Cheap does not mean low quality. I mean, not always. My guests often ask me where to eat well and spend little. It is not easy to get these two things in the old town of Rome. But a few ideas come to mind. Here they are.
AROMATICUS Two locations, in the Monti district and in Trastevere, for a corner of good veg taste, including hummus and burgers with mushroom cutlet, as well as salads, burritos stuffed with falafel and colorful bowls. For the carnivores, tartare and beef tataki.
Where: Monti – Via Urbana 134 / Trastevere – Via Natale del Grande 6-7.
Closed on Mondays.
Cost: 20-25 euros.
ASINO D ‘ORO A cuisine that was born in Orvieto (Central Italy) and has its roots in the Umbrian tradition, with seasonal ingredients. The menu features marinated trout with panzanella, a cold raw vegetable soup with burrata ravioli, but also a rabbit with herbs with peperonata and buffalo meatballs with sheep’s blue and pear.
Where 73, Via del Boschetto
Booking +39 06 48913832.
Closed: Sunday and Monday.
Cost: 25-40 euros.
ACHILLI CAFFÈ Alessio Tagliaferri brings to Vatican district the experience of a family that for three generations has practiced excellence at the table. The son of Cinzia Achilli and Daniele Tagliaferri in fact relies on the chef Cristiano Catapano to propose a dynamic offer from contemporary bistros, from breakfast to after dinner. On the menu are dishes such as the “important” egg, that is an organic Livorno egg processed with red turnip and served with pecorino foam and summer truffle, while the catch of the day is fresh and fun, with cold shellfish broth and gel of lemon. The aperitif is cult.
Where: 21, Via Luigi Settembrini
Cost: 20-35 euros.
MALANDROS Are you looking for tapas in Rome? You’re a strange one! Anyway, here you’ll find the tipycal spanish dishes. Top of the pop the octopus a la Gallega.
Where Via Flaminia 496b-c
Cost: 25-40 euro
IL MARITOZZO ROSSO Based in the Trastevere district, Il Maritozzo Rosso is a well-established gastronomic reality but ready to constantly add new features to the menu. The launch of the “Maritozzo Burger”, the long-awaited version of the salty husband with the characteristic soft and slightly sweet dough, is indeed recent. The paper also includes the sea variant with salmon, pistachios, salad and mayonnaise and the vegetarian one composed exclusively of chickpeas, courgettes, turmeric, potatoes and mixed seeds. In addition, the specialty of the house is proposed with sweet and sour pulled pork, which is slowly cooked at a low temperature, frayed and served in combination with onion and apple chutney.
Where: Vicolo del Cedro 26
DA OIO The rigatoni with the tail, the pajata, the patties with the sauce and the chicken alla cacciatora, and then the grandmother’s cake and the tiramisu of the house. It is the menu of the tradition proposed by the historic trattoria where the beautiful counter and wooden tables are paired with the octagonal floor and the dark green of the boiserie.
Where Via Galvani 43
Booking +3906- 5782680
Cost: 25-35 euros.
LIEVITO MADRE Gino Sorbillo brings the Neapolitan tradition to Rome thanks to the iconic round high and soft, maxiform, which goes beyond the confines of the plate. On the menu, the classic and special dishes, such as pizza with yellow Vesuvius tomato or Cetara anchovies. Among the fried dishes there are the potato croquette and the Gragnano pasta omelette.
Piazza Augusto Imperatore 46.
Cost 15-25 euros.
DA BAFFETTO A historic pizzeria where you can taste the classic Roman pizza, very thin and crunchy, as tradition dictates. Try it in the classic versions, from the “margherita” to the “4 cheeses”, up to the richer ones, with mushrooms, artichokes and egg, with seasonal vegetables or with broccoli and sausage. And as an appetizer, bruschetta is a must.