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The New-School Restaurants in Rome to Try

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How has Roman food stayed relevant for thousands of years? By constantly reinventing itself. In a city as vibrant as Rome, there’s always something new redefining its food culture. While Rome may be known for its old-school trattorias and the standard Italian dishes that have withstood hundreds of years, the current wave of new restaurants keep an eye on the past, yet express a creative bend towards the future.

A fresh generation of Romans has embraced new dining standards and trends, from food halls to bright and airy contemporary restaurants. Using local ingredients or presenting a twist on classic techniques, each restaurant still feels rooted in Roman tradition while striving for something the city has never seen before. Here’s where to go to experience the modern wave of fine dining in Rome.

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1. Neve di Latte

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Via Federico Cesi, 1
00193 Roma RM, Italy

What could make gelato feel new? What about a spot that uses all natural ingredients with a focus on organic and biodynamically grown products? That’s what Neve di Latte delivers on in their thoroughly modern space. Go for traditional nut flavors like hazelnut and pistachio, or go fruity sweet with mango or melon.

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2. Mercato Centrale Roma

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Roma Termini, Via Giovanni Giolitti, 36
00185 Roma RM, Italy

Rome has jumped on the food hall bandwagon that has swept up the rest of the world, and the list keeps growing. But Mercato Centrale Roma was the first to come to the city, and it keeps to its roots with Italian vendors and products. Across three stories you can get everything from a slice of pizza on the go to a seated glass of wine, all from some of Rome’s most famous chefs and producers.

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3. Supplizio

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Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 143
00186 Roma RM, Italy

You can’t go to Rome and not try a suppli — a rice ball made all the better by sticking cheese inside and then frying it. The one at Supplizio might be the best in the city, from a fine dining chef who wanted to bring the perfect version of the finger food to a larger crowd. This fast-casual spot fits the bill in an easy, no-fuss kind of way.

4. Il Sanlorenzo Ristorante

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Via dei Chiavari, 4/5
00186 Roma RM, Italy

If you want your Italian fine dining to be current, simple, and fresh, then this Michelin-approved restaurant is worth the trip. Located in a historic palazzo, the dining room is brighter than most of its older counterparts, and the food follows suit. It’s best known for its seafood dishes, which aim to be local and seasonal, as well as its perfectly al dente pasta.

5. Glass Hostaria

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Vicolo de' Cinque, 58
00153 Roma RM, Italy

If you want something truly innovative, you can’t miss this gem in Trastevere from the Michelin-approved mind of chef Christina Bowerman. The setting is sleek with an emphasis on glass and light. While the food is deeply rooted in Italian ingredients, based on the chef’s childhood in Puglia, Bowerman brings to the table a global sensibility from her time cooking abroad. The menu changes frequently, but subtly: You can expect to see some mainstay dishes like ravioli, risotto, and fish with seasonal variations.

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6. Eggs

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52, Via Natale del Grande
00153 Roma RM, Italy
06 581 7281

In a city known for carbonara, what better than a restaurant devoted entirely to eggs? It has everything from an entire carbonara menu with multiple twists on the classic to recipes using less traditional eggs like quail, ostrich, and caviar. The result? Food that is whimsical and fun. The decor is equally stylish, with colorful portraits adorning the walls.

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7. Sbanco

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Via Siria, 1
00179 Roma RM, Italy

It’s hard to make Roman pizza feel new, but Stefano Callegari has done it at his beloved spot Trapizzino. His newest restaurant, Sbanco, uses an ingenious technique of putting ice cubes on the dough to get the perfect balance between crispy exterior crust and doughy interior. And if that wasn’t enough of a break from tradition, Sbanco also has an emphasis on Rome’s growing local craft beer scene.

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8. Trapizzino | Testaccio

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Via Giovanni Branca, 88
00153 Roma RM, Italy

Imagine a tastier, more modern version of the pizza pocket, and you’ve got Trapizzino. This is no ordinary Roman pizza: It’s served in a cone-like bread with fillings that range from common (meatballs) to unusual (cuttlefish). Part sandwich, part pizza, the hybrid pizza is the brainchild of chef Stefano Callegari, who’s even brought his invention stateside to New York City. The street food feels fresh in a city filled with traditional pizzas.

9. Mordi & Vai

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Nuovo Mercato Comunale di Testaccio, Via Beniamino Franklin, 12/E
00153 Roma RM, Italy

At the Mordi & Vai stall in the Testaccio Market, the dishes are old — in fact, some say even vanished off of Roman menus — but reinvented. The owners, Sergio Esposito and Mara Cipriani, take classics but add a fast-casual spin on them. Take the tripe: The meat is braised with tomatoes, garlic, and celery, but made into a sandwich, unlike how it’s usually served (over pasta or polenta).

10. Otaleg

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Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594
00151 Roma RM, Italy

A gelato laboratory? This is no ordinary gelateria: This is where chef Marco Radicioni conceives of and serves up flavors you’ve never even dreamed of, like salmon or mustard. His gelato flavors feel more at home with the trendy ice cream shops you see on the US coasts, like the mascarpone with basil and lemon, or mango with chocolate chip (should you not want to go the experimental, savory route).

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1. Neve di Latte

Via Federico Cesi, 1, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Courtesy of Neve di Latte

What could make gelato feel new? What about a spot that uses all natural ingredients with a focus on organic and biodynamically grown products? That’s what Neve di Latte delivers on in their thoroughly modern space. Go for traditional nut flavors like hazelnut and pistachio, or go fruity sweet with mango or melon.

Via Federico Cesi, 1
00193 Roma RM, Italy

2. Mercato Centrale Roma

Roma Termini, Via Giovanni Giolitti, 36, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
Courtesy of Mercato Centrale

Rome has jumped on the food hall bandwagon that has swept up the rest of the world, and the list keeps growing. But Mercato Centrale Roma was the first to come to the city, and it keeps to its roots with Italian vendors and products. Across three stories you can get everything from a slice of pizza on the go to a seated glass of wine, all from some of Rome’s most famous chefs and producers.

Roma Termini, Via Giovanni Giolitti, 36
00185 Roma RM, Italy

3. Supplizio

Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 143, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

You can’t go to Rome and not try a suppli — a rice ball made all the better by sticking cheese inside and then frying it. The one at Supplizio might be the best in the city, from a fine dining chef who wanted to bring the perfect version of the finger food to a larger crowd. This fast-casual spot fits the bill in an easy, no-fuss kind of way.

Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 143
00186 Roma RM, Italy

4. Il Sanlorenzo Ristorante

Via dei Chiavari, 4/5, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

If you want your Italian fine dining to be current, simple, and fresh, then this Michelin-approved restaurant is worth the trip. Located in a historic palazzo, the dining room is brighter than most of its older counterparts, and the food follows suit. It’s best known for its seafood dishes, which aim to be local and seasonal, as well as its perfectly al dente pasta.

Via dei Chiavari, 4/5
00186 Roma RM, Italy

5. Glass Hostaria

Vicolo de' Cinque, 58, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Courtesy of Glass Hostaria

If you want something truly innovative, you can’t miss this gem in Trastevere from the Michelin-approved mind of chef Christina Bowerman. The setting is sleek with an emphasis on glass and light. While the food is deeply rooted in Italian ingredients, based on the chef’s childhood in Puglia, Bowerman brings to the table a global sensibility from her time cooking abroad. The menu changes frequently, but subtly: You can expect to see some mainstay dishes like ravioli, risotto, and fish with seasonal variations.

Vicolo de' Cinque, 58
00153 Roma RM, Italy

6. Eggs

52, Via Natale del Grande, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Courtesy of Eggs

In a city known for carbonara, what better than a restaurant devoted entirely to eggs? It has everything from an entire carbonara menu with multiple twists on the classic to recipes using less traditional eggs like quail, ostrich, and caviar. The result? Food that is whimsical and fun. The decor is equally stylish, with colorful portraits adorning the walls.

52, Via Natale del Grande
00153 Roma RM, Italy

7. Sbanco

Via Siria, 1, 00179 Roma RM, Italy
Danilo Sorrentino / EyeEm

It’s hard to make Roman pizza feel new, but Stefano Callegari has done it at his beloved spot Trapizzino. His newest restaurant, Sbanco, uses an ingenious technique of putting ice cubes on the dough to get the perfect balance between crispy exterior crust and doughy interior. And if that wasn’t enough of a break from tradition, Sbanco also has an emphasis on Rome’s growing local craft beer scene.

Via Siria, 1
00179 Roma RM, Italy

8. Trapizzino | Testaccio

Via Giovanni Branca, 88, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Imagine a tastier, more modern version of the pizza pocket, and you’ve got Trapizzino. This is no ordinary Roman pizza: It’s served in a cone-like bread with fillings that range from common (meatballs) to unusual (cuttlefish). Part sandwich, part pizza, the hybrid pizza is the brainchild of chef Stefano Callegari, who’s even brought his invention stateside to New York City. The street food feels fresh in a city filled with traditional pizzas.

Via Giovanni Branca, 88
00153 Roma RM, Italy

9. Mordi & Vai

Nuovo Mercato Comunale di Testaccio, Via Beniamino Franklin, 12/E, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

At the Mordi & Vai stall in the Testaccio Market, the dishes are old — in fact, some say even vanished off of Roman menus — but reinvented. The owners, Sergio Esposito and Mara Cipriani, take classics but add a fast-casual spin on them. Take the tripe: The meat is braised with tomatoes, garlic, and celery, but made into a sandwich, unlike how it’s usually served (over pasta or polenta).

Nuovo Mercato Comunale di Testaccio, Via Beniamino Franklin, 12/E
00153 Roma RM, Italy

10. Otaleg

Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594, 00151 Roma RM, Italy

A gelato laboratory? This is no ordinary gelateria: This is where chef Marco Radicioni conceives of and serves up flavors you’ve never even dreamed of, like salmon or mustard. His gelato flavors feel more at home with the trendy ice cream shops you see on the US coasts, like the mascarpone with basil and lemon, or mango with chocolate chip (should you not want to go the experimental, savory route).

Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594
00151 Roma RM, Italy

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