Mario Batali's Guide to Rome

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By Mario Batali Posted September 07, 2016

I typically do Rome just for a weekend. That’s time enough for three or four meals, chosen wisely.

Where to Eat

Roscioli

Lunch here is probably my favorite meal in 
the whole town!

Food & Wine: Salumeria Roscioli

© Nicolee Drake

La Rosetta


In the shadow of the Pantheon; the seafood is really original.

Al Ceppo


For sexy, old-school food. If you walk past an incredible hearth into a dining room filled with beautiful Romans, you’re in the right place.

Antica Pesa


For tradition and the old Cinecittà (film studio) world.

L’Asino d’Oro


It’s peasant-hip food from Lazio and Umbria. Via del Boschetto 73.

Ristorante L’Arcangelo


For modern Italian.

Forno Campo 
de’ Fiori


The breakfast pizza with potatoes is heaven.

La Pergola


No one does fancy like La Pergola. 
So tasty, so smart, and the view is spectacular.

Da Gino


A classic osteria—think pasta amatriciana and rabbit—off Piazza del Parlamento.

Checchino dal 1887


Go for the meat and offal dishes in the hip Testaccio neighborhood.

Day Trip


Osteria di San Cesario


A 40-minute drive east of Rome in the tiny town of San Cesareo. Anna Dente is probably the best Roman restaurant cook. She turns out stupendous old-style dishes that are the ultimate in 
my mind. Do not miss!

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