You would think restaurants near Trevi Fountain would be mostly touristy and over-priced.
But you would be wrong.
Yes, there are the touristy restaurants near Trevi Fountain, too.
Looking for some really local Roman restaurants near Trevi Fountain, that aren't over-priced, and offer delicious, authentic Roman food? Believe it or not, there are quite a few excellent options:
Piccolo Arancio is one of my go-to restaurants near Trevi Fountain, actually one of my faves all around. They are located on a quiet little street just minutes' walk from the Trevi Fountain.
Mara and Carlo, the owners, are there nearly every night. The staff is gracious and helpful. You will find plenty of choices on the menu (pasta, meat, fish) but don't let it overwhelm you. Everything is good.
I love any of their fried appetisers such as fried zucchini flowers and fried baccalà (codfish); seafood, including their smoked swordfish appetizer, clams and mussels sauté, and octopus salad; and all their pastas, especially a recent spaghetti with anchovies and pecorino I had.
I usually can't make it to dessert, but once in a while I indulge...and I will say their homemade panna cotta is divine.
Sora Lucia is one of the few really Roman restaurants near Trevi Fountain.
It is family-run, there is no tourist menu, and the food is simple and lovely. The specials of the day are written on a chalkboard and they are usually worth investigating.
You will find most classic Roman fare here, such as cacio e pepe, amatriciana, carbonara (all pastas), and usually typical (simple) meat and vegetable dishes, always fresh and homemade.
I love their vegetable display and my personal choice it to just get a platter with a bunch of them all!
Their desserts, which change daily, are also homemade and excellent.
How to get there: Facing the Trevi Fountain, walk up the street to your right, via del Lavatore. Via della Panetteria is the second street on your left.
Hostaria Romana is another local favorite, and not just of mine.
It's actually pretty difficult to get a reservation here, because it's full of Romans! If you go on the early side (7:30pm when they open), you may stand a better chance. But it's best to just book.
They serve all the typical Roman dishes here, but also have a really nice antipasto bar (I often make that my meal.)
The service is friendly and consistent, and the ambiance is a bit chaotic and cramped but cozy and warm.
The pasta comes in big comfort-food-sized bowls (the above photo is of a half-sized portion I ordered, which is why it's not in the fun, deep bowl.) I typically get pasta here but everything is good. One favorite dish of my uncle's is straciatella soup, and they do it nicely here.
How to get there: About 3-5 minutes' walk from the fountain. If you are standing facing the Trevi Fountain, walk up the street to your right (via del Lavatore.) Just keep walking as this street changes names (via in Arcione), then cross the huge cross street (Traforo), and keep walking. Now you are on via Rasella. Hostaria Romana is at the intersection with via del Boccaccio, on the right side, with big glass windows.
Trattoria della Stampa seems like it belongs in a local Roman neighborhood, not smack in the center of Rome. It's easily one of the most overlooked restaurants near Trevi Fountain, but if you want simple, traditional Roman fare, this is it.
There is a menu posted to the doorframe outside, but ignore it. When you sit down, the daughter will come and tell you what they have that day.
It will be very plain, but it will be homemade, on the spot, and wonderful. They go to the market every day, and get what they get. You can count on real "home cooking" here, and very fair prices, considering where you are.
How to get there: When facing the Trevi Fountain, walk up the street to your right, via del Lavatore. Take the second left, via della Panetteria. At the first intersection, to your right, is via dei Maroniti.
The below are all among my favorite restaurants near Trevi Fountain. They are Italian without a doubt, but definitely not Roman, or at least not serving exclusively Roman food.
In some cases, and where I note it, the food is from another region. In others, the restaurants strive to offer something more.
At most of these restaurants near Trevi Fountain, you will find a section of the menu called something like "Roman specialities", with items such as carbonara, amatriciana, etc. But if you really want those dishes, I'd suggest some of the more local restaurants I mention in the first section, and instead, at the below restaurants, try something different, new, or more typical of that restaurant.
Colline Emiliane is considered by many to be one of the top restaurants in Rome, and it's one of the best among the restaurants near Trevi Fountain.
Their specialty is food from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy (as I've said on other pages, Italian food is all regional, and many Italians will tell you that the Emilia Romagna region has some of the best cuisine in Italy.)
This is the place to come for stuffed pastas like tortellini soup or pumpkin ravioli (sublime.)
And if you are looking for "spaghetti bolognese", which is NOT an Italian dish, you want to come here and order their sublime fettucine al ragù, which IS in fact what you want.
Typical appetisers from the Emilia Romagna region include cold cuts, such as mortadella, culatello, and prosciutto. If you love these, get them here.
Meats are also front and centre with this cuisine. On the menu, they are listed as "boiled meats", but don't let that turn you off. And if you really want some serious comfort food, and have an appetite, don't miss the slow-cooked veal stew with mashed potatoes. You won't find anything like this elsewhere in Rome.
How to get there: Facing the Trevi Fountain, walk up the street to your right (via del Lavatore.) Keep walking as this street changes names (via in Arcione), then cross the huge cross street that has a tunnel to your right (Traforo.) As soon as you cross the Traforo, walk slightly to your left, and you will see via degli Avignonesi on your right. Colline Emiliane is about halfway up on the right side.
Il Chianti is one of the few restaurants near Trevi Fountain I can recommend that have outdoor seating. They specialise in Tuscan food (as you might have guessed from the name), although they have Roman specialties too.
But I'd get their antipasto plate, which comes with nice Tuscan cold cuts and cheeses.
And if you really want to stay in the Tuscan theme, try the pappardelle al ragù di cinghiale, (long, flat pasta with boar sauce), or a nice ribollita (vegetable bean soup) and possibly a chianina steak or rabbit alla cacciatora if you are a meat-eater.
How to get there: Facing the Trevi Fountain, walk to your right up via del Lavatore, about 50 feet. It's on your left side. You can't miss it as you'll see many tables outside.
Baccano is one of the newest restaurants near Trevi Fountain. It sprang up a few years ago, inside a large space where an old bank used to be. So it's got this huge, vault-like main room, with very high ceilings and big glass windows all around.
The first few times I walked by it, I thought, that looks like something from New York, or maybe Paris: a cross between a modern American bistro, and an old-fashioned French brasserie. And in a way, it is. But it's also Roman.
We discovered they were open daily, until late, and sent some of our hotel guests there for New Year's eve...and they raved. Then my husband and I both tried it, and we just loved it. And I've been eating there a lot since.
The ambiance is fun but most importantly, the food is fantastic: fresh, innovative, well-presented and just well-prepared.
You can get superb Roman food (and I do recommend it, they have some of the best carbonara in Rome), but you can also get foie gras, big juicy burgers and fries, and a chicken caesar salad (very un-Roman, but sometimes you just want a big Caesar salad.)
Another thing that is great about it is this: It's open daily, all day long, with different offerings at different times. So during breakfast time, you get a breakfast menu, and then somewhere along the way it turns into time for the brunch menu, eventually morphing into lunch-time and a lunch menu. And from about 5pm, there is happy hour and the oyster bar. Eventually you will find the dinner menu, and there is even a late-night menu. Literally, something for everyone, but also something for every time!
How to get there: Facing the Trevi Fountain, turn to your left and walk past the chestnut seller just a little down via delle Muratte. There are a few tables outside, but I think the inside ambiance is much nicer.
I get asked a lot where to eat pizza near the Trevi Fountain. Frankly, this is just not the neighborhood for it. Rome has certain areas that are known for pizza and this is not one of them.
But, I do know of just a few good pizza restaurants near Trevi Fountain, so here you go:
There are a few good reasons to eat at Sacro e Profano:
They serve Calabrian cuisine, which means some more spicy dishes (among other things.)
How to get there: When facing the Trevi Fountain, turn to your right and walk up via del Lavatore. Turn left at the second street, via di Panetteria. About half way down this street, you will come to via dei Maroniti on your right. It's a small street so Sacro e Profano will be easy to spot, particularly as they have tables outside.
There are very few other (good) pizza restaurants near Trevi Fountain:
Do you want a special or romantic meal out in Rome's center? These restaurants near Trevi Fountain offer lovely, subdued ambiance, but more importantly, amazing food.
The chef has taken culinary creativeness to a new level, and it all works beautifully.
There are a very few items on the menu that are not seafood, so just in case someone in your party does not want seafood, you will find a limited, but wonderful selection of non-seafood items as well. But if you are a seafood lover, Crispi19 is a must.
The fish is fresh, and very beautifully prepared, so be prepared to pay more. Dinner without wine will likely be around 40-60 Euros per person.
How to get there: While facing the Trevi Fountain, turn to the right and walk up via del Lavatore. The street changes names and becomes via in Arcione. At the end of via in Arcione, you will see a big tunnel to the right. Cross this street, and go left. You will come to via del Tritone. Cross via del Tritone and keep walking straight, up via Francesco Crispi. About 5-6 minutes' walk from the fountain.
If you want someplace special for dinner, right in the historic center of Rome, try Moma. This, along with Crispi19 above, is one of the best restaurants near Trevi Fountain.
The young Roman chef is really good at innovation, and takes Italian food to new levels of beauty and creativity. I love the serene, quiet ambiance, the very friendly, professional service, but most of all, I love the food at Moma.
First, the bread "basket" is the best I've ever found in Rome, with everything made in house. There is a delicious variety of breads, even including Sardianian flat bread. Then, you get a fun selection of inventive amuse-bouches, all on the house. Even the simplest dishes of pasta, fish and meat are innovative, in taste and in presentation.
After dinner, even when you think you don't have room for dessert, you will still be presented with the prettiest, most delectable little plate of micro-desserts...it's hard to know which one I like the most so I just have them all!
How to get there: When facing the Trevi Fountain, turn right, and walk up via del Lavatore. Keep going, and this turns into via in Arcione. To your right is a big tunnel. Cross the street to the other side, with the tunnel to your right. Make a small left and walk to via del Tritone (a very wide and busy street.) Walk up via del Tritone until you come to Piazza Barberini. On the very opposite side, you can see via Veneto (it's a big tree-lined street going up from piazza Barberini.) Via di San Basilio is just to the right of via Veneto, also branching off from piazza Barberini. Moma is at the top of via di san Basilio.
It may be the farthest of the restaurants near Trevi Fountain that I've listed on this page, but it's still pretty close (maybe 10 minutes' walk), and absolutely worth trying if you want an exceptional meal.
I found out about il Falchetto when my parents were here visiting. A Roman colleague of my dad's had highly recommended it to him, even though it had been a while since said colleague actually lived in Rome. But this person raved to my dad and said he had to try the tagolilini al limone. So off we went.
As it turned out, they do not make this dish any more. But upon hearing the story, and why we were there, they offered to make it for him.
The rest of us had other Roman dishes. Everything, including, and perhaps especially, the tagliolini al limone, was fantastic. I suppose I should not be recommending the above dish, since it's off the menu, but I did want to point out how gracious they were about it.
I've eaten at Il Falchetto quite a lot and have sent many of our guests there. I love it and so do they. The traditional Roman dishes, such as artichokes alla Romana, spaghetti carbonara or amatriciana, are all good, but so are their other dishes.
How to get there: Facing the Trevi Fountain, turn to your left. Walk all the way down via delle Muratte until you come to via del Corso (about 2-3 minutes'.) Cross to the other side of via del Corso, and walk left down via del Corso. via dei Montecatini is a tiny alleyway on your right. In fact you can see the restaurant from the via del Corso.
Birreria Peroni is a casual, inexpensive beer hall near the Trevi Fountain. They have excellent grilled meats, and their specialities include all manner of wurstel and other sausages...perfect for washing down with their other specialty, beer. They also serve basic Roman food (fried appetizers, pasta etc.)
Eating here feels like going back a bit in time, as Birreria Peroni is one of the oldest restaurants near Trevi Fountain. It's been around since 1906.
How to get there: Facing the Trevi Fountain, turn around 180 degrees and walk away from it down via dei Lucchesi. Take your first right down via dell'Umiltà. via San Marcello is the third street on your left.
Salumeria F.lli Ciavatta is not so much a place to eat near the Trevi Fountain as it is a wonderful old-fashioned deli (In Italian, it's called an alimentare, meaning grocery, or salumeria, meaning a place to buy cold cuts.)
Look on either side of this place when you walk down via del Lavatore towards the Trevi Fountain. It is chock-a-block with garish tourist shops. But Salumeria Fratelli Ciavatta stands out. You can see it's from another time. Indeed, it's one of the last holdouts of local shops near the Trevi Fountain, and has been there since 1956.
This is a great place to get some special foods to take back home (a great choice for gift as well) : vacuum-sealed cheeses, dried pastas (the good stuff, not the touristy stuff), balsamic vinegars (they even have the real thing, which is over 100 Euros an ounce.) They will also make you a fresh sandwich if you like. And the best part? They are friendly and helpful.
How to get there: Facing the Trevi Fountain, walk up the street to your right (via del Lavatore.) It's on the right-hand side.
The flavors are simple, mostly natural and delicious. And the best part? The fresh whipped cream!
I've given address and directions to each of the above restaurants near Trevi Fountain. But just in case, here is a map with all of them. It opens in a new window.
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