Looking for the best pasta in Trastevere Rome?
In a neighborhood like Trastevere that is chock-a-block with restaurants, you will never be lacking in someplace to eat.
But because Trastevere is a popular tourist destination, there are plenty of proverbial "tourist traps."
Also, Trastevere is home to a few university campuses, and so there is a large offering of inexpensive places to eat and especially to drink, sometimes resulting in quantity over quality.
On this page, I am not going to mention the tourist traps or bad places to eat.
For me the worst part of a "tourist trap" is actually less about the food (which may or may not be mediocre), but more about how tourists are treated vs. how locals are treated - different pricing, making you rush to eat, sticking service charges on the bill, etc.
Those are the restaurants I skip and never recommend.
So, on this page, I want to tell you where Alessandro and I, and also my Roman friends, go to eat some of the best pasta in Trastevere Rome.
This is based on my more than 20 years living in Rome, and tips from Alessandro and also from Roman friends who live in Trastevere.
Obviously any "best of" list is going to be subjective.
On this page you'll find my picks for:
I find most people want traditional Roman cuisine when they look for Trastevere restaurants/trattorias, which for most people means pasta!
At a typical Roman trattoria, the classic pasta dishes we are looking for are carbonara, cacio e pepe, amatriciana, and gricia.
Not sure what these are? Visit my page about Cucina Romana.
Here are some of the places for the best pasta in Trastevere Rome where you can enjoy traditional Roman pasta:
When I asked my Trastevere pal Max where to go for some authentic cucina Romana in Trastevere, he sent me to Da Teo, and I've been going regularly ever since.
This family-run spot is tucked away on a little piazza, and serves up some of the best traditional Roman cuisine in the area.
They have a lot of regulars, and it's always packed, so book ahead, including for lunch.
Tavernaccia da Bruno is on the outer edges of Trastevere proper, but it is worth making the effort to get there.
This is the place for hearty, perfectly prepared, simple Roman pasta.
They get it right every time.
My Trastevere pal Max turned me on to this Roman trattoria hidden, literally underground, in one of the quietest corners of Trastevere.
La Gattabuia is a bit off the beaten path, but it's worth seeking out if you are looking for simple, delicious cucina Romana.
Eggs does not actually fall into the category of "traditional Roman Trattoria", but their specialty is . . . well, eggs.
So if you're a carbonara fan, or even a fan of scrambled eggs, head over to Eggs.
Besides traditional carbonara, the menu includes a selection of variations on that dish, including a vegetarian option.
The term "pro loco" indicates that this restaurant is all about promoting local regional foods and sourcing their ingredients locally.
At Proloco Trastevere, you will find plenty of local Roman and Lazio specialties, including the traditional Roman pastas.
You can also get delicious cold cut plates as well as pizza and other dishes.
I love this fairly no-frills restaurant smack in the busy part of Trastevere, because they always keep it real.
It may feel touristy, since it's right in the middle of the tourist path through Trastevere, but if you are looking for simple Roman fare, you will find it here.
And when they make things like risotto alla pescatora (hard to find made really well in Rome), I get it here.
Da Carlone is one of the more old-fashioned Trastevere restaurants.
The ambiance is warm and convivial, the service is brisk but friendly, and the portions are pretty huge.
Here you will definitely find some of the best fried artichokes, carbonara (old-style, no crispy guanciale here!), gnocchi on Thursdays, etc.
They have a fairly cozy outdoor seating area as well.
This simple no-frills traditional Roman restaurant is a perfect place to enjoy a casual, relaxing lunch or dinner.
There's nothing fancy or innovative here, just your typical Roman dishes made well.
You can count on perfectly made Roman dishes like fried artichokes, amatriciana, and saltimboca alla romana.
I love their homey, spartan indoor ambiance.
Checco er Carattiere was the first Trastevere restaurant Alessandro recommended to me.
He remembers going here with his family when he was a kid.
Checco is a Trastevere tradition, going back to the early 1900's.
The original restaurant used to be the "it" place for movie producers and journalists to eat in Trastevere back in the day of La Dolce Vita (50's and 60's).
It is still today run by the descendants of Checco, the original Carrettiere (which is argot for "tradesman".)
When you walk in, you feel the history of the place, and know you've arrived someplace special. (I really love all the garlic hanging from the rafters!)
We used to go to Roma Sparita a lot.
I have not been in recent years only because there are just so many places in Rome I want to try, and some others have become faves, so I kind of lost track of this one.
This restaurant has always been famous for their cacio e pepe, in particular because it comes in a cute and delicious parmesan bowl.
At one point Anthony Bourdain talked them up.
So it became a little overly-popular and even harder to get into.
You definitely need to reserve.
The food is pretty traditional.
As an example, my English friend was aghast when they told her she could not order a side of potatoes because they were not traditional Cucina Romana.
This may be one of the simplest of the Roman trattorias in Trastevere.
There is not much of a menu, but what they do serve is basic, tasty Roman food.
They have tables outside, although it can be a bit cramped.
But it's worth it to come enjoy a pleasant, no-frills meal in the heart of Trastevere . . . and one that won't break the bank!
Whether you're looking for seafood-based pasta or some in the group want seafood while others don't, here are a couple of excellent options where you will be guaranteed some of the best seafood pasta along with, of course, excellent seafood.
I love everything here from their simple grilled calamari to their fresh seafood appetizers.
You can count on delicious pasta, made simply and with the freshest ingredients. I love their tonnarelli with cherry tomatoes and sea bass.
Le Mani in Pasta is known for their seafood.
But the name means "hands in the pasta", presumably denoting the homemade kind.
In any case, that is my favorite thing about coming here - the pasta, which is really excellent. Their seafood is also good but I always go for the pasta (usually with seafood.)
Because it's been written about a lot, you will likely find yourself eating with a lot of other tourists, but don't let that put you off.
(If you want to eat without being surrounded by tourists, you will need to book for 9pm or later.)
In recent years, Rome has seen a huge growth in more innovative chefs and restaurants.
At the restaurants below, come prepared and ready to explore and try new things.
These restaurants could be considered elegant, upscale, and romantic.
They are all chef-driven and each has unique and recognizable style of cuisine.
I've tried them all and recommend them highly when you want something special, and don't mind splurging a bit.
Chef Davide Del Duca of Osteria Fernanda is a true genius at innovation.
Once mostly famous for his trademark amatriciana, chef Del Duca offers some wonderful, unusual dishes at his restaurants on the edges of Trastevere.
Glass is one of the best restaurants in Trastevere, period. I ate here before Chef Christina Bowerman got her well-deserved Michelin star and ever since then have been completely hooked.
At Glass, you'll find some of the best pasta in Trastevere if you're looking for something unusual and innovative.
While you will find some traditional pastas on the menu, such as carbonara or cacio e pepe, there is usually some innovation to the dish.
I recommend also trying some of their more unusual creations, such as homemade tagliolini with cantarelli mushrooms, prawns and lemon thyme.
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