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Rome Food and Drink

As Italy's capital, you can expect Rome's food and drinks scene to have delicious and authentic fare everywhere you look.

Start your mornings by downing an espresso and pastry while standing at a coffee bar. Then sample the local produce in food markets. Alternatively, grab your choice of pizza by the slice between sightseeing destinations. At night, enjoy a lingering late dinner in a restaurant by a piazza and watch revellers pass by.

Finally, you can drink some Italian wine and dance at one of Rome's bars before crawling into bed and living la dolce vita again the next day.

Rome Restaurant Precincts

Rome is one large restaurant precinct full of locals who love to eat good food. Grab pizza al taglio (by the slice) to taste different toppings, then cool off with an authentic gelato. Be sure to try fettuccine Alfredo made by the family of its original creator at Il Vero Alfredo. Save some time to wander foodie districts like Testaccio and Trastevere, where you’ll find eateries serving fantastic fare.

Rome Bars and Nightlife

In the Eternal City, a night on the town can stretch into forever. Join the locals in their unhurried dinners that often start around 9:30pm. Then have a leisurely stroll on cobblestone streets to a coffee bar or order some digestifs at a pub. Find Rome’s best bars and nightlife in Navona, Ostiense, and San Lorenzo.

Rome Cafes and Coffee

A pilgrimage to Italy, the birthplace of espresso, is a must for any caffeine lover. Coffee in Rome is served at bars, often to patrons standing up, downing their hot drinks, and leaving. Some places have tables outside so you can enjoy a more leisurely drink with pastries. Be sure to visit well-established coffee shops such as Giolitti and Sant'Eustachio il Caffe to sample their take on coffee in Rome. Remember that coffee with milk is generally only served in the morning, espressos are commonplace for the rest of the day.

Rome Food Markets

Since all roads lead to Italy's capital, Rome food markets contain products from all over the country and the world. If you want to sample seasonal produce and regional specialities, visit the Mercato di San Cosimato. Alternatively, if you want more multicultural fare from China, India, the Middle East and more countries, go to the Nuovo Mercato Esquilino. For ready-to-eat food, stop by the Mercato di Testaccio between sightseeing destinations.