After a long day visiting the Colosseum and exploring ancient Rome you’ll be starving. Being around this exciting tourist area may make it difficult for you to pick a restaurant worthy enough of the setting. Do not fear, there are a handful of great restaurant that are not tourist traps, and we’ve complied a list of them. Here’s a list of restaurants just a short walk from the Colosseum, enjoy!
La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
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Via della Madonna dei Monti, 9
Monday & Wednesday-Sunday 12:30-15:00, 19:30-20:30; Closed Tuesday
This family owned restaurant is located in the neighborhood of Monti. Having a menu that consists of authentic Italian dishes like Carbonara, you can finish off your meal with a desert made by the head chefs daughter. Eating at this restaurant you really get the vibe that family is important, the staff is friendly making you feel at home. While you eat try and see if you can find all the cat references hidden around the restaurant! There is no better place to have a family meal.
Via Claudia 15
Weekdays 12:00-15:30, 18:30-2:00; Weekend 12:00-2:00
This Caffè and bistro offers an array of pallet stimulating foods. Sit down and enjoy traditional antipasta, such as mixture of different cheeses and cold cuts. Next, stop by the bar to enjoy a daily creation by one of Rome’s best bartenders. Enjoy a delicious meal from their kitchen that take traditional Italian dishes and add a spin. This elegant restaurant has friendly service and their handcrafted drink partnered with this unique dishes will blow your mind!
Pane & Vino
Via Ostillia, 2
For those who have a gluten restriction and are near the Colosseum Pane & Vino is the place for you. This hole in the wall sandwich shop has friendly staff, fast service, delicious sandwiches, ad is accommodating to those with dietary restrictions. For those struggling to find gluten free alternatives in Rome check out this grab and go eatery, and check out our post on Rome’s Gluten Free Restaurants.
Via dei Santi Quattro
19:00-24:00, Closed Tuesday
Craving pizza after seeing the Colosseum? Well, Li Roni is an authentic Italian pizzeria with magical dough. They allow their dough to rise for 18 hours which many Italians believe makes it more digestible, the more you know! Cooked in a wooden oven make their pizzas retain their aroma and flavors, and create the authentic Italian thin crust. With vegetarian and vegan options this restaurant accommodates all, you will not be disappointed.
Via dei Santi Quattro, 44, 00184 Roma RM
Everyday 9:30- 21:30
This rustic cafè will make you feel like you’ve entered the country side of Italy, stop by before or after your Colosseum sight-seeing and enjoy one of their 40 herbal tea options. Not a fan of tea? Cafè Cafè also has smoothies, along with sweet and savory dishes to snack on. Whether you want to grab a quick breakfast before the Colosseum or dinner after Cafè Cafè starts serving food at 9:30 and the kitchen stays open until 20:45, stop by to rest your feet or enjoy a delicious meal!
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Via Ostilia, 4
This unique spot is known well as an amazing wine bar that has excellent pasta and appetizers. Their assorted meat and cheese platters partner perfectly with their wide selection of wine. If you’re looking for something heartier try their truffle pasta, you will never look at pasta the same. For those hoping to score a table here be careful because the tables fill up fast and are limited, the staff tries the best to get people seated as quickly. If you are by the Colosseum and have some time to kill during a quiet time in the day you have to stop by Divin Ostilia!
Via Capo d’Africa, 2
12:00-15:00, 19:00-23:00; Closed Tuesday
Twenty years ago this elegant and quiet restaurant opened next to the Colosseum. This seafood restaurant will blow you away with the vast selection and freshness of their dishes, those who choose the crab will never forget the taste. The chefs make delicate pairing for every entre that will make this dinner worth the money. The ambiance of the restaurant makes one feel as if they’re enjoying their meals right on next to the Mediterranean Sea!
Via Labicana, 125
Monday-Sunday 12:30-15:00, 19:00-23:00
With all the hustle and bustle going on around the Colosseum one might find themselves overwhelmed, but this luxury restaurant will give you a way to view this seventh wonder of the world in a relaxing and romantic setting. This Michelin-star restaurant will leave you in awe with it’s delicious food, as you sit on the rooftop enjoying an amazing view of the Colosseum. A perfect way to end a day exploring ancient Rome or to start a Romantic evening, you will not be disappointed. For those who want more romantic restaurant options check out our blog post on The Most Romantic Restaurants in Rome.