Eat like a Roman
Your taste buds deserve to get a taste of the very best this capital has to offer too, and the Eternal City brings with its name not only history but some of the finest and most strongly traditional cuisine in the whole world.
While every Roman citizen will have their own top 100 restaurants you need to try for all kinds of reasons, I am only one person so trying out every single suggestion I got was not realistic. However, I did try as many as I could (especially those which were recommended by two or more people I spoke to) and these three restaurants are the ones I would suggest to every single person that sets foot in this city. Seriously, try them, I promise you will not regret it.
Don't be scared by the less-than-charming location of this restaurant. While Osteria Bonelli does not invest in the superficial details, the food you get (served on cheap paper tablecloths) is something few if any fancy restaurants can put up with.
In addition to the extremely minimalistic appearance, the restaurant has no menu whatsoever and the prices are always ridiculously cheap compared to anything in Rome. The restaurant is always packed, which is testament to its quality. To enjoy this Roman experience, go down to Viale dell' Acquedotto Alessandrino, 172, in the Torpignattara area.
This restaurant is loved by everyone I know. It's a little small, very simple, no frills or anything like that. Italians love it because it serves good old Italian food catered for Italians instead of thrill-seeking tourists, which is why you get the most authentic experience you could imagine right here. All the products are supplied fresh from local farms, and you will find this little piece of heaven in eastern Trastevere, on Via dei Vascellari 29.
This one is great if you love all things pizza, like me. Back in Spain where I grew up, we had a little Italian-run pizza joint and my parents took me there at least once a week because I loved it so much. That's why you should really understand how good Farinè is when I say it is better than any single pizza restaurant I have ever tried in my life. The owners are husband and wife, both graduates of the National School of Pizza, and their premise is to serve the purest, unaltered Roman pizza: six flavours, no more, and you can drink beer, wine or a soft drink. Oh, and there are no forks, knives, plates or anything like that: food is served on paper, you can choose sizes small, medium and large. Sounds odd? Well, the taste of that pizza makes it all worth it! The address is Via degli Aurunci, 6/8.