1. TAVERNA ROMANA: This humble corner restaurant has more than meets the eye and the many locals waiting for a table proves it. The traditional dishes are simple yet delicious and the menu has more to offer than a typical trattoria. The intimate atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner but the capacity is limited so best to call ahead.
ADDRESS: Via della Madonna dei Monti, 79, 00184 Roma RM
HOURS: 12:30-15:00 & 19:00-22:45 MON-SAT; 12:30-15:00 SUN
CONTACT: +39 06 474 5325
2. DIVIN OSTILIA: Located in the neighborhood of Celio, this small restaurant offers an intimate setting with a cozy-casual feel. With thoughtful and delicious dishes, it’s a great spot for a light meal to share or go all out for an unforgettable meal. Whatever you choose, make sure to try some of the fantastic wine on the menu.
ADDRESS: Via Ostilia, 4, 00184 Roma RM
HOURS: 12:00-01:00 Every Day
CONTACT: +39 06 7049 6526
3. LA TAVERNA DEI FORI IMPERIALE: This a local favorite in Monti when you’re in the mood for excellent food and wine, and willing to spend a bit more than usual (compared to international standards the prices aren’t that high, think €14 for a plate of pasta). The starters are uniquely delicious, the pastas can’t be beat and the main dishes are absolutely divine. Make sure to get a bottle of wine, if you’re not sure about Italian wine just ask the waiter.
ADDRESS: Via della Madonna dei Monti, 9, 00184
HOURS: 12:30-15:00 & 19:30-22:30 WED-MON
CONTACT: +39 06 679 8643
4. RISTORANTE TEMPIO D’ISIDE: This place is a seafood lover’s dream and a definite must-try if you have the budget. With the freshest of ingredients, the antipasto crudo is out of this world and the pasta dishes are absolutely incredible - think spaghetti al riccio, sea-urchin spaghetti. The second dishes, based on what is fresh from the market, are never the same but always delicious.
ADDRESS: Via Pietro Verri, 1, 00184 Roma RM
HOURS: 12:30-14:30 & 19:30-22:30 MON-SAT
CONTACT: +39 06 7720 4025
5. OSTERIA LA CARBONARA: This restaurant is a hit with locals and tourists alike. With delicious flavors, classic dishes and an amazing wine list, this osteria is one of the best in Monti. La Carbonara has been around for more than a century and they are still going strong, make sure to give it a try.
ADDRESS: Via Panisperna, 214, 00184 Roma RM
HOURS: 12:30-14:30 & 19:00-23:00 MON-SAT
CONTACT: +39 06 482 5176