The eternal city is to me the most beautiful city I have ever been to, with all its miracles and flaws. In Rome, there is a vast array of restaurants to eat good pasta, but no one goes to Italy for simple and “just nice” pasta. We are in search of the best possible dishes in the motherland of pasta! Here are five suggestions that won’t disappoint you; where you will be able to enjoy one of the best and popular dishes of Rome in budget prices, mostly below €20 per person.
A renovated storage site has now been turned into this new gastronomic spot in Porto Fluviale, the old neighbourhood of butchers in Rome. One can choose from eating at the trattoria, or enjoying tapas bars, or having a seat at the tearoom. In the pizzeria, you ‘ll have the chance to try a delicious, thin but crispy traditional Roman pizza, while you may finish off your Roman strolls here with a spritz. Every noon, there is a rich buffet with various seasonal dishes. The buffet costs about €10 per person.
It may be in the prestigious street, Via della Croce, but it boasts one of the best budget spots for lunch in Rome. Open since 1918, Pastificio is a place for all; relaxed students, tourists, and businessmen wearing suits worth a month’s salary are all there to enjoy well-cooked food. There is always a long queue, but it’s surely worth the waiting. With only €4 every noon at lunchtime, you fill your plate choosing among the two dishes of the day, such as cacio e pepe pasta or homemade gnocchi, plus a nice glass of wine.
Antico Forno Roscioli
Maybe the most popular and best bakery in Rome. Locals not only flood this place for its great bread, but also for its delicious pizza, which you can either take away or have a seat if you are one of the lucky ones to enjoy it. Its carbonara, along with other freshly made pasta, is simply a masterpiece! Prices range from €6 per person.
If the expensive brands and high prices scare you at Piazza di Spagna, we have an exception for you. The Enoteca Corsi, a rare exception where one can enjoy homemade, classic, and delicious Roman dishes in very friendly prices in contrast to most places of the area. The menu is frequently updated, depending on the fresh, seasonal ingredients available. A not-to-miss is the vegetable soup, though! Main courses range from €10.
In one of the most romantic, poetical areas of Rome, Trastevere, Zi Umberto offers good prices and a warm atmosphere. In the menu, you can spot dishes of classic Roman cuisine, plus the special dish of the day like spaghetti with pecorino cheese and vegetables. This lovely place is very near piazza Trilussa, one of the central squares of Trastevere.