|Restaurant in Trastevere|
While we ate out every meal for a week, there were only a handful of do-not-miss restaurants. Rome, like New York or any other large city, has its gems, but most of the places we were steered towards served up routine, forgettable cuisine. Some notable exceptions follow.
Pastificio - Down home pasta shop close to the Spanish Steps that serves up lunchtime prepared pasta. Simple, basic, and the best pasta in town. Four Euros gets you a heaping plate and a plastic cup to serve yourself some wine. Popular with construction workers and suits alike. Via della Croce 8
Palatium - This sleek, hip enoteca just off the main shopping drag of Via del Corso has a terrific wine list and an even better kitchen. Hard to believe it's run by the regional government - everything here is sourced from Lazio. Fantastic dinner kicked off by a dreamy zuppa fagioli (white bean soup, pictured below). Via Frattina 94
Open Baladin -This micro brewery near the Campo di Fiore served us the best meal of the trip: grass-fed Piedmontese beef burgers. Extraordinary beers in a wine-open, cool setting. Wow. Via degli Specchi 6
|Deliciousness at Open Baladin|
|Zuppa fagioli at Palatium|