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Where to Eat in Rome on New Years - Updating for 2022/2023

Want to know where to eat in Rome on New Years 2022/2023?

Most restaurants in Rome do stay open for New Years' Eve. But the options for quality and price vary wildly. Don't worry, I've got a great list for you below!

piazza vittorio with christmas treePiazza Vittorio and the Complesso Vittoriano with one of Rome's many Christmas trees

All About Eating Out in Rome on New Years

Updating for 2022/2023

The below information is being updated for December 2022.

When possible, I link to online menus.

Don't forget to book ahead.

Happy New Year!!

Here's all you need to know about where to eat in Rome on New Years:

  • What do Italians traditionally eat for New Year's Eve dinner? (Below)
  • How much will it cost to eat dinner out on New Years Eve in Rome?
  • Where to eat in Rome on New Years Eve? (Includes my personal faves; places for under 100€ pp; over 100€ pp; splurges; and places with a la carte menus.)
  • Where to eat in Rome on New Years Day?

What Italians Eat on New Years' Eve

Many Italians like to have dinner at home or at a friend's house. But for those who do go out, there is the cenone, which means "really big dinner." The New Years Eve cenone, also known as the Festa di San Silvestro, refers to a set menu for dinner, with a set price. Sometimes that price includes wine and sometimes it doesn't.

There is not a traditional meal for New Years' Eve dinner, but it's common to ring in the New Year with some bubbly, usually Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine sort of like champagne.

For dessert, we eat many of the same sweets as on Christmas, like panettone or pandoro.

pandoropandoro with powdered sugar - a classic!
panettone al cioccolatopanettone with chocolate chips - my fave!

The most important food to eat on New Years in Italy, just after midnight, is lentils. This is a must, as it is said to bring wealth and fortune.

The lentils are often served with cotechino or zampone. Both are spiced sausages, but with different casings. The cotechino looks like a huge fat salami, inside typical sausage pork casing, and the zampone is, literally, stuffed inside a hollowed out pig's foot.

cotechino with lentilsCotechino alle lenticchie - photo courtesy of Corriere della Sera
zampone with lentilsZampone alle lenticchie - photo courtesy of Bermis Salumi

You don't have to eat the cotechino or zampone, but, trust me on this, if you are with Italians at midnight and don't eat even some lentils, even if you are bursting from a huge dinner, you will never hear the end of it.

So pop a spoonful in your mouth and wish yourself luck!

Cost of Eating Dinner Out in Rome on New Years Eve

street food in monti neighborhoodFried "street food" on via del Boschetto

You can eat out for New Years' in Rome without breaking the bank. Or you can go all out and have a posh and special meal to ring in the New Year. Here are your options:

  • Don't plan a big meal but just go out for concerts, fireworks, lights and general outdoor ambiance, and grab some snacks or pizza by the slice as you walk around. "Street food" is now all the rage in Rome, and you will easily find stuff open especially around Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona and Trastevere. This is definitely the least expensive way to go!
  • Have a nice dinner out at a trattoria in Rome, eating from an à la carte menu. This is where to eat in Rome on New Years if you want to make your own choices and maybe even eat a little less. Prices will vary, as most restaurants have a special New Year's Eve menu, which, even if à la carte, is still more expensive than their normal menu.
  • Go out to any number of Rome restaurants that offer a cenone. This is where to eat in Rome on New Years if you want an abundant, (hopefully) fantastic meal at a set price...with a range from around 70 Euros to 1,300 Euros per person. Yes you read that right.

When deciding where to eat in Rome on New Years, it's important to note what's included in the cenone price, particularly wine/drinks. And if you are looking for restaurants with à la carte menus, try to find out what exactly they have that night on their menu, as it's often a reduced menu with higher prices than normal.

Where to Eat in Rome on New Years Eve

You may want to eat near some of the areas where there is a bit more nightlife, such as Piazza del Popolo (near the Spanish Steps); near the ColosseumCampo dei Fiori, Trastevere or Piazza Navona.

If you want to be near fireworks, then you should stay around Piazza del Popolo or the Colosseum.

piazza navona new yearPiazza Navona during the Christmas and New Years holidays is always a festive place to be, even if it's less built up than in previous years!

Once you decide where to eat in Rome on New Years, you should decide if you want to eat a late dinner, and stay in a restaurant until past midnight, enjoying a brindisi (toast) with prosecco, and then having a sampling of lentils.

Or, you can leave the restaurant by 10/10:30pm, and go wandering the streets towards the piazzas mentioned above. Most restaurants have two seatings anyway, so you will have to choose.

There are lots of options for where to eat in Rome on New Years Eve. You may want to visit my other food pages, and find the restaurant you want, and see if they are open New Years Eve (most are). On this page, I just wanted to give you a broad sampling, especially where I can link to an online menu:

For all of these restaurants, reserving a table is crucial. You may be able to walk around and just find someplace with space available, but not at the best places, and not easily. 

Don't plan on being able to easily get a taxi on New Year's, especially around midnight.

You should either eat near your hotel or at least within a distance that you are comfortable walking. 

Rome's Metro will be running until 03:30 am on the night of December 31. Bus service will be partially available. Check the ATAC website, which has an English version, but which publishes this page with holiday schedules only in Italian.

Where to Eat in Rome on New Years - my picks

Of course, I'd eat at any of the restaurants I list here. Otherwise I wouldn't put them on this page! But these are my faves for where to eat in Rome on New Years:


Ditirambo - One of my favorite restaurants in Rome. The menu changes a bit to reflect seasonal, available products, and the food is always fresh and innovative yet very Italian. The staff is friendly and helpful, especially where wine selection is involved.

vegetarian lasagne at ditiramboVegetarian lasagne topped with fried zucchini flower at Ditirambo

New Years Eve Menu 2021/202 - Visit their website, and click on "Menu Capodanno 2022" (it seems to be available only in Italian.) The really important thing to note here is that for 130€, you also get wine paired with every course, which is no small thing.

Why I'd eat here on New Years - I eat here several times a month. I know the quality of the food, and the skill of the chefs, and I know that for 130€ I will really get my money's worth. Again, note that wine is included in that price. Also, it's right near Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori. This is where to eat in Rome on New Years if you want excellent quality food and wine at a reasonable price, and be near some nightlife.

Open January 1 2022 for lunch and dinner, normal menu.

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Osteria dell'Ingegno - Another of my Rome faves. This restaurant has it all: a great, central location; cozy decor; soothing background music (a rarity in Rome); friendly service, a good selection of affordable wines, but above all, superb cuisine.

The menu changes with the season, and is always full of perfectly balanced, deliciously prepared dishes that reflect various regions of Italy, from Sicily to Rome to Tuscany.

rigatoni gricia dell ingegnoPerfectly balanced rigatoni alla gricia at Osteria Dell'Ingegno

New Years Eve Menu 2021/2022 - For the New Years Eve 2021/2022 they have a special menu with a variety of starters, first and second courses and desserts.

Why I'd eat here on New Years - First and foremost would be the quality of the food, which is always divine.

Second, you could not be more central than this: They are on a gorgeous plaza right near the Pantheon.

You are about the same distance to Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Venezia (on opposite ends of via del Corso), both of which will have music and fireworks. This is where to eat in Rome on New Years if you want delicious food, in a very central location.

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Marzapane - I love the location, a bit father away from the chaos of the city center, and more neighborhoody.

At 160€ for dinner (not including drinks), it's barely a splurge for what you get. Marzapane an excelent choice for affordable, elegant, spectacular food. 

The food at Marzapane is as beautiful as it is delicious. A fantastic place to eat in Rome anytime, and certainly a great choice for New Years Eve!

New Years Eve Menu 2021/2022 - 160 Euros without wine.

Why I'd eat here on New Years - The ambiance is really nice, a bit subdued, so if you are looking for a more tranquil New Year's Eve, this would fit the bill. 

Details: 

  • Address: Via Flaminia, 64
  • Phone: +39 06 6478 1692
  • Opening hours: Monday: 12:30-14:30, 19:30-22:30| Tuesday-Wednesday: CLOSED | Thursday-Sunday: 12:30-14:30, 19:30-22:30
  • Use the above website to book online.


Where to Eat in Rome on New Years for under 100€ per person

If you're looking for where to eat in Rome on New Years on a budget, these restaurants have a set cenone, for under 100€ per person:

i Clementini - one of my go-to restaurants in Rome any time. 

Near the Coliseum so perfectly placed for fun New Years events after dinner. The food is excellent, and the ambience very casual.

The menu can be found on their Facebook page2021/2022 menu is 100€ per person, including wine. 

Details: 

clementini frittura calamari e gamberiFried shrimp and calamari at i Clementini - perfection!

Ketumbar - This is an excellent choice for where to eat in Rome on New Years Eve for under 100€, AND if you are looking for a vegetarian dinner. Ketumbar offers something for everyone, even a children's menu (20€ not including drinks).

The price for the 2021/2022 menu for adults is 70€ not including drinks. 

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Il CoralloLove this casual, local spot behind Piazza Navona.

Normally it's also a pizzeria, but for 2021/2022 New Years there is a set menu, for 120€ per person including wine

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Where to Eat in Rome on New Years for 100€ per person and up

It's very easy to find where to eat in Rome on New Years Eve for more than 100€ per person.

These are just among my favorites:

Glass - I've loved this Trastevere restaurant since they first opened over 10 years ago. Their well-deserved Michelin-star has not changed the amazing quality of the cuisine of chef Cristina Bowerman, the super-friendly service of the helpful and knowledgable staff, or the prices (which were always a bit high but well-worth it, and for a Michelin-star restaurant now, quite reasonable.) 2021/2022 menu is 280€ including a New Years prosecco, but not wine.

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Casa Bleve - Another excellent option for a high-quality dinner with fantastic wine. Casa Bleve is known first and foremost for their vast wine cellar, but to me, what makes them special, aside from the excellent food, is the ambiance.

And, being right behind the Pantheon, they are central, making it easy to join in outdoor festivities after dinner. 2021/2022 menu is 160€ including a welcome Franciacorta Blanc de Blancs Romantica.

Details: 

casa bleve dining roomThe main dining room at Casa Bleve

Crispi 19 - Normally I go to Crispi 19 for the seafood.

But for New Years, they have a gorgeous mixed menu (land and sea). And the price of 250€, not including beverages, is fair considering the quality of the cuisine here.

View the 2021/2022 menu here. 

Near Spanish Steps

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Bistrot 64 - I've had the pleasure of trying this 1-Michelin starred restaurant near the Maxxi museum in the northern part of Rome. A superb experience in every way!

From the modern yet warm decor, to the friendly staff, to the exquisitely prepared and plated dishes. My Roman husband declared their amatriciana one of the best he'd ever eaten!

For a Michelin-star restaurant, I must say their 2021/2022 menu price of 160€ excluding drinks is quite fair (there is an optional 90€ wine-pairing menu).

Details: 

potato spaghetti bistrot 64Delectable plate of potato spaghetti with anchovy coulis at Bistrot 64

Moma - I am a big fan of this restaurant, which is why I eat here often. They have very reasonable prices for such fantastic food, and the ambiance is lovely.

They are near the via Veneto, so if you are looking for someplace serene to eat a little away from all the chaos, this would be a good option.

Considering they just got their first Michelin star last year, their 2021/2022 menu of 270€ not including wine is a great deal. 

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Where to eat in Rome on new Years Eve when you want to splurge

Wondering where to eat in Rome on New Years that's super duper fancy and special? Perhaps with a view?

Try some of the 5-star hotels' restaurants, some of which have Michelin stars, as follows:

CAVEAT: As of December 2021, I have only eaten at two of these restaurants. All the rest are all on my to-try list, perhaps not at New Years. And every bit of research I've done tells me the food will be fantastic at all of them.

This is where to eat in Rome on New Years if you want something really special.

  • La Pergola in the Rome Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Monte Mario (hilltop just outside Rome center), *** Michelin star2021/2022 menu 1,300€ per person including wines, for the Heinz Beck menu. There is also a 370€ menu at the luxury hotel's other restaurant, L'Uliveto (which I've tried, and highly recommend!) 

Details:

la pergola romeLa Pergola, Rome's only 3* Michelin restaurant offers some of the best views for fireworks-watching on New Year's Eve.

Also at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria, for 190€, you can enjoy Moët & Chandon champagne, a generous dessert buffet, and one of the best spots in town for fireworks watching.

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Enjoy divine Michelin dining with an amazing view at Imago at the Hassler Hotel at the top of the Spanish Steps. The sumptuous decor and unique setting of this renowned 5* hotel offers a wonderful option for enjoying a luxurious New Year's Eve in Rome. 2021/2022 menu 980€. There is also a delightful menu at the hotel's other restaurant, Salon Eve, for 450€ not including drinks.

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At the lovely All'Oro 1* Michelin restaurant, not far from Piazza del Popolo, sample delectable dining by executive chef Riccardo di Giacinto. 180€ per person not including beverages on both December 24 and December 25 2021.

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The gorgeous Aleph Hotel (A Hilton Curio Collection hotel) is offering a fantastic deal for their New Years Eve party - 270€ per person, wine excluded. Enjoy a beautiful, elegant atmosphere, and world-class cuisine.

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Aroma.* Michelin star. On top of the very elegant Palazzo Manfredi, dining at this special restaurant would offer you some of the best views of the Colosseum and fireworks in Rome. Click here to view their 2019/2020 menu, which includes wine pairings. 1000€ for the terrace with Colosseum views.

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Where to Eat in Rome on New Years with an à la carte menu

Reservations are essential!

Please don't forget to reserve if you want to eat out on New Year's Eve!

I have found so many people think it's ok to just show up at restaurants in Rome without booking.

This is usually not true on a normal evening.

And for popular holiday dates?

 You won't get in if you don't reserve! 

San Marco - Wood-burning oven pizza, abundant pasta dishes and meat and fish options to your heart's desire. 

Near via Veneto, so a bit away from the chaos if you prefer that. For New Year's 21/22, their normal A La Carte menu is available. 

Details: 

spaghetti with clams and bottarga san marcoSpaghetti with clams and bottarga (fish roe) at Pizzeria San Marco

Broccoletti - I love this semi-modern Roman trattoria right in the heart of Monti (near the Coliseum.) It's a small space but warm and cozy, and the food is some of my favorite in the neighborhood. Visit their Facebook page and see the New Years Eve menu.

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il Brillo Parlante - A good, casual option for where to eat in Rome on New Years if you want to be right by some action. It's right near Piazza Del Popolo, a lively spot for New Years. A mix of Roman food, from pizza to fried appetizers to pasta. The food is good (not amazing but good), and service is brisk. Their New Year 19/20 menu is available here

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il Baccano - I love Baccano because I love the variety of local and international foods, and its fun, cheery ambiance. It's also right near the Trevi Fountain, which makes it central and easy to get to the plazas at either end of via del Corso. Reduced but still varied à la carte menu. Two seatings for New Years Eve: 19:00/19:30 - 21:00/21:30 and from 22:00/22:30 until after midnight. If you go to the earlier one, you must leave by 22:00. Also, they have a dress-code for the New Year.

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Clotilde - A gorgeously decorated restaurant right in the heart of Rome, not far from Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona (perfectly located for pre- or post-dinner walks to enjoy lights, fireworks and holiday atmosphere). But not only is Clotilde beautiful, the food is really excellent. View their New Years 21/22 menu here

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Obica is one of the restaurants near Rome pantheon that has it all - typical Roman food, healthy, bio, great options for vegans and vegetarians, slow food, fair prices, and covered, outdoor diningView their Christmas and New Years 21/22 menu on their website

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Palazzo Montemartini Rome

Palazzo Montemartini Rome, A Radisson Collection offers new Year menu from chef Alessandro Tognacci for €170 (beverages not included).

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Altrove offers the New Year dinner for €75 (beverages not included). You can find it on their Facebook page.

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Acquolina

This 1-star Michelin restaurant offers a special menu for the New Year dinner curated by their Chef Daniele Lippi for €450 (beverages not included).

As an alternative, they have a Acquaroof Terrazza New year party in the same location, with a menu for €350 (beverages not included).

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Pantheon Iconic Rome hotel

Idylio by Apreda, 1-star Michelin restaurant at the Pantheon Iconic Rome hotel offers a 6-course menu for €420 per person (beverage not included) for New Year dinner. Menu can be found here.

Alternatively, the hotel has Divinity Restaurant & Lounge Bar, that would be open for New Year dinner as well, €290 per person; you can find menu here.

On January 1st they are open all day long with a special a la carte menu:

  • 3 Courses from the Menu: €75 per person
  • 4 Courses from the Menu: €95 per person

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Barnaba

Barnaba is open for New Year dinner with 2 menus - Fish and Meat. Both are €100 per person, wine not included. More info on their Facebook page

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Contro Contemporary Bistrot

Contro offers Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas lunch menu for both dine-in and for takeout.

Takeout dinner is €50 | Dine-in dinner is €80 (beverages not included), dinner starts at 20:30.

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Casa Coppelle will be open for New Year dinner with special 6-course menu: 490 including beverage |  €290 without wine.

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Eggs

Eggs will be open every day during the holidays. For the New Year dinner they offer a special menu for €140. 

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Brado

Special menus have been created for the New Year dinner December 31st, starting at 20:00.

  • Traditinal menu for €120
  • Vegetarial option €80

Beverages (apart from water and coffee) are not included.

Details: 

  • Address: Viale Amelia, 42
  • Phone: +39 375 514 0851
  • Opening hours: Monday CLOSED | Tuesday-Thursday: 18:00-01:00 | Friday: 18:00-02:00 | Saturday: 12:00-02:00 | Sunday: 12:00-01:00

All'Oro

At the lovely All'Oro 1* Michelin restaurant, not far from Piazza del Popolo, a special New Year menu is offered, 350€ per person not including beverages on December 31 2021.

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Shamrock 

They are open for New Year 2021/2022 with a great dinner option, 120€ per person not including beverages!

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Madeiterraneo Terrace Restaurant

They are open for New Year 2021/2022 with a great dinner option, 145€ per person including beverages - or, in case you just want to join later, they offer a "dopo cena" (after dinner) option for 45€. Dinner starts at 20:30, you can take a look at the menu here.

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Where to Eat in Rome on New Years Day

Where to eat in Rome on New Years Day is much simpler than for New Years Eve.

Some restaurants are closed but many are open, and it's less important to book at lunch.

There is no set meal and you should be able to find everything from inexpensive bars and tavole calde, to trattorias open for lunch on New Years Day. Start here.


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