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Where to Eat Near Vatican

If you're wondering where to eat near Vatican City, and think your only choices are bad-food, over-priced tourist spots, think again!

Saint Peter's Square with fountainSaint Peter's Square in Vatican City - now where to eat nearby?


Where to Eat Near Vatican - a comprehensive guide

If you plan to visit the Vatican when you are in Rome, it will take a good chunk of a day. So it's logical you will want to eat something before and/or after, and nearby.

The problem, like with so many other tourist-filled areas of Rome, is knowing how to wade through the many touristy spots, and find the good ones, even the great ones.

On this page, you'll find many options for where to eat near Vatican City:

And, A map of where to eat near Vatican.

I've been to and recommend every place on this page, for the convenience, the ambiance, for the food, or all of the above. They are almost all within a 15-minute walk from Saint Peter's Square or the Vatican Museums. 


Where to Eat Near Vatican for Breakfast or Coffee

Normally, you might have breakfast in your hotel before heading over to the Vatican. But if you are staying in the area, or, if you want to make breakfast near the Vatican part of your experience, these are your best bets:

Sciascia Caffè

Sciascia Caffè serves some of the best coffee in Rome

cappuccino e cornetto at sciascia caffeMy fortification before visiting the Vatican: the perfect cappuccino and warm whole-wheat croissant at SciaScia Caffè

Add to that a charming, cozy atmosphere, where you can actually sit and enjoy your coffee without paying extra (this is a big deal in Rome!), and you have one of the most perfect spots for fueling up before a day at the Vatican.

sciascia caffè in romeSciascia Caffè does not look it from the outside, but amazing coffee is waiting for you inside

Contact: Via Fabio Massimo, 80/A, Tel: 06 321 1580

Details: Open Mon-Sat 7am - 8pm. Closed Sundays.

Logistics: About 2.5 blocks from Ottaviano Metro Stop. From there, 12-15 min walk to Vatican Museums.

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Romeo Chef and Baker

Romeo is a wonderful place where to eat near Vatican, for breakfast/lunch/dinner, and cocktails, since it's open all day. Hardly anyone is here during breakfast, and I can enjoy my cornetto and cappucino at the bar in tranquility.

romeo inside early morningRomeo Chef and Baker, a lovely spot for a quiet bar breakfast before heading to the Vatican

But they have a lot of other treats too! And a nice clean bathroom. (They open at 9am, so if you are coming to the Vatican earlier, try one of the other two (above and below.)

baked goods at romeoYou can opt for a simple cappuccino and cornetto (croissant), or, you can have one of Romeo's signature baked treats for breakfast

Contact: Via Silla, 26/a; Tel: 06 3211 0120

Details: Open 9am - midnight daily

Logistics: About 1.5 blocks from Ottaviano Metro Stop. From there, 10-12 min walk to Vatican Museums.

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Caffetteria Ruberto 

One of the most local spots there is in this neighborhood. You want a basic Roman bar, serving hot croissants and creamy cappuccinos for breakfast? This is the place.

Contact: Via Silla, 16; Tel: 06 3211761

Details: Mon - Fri 6am - 8pm; Sat 6am - 7pm. Closed Sunday.

Logistics: Right before Romeo, above. About 1.5 blocks from Ottaviano Metro Stop. From there, 10-12 min walk to Vatican Museums.

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Where to Eat Near Vatican for a Quick, Delicious Lunch

I think the most popular request I get for where to eat near Vatican is for a quick lunch. If you just walk around the area near Saint Peter's Square, and the Vatican Museums, you will see one place after another.

Some are sit down restaurants, others are just coffee bars. Sorry but most of these are either poor quality, or a ripoff. If you want to eat well, and for a fair price, near the Vatican for lunch, you have lots of great options (below.) But first read this, in case you go it on your own:

Avoid getting ripped off!

I often see local news stories about someone (usually a tourist) being outraged by the high prices they were charged to "just have a sandwich and a beer" near the Vatican. Here's what happens:

When people are looking for where to eat near Vatican, they are often just hungry and tired, and they plunk themselves down at the first place they see, often with tables outside. The waiter comes and they order some food and drink. When the bill arrives, the shock sets in.

But the restaurant is (usually) doing nothing illegal. They have (by law) placed their "table pricing" (which is often considerably more than "bar pricing") somewhere visible, so it is up to the customer to look for this pricing, whether posted inside, or on a physical menu, and make an informed decision before ordering.

Nanú Bagel Bar

Yes! A bagel bar. In Rome.

But it's more than that. It's a bagel-salad-juice bar. So basically a health-food place. They have lots of ready-made bagel sandwiches, yoghurt fruit parfaits, and a salad bar (they will make it for you.)

bagel sandwiches at nanu bagel barA wide variety of bagel sandwiches at Nanú bagel bar

Of course the bagels are not New York bagels, but for bagels in Rome, they are quite good. 

nanú bagel barNanú bagel bar - a cozy stop for a healthy, quick lunch near the Vatican

If you want something different, or something light and healthy before your Vatican visit, this is the spot. Sitting does not cost more than standing.

nanú bagel bar salad barThe salad bar at Nanú
yogurt parfaits at nanúYogurt parfaits at Nanú bagel bar

Contact: Via Varrone, 2/C, Tel: 06/68301736

Details: Open Mon-Sat 11am - 9pm, closed Sundays.

Logistics: A block from Piazza Risorgimento, and less than 10 minutes' walk from St. Peter's Square.

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Pizzarium di Gabriele Bonci

I sometimes come all the way across town, without even going to the Vatican, just to eat this amazing pizza by the slice place.

pizza selections at pizzariumYou are spoiled for choice at Pizzarium, where the toppings range from the simple to the sublime

The dough is perfectly light, and the toppings are among the tastiest and most interesting you will find in Rome. 

supplì at pizzariumIt's impossible to come to Pizzarium and not try one of their amazing supplì

Add to that, a fascinating selection of supplì (rice balls), and friendly, brisk service, and you have a super spot for a quick lunch near the Vatican. Caveat - there is hardly any place to sit down, and it gets really really crowded between around 1-2pm.

pizzarium from outsidePizzarium is easy to spot, but there is not much room for standing to eat, let alone sitting. But that doesn't matter because the pizza is worth it!

Contact: Via della Meloria, 43

Details: Open Mon-Sat 11am - 10pm, Sunday noon - 4pm, then 6-10pm.

Logistics: Right at the Cipro metro stop. Come up the escalators towards the left side, and via Meloria will be at the end of the block in front of you. Less than 10 minutes' walk to the Vatican museums.

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Fa-bìo

This tiny deli looks like any old place to get a sandwich on the go. But it's so much more than that! Everything is fresh, local and bio. Again, no place to sit and very little standing room, but for a quick lunch near the Vatican, this is a great option.

fa-bio near the vaticanFa-bio is tiny and easy to miss but go inside and you'll see that everything is fresh and delicious

Contact: Via Germanico, 43

Details: Open Mon - Fri 10:30am - 5:30pm, Saturday 10:30am - 4pm. Sunday closed.

Logistics: Only two blocks from Ottaviano metro stop, and another two blocks to Vatican Museums, so about in between the two.

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Bacio di Puglia

Bacio di Puglia (A kiss from Puglia) is a lovely fast-food/take-away spot just minutes from the Vatican, where you can sample food from that (southern) region of Italy.

orecchiette at bacio di pugliaAt Bacio di Puglia, you will find Pugliese specialties like this orecchiette pasta

Their distinctive cuisine is represented by all kinds of choices, including fried treats, pasta (especially orecchiette!), pizzas and bean dishes. You can watch the food being prepared fresh, enjoy some sitting inside at their wooden tables (no extra cost), or just take some of the portable treats with you as you walk to your Vatican tour.

bacio di puglia exteriorThe outside of Bacio di Puglia
bacio di puglia tables insideTables for sitting in Bacio di Puglia

Contact: Via del Mascherino, 59; Tel: 06/68307697

Details: Open daily 9am - 9pm.

Logistics: One block from piazza Risorgimento, and 3 blocks from St. Peter's Square.

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Duecento Gradi

Duecento Gradi (200 degrees), is a bit cramped and looks kind of like just another fast-food sandwich shop. But they have a super-varied menu, including offerings for vegetarians AND vegans! And everything is made to order.

sandwich and wrap ingredients at duecento gradiDuecento Gradi - made to order sandwiches, salads and wraps

There is a small area for sitting in the back, so it's fine for a quick pit-stop or just to pick up a sandwich on the go.

Contact: Piazza del Risorgimento, 3

Details: Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 2am, and Friday and Saturday until 5am!

Logistics: Right on Piazza Risorgimento, and literally in between the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Square.

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Where to Eat Near Vatican for Lunch or Dinner - sit-down

In many people's busy touring schedules, sitting down for lunch or dinner near the Vatican may not fit in. But if you do have time, or perhaps are staying in the area, and want to eat well, here are the best options for where to eat near Vatican:

Osteria delle Commari

A friend who lives in the area told me about this place and I just love it. It's simple, affordable, cozy and has good food. 

ostaria delle commari exteriorOsteria delle Commari is only a block from the Vatican Museums, and easy to find
osteria delle commari interiorThe inside of Osteria delle Commari is cozy and inviting
gnocchi with pecorino, pear and guancialeThis gnocchi with pecorino, pear and guanciale made for a delicious lunch

Contact: Via Santamaura, 23; Tel: 06 3972 9557

Details: Open daily 9am - 10:30pm

Logistics: One block from the entrance to the Vatican Museums.

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Zanzara

Zanzara is part restaurant, part bistro, part wine bar...and it all works.

zanzara interiorThe inside of Zanzara is light and airy, and makes for a nice lunch spot near the Vatican

Open all day every day, and serving all kinds of very good food, including mini-portions for when you just want a snack or aperitif, Zanzara is a great choice for where to eat near Vatican. 

mini-portion of eggplant parmesanThis mini-portion of eggplant parmesan was delicious and smooth, not tart or bitter. Lots of choices like this on the fun and interesting menu at Zanzara

Zanzara also has a sister restaurant, il Baccano, that I love too. It's near the Trevi Fountain.

Contact: Via Crescenzio, 84; Tel:  06 6839 2227

Details: Open Mon - Fri 7:30am - 2am; Sat - Sun 8am - 2am

Logistics: One block from Piazza Risorgimento, and only a few minutes' walk to Piazza San Pietro.

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Romeo Chef and Baker

I already listed Romeo above, in breakfast section, but actually Romeo is a fantastic place for lunch or dinner too. 

antipasto at romeoOne of the antipasto dishes available at Romeo Chef and Baker

The food is innovative, interesting, made with all very fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. The ambiance is a funky modern but it's bright and cheery and warm. One of my favorite places where to eat near Vatican.

cold veg pasta with fresh buffala mozzarella at romeoCold pasta with vegetables and mozzarella di buffala at Romeo

Contact: Via Silla, 26/a; Tel: 06 3211 0120

Details: Open 9am - midnight daily

Logistics: About 1.5 blocks from Ottaviano Metro Stop. From there, 10-12 min walk to Vatican Museums.

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Velavevodetto ai Quiriti

Flavio's original restaurant in Testaccio is already one of the faves among Rome food lovers. This is his second location and it's just as good.

flavio's signature ravioli with ricottaIt's hard not to always order Flavio's signature dish of ricotta ravioli at Velavevodetto

This restaurant is slightly further away then the others on this page, but it's because, along with L'Arcangelo (below), I think these are two of the best places where to eat near Vatican...even if you have at least a 15-minute walk to get there.

Contact: Piazza dei Quiriti, 4/5; Tel: 06 3600 0009

Details: Open daily for lunch and dinner.

How to get there: About 6 blocks from Ottaviano metro, away from the Vatican. Then about 15 minutes' walk to Saint Peter's Square.

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Caffetteria Ruberto 

Sometimes you just want a good, plain simple tavola calda.

tavola calda at caffeteria rubertoCaffeteria Ruberto has a vast offering for their tavola calda

If you are not sure what that is, it's basically like cafeteria style dining. The food is made in the morning, and then put out on platters on display.

tavola calda closeup at caffeteria rubertoYou can eat well and inexpensively at the tavola calda lunch at Caffeteria Ruberto near the Vatican

You ask for what you want, they heat it up for you, then you take it on a try to a table inside. Plain, simple, fresh and good. And, it's a great way to have a very inexpensive sit-down lunch near the Vatican.

tavola calda menu caffeteria rubertoThe menu for tavola calda lunch at Caffeteria Ruberto

Contact: Via Silla, 16; Tel: 06 3211761

Details: Mon - Fri 6am - 8pm; Sat 6am - 7pm. Closed Sunday.

Logistics: Right before Romeo, above. About 1.5 blocks from Ottaviano Metro Stop. From there, 10-12 min walk to Vatican Museums.

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L'Arcangelo

L'Arcangelo is one of the best choices of where to eat near Vatican, if you don't mind it being almost 20 minutes' walk from Saint Peter's. I assure you it's worth it.

pigeon in mustard sauce with beets arcangeloPigeon in mustard sauce with roasted beets at L'Arcangelo

This is the place if you are looking for a romantic dinner, or just a really good Roman meal with amazing food. 

l'arcangelo interiorThe warm and inviting interior of L'Arcangelo makes for an even more enjoyable dining experience

And if you go on a Thursday do NOT miss his signature gnocchi.

gnocchi all'amatriciana arcangeloThe gnocchi (only on Thursdays) at L'Arcangelo are some of the best you will ever eat. These were all'amatriciana, but you can have other sauces too.

Contact: Via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli, 59; Tel: 06 321 0992. Reservations are a must.

Details: Mon - Sat 1 - 2:30pm; 8-11pm. Closed Sunday.

Logistics: About 15 minutes' walk from Ottaviano Metro stop. Less than 20 minutes to Saint Peter's Square. This may be where to eat near Vatican that is the furthest away, but it is really one of my favorite restaurants in the area, if not in Rome.

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Ragno D'Oro

Ragno D'Oro is a classic Roman trattoria where you can get all the traditional Roman Cuisine. The ambience is basic, the waiters are friendly, and the food is simple, Roman and delicious.

carciofo alla giudia ragno d'oroThis is a perfect carciofo alla giudia (Jewish style fried artichoke) at Ragno D'Oro
amatriciana ragno 'oroTraditional spaghetti all'amatriciana at Ragno D'Oro

Contact: Via Silla, 26; Tel: 06 321 2362

Details: Tue - Sat open for lunch and dinner (from 6:30pm). Monday dinner only. Sunday closed.

Logistics: (Between Romeo and Caffeteria Ruberto.) About 1.5 blocks from Ottaviano Metro Stop. From there, 10-12 min walk to Vatican Museums.

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Temakinho

Brazilian sushi has become all the rage in recent years (and not just in Rome.) If you have no idea what I'm talking about, think salmon rolls with mango, think ceviche and caipirinhas. 

tuna tartare appetizer at temakinhoThis tuna tartare appetizer at Temakinho was divine

This location is pretty awesome, since there is a little outside section at street level, a hip and lively bar inside, an upper dining room, and, best of all, a rooftop for outdoor dining with views.

temakinho insideThe bar inside Temakinho Brazilian sushi restaurant

Contact: Borgo Angelico, 30; Tel: 06 9291 9949. Reservations in advance are a must. Only way to book is online.

Details: Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Logistics: One block from Piazza Risorgimento, and three blocks from Saint Peter's Square.

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Where to Eat Near Vatican for Glass of Wine/Aperitivo

Zanzara

I've already listed Zanzara as a great option for where to eat near Vatican for lunch or dinner, but they have a nice and happening Happy Hour as well.

bar inside zanzaraTime for Happy Hour at Zanzara

They have outside tables too, even if on a busy street, and there is quite the local vibe at aperitivo time.

pouring our wine at happy hour zanzaraPouring our wine for Happy Hour at the bar in Zanzara

Contact: Via Crescenzio, 84; Tel:  06 6839 2227

Details: Open Mon - Fri 7:30am - 2am; Sat - Sun 8am - 2am

Logistics: One block from Piazza Risorgimento, and only a few minutes' walk to Piazza San Pietro.

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Del Frate

Del Frate started as a simple enoteca selling wine, and has long become a local neighborhood favorite since they opened a dining area too. The food is excellent and nicely presented. Add friendly service and yummy wine choices, and you have a great, local spot for an aperitivo near the Vatican. There is some space to eat outside also.

del frate enotecaDel Frate enoteca - a great neighborhood spot for a drink (with food if you like)

Contact: Via degli Scipioni, 118/122; Tel: 06 323 6437

Details: Mon - Sat for lunch, then aperitivo from 6:30 - 9pm. Kitchen closes 11:45pm. Open until 1am. Closed Sundays except the month of December. 

Logistics: One and a half blocks from Ottaviano metro, 15 minutes' walk to Saint Peter's Square and 5-7 minutes' walk from Vatican museums.

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Sorpasso

Sorpasso also belongs in the sit-down lunch/dinner category for where to eat near Vatican.

inside sorpassoThe bar inside Sorpasso, but there are also tables outside and in the back

Their food is absolutely divine, fresh, innovative and very local. Their cheeses are special and unusual, and the menu changes daily. 

cheese plate at sorpassoThe cheese assortment at Sorpasso is not your typical cheese plate

There is a gorgeous sunlit back room, but also a fun area with tables outside. And they have a sister bar one street over as well, Passaguai, which is indeed more wine bar. You cannot go wrong at either of these.

Contact: Via Properzio, 31/33; Tel: 06 8902 4554

Details: Mon - Sat 7:30 - 1am. Closed Sunday. 

Logistics: Five minutes' walk from Piazza Risorgimento. Ten minutes walk from Saint Peter's Square.

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Gelato Near the Vatican

You will find a lot of gelato near the Vatican. But great gelato? There are only a few.

Il Gelato di Claudio Torcé

Claudio Torcé is one of the top innovators on the Rome gelato scene, and at the top of my and just about anyone's top 10 list of best gelato in Rome.

claudio torce risorgimento flavorsAssortment of flavors at il Gelato di Claudio Torcé at piazza Risorgimento

In this location near the Vatican, the gelato is actually inside a sandwich shop so keep an eye out for the sign. 

zero gradi piazza risorgimentoThe place to get gelato by Claudio Torcé near the Vatican is actually called "Zero Gradi"

Contact: Piazza Risorgimento 51

Details: Open daily from 10am - 11pm

Logistics: Right on piazza Risorgimento, so about 2 blocks from Ottaviano metro, two blocks to Vatican Square and 2 blocks to Vatican Museums.

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Gelateria dei Gracchi

Gelateria dei Gracchi has long been a local favorite, and is one of the best places to get gelato near the Vatican, if not all of Rome. Once you try any of their nut flavors, you will see why.

flavors at gelateria dei gracchiJust some of the amazing flavors at Gelateria dei Gracchi

Contact: Via dei Gracchi, 272

Details: Open daily from noon to midnight

Logistics: Closer to Lepanto metro stop, just before Ottaviano, but still only 5 minutes' walk from Ottaviano metro stop. About 15 minutes' walk from Saint Peter's Square.

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Fatamorgana

Fatamorgana serves some of the best gelato in Rome, with several locations around the capital. Lucky for us, there is one within easy reach of the Vatican.

flavors at fatamorganaSome of the delightful and unusual gelato flavors at Fatamorgana

Contact: Via Leone IV, 50

Details: Open daily from noon to 11pm

Logistics: Two blocks from Ottaviano metro stop. Five minutes' walk to Vatican Museums entrance.

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Where to Eat Near Vatican if You Want Something Special

La Veranda in the Hotel Columbus

If you saw the movie La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), then you've seen this restaurant.

And if not, well, it's worth a visit, even if you just go look at it! Part of the noble Palazzo della Rovere, from the 1400's, this gorgeous space will take your breath away.

inside la veranda during brunchThe interior of La Veranda inside Hotel Columbus, brunchtime

It's the perfect ambiance for a special, romantic or upscale meal near the Vatican. Also great for Sunday brunch indulgence.

Contact: Borgo Santo Spirito, 73; Tel: 06 687 2973 (reservations required)

Details: Open Tue - Sun lunch (from 12:30) and dinner. Sunday brunch from 12:30. Closed Monday.

Logistics: Inside Hotel Columbus on via della Concilliazione, which leads directly to Vatican Square.

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Where to Eat Near Vatican - a Map

I've given address and directions to each of the above places to eat near the Vatican. But just in case, here is a map with all of them:

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