Looking for a great restaurant or place to eat near the Trevi Fountain or Piazza Barberini in Rome? The good news is, there are tons of delicious restaurants and trattorias nearby – just gotta find them amongst the tourist traps. Our list of the best restaurants near the Trevi Fountain and in other areas of Rome are updated and refined annually by our team of life-long students of Roman cuisine; locals!
The 7 Best Restaurants Near Trevi Fountain in Rome in 2021
The Trevi Fountain is one of those landmarks you just have to see but finding a good restaurant nearby can be difficult. It is a minefield of tourist traps. Luckily, with the advent of online reviews, it is more and more difficult to keep crappy restaurants open. Below are some great choices if you are near the Trevi Fountain and need a bite to eat.
7. Piccolo Buco
€€ | Casual | Kids
The name of this restaurant is the small hole which is similar to the English saying “Hole in the wall”. The pizza is anything but that.
The restaurant is run by Romans but to me the pizza resembles a Napoletano style pizza with a thick crust. They cook it in an oven that is over a hundred years old. I don’t know why that is important, but it always is. The owners are actually from the Trevi Fountain area, which is rare because nobody lives there, and have saved us all from tourist trap armageddon.
This is my number 1 Trevi Fountain pick for a great, cheap, and fun meal.
Address: Via del Lavatore, 91| Hours: 12 – 3pm Thurs – Sunday & 6:30 – 11 pm Tues – Sunday
6. Pane e Salame
€ | Aperitivo/Finger Food
This is a great choice for lunch or for a pre-dinner appetizer. You can get a glass of wine, beer, and great cured meats. The name literally translates to bread and meats which is what they serve.
The interior has cool brick archways and a cool glass chandelier. The ambiance draws you in and the selection of food will keep you eating. They mostly serve cold dishes like meats, cheeses, vegetables, and spreads. Of course also bread. You could easily fill your stomach here for either meal so have an open mind and keep ordering.
They also have thousands of 5-star reviews with an average rating of 4.8 so it’s a good bet.
Address: Via Santa Maria in Via, 19 | Hours: Daily Noon – 10:30 pm
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5. Ristorante Sora Lucia
€€ | Casual | Kids
This place is also a nice little gem in an otherwise tourist-trap area. If you are going to open a restaurant near a major attraction why not make the food good too? Sora Lucia is a stones throw from Salvi’s Trevi Fountain and very good.
It’s typical Roman cuisine which means slow service, great food, and decent pricing. Fresh homemade pasta and a large assortment of dishes. As always, ask the waiter what you should eat and just try it out. Spaghetti with clams is a great dish.
Address: via Rasella, 138 | Hours: 12:30 pm – 3 pm & 6:45 pm – 11 pm | RSVP: Recommended
4. La Sandwicheria
€ | Sandwich
This is what it is. A super inexpensive and tasty sandwich shop two blocks from the Trevi fountain. Great variety and fresh ingredients make these a real treat – oh yea, great bread too!
Address: Via del Nazareno, 16/17 Hours: 10:30 am – 4 pm (Closed Sunday)
3. Piccolo Arancio
€€-€€€ | Casual | Kids | Outdoor Seating
This place feels old school as soon as you walk in. There probably won’t be many Italians but that is simply, because there aren’t many Italians that live in this area. Don’t let that stop you.
Prices are great and the restaurant is unassuming. They are around the corner from the Trevi Fountain and YES they have outdoor seating (al fresco!).
Their main dish, in the summer, is a lobster pasta (linguine all’astice) which is very popular in Rome. Don’t worry, they don’t charge $50 as you’d pay at home.
Address: Vicolo Scandenberg, 112 | Hours: Daily Noon – 3 pm & 6:30 pm-midnight | RSVP: If you want a table outside, yes.
2. Trattoria Al Moro
€€€ | Upscale | Outdoor Seating
Slightly more fancy with a ton of outdoor seating. Definitely make a reservation at this Roman classic. It was founded in the 1920s and approaching a hundred years in service!
This is a little on the fancy side so you’ll great excellent service and fantastic food. The hours here are significantly later than the other restaurant as they are actually geared towards catering Romans instead of tourists. They obviously welcome visitors.
Savor this little treat.
Address: Vicolo delle Bollette, 13 | Hours: Mon – Sat 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm | RSVP: Recommended
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1. La Prosciutteria
€ | Sandwich/Late night
Thousands of 5-star reviews for a sandwich shop speaks volumes. The name says it all. They make really great panini or you can even grab some slices to go. If you are starving and near the Trevi Fountain, this is a great way to avoid a stale sandwich at a bar and get a quality to-go meal.
Address: Via della Panetteria, 34a | Hours: Daily 11:30 am-midnight
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Need to Know About Dining in Rome
RSVP? You can and probably will work, but most inexpensive restaurants treat RSVPs loosely due to the number of no-shows. Ask for a glass of wine while you wait.
Service? Don’t get up in arms if it takes a while for the waiter to come over or if you can’t get their attention. Enjoy your time not being in a rush.
Tipping? A few euros per person is great. If you want to give your 10 to 20% be our guest but not necessary. That said, everyone likes more money.