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Roman treats and where to go

Arriving in Rome you instantly find yourself greeted with endless possibilities and choices.  Whether you are looking for a delicious Italian pasta, pizza, caffe, or gelato, everywhere you look there are signs on restaurants and shouting waiters claiming to offer “THE BEST” of each of these.  

For new or even experienced travelers it is so easy to get lured in - the food, although generally visually appealing, is usually horrible tasting, terribly far from fresh, and obscenely overpriced.  In a city known for it’s food it can be overwhelming.  So, where do you start?  Well, a little cheat sheet from an ex-local should help a little!

Food

Baccanale – Easily one of the best places for a really good panino at an even better price.  Just 3 euro will buy you a massive sandwich.  My favorite was the mozzarella e pomodoro, but I heard rave reviews about all of the others. - Via dei Baullari, 25  00186 Rome, Italy

Miscellanea – Conveniently located right next to the Pantheon, this little gem is without a doubt one of the best in Rome and an Andy Steves favorite!  Formerly known as Mikki’s, Miscellanea has been a study abroad student hangout for years, so they love to see students.  The Pasta Carbonara is absolutely to die for, but you really can’t go wrong.  Often you will find the waiters happily popping open a bottle of “sexy wine” a.k.a. strawberry wine for you without you even asking.  If you’re a student it’s frequently on the house, but sometimes it’s not so don’t take it too easily, especially if you don’t have the money to pay for it! - Via Della Palombella, 34/35 (Pantheon), Rome, Italy

Cappuccino

Caffe Sant’Eustachio – This is a little hard to find, but Conde Nast Traveller considers one of the best places for cappuccino in Rome so it’s legit.  If you’re a big fan of chocolate, you may want to give their hot chocolate a try.  It is by far the most intense thing I’ve ever tasted.  Imagine the richest chocolate bar you have ever tasted, melted down, and poured into a cup.  I’m still not sure if I recommend it, but the caffe I would recommend without a moment’s hesitation. - Piazza di Sant’Eustachio, 82, 00186 Rome, Italy

Pascucci -  There is a younger guy who works at Pascucci named Patrizio and he makes the best cappuccino on earth.  He uses the same products as everyone else who works there, but he has the process perfected down to an art.  I don’t know what it is, maybe they are just made with a little extra love.  While sipping on a cappuccino the perfect complement is the fresh out of the oven frutti di bosco cornetto.   -Via di Torre Argentina, 20, 00186 Rome, Italy

Gelato

Frigidarium -  Frigidarium has some absolutely amazing flavors of gelato (biscotti, amaretto, and stracciatella take the cake), and the best part is, for no cost they’ll dunk your cup or cone of gelato in chocolate shell.  Need I say more? - ‪Via del Governo Vecchio, 112, 00186 Rome, Italy

Old Bridge – Old Bridge is fantastic because the gelato is delicious and they heap massive scoops of it onto the cones.  It’s then topped off with fluffy whipped cream – and all for only 2 euro! Unbeatable. - 5 Viale dei Bastioni di Michelangelo, Rome, Italy

 

There’s never enough time in a day to sample all of the delicious treats Rome has to offer, but with a list it’s a little easier to distinguish the good from the bad.  Mangiamo!

Comments:

Cheyenne Hodur, Drake University

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Bogi is a great guide. She was everything you could want in a guide plus more. She was fun, cool, and the best part- knowledgeable. She really made the trip great. We got to the hostel late and she was able to rearrange our schedule so everyone could go caving. After caving we were picked up by Bogi (thank goodness because figuring out Hungarian public transportation is really hard if you don't speak Hungarian). WSA made sure to include super cool things- caving, thermal baths, bus tickets, escape games and the hostel. I would definitely do this trip again. Bogi was fun and flexible, we didn't have to stick to a tight schedule and we were able to do things that we wanted to do like the Liberty Statue. She is great, WSA is lucky to have her.

Cheyenne Hodur, Drake University ~ AIFS Richmond, Spring 2015

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