A mini guide to eating in Rome

Restaurants
Trattoria Vechia
This restaurant was recommended to me by Anna – so you already know it’s going to be amazing for those of you who know her! Located between Monti and Esquilino, 5 minutes from the main station, on a quiet street, is this absolute gem of a restaurant! It’s best to make a reservation a few days beforehand, we did this in person but I think it’s possible over the phone too. When we arrived, 10 minutes before the restaurant opened, there was already a queue building up down the street, another promising sign that the restaurant is good!

We had the caprese salad (tomato, mozzerella and basil), a pizza and the spaghetti with bacon and aspargus and the gnocci with gorgonzola and garlic. The pasta dishes were the best pasta dishes I had, by far, throughout the whole trip! The bacon and asparagus complemented each other well and the gorgonzola gnocci was the biggest cheesiest and smelliest (sorry Anna) guilty pleasure ever. Only took one picture as I was too hungry and busy eating!IMG_5024

Link to restaurant: http://www.trattoriavecchiaroma.it/
Advice: Starve yourself for a few hours before to make room!
Price range: Cheap

Flavio al Velavevodetto

I found this recommendation on Olive Magazine’s guide to Rome so decided to take a little walk out of the centre to stop by. The restaurant is actually a lot bigger than you would think when you first arrive but it’s still definitely worth booking in advance, especially if you want to sit outside. The menu changes depending on what foods are in season but I get the idea that the food is always amazing amazing all year round.

We ordered the mozzerella with ham and this was the nicest mozzerella I think I’ve ever tasted.

We also had the fresh tuna and roasted vegetable starter and I had the spaghetti with ricotta, tomatoes, mint and basil.

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Links: http://www.ristorantevelavevodetto.it/ and http://www.olivemagazine.com/travel/europe/italy/weekend-guide-to-rome-where-to-eat-drink-and-stay/ – Definitely worth a read if you’re planning a visit!

Cafes
Panella Bakery

This chocolate espresso was SO GOOD! We weren’t really sure what we were ordering but I think whatever you order here is going to be amazing.

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Link:  http://www.panellaroma.com/

Bars
Al Vino Al Vino and Ai Tre Scalini were two of our favourite places to have a sophisticated glass of wine in Monti. To save money and get a feel for the street drinking vibe after, head to the square just opposite Al vino Al Vino and order an Aperol Spritz or other cocktail from a casual bar at the back and drink it around the fountain – there’s nowhere else to sit!

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