Neighborhood Spotlight on Prati
Just beyond the walls of the Vatican museum and St. Peter’s Basilica, you will find the neighborhood, or quartiere, of Prati. Aside from these major attractions being just a short walk away, this neighborhood is also known for its great restaurants, shops, and is full of young professionals, making it an area often frequented by locals no matter where you go. Prati is located just north of Vatican City and allows traveling to nearby stores and neighborhoods very easily, with the many different modes of transportation available to choose from. Although this neighborhood is full of white-collar workers, there is not a lack of nightlife here with the many wine bars, restaurants, and cafes strung throughout.
L’Osteria di Birra di Borgo
L’Osteria di Birra di Borgo – one of the best places to find craft beers in a city full of amazing wine! Come here to sample one, or many, of their amazing beers on the menu, while also enjoying a taste of different pizzas styles in this modern, Italian cuisine restaurant.
Bonci Pizzerium – locals all over Rome know Prati to be the home of the well-known Bonci Pizzerium, which serves scissor cut slices in a variety of toppings ranging from potato to anchovies to mortadella . Bonci was founded by master pizza artist, Gabriele Bonci, who has been referred to as the “Michelangelo of Pizza”, which means it has to be good, right?
Dolce Maniera – don’t come to Prati without a major sweet tooth because there are plenty of options to choose from in this underground bakery. Upon your walk downstairs, your eyes will instantly see a vast selection of Italian pastries to choose from. You can find everything from Tiramisu, to ciambellas (doughnuts), and much more. Best part is it’s open 24/7 and prices are considerably cheap!
Move Lab – a culinary lab and bistro that serves up smoothies, avocado toast, chickpea “meatballs” and more. The healthy options available will make you feel good about what you eat and have you coming back time and time again. The outdoor seating makes it even more enjoyable to indulge in fresh, high-quality meals.
Tommi’s Burger Joint
Tommi’s Burger Joint – some might think that finding non-Italian food in Rome that is actually good may be hard to find, which isn’t the case at all! Tommi’s Burger Joint, conveniently located right by Ottaviano metro station, has the perfect burger options for you. Choose from the classic beef burger, chicken, or vegetarian burger to satisfy your palette.
Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e Pepe – coming to Rome means trying the classic Italian dishes that Rome is best known for. One of those dishes is Cacio e Pepe, which this restaurant serves and is considered by some to be among the best in the city. They also serve crowd favorites like Carbonara, Grigia, and Amatriciana. Make sure to book in advance as the outdoor seating they have gets full quickly.
La Zanzara – although La Zanzara is best known for their aperitivo, they are also open for breakfast and lunch. Come here and indulge in their finger foods and a variety of small plates during after-work hours. You also can’t go wrong with any of the specially mixed cocktails.
Pompi – also known as The King of Tiramisu. This is the place to go to when you have a craving for something sweet. You won’t only find all kinds of flavored Tiramisu here, but also gelato, and other sweet treats. But they are most well known for their tiramisu, so don’t miss it.
While in Prati, one should obviously not miss visiting St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum.
Tip: To get one of the best views of the city, climb up St. Peters Basilica for a spectacular view from the dome of the church! For shopping, talk a walk down Cola di Rienzo, which has many small boutique shops and larger stores to shop for anything you can think of. If you happen to be in need of products you can’t find in local supermarkets, check out Castroni to find an array of foreign products from all over the world.
Prati has everything you would want in a neighborhood. Good shopping, various methods of transportation, excellent restaurants & wine bars, and amazing attractions full of art and history. In other words …take your time here. There is plenty to see and do.
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