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Rome is famous for its delicious (and often quite affordable) cuisine. Whether you’re looking to dine al fresco in Trastevere, go vegetarian, or head to the grocery store to cook up your own Italian feast, we’ve got tips on ways to save. And don’t forget the gelato!

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Don’t leave Rome without tasting these 5 classic dishes (each under €10)

Don’t leave Rome without tasting these 5 classic dishes (each under €10)

It’s no secret that Italy is a foodie paradise. Each region is famed for its unique cuisine, with culinary traditions that go back hundreds of years. Most people know that the Emilia-Romagna region is home to the best Bolognese sauce, (as well as many other meats and cheeses), that Tuscany is sacred wine territory and » Read more

How to order coffee in Italy: Navigating cafe culture like a pro

How to order coffee in Italy: Navigating cafe culture like a pro

Italian coffee culture is strong, just like the espresso, and cafes are always full no matter the time of day. In Rome, cappuccinos are fantastically frothy, and the espresso is always made with quality coffee beans and ground on site. One sip of an Italian coffee, and it will be hard to go back to » Read more

Rome cheap eats: Where to dine near the Spanish Steps

Rome cheap eats: Where to dine near the Spanish Steps

Rome is a culinary gem, filled with tasty dining options around almost every corner. However, the area around the Spanish Steps is one of the hardest areas in Rome to find a decent meal or snack. Though the location is fantastic for accessing the city and marveling at nearby sights, it’s a bit of a » Read more

Rome: Eataly opens its largest gourmet food shop yet

Rome: Eataly opens its largest gourmet food shop yet

Foodies take note – a gourmet paradise has recently opened in Rome. Eataly, the world’s largest wine and food market has set up shop in a disused air terminal a short walk from Piramide Metro station (Metro B). There are a couple of other Eataly’s around the world (including one in NYC), but the one » Read more

Rome: 4 kosher restaurants in Rome’s Jewish quarter

Rome: 4 kosher restaurants in Rome’s Jewish quarter

The historical Jewish Quarter of Rome is a bustling neighborhood a short walk from Lago Argentina. The area was historically a ghetto, separated from the rest of Rome by large walls and strict curfews. To this day the small streets and enclosed piazzas give the area an intimate feel you won’t find in many other » Read more

Rome: 5 vegetarian restaurants for a great (meatless) meal

Rome: 5 vegetarian restaurants for a great (meatless) meal

By Sarah Tighe in Rome— It’s no secret that Italians love meat. The most famous Italian dishes (lasagne, tortellini) are as carnivorous as they are delicious. But Italy is far more vegetarian-friendly than you’d expect. According to the European Union of Vegetarians, around 10% of Italians are vegetarian – the highest percentage in Europe. In » Read more

Panini in Rome: How to find and order the best sandwiches

Panini in Rome: How to find and order the best sandwiches

By Nicole Arriraga in Rome— When it comes to eating lunch in Rome, there are several cheap options, the most common of which are grabbing some pizza al taglio and panini. Back in the States, everyone is crazed over the panini “concept.” However to Italians, panini are just plain old sandwiches! Whatever you think, panini » Read more

Rome: 5 rules for shopping in a Roman grocery store

Rome: 5 rules for shopping in a Roman grocery store

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Cheapos looking to save a buck or two during their trip to Rome can certainly save some money by buying food at the local neighborhood supermercato. If you have access to a kitchen during your stay, you can obviously save big on meals. Even if you don’t have cooking facilities, » Read more

Where to Find the Best Gelato in Rome

Where to Find the Best Gelato in Rome

By Nicole Arriaga— In Rome there’s Gelato, and then there’s just gelato. Let me clarify: I am quite a snob when it comes to eating the heavenly dessert. Whenever friends ask me to meet them for a gelato, I have to ask, “Where?” After all, there is such a thing as a mediocre cone. Thus, » Read more

What to order at a cafe in Rome: A quick guide to Italian coffee

What to order at a cafe in Rome: A quick guide to Italian coffee

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— If there’s something to be said about Italians, one thing’s for certain, they sure know how to churn out a good cup of coffee. Just about everywhere you turn in Rome, behind every nook, cranny and yes, monument, you will find a coffee bar. To say that Italians are obsessed » Read more

Rome: 3 Bars that serve up great views

Rome: 3 Bars that serve up great views

There are a 101 places in Rome where you could kick back your feet, relax and reminisce over drinks. But not every café will serve up your cocktails with breathtaking views of the Ancient City. Many of the most jaw-dropping vistas have been taken over by Rome’s most exclusive hotels, yet there are still a few » Read more

Rome Cheap Eat: “Pizza al Taglio” shops

Rome Cheap Eat: “Pizza al Taglio” shops

It’s lunchtime in Rome and you’re on the hunt for a quick bite on a budget. Where to turn? When I have friends in town and I feel like taking them for a fast and simple lunch, I take them straight to a “pizza al taglio” (pizza by the slice) shop. Lunch by the slice Simply » Read more

Rome Contest: Share your best budget meal

Rome Contest: Share your best budget meal

Italian food and the Eternal City—what could be wrong? Um, costly dinners, for one thing. Rome is no stranger to overpriced restaurants catering to tourists. But this doesn’t mean you have to shell out for tasty Italian fare. A first step toward finding a cheap meal is heading beyond the historic center. The closer to » Read more

Rome: Meet people (and drink wine) with Friends in Rome

Rome: Meet people (and drink wine) with Friends in Rome

Heading to Rome but don’t know anybody in town? We recently found out about a cool organization that connects you with locals and other travelers in the Eternal City. Active since 2008, Friends in Rome is a social group that caters to both Romans and tourists. Participants attend meet-ups to chat, have a drink, or » Read more

Rome: A quick guide to local wines (and Italian wine classification)

Rome: A quick guide to local wines (and Italian wine classification)

After visiting all the historic sites of Rome, what better way to spend your evening than sipping a glass of wine to quench that thirst? But where do you start with that long list proudly presented to you by the waiter? Fear not: Whether you are a wine buff or a wine buffoon,  we are » Read more

Rome: Three bars with a twist

Rome: Three bars with a twist

Fancy something different with your glass of wine during your stay in Rome? Try one of these three centrally located bars which all come with a little something extra to taste alongside your drink—whether your interest is cheese, books, or motorbikes…. Obika Roma Mozzarella Bar Open from 10 AM to midnight Piazza di Firenze (not » Read more

Rome: Three more authentic Roman restaurants

Rome: Three more authentic Roman restaurants

Whilst Italian food is considered to be among the best in the world, sadly you do not always get what you pay for. Tales of tourists being asked to pay €700 for a meal in Rome’s center (as happened during the summer) are happily rare, but substandard, overpriced fare is far more common that anyone » Read more

Rome: The 2 best espressos in Rome, steps from the Pantheon

Rome: The 2 best espressos in Rome, steps from the Pantheon

When it comes to coffee, the Italians pretty much have it down pat. Like fashion, food and football, coffee is an art, a matter of national pride, and a daily ritual which is taken very, very seriously. It is actually quite hard to find a bad coffee in Rome. What is more difficult, however, is » Read more

Rome Cheap Eats: Dine like a local at these affordable restaurants

Rome Cheap Eats: Dine like a local at these affordable restaurants

When in Rome, want to eat like an Italian with the Italians? Want to escape overpriced tourist menus? Want to experience authentic Italian cuisine at the right price? Well, why not take the metro out of the historic centre and dine in the spots that only the locals know about! Here are three absolute gems that are » Read more

Cheapo Night Out Rome: Live music on a budget

Cheapo Night Out Rome: Live music on a budget

By Sav D’Souza in Rome— Rome is the Eternal City, and like other hot spots around the globe, the nightlife is pretty eternally available here too. Next time you’re in Rome, why not check out some late night live music?  Whether you prefer mellow jazz as background noise or a wild scene (mosh pit anyone?), » Read more

Rome Tip: Cheap eats survival guide

Rome Tip: Cheap eats survival guide

By Sav D’Souza in Rome— Don’t want to get trampled by meal costs when in Rome? Read on for my tried, true, and tested cheap eat survival tips. 1) Watch out for package deals. Stay away from what I call the “slashers”: Anything that touts itself as an all-inclusive “Bar/Restaurant”  or has a menu decreeing that it offers pizza/gelato/pasta. » Read more

Rome: “Aperitivo” bars offer a cool scene and great food

Rome: “Aperitivo” bars offer a cool scene and great food

By Sav D’Souza in Rome— “Aperitivo” culture is catching on fast in Rome. For as little as €5, Cheapos-in-the-know can grab an early-evening cocktail or glass of wine at a local hot-spot, and then fill a plate full of yummy eats for free! Of course, the real reason to take advantage of aperitivo time in Rome is for the » Read more

Rome: Affordable wine bars in central Rome

Rome: Affordable wine bars in central Rome

Rome—It’s Friday night and you’re in the mood to grab a few drinks at a cool spot with some friends. Where can you find the right “vibe” without putting a dent in your wallet? Where can you sample delicious local wines? Step this way… Campo de’ Fiori: La Vineria A delightful watering hole overlooking the » Read more

Rome Cheap Eat: Panificio Firenze

Rome Cheap Eat: Panificio Firenze

Looking for a delicious, super-cheap meal in central Rome? Local hot-spot Panificio Firenze, a tasty joint serving as grocery store (alimentari), bakery (panificio) and deli (salumi), has been delighting locals with fresh breads, meats, and cheeses since 1929. At lunch time it’s as busy and chaotic as the trading floor at the stock exchange. Made » Read more

Rome Q&A: The best neighborhood for “real” Roman cuisine?

Rome Q&A: The best neighborhood for “real” Roman cuisine?

A reader asks: “Do you have any advice for inexpensive, authentic Roman restaurants in the center of town?” Annie Shapero responds: Here’s the bad news: Rome is a gaping hell mouth of overpriced restaurants aimed at the hungry, innocent traveler. The good news is that real Roman cuisine is actually a cucina povera, or poor » Read more

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