Where to eat in Rome: the best and cheapest places
When you come to rest in Rome, you want to not only admire the ancient architecture of the Eternal City, but also try all kinds of local dishes and enjoy the exquisite Italian cuisine. But at the same time, there is no desire to pay too much. And then most travelers have a question: is it really possible to eat deliciously and cheaply in the very center of Rome, where tourist restaurants are found at every step, mainly with overpriced prices and not very tasty cuisine?
We bring to your attention a list of Roman restaurants, bars / coffee houses, taverns, pizzerias and Italian fast food, where you can eat really good food, at the same time, without overpaying for pleasure. We can also advise you on a special tour for gourmets, where you will be introduced to the most delicious dishes of Italian cuisine, of course, with a tasting! Learn more here.
Cheap bars and coffee houses in Rome
Cafe in Rome
In Italy, “bars” mean establishments like our coffee houses. There you can come for breakfast, take an incredibly delicious cappuccino with fluffy milk foam and enjoy fresh and sweet Italian pastries. Here is a list of the most delicious bars to be found in the center of Rome:
Sant’Eustachio Bar – In this bar you will find not only delicious pastries, but also the most delicious coffee in the city. And even for those who do not like strong black espresso, we highly recommend trying it here at least for the sake of interest: you will not find such high coffee foam in any other bar in Rome!
Address: Piazza di San Eustachio 82.
Opening hours: 07: 30-01: 30.
Gran Caffè Dory Bar – this is where you can try not only fresh croissants (cornetti) with all kinds of fillings, but also incredibly delicious cakes that are prepared here.
Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 254 (5 minutes walk from Castel Sant’Angelo).
Opening hours: 07: 00-22: 00.
Tazza D’oro Bar is the most famous coffee shop in Rome, where Italians themselves like to go. And if the locals go there, then it’s definitely delicious there. There is a bar right next to the Pantheon, and at the same time the prices in it are not at all overpriced.
Address: Via degli Orfani 84.
Opening hours: 07: 00-20: 00 (Sunday 10: 30-19: 15).
Tasty and inexpensive ice cream with desserts in Rome
Dessert in Rome
We always want to have a sweet one, and certainly not a single trip to Rome can do without actively eating Italian gelato ice cream and without a good portion of the famous tiramisù dessert.
Cafe Pompi Tiramisù – if somewhere there is that same real Italian tiramisu, then definitely in Pompi! Here you will find not only its classic coffee flavor, but also strawberry, banana, vanilla, caramel and many more variations of the tastes of the famous dessert. For about 5-6 euros you will get a piece of pleasure. The cafe is a stone’s throw from the famous Spanish Square.
Address: Via della Croce 82.
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11: 00-21: 30,
Fri, Sat 10: 30-23: 30.
Gelateria del Teatro ice cream maker – it is in this gelateria that they produce super-natural ice cream, which is made from milk, water, cream, fresh fruits and sugar. Ice cream is prepared daily, and in no case is left the next day. And the process of making ice cream itself can be observed through a transparent showcase from the side of the street, which allows you to monitor everything that happens in the kitchen. Handsome Italians preparing fresh gelato … this is an extremely fascinating sight! Well, the ice cream here is just incredibly tasty, and there are just a million different fillings.
Address: Via dei Coronari 65-66.
Opening hours: 10: 30-23: 00.
Gelateria La Romana ice cream maker is another place where you should definitely try Italian gelato. Exceptionally natural ice cream of all kinds of tastes from the freshest products and ingredients!
Address: Via Cola di Rienzo 2.
Opening hours: 11: 00-00: 00.
Where can I eat pizza in Rome inexpensively?
Outdoor cafe in Rome
Come to Rome and not try the main local dish? It doesn’t happen! And if there is a real Italian pizza, then only in proven places.
The PizzaRé pizzeria is an absolute must-go place if you want to enjoy really delicious Roman pizza. Large, satisfying pizza, thin, crispy pastry, sea of toppings, incredible sauce … Here you will definitely find delicious pizza.
Address: Via di Ripetta 14.
Opening hours: 12: 00-23: 30.
Pizzeria Navona Notte – located a stone’s throw from Navona Square, but for some reason tourists often do not notice this place, as it is hidden in a quiet and pleasant street. Apparently, this is one of the reasons why Italians themselves chose this place, and, as we mentioned above, it is worth to go where the locals eat.
Address: Via del Teatro Pace 44.
Opening hours: 12: 00-23: 00.
Pizzeria Pantha Rei – a stone’s throw from the Pantheon is another delicious pizzeria, which we highly recommend you visit. Calm atmosphere, delicious Italian pizza from the oven, nice prices, what else is needed for happiness?
Address: Via della Minerva 19.
Opening hours: 12: 00-23: 00.