Top 5: Rome

Forty-eight hours in the Eternal City

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I spent last weekend in Rome. Forty-eight hours doesn’t afford you much time to explore. It’s time enough for three or four meals, and I chose them wisely.


This is not the definitive list of the best restaurants in Rome, but the spots that, when faced with the endless options in the Eternal City, I decided to spend my precious hours.


If you have more time, also visit…


  • Al Ceppo for classic old school
  • Antica Pesa for tradition and the old Cinecitta world
  • Arcangelo for modern Italian
  • Asino d’Oro for a true Roman meal with journalists


And If you’re willing to make the trek, Osteria da Cesario in San Cerario merits a day trip for lunch.


Check back this week for photos, videos, and picks in Rome.

Mario's Picks

Salumeria Roscioli

I’ve been going to Roscioli since I lived in Italy and it continues to be perfect. Simple, classic Roman pastas- cacio e pepe, gnocchi alla matriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara- and supreme cured meats. It is almost always my first stop in Rome.

Caffe Sant’Eustachio

The place for an espresso coretto.

Forno Campo de’ Fiori

A slice of potato pizza that you will die for.

Cesare al Casaletto

The recommendation of my friend, food historian and expert on all things Rome (particularly food, wine and beer), Katie Parla, Cesare al Casaletto is the definitive Roman trattoria.

La Pergola

The only Michelin three star restaurant I ever liked. Heinz Beck doesn’t serve Roman food, per se, but it is so tasty and the view is so spectacular I can’t skip it.