Testaccio is hailed as a bastion of Roman culinary excellence, home to some of the Capital’s best eateries. Below is a list of restaurants you can easily reach walking from ViaRomolo and enjoying the city life in Rome:
Via Marmorata, 47
Opened over four decades ago, Volpetti is the reigning king of Rome’s gourmet food scene. You will find here red wine infused salami, black and white truffles, whole legs of prosciutto, beautiful cheese collections, fresh pasta, extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, and international favourites like pata negra, Roquefort, and Scottish salmon.
Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44
Unlike Naples pizza, Roman-style pizza has a super thin, crispy crust, a vestige of WWII, when ingredients were sparse and dough was rolled as flat as possible to produce more than one pie. The pizzas at Da Remo are wood oven fired and scrocchiarella (extra crunchy). Outside seating is available in the warmer months.
Flavio al Velavevodetto
Via di Monte Testaccio, 47
This popular Osteria is carved inside the neighbourhood’s man made mound of ancient amphoraes. The location is spectacular, just like Flavio’s Roman specialities: try their tonnarelli cacio e pepe (square cut noodles with pecorino cheese and black pepper), coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), polpette di bollito (fried meatballs), and award-winning rigatoni alla carbonara (pasta in a sauce of egg yolk, pecorino, pork cheek, and black pepper).
Via Giovanni Branca, 88
Experience the city’s latest street food craze with a visit to Trapizzino. The eatery gets its name from its signature dish, the trapizzino, a triangular pocket of fluffy pizza dough stuffed with the fillings of your choice. Permanent offerings on the menu include classics like parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmesan), pollo alla cacciatora (chicken cacciatore) and polpette al sugo (meatballs in tomato sauce). Others, such as burrata with anchovies, octopus, oxtail or marinated artichokes, are weekly specials.
Fraschetta di Mastrogiorgio
Via Alessandro Volta, 36
Inspired by the fraschette, traditional taverns of the Roman countryside, Mastrogiorgio serves rustic, laziale fare. Go with a group and split some of the menu’s appetisers, like pecorino aged in fig leaves, crispy rosemary roasted pork called porchetta, and marinated artichoke hearts, before moving on to your main course.
Via Galvani, 24a
Carnivores should check out the Testaccio branch (there’s one near the Trevi fountain too) of this cosy restaurant whose niche is meat dishes. Diners typically come here for the Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Chianina steak, Angus beef, Kobe beef or lamb chops, but plenty of pasta, fish, and pizzas round out the menu for those seeking an alternative option.
Entrances on Via Manuzio, Via B. Franklin, and Via Ghiberti
Opened for over a century, the neighbourhood’s beloved Testaccio Market has undergone some significant changes in the past six years. The mercato was first moved from its original outdoor location in Piazza Testaccio to a contemporary covered facility, and has recently seen a surge in new vendors. Several Italian and international Chefs set up their shop here to offer gourmet take-away street food dishes. However, the heart and soul of the market lies in its old school stands: Sergio Esposito’s Mordi e Vai (Box 15), sisters Paola and Francesca’s fruit and produce stand (Box 33), and Lina and Enzo’s deli (Box 89) give a glimpse into the pure simplicity of Italy’s food culture.
PLEASE NOTE: restaurant information may vary – ViaRomolo does not partner with any of these restaurants and local eateries. More information can be found here.