rome!

Bucatini all’amatriciana

With its rich and flavourful tomato sauce plus mainly made with guanciale or pig’s cheek, the famous and truly Roman classic pasta, all’amatriciana, will undeniably be first on your list. Find the best of its kind in local areas in Rome. The best ones come inside an opened wheel of Pecorino Romano cheese and are blended inside the wheel in front of your table before serving. Now that’s fine dining.

Parmigiano Reggiano – Parmesan Cheese

With Rome’s pasta and pizza affair, you guessed it right, yes; this is the staple food in Italy. Served in almost all of their cuisine or you can just eat it as it is, paired with a delectable wine. If you’re lucky, grab a taste that is aged at least 24 months and enjoy it on its own or try it on top of your pasta or pizza or any other Roman cuisine.

Culatello di Parma

Almost looks and tastes like the Prosciutto di Parma, yet, with an even more selective cut. Known as the pure food of the gods which costs around at least 50 Euros per kilo, I’m sure you’d need only a slice or two to make you understand how it got its nickname.

To enjoy it at its best, eat it alone and savor the flavor buy itself. To make sure that you’re getting the best cut, go for the lighter color, the darker the meat, the lower its quality is.

Prosciutto di Parma
Prosciutto di Parma by Sun Taro

Coffee and Bread

Pair up that delicious cappuccino with a bomba con crema. This pair will surely give you a boost early in the day. Find the best bar that would offer the freshest pair so that you won’t be wasting the calories on a half-day old piece of bread.


Time for dessert!!! How to choose the best Gelato in Rome? Steer clear from tourist stands and chain gelaterie. You have to add in more effort to dig deep and stroll along the local areas in Rome to find the most delectable and the freshest Gelatos served in the area.

Cioccolato Caldo

Hot chocolate, an all-time favorite, anytime comfort food. Before leaving the wonderful place of Rome, make sure that you’ll be able to grab a taste of their delectable one of a kind hot chocolate. You’ll know that you’ve got a winner once you dip your spoon into the cup and your spoon stands up straight.

Aside from the ones mentioned above, there are still a lot more that Rome can offer you. Just some quick tips that we can advise you is that you’ll just have to have a little more faith in searching for the best.

And to tell you the truth, to avoid getting robbed and not getting your money’s worth, stroll along the streets of Rome, make friends, know the locals… Surely, in no time, not will you only enjoy the streets of Rome, you will also discover the most astounding restaurants without getting your bank robbed.

This is an article by Suzzane Edwards for – Guide to Italy accommodation.

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