When in Rome, do as the Romans do ‒ enjoy glorious food in strikingly devised spaces. A visit to the Eternal City would not be complete without sampling some traditional fare. The most famous dish is pasta carbonara, and also don’t miss pasta cacio e pepe (pecorino and pepper) or amatriciana (pork and pecorino). In the Italian capital there are, of course, a host of restaurants offering delicious Roman cuisine. However, if you want to join the most discerning locals you should head to places that take classic dishes, give them a contemporary twist and serve them in remarkable settings.
For dramatically splendid dining you’re spoiled for choice in the Italian capital – if you know where to look. Here we’ve picked some of the most acclaimed and chic Roman restaurants. They have their own intrinsic style and offer imaginative menus that keep customers returning again and again.