Eat and drink in Rome

By: Michele De Capitani

Attention: the most fancy places are usually touristtraps. We suggest? to get lost in thenarrow streets away form the big crowded ones. You should not pay more then 2euros for a delicious crusty walking pizza…

If saving is your travelling philosophy, you can alsodrink your water from the public fountains that are spread all over.

And after pizza?? You need to end with a fantastic icecream!

For an excellent one try Giolitti’s (Via Uffici delVicario, 40, ph: 06 6991243; www.giolitti.it) that since 1900 has been servingsavoury ice creams behind all expectations. It’s not in every guide... onlyRomans know!! Basically till now you should have spent not more then 5 euros!!!Quite good news for backpackers, or also families with children travelling on abudget!! Right??

But the best tips are the following: dinner out in Rome!!

The San Lorenzo andTrastevere neighbourhoods are both renowned for reasonably priced Roman-Stylecooking. If you have a lodging there it will also be easy to get around:otherwise there are plenty of guest houses or family B&& (bed andbreakfast, in Italy are also called pensioni or family guest house) availablein many websites, among the others you can try Flashbooking.com which allows tobook directly online providing you with the BB maps and directions and contactsas well. Very useful! We suggest you chose your BandB according to the locationand if you get your accommodation in Trastevere be sure you will be in the mosttraditional, buzzing and authentic area of Rome!

There are very few things Romans will line up for. One of these is “da Baffetto" nearPiazza Navona, more exactly in Via del Governo Vecchio,14;ph. 066861617). After9 pm prepare to wait quite a lot because they do not? take reservations but pizza is fabulous!!

For tradition Roman dishes there is also “Trattoria daFrancesco" in Piazza del Fico, 29 (ph: 06 6864009) hidden in a cosy square thatserves as a private garden. If this is not enough and you are planning to stayin Rome for fewnights, consider a visit to Alfredo alla Scrofa and try the specialty:‘Fettuccine’ (Via della Scrofa, 104)

For a little more expensive but trendy place (which ispizzeria, restaurant, wine-bar, ‘cheeserie’ all together is ‘Gusto in PiazzaAugusto ImperatoreArticle Search, 9; ph: 06 32262 73; open every day from 10 in the morning until 2 in the night).

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