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Restaurants in rome


#1

Hi.

We are off for a long weekend to rome in a week or so and I’m loooking for any recommendations for a good restaurant with a quality wine list.

My fiancee is coeliac so must have a gluten free experience.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Cheers.

Rich.


#2

Very hard unfortunately, as caccio e peppe is the one dish you must try, when in Rome.


#3

I didn’t find any that were above the level of a high street Italian in the UK**.

What I was surprised is that virtually every restaurant was Italian cuisine; imagine their surprise when they come to London and find every cuisine under the sun represented in restaurants except for British which are few.

** I can imagine there might be outrage at this comment*** with people listing top places with multi-Michelin stars. I was on business and at work all long day so I went to places near my hotel to eat.

***but it’s fun to stir it up sometimes :slight_smile:


#4

Went to this place a couple of times a few years ago. An enoteca not a restaurant but the food was pretty good and the wine list extensive.


#5

I have to agree broadly with @peterm. I haven’t been recently but used to go to Rome a lot on business. Most of the restaurants serve very decent and very similar menus of tasty Italian food. This could be difficult for a gluten free diet. I never had time or opportunity (or the expenses allowance) to look for very upscale restaurants, but I never had a bad meal either.
If you’re staying in a hotel I suggest you ask them about local restaurants; they will probably give you some good suggestions.


#6

I’ve been to Rome previously but no idea on recommendations. Quick search on Tripadvisor for restaurants filtered on gluten free brings up this list. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g187791-Rome_Lazio.html


#7

Many thanks for this. It’s really helpful.

Cheers.

Rich.


#8

We caught a programme called Rome Unpacked yesterday evening. The second of two such programmes involving an art critic and a chef. They visited a Michelin started chef. Cannot recall the name but may e you. Outdoor check on iPlayer. A chef did amazing things with beans!


#9

Here you are…it was a good watch when I saw it a while back.


#10

Oh yes! The Giorgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham Dixon (my art history hero, despite being somewhat pompous) show. They did a couple more series on different regions of Italy. Great marrying of food and culture.
I once spotted Graham-Dixon shopping in Aldi in Lewes. :star_struck:


#11

Thank you. I’ll take a look at this soon.


#12

Like all major cities you have to do a bit of research for the better restaurants as so much is tourist orientated, my Rome visits have been pretty average re food but the Mercato Testaccio is a great place to buy food and has very good take away places and I can recommend Cesare al Casaletto in Via Casaletto for authentic Roman cuisine at sensible prices.


#13

Pity. You obviously missed out entirely on good Roman cooking, one of Italy’s most distinctive. Maybe try a little harder next time - it’s worth it!

But yes, avoid the tourist areas, though you can still find the odd gem in Trastevere and probably even in the centre.


#14

The great thing about much of Italy - certainly Rome - is that restaurants don’t tend to charge the earth for wine. The markup is modest, and often means you can be paying the same (or less!) for a top-notch Flaccinello with your meal as buying it off-the-shelf in London. An excellent justification for really trying some of Italy’s best wines while you are there!
I’ll come back to you with some restaurant thoughts later…


#15

Happy days.

Rich


#16

Roscioli is our fave,always try and get a couple of meals in. High class deli serving simple but top-notch fare with a wine list to die for. Book a table upstairs (ground floor) for best atmos.


#17

Hi Rich - so…

La Pergola - https://romecavalieri.com/la-pergola/ winning no prizes for ‘cheap’, it’s a 3*, with cost and experience to match. Wine still better priced than in the UK though, I’d say (Italian, anyway).

Per Me - https://www.giulioterrinoni.it/eng/the-restaurant/ - it’s a 1* with excellent food. Wine list a healthy selection, and some (though not all) the ‘names’ are marked up sensibly - e.g. the Tig is under 1.5x UK shelf-price

Babette, on Via Marguta - I’m quite fond of this place. The food is what it is - well-done home cooking, but no awards to be won - but crucially a seriously good wine can be yours at a sensible price; worth a visit.

Ristorante Ad Hoc, on Via Ripetta - good food, good wine, nothing not to like. Extensive wine selection; not as keenly priced as Babette, but wider selection, still decently priced, and the food & wine together are a different story here.

I think I recall Il Gabriello (Via Vittoria) being decent enough, but it is harder to tell from online photos if it’s the right place than I thought it would be!

As ever, viamichelin is a great place to start searching…

You’ll find good wine bars around too, terrific selections by-the-glass, tempting bottles to bring home, good small plates to nibble - nice way to have a gentle lunch or starter before dinner.

There are many more great restaurants that I can’t remember the name of, and many, many more I’ve never visited - have a great trip, and do report back!

A.