Many civilizations will lay claim to their invention of pasta. From what was known as the “emirate of Sicily” to the Arabs, to the mountainous northern region of Trentino, Italy is famous for this simple food made from wheat, flour, water and eggs. Dried pasta! Fresh pasta! Long pasta! Short pasta! Mamma Mia! While one should spend as much time as possible covering every bit of Italy, let us begin with the ten best (most delicious + enchanting atmosphere = fond memories) places for pasta in Rome. Andiamo!
The 10 Best Pasta Places in Rome
By Carla Issa
I. Taverna Trilussa Trastevere// Cacio e pepe, rigatoni carbonara, mimosa ravioli (winner of two awards), buttered fettuccine with Parmigiano Reggiano that is aged for 48 months, all served in their cooking pans to preserve every ingredient. One look at this taverna’s menu and you’d be silly not to step into this classic Roman establishment. The pastas are just a first course though; primi piatti, and one must save room for the secondi, contorni and of course dolci. Find them here on Instagram
II. La Pace del Palato// Francesco and Renato create their dishes using ingredients like Persian saffron and Spanish pimento. Their Risotto con Zafferano is rich and delightful enough to satiate the largest of appetites. Be sure to take a babba with your café, as this traditional Napoletana dessert is too unique to miss. Click here for their website
III. Salumeria Roscioli// Using ingredients from France as well as Italy, this modern spot infuses its dishes with flavours from the sea as well as the mountains. Their ‘fettuccina fata en casa’ with plump porcini mushrooms and velvety cream sauce is a hard choice when there is also the bottarga, a rigatoni with lemon and Yuzu butter. All the Roman classics are on the menu also, so good luck choosing! Click here for their website
IV. Le Mani en Pasta// The hand in the pasta! Their pasta dishes brimming with seafood are not to be missed if you love langoustines, lobster and gamberi. Click here for their website
V. Trattoria Da Giggetto// While pasta is important it is not the only Italian delight to be had. Da Gigetto is not to be missed for its famous artichokes. They fry them in such a way that you will be tempted to skip out on all other dishes, but wait! They manage to make more than one dish well, super well. Their fettuccine con carciofi incorporates their famous artichokes also. Click here for their website
VI. Pastaficio// Amongst my Roman cousins, the “American” was the one who found what they claim to be the best pasta in the city. Doled out in a matter of seconds, you choose bianca or rossa—white or red—as they only make two dishes for the day and the pans fly fast. There are limited spots to sit inside, but take it to go and sit in the richness that is Piazza di Spagna just outside.
VII. Alfredo alla Scrofa// The home of fettuccine alfredo, this is a classic stop when in Rome. Like putting fire to your saganaki in Greece, the chef will come and mix the cheese that creates the “alfredo” in your fettuccine tableside. The walls are teeming with photos of everyone who is anyone in Italy and beyond who have had Alfredo’s fettuccine. Dine amongst the stars of the past and present while enjoying every rich bite and maybe they will crown you La Regina della Alfredo Scrofa too. Click here for their website
VIII. Piperno//A favourite of my mother, Mamma Lucia, is Spaghetti alla vongole. One of the best spots in Rome to enjoy this seafood dish is Ristorante di Piperno. Situated in a piazza within the old Jewish ghetto, you must book a table outside where the architecture will only enhance your meal. Click here for their website
IX. Perilli//Italians are true believers of the phrase, “if it is not broken, then don’t fix it”. This restaurant has been serving its classic Roman dishes for a century, yes, 100 years! The cacio e pepe (a personal favourite if you can’t tell by now) is perfect as is the carbonara.
X. Colline Emiliane// Unassuming in the most assuming of places in Rome, this tiny spot near to the Fontana di Trevi is run by the Latini Family. They spend hours per day tending to the pasta, dough, which ends up in remarkable dishes such as their Tortelli di Zucca (pumpkin pasta). A dish that is sure to warm your insides, the sweet pumpkin, soft pasta, and buttery sage sauce will leave you wanting a larger portion. Click here for their website