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Visitors who last came to Rome in the Dolce Vita years will be shocked by the demise of the ultracheap neighborhood trattoria. But there's good news, too: In terms of culinary competence and variety, the contemporary Roman dining scene is as good as it has ever been. Now, for every orthodox trattoria romana there is a new "mozzarella bar," or an Asian-Italian fusion restaurant, or a designer wine bar serving Roman "tapas."

For a quick snack, avoid Rome's uninspiring tramezzini (bar sandwiches, invariably made with white bread). Instead, most alimentari (grocery stores) will make up delicious panini from whatever's behind the deli counter. Or stock up on picnic provisions at an outdoor market such as Campo de' Fiori, San Cosimato, or Testaccio. Pizza is always a good fallback: In the last ten years, the doughier Neapolitan variety has made inroads, but thinner pizza romana is still the locals' first choice. Note that, with a few tourist-oriented exceptions, most pizzerias are open only in the evening. Also, few Romans turn up to dinner before 8 pm. And check that a restaurant is open before you make plans—days off and vacations are taken seriously here.

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Vic's, Rome

Finding a good spot for a bite of light lunch is not easy in Rome, where a gulf yawns between the sandwich-in-a-bar and the three-course-meal joints—which...more

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Trattoria Monti, Rome

It's as difficult to get a booking at this tiny upscale trattoria as it is at most of Rome's white linen restaurants. Just up the road from the city's new...more

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Trattoria degli Amici, Rome

This small, unpretentious trattoria has won the hearts of many Romans, and not just because it serves better food than most places in tourist-clogged...more

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Sora Margherita, Rome

There's no sign, just a small door with red curtains. Inside you'll find a jumble of wooden tables and a sawdust-covered floor—and homemade pasta,...more

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Settembrini, Rome

Settembrini proves that chic design can go hand in hand with friendly service, good food, and reasonable prices. Not far from the media hub of Piazza Mazzini...more

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Roscioli, Rome

Near Campo De' Fiori (a magnet for young Romans at night), the Roscioli family has turned their long-standing bakery and grocery store into destinations for...more

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Pizzarium, Rome

If hours of admiring the priceless masterpieces of the Vatican Museums has you craving a humble piece of pizza, you'll be grateful for this tiny to-go outlet,...more

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Pastificio San Lorenzo, Rome

Since the 1970s, this former pasta factory in the student-y eastern district of San Lorenzo has been a point of reference for the city's contemporary and...more

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Palatium, Rome

The regional government of Lazio, of which Rome is the capital, opened this stylish and high-tech–looking wine bar and restaurant, near the Spanish Steps,...more

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Osteria dell'Angelo, Rome

The owner, a former rugby player, and his slightly scruffy crew serve a three-course, fixed-price menu (currently $31 a head) that includes cookies and wine....more

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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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