Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful piazzas in all of Rome. But when in Rome, eating is just as important as sightseeing. Whether you want a quick bite or a classic Italian meal with a crisp glass of wine, here are five of the best Piazza Navona restaurants.
1. La Pace Del Palato
This hidden gem is the place to go for a nice, sit-down meal that’s worth every penny. Situated on a quiet street, head to this non-touristy restaurant near Piazza Navona to escape the crowds for a relaxing meal. The owner, Mr. Renato, is outstanding to all his customers and sometimes even offers his customers things to try for free.
From antipasto to primi to secondi to dessert (if you aren’t in a food coma yet), every item on the menu is of the highest quality. Popular items to order include the highly-reviewed black truffle fettuccine or the meatballs. And although the wine list is small, the options available are well-curated so you can’t go wrong.
2. I Pizzicaroli
Owned by two brothers hoping to bring the flavors from the Umbria region to Rome, this is the perfect place to enjoy aperitivo. At aperitivo, an alcoholic drink is combined with a selection of snacks, meats and cheeses.
Perfect for sharing, the classic platter includes all kinds of cheeses (try the caciofiore), meats, fresh fruits, bruschetta, porcini mushrooms, olive oil, honey, and bread. The price for this delicious spread? Only 11 euros a person! So, if you’re looking for a cheap restaurant near Piazza Navona, this is an excellent option. Plus, this place serves a wide selection of beer and wine to pair with your snacks.
Saltimbocca is named after a popular dish in Italy (veal topped with prosciutto and basil.) Although it doesn’t look like much from the street, Saltimbocca is highly-recommended by locals and is a great spot to mingle with non-tourists.
Try the carbonara, amatriciana, or the cacio e pepe, which are all classic Roman pasta dishes. The owners at Saltimbocca are very friendly and will leave you with a free glass of limoncello to help you digest your meal.
4. Que te Pongo
This little caffe near Piazza Navona is the perfect spot for the fish lover in your group. Specializing in all things salmon, these chefs are excellent at what they do. In addition, if you’re looking for a quick lunch or a tasty sandwich accompanied by a refreshing glass of wine, this is an ideal Piazza Navona restaurant.
After exploring Piazza Navona, the best way to cool down and escape the summer sun is to enjoy a heaping scoop of gelato at the best joint in town, Frigidarium. This famous gelateria gets a lot of hype with tourists and locals alike, and for good reason. You get a generous amount of gelato at a price that can’t be beat. There is always a line around the corner, but it’s worth the wait. Try getting your gelato topped with dark chocolate glaze for a tasty treat.
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