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Avocado Bar
 Italy's first ever Avocado Bar offers avocado toast, mini avocado burgers, avocado salad as well as smoothies blended with (you guessed it) avocado. With prices in the €5 to €10 price range, this bite sized eatery in hip Monti attracts locals and tourists alike. 

Address: Via della Madonna dei Monti 103 | Telephone: |

Palazzo del Freddo
 This enormous ice cream parlour and workshop grandly (and quite rightly) calls itself the ‘Palace of Cold'. Pause here for a traditional Italian ice cream, choc ice or semifreddo dessert, to eat at a table or takeaway. If you're planning on making a meal of it, don't miss the brioche buns filled with gelato and whipped cream. The fruit flavours are seasonal, so expect different specialities throughout the year.

Address: Via Principe Eugenio 65/67 | Telephone: +39 064464740 |

Le Levain
 This tiny French bakery in Trastevere attracts aficionados from all over the city, drawn by its range of glossy eclairs, hand-made croissants and pain au chocolat, as well as crusty, warm loaves or melt-in-the mouth macarons. Open from 8 until 20.30 every day with shorter hours on a Sunday, it's the perfect spot for breakfast or brunch, a quick coffee and a cake, or a freshly filled baguette for lunch.

Address: Via Luigi Santini 22/23 | Telephone: +390664562880 |

Mama's Burger
 Offering a truly vast choice of burgers, this well-priced eatery in trendy Pigneto is essentially a takeaway spot, although there are a couple of stools for eating in. Expect a range of toppings and levels of spice for every palate, as well as an amply-stocked beer and soft drinks fridge, plus friendly and fast service.   

Address: via del Pigneto 40a | Telephone: |

Brusco Lo Strabuono
The humble Italian bruschetta is transformed into mouth-watering street food at this brand new Trastevere joint, offering toasted bread with a vast range of toppings to eat in or take away. The bread is baked locally and the 20 or so toppings range from smoked sausage and gorgonzola to tangy ratatouille or sun-dried tomatoes and gooey burrata cheese. There are even cheesecake and Nutella variations for those with a sweet tooth.

Address: Vicolo del Cinque 22a | Telephone: +39 065803706 |

La Prosciutteria
 This popular charcuterie joint near the Trevi fountain serves up huge platters of cold cuts, cheeses and fruit, which go down nicely with a bottle of local plonk. With wine starting at €2.50 a glass and platters from €12, the reasonable prices mean it's tricky to find a seat, but the portions and the people-watching make the wait worthwhile. Expect shorter queues at lunch.

Address: Via della Panetteria 34A | Telephone: +39 06 64562839 |

Affordable Restaurants

This gourmet pizzeria, down a cute cobbled street, specialises in carefully sourced pizza toppings on a light, crunchy dough. Don't miss the typical Roman deep fried starters, including stuffed courgette flowers and golden breadcrumbed riceballs. Pizzas include classics such as cheese and tomato and Quattro Stagioni, as well as more ambitious versions combining Sicilian anchovies and quails' eggs.  

Address: Via del Monte della Farina 28 | Telephone: +39 0664760475 |

This extraordinary social dining project offers a menu inspired by the five continents, including ceviche, cous cous, kofta and curries plus Italian delicacies from Sardinian bottarga to cheese sourced from a local prison project. The secret is in the kitchen, entirely staffed by local youths, migrants and refugees, who contribute their own recipes and get a second start in life. 

Address: Via Benzoni 34 | Telephone: 0039065746576 |

 This brand new gourmet pizzeria set into the side of the Aventine Hill excels at both thin and crispy Roman style pizzas, as well as deep crust Neapolitan ones. Try a topping that combines soft cheese, pomegranate seeds and smoked aubergine, a calzone filled with sausage and mozzarella, or the legendary fried pizza, all served with local craft beer. 

Address: Piazza dell'Emporio 28 | Telephone: +39 0645229022 |

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus an early evening buffet option for a fixed price with a drink included, this all-day eatery is just a stone's throw from Circus Maximus and offers pizza, sandwiches, burgers, pasta dishes, salads and charcuterie platters at competitive prices. You can also just sit at an outdoor table to enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.  

Address: Viale Aventino 32 | Telephone: +39 0664420656 |

This cavernous restaurant is great for large parties: look out for the charcuterie and Italian cheese sharing platters, before sampling the typically Roman menu. Offering great local favourites such as carbonara and cacio e pepe, we also love the extremely generous spaghetti with clams, featuring more shellfish than pasta.  

Address: Via di Panico 83 | Telephone: +39 0668892321 |

This tiny eatery serves 8 different kinds of carbonara, including variations with saffron and black truffle, and even a deep-fried version on a stick to take away. They offer a rich, cooked breakfast, salads and tartare at lunch, as well as gourmet tasting menus in the evening featuring quail and ostrich eggs. Don't forget to leave space for a world-beating tiramisu.

Address: Vicolo del Cedro 26 | Telephone: +39 06 5817363 |

Krishna 13
 Serving excellent Indian food in a central location, Krishna 13 woos dinner guests with its sumptuous interior and golden glassware, before delighting the palate with classics of Indian cuisine. Order oversized naans, butter chicken and tandoori specialities, bearing in mind that the portions are generous!       

Address: via Foscolo 13 | Telephone: +39 067005267 |

This Roman institution prides itself on serving up some of the city's favourite dishes, from carbonara to oven roast lamb, although the more adventurous diner might want to try its renowned offal recipes, including lamb sweetbreads and oxtail. Sedate, kindly service and excellent house wines complete the package. Booking essential.

Address: Via Marmorata 39 | Telephone: +39 065755100 |

Mercato Centrale
 Rome's main station, Termini, has just unveiled a brand-new food hall on three levels transforming its dining offer. Open 7am until midnight, its 15 artisan stalls sell everything from pastries to pizza, panini to ice-cream, specialising in locally-sourced ingredients and traditional recipes. There's also a wine-bar and restaurant run by a Michelin-starred chef, Oliver Glowig. Say goodbye to sad station sandwiches forever. www.mercatocentrale.it/roma

Address: Via Giolitti 36 | Telephone: |

Ramen Bar Akira
 This brand new ramen joint is already a hit with locals, so aim to arrive early or book ahead. The menu is simple but perfectly pitched, offering spicy or savoury ramen dishes featuring noodles, pork mince, cabbage and seaweed, with the option to upgrade your portion with extra slices of pork, boiled eggs, leeks or more noodles. Asian beers and local wines are available, plus a limited dessert menu.

Address: Via Ostiense 73 | Telephone: +39 0689344773 |

Good Quality Restaurants

Eataly Raw Fish
Food emporium Eataly's in house fishmonger has become both fish counter and restaurant specialising in raw fish delicacies. Choose from plates of tuna, bream and mackerel carpaccio, or try Italian rarities such as violet prawns, locally harvested seaweed, octopus, shellfish and several kinds of oyster. A great selection of local wines completes the menu, served every evening from 19.00 until 23.00.

Address: Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492 | Telephone: |

Kisaki Ramen & Sushi
Specialising in ramen and sushi, this brand new, minimalist spot offers competitive prices for authentic Japanese food. Experiment with three different soup bases for ramen, or order traditional sushi and sashimi or California rolls freshly prepared on the spot. The desserts, including green tea ice-cream, are good too. 

Address: Piazza Capranica 75 | Telephone: +39 066785838 |

La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
 This gracious restaurant behind the Roman Forum has been serving loyal clients for years, and somewhere along the way they got the menu just right. Look out for a very Roman variation of carbonara tossed with artichokes, peas and beans, an exceptional roast pork, and that gooey dark chocolate souffle. Serves gluten free options. 

Address: Via della Madonna dei Monti 9 | Telephone: 066798643 |

Gourmet burger bar Percorsi excels in offering burgers inspired by world cuisine, matched with tailored cocktails. The Australian burger, which features bacon and lime, is paired with an Australian punch, while the New York burger is served (if you wish) with a Bourbon-heavy Black Jack. Onion rings, wings and dips round out the menu in this dramatic, velvet-lined joint.

Address: Via della Luce 3A | Telephone: +39 0658333500 |

Fine Dining Restaurants

 Part of the world-famous Zuma chain, this contemporary Japanese restaurant offers gourmet cuisine, a sushi counter and dedicated grill, with dishes designed for sharing. With a fabulous outdoor bar on the roof terrace, it can also lay claim to one of the swankiest addresses in the city, occupying the penthouse on top of Palazzo Fendi. Booking essential.  

Address: Palazzo Fendi, via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48 | Telephone: |

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