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

By Mario Batali
Updated May 24, 2017
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Rome, Italy
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Where to Eat


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

Salumeria Roscioli
Credit: © 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!