Matricianella – “Bucatini all’amatriciana” and “carciofo alla giudia” (roman fried artichoke)
Da Teo – “Seppie e carciofi” (cuttlefish with artichokes) “carciofo alla romana” (Roman-style artichokes) and “puntarelle”
Santo Palato – Tonnarelli Alla Genovese ( beef sauce with a lot of onions) it’s “da leccarsi i baffi” (lick one’s chops)
Settimio Al Pellegrino – Super simple, super traditional, order the “polpette” (meatballs) Pro tip: The food can be a hit or miss, it all depends on the owner Teresa’s and husband Mario’s mood and if they like you. Highly recommend going with an Italian!
Le Mani in Pasta – “Carpaccio di spigola al tartufo” (pro-tip: ask to be seated on the top floor) and all their pastas are phenomenal (one of my favorite is the “spaghetti alla pescatore con astice” (seafood pasta) and as a side dish the “broccolo romano ripassato” (sautéed roman broccoli)
Otello Alla Concordia -Spaghettone aglio, olio e crema di alici (garlic, oil and sardines cream) and “carciofo alla giudia”
Felice a Testaccio – Everyone goes there for their famous “cacio e pepe” (which is hands down amazing) but I like to go there for their “spaghetti alla Felice” (with cherry tomatoes, basil, mint, oregano, thyme, marjoram and salted ricotta)
Trattoria Al Moro – Spaghetti Alla Moro (a revisited carbonara)
Settimio All’Arancio – “Insalata di baccala” (cod salad) and “tonnarelli spigola e bottarga” (sea bass and cured fish roe)
Da Enzo Al 29 – “gricia” (guanciale and Pecorino pasta) or “carbonara”, “burrata”a MUST is their home made pistacchio gelato! Pro-tip: Go during the week for an early lunch or dinner, at prime time and during the weekend it’s way too crowded.
Outside of Rome by the sea
L’Isola del Pescatore (Santa Severa) – “Spaghetti ai ricci di mare” (sea urchin spaghetti) and “crudi” (raw fish platter) Pro-tip: when you make the reservations ask for a table close to the sea)
Da Romolo (Anzio) – ask for the “crudi” starters (you don’t come here for the atmosphere but simply for great seafood)