Pizza, pasta and gelato.  When you think about traveling to Rome where there’s plenty of Italian food, these are the staple food items that you always want to try.  This is due to the fact that the authentic pizzas and pasta dishes originated from Italy – and who wouldn’t want to sample such mouthwatering treats when you’re visiting the “Eternal City” of Rome?

The good thing about dining in Rome restaurants is that you will get to sample Italian cooking at its finest.  When visiting the city, it is best to avoid the ‘tourist trap’ restaurants – and go where the locals go to get the best Italian dining experience.

What are Some of the Best Restaurants to Try Out in Rome?

Generally, Italian food is great-tasting and satisfying.  Pizzas and pastas are made the old-fashioned way so you’ll get the whole ‘authentic Italian’ eating experience – and the gelatos are just out of this world, taste-wise.

When you visit a local restaurant in Rome, you may think that the service is a bit slow – but the wait is very well worth it.

Besides, owners of Italian restaurants are very hardworking, so be nice to the staff because you just might be dealing with the owner of the place instead of the server! This is where you’ll be cheerfully greeted by waiters and proprietors with a smile.

And of course, the highlight of it all is the food!

Now, depending on what you are in the mood for, which Rome restaurants offer the best in Italian cuisine?  Take a look at the following list:

– Bella Napoli at Via Alessandria

First time visitors in Rome surely can’t wait to sample pizza, the ultimate Italian ‘invention’ which originated in Naples.

The best place to visit if you’re looking for homemade, mouthwatering slices of pizza is the Bella Napoli at Vita Alessandria.  The advantage of selecting Bella Napoli as your ultimate pizza stop when visiting Rome is that it’s frequented both by the locals and the tourists.

There’s plenty of seating, the ambiance is casual, there are sidewalk tables and you can take your pick from thin crust or deep pan pizzas.

– Taverna Parione at the Via di Parione
If Piazza Navona is one of your stops during a walking or bus tour of Rome, make sure to drop by the Taverna Parione.  Located right in the heart of the old west in Rome, this place specializes in offering traditional ‘Romano’ cuisine.

– Sud in the Trieste
The New York Times dubbed Sud as one of the best places to eat in Rome.  Treat your palate to a taste of their crunchy panella or fried hummus or their spaghetti with clams and mussels.

-Uno e Bino in San Lorenzo

If you’re in the mood for comforting simple and elegant Italian food, this is the place to go.

– Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
This is another family-owned restaurant where you can have a taste of Sicilian, Roman and Umbrian dishes.

Other restaurants which are worth stopping by include MET, Antica Pesa, Maccheroni, Montecarlo, Il Pagliaccio, Colline Emiliane, Checchino dal 1887, La Pergola and La Trattoria.

Make sure to sample the gastronomic delights offered by these top-rated Rome restaurants – you’ll definitely get hungry while visiting all the sights that this romantic and charming city has to offer!