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Fusion at Before.

With its lower Manhattan flavor, "Before" (a reference to BC) offers Argentine beef (meat and cheese) or veggie platters to choose from while sipping wine. It fits the mold of several dozen joints built for the upwardly mobile and rigged for romance. Fusion cuisine (billed as "international") is the theme, but the whole layout is very dark and indoorsy. No Sunday lunch. — Cristina Polli

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Piazza Nicosia, 18, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6889.1458
Closed Saturday

Big Hilda Café  

Nights with Big Hilda...

This is a small, poster-covered pub in the Trastevere heartland (on Via del Cinque, 33, off Piazza Trilussa). Good beer and a thriving in-off-the-street crowd gives the place a throbbing vibe until late. It’s actually cozy. To eat: bruschette, salads, toasted sandwiches, pancakes, cold meats and cheeses. Open 6.30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday Noon to 2 a.m. No dance floor. — David Amory

Piazza Trilussa, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.580.3303
Open Daily

Big Mama  

Blues in Rome.

Around since 1984, the beginning of Rome’s second-phase decadence (read Craxi Socialism), Big Mama is probably as serious about (white) blues music as anyplace in the city, though "House of the Blues in Rome" may be carrying things too far. Beers, good cocktails and a minimalist menu. The club opens at 9 p.m. with the first show at 10:30 p.m. Usually closed Sunday through Tuesday, but check the site for bands and gig dates. You need to buy a monthly or seasonal pass (€8 or 13) to enter. — David Amory

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Vicolo di San Francesco a Ripa, 18, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.581.2551
Closed Sundays, Closed Mondays, Closed Tuesdays

Bir & Fud  

Beer and pizza at Piazza Trilussa.

Popular, bustling pizzeria/restaurant on Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere. The foreign student crowd packs this place to the nines for a reason — the beer ("beer and food," get it?). B&F has foreign and local brews as well as microbrewery labels and malts (they have their own shop/microbrewery at Via Luca Valerio, 41).

If you want to munch, order patate come sforno comanda, bronzed, hand-cut fries. A different take on bruschetta comes in the form of Ciauscolo e Silano (sausage from Abruzzo and the Marche). Non-pizza lovers also get ricotta mousse, supplì all'amatriciana, carbonara and pasta alla gricia (bacon and pecorino).

Strange as it sounds, the pizza is good but not tops. As often happens with pizza joints, the "conventional" menu gets lost in the shuffle. Advice: Let others splurge on the pizza while you focus on appetizers and pasta. Booking essential. Expect to spend €15/20 to 40 a head, depending on alcohol. — Cristina Polli

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Via Benedetta, 23, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.5894.016
Open Daily


Nomentano and Piramide.

These two places (same ownership) style themselves as American "grill and pizza" joints. Lot of that going around. Steaks seem on the fatty side, and the pizzas take a cue from the steaks — too doughy and "soft." But the prices are good and the overall quality acceptable. Great for noisy, large scale gatherings. Don’t look for candles. And expect a wait if you walk in after 9 p.m. Second spot near the Piramide Metro stop at Via di Porta Ardeatina, 114. Tel. 06.5728.8369. — Cristina Polli

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Via dei Monti di Pietralata, 141, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.4179.2126
Open Daily

Bistro Tiepolo  

Fusion at the Bistro.

Busy and casual posh, the tiny bistrot bottiglieria and lunch joint packs in neighborhood locals and a slew of businesspeople from the center. Menu combines Italian with continental (and a Scandinavian accent) — example: Insalata di pollo caramellato al miele and patate al cartoccio, which are baby baked potatoes. Lunch is packed. Italian diners usually drop in after 10 p.m. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., the late closing a plus in a town that nods off early and gets up late. Expect to spend up to €35 a head. — Cristina Polli

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Via Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 3/5, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.3227449
Open Daily

Bla Konga  

Meatballs in lingonberry jam.

This hybrid of Scandinavian and Italian cuisine in the Salario neighborhood (off Via Po) is interesting if a little unsettling (take for example the baba ganoush served with focaccia, ground turkey in cream sauce). Bla Kongo calls itself a bistro, which it is, with smallish tables cramped into two large rooms. Feels a bit too much like boutique restaurant in the tradition of the Rome new wave, though fish dishes, including smoked salmon, are first-rate. Also, lots of salmon and tuna. Closed Sunday lunch. — Cristina Polli

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Via Ofanto, 6/8, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.854.6705
Closed Mondays

Cacio & Pepè a Trastevere  

Pasta all’Amatriciana.

A neighborhood-specific restaurant-grill that offers a "menu di degustazione cucina tipica Romana" for €20. The place is also Wi-Fi equipped, but that's not a menu item — yet. Nice buffet with fried foods, including fiori di zucca and a variety of frittatine. Pasta cacio e pepe goes without saying. Also, bucatini all’Amatriciana and homemade sweets. Nothing new, startling or exciting here, but no rude surprises, which is good thing to know in Trastevere. — Cristina Polli

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Vicolo del Cinque, 15, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.5833.4289
Closed Mondays

Cafè Joia  


Italians call Joia pettinato, which is to say it attracts a well-groomed crowd. Whether you come to this Testaccio spot in knock-offs or the real thing doesn’t matter if you're hot and know how to market it. No wonder the dance crowd comes more to show off than dance, at least until midnight, when bella figura is more easily discarded. The theme here is white, walls, tables, etc. And brands, Absolut, Red Bull, etc. Plenty of 20-to-40 movers and shakers, not to mention a whole lotta would-be lovers. Dance small is floor, but it spills onto the roof garden in summer. Great drink menu and appetizers. Be prepared to wait to get in. — David Amory

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Via Galvani, 20, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.574.0802
Open Daily

Caffè Bistrot Casina dei Pini  

Crépes al formaggio.

Dine among the pine trees at this caffè (not anything like an Italian bar) with an outdoor patio and plenty of comfortable seating inside. Great salads and desserts (try any of the crépes), and a long list of cocktails. Nestled in a small park behind Piazza Bologna, this is a perfect venue for organizing parties and receptions. Normally €20-25 a head. Open daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Kristine Crane

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Viale di Villa Massimo, 8/a, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.4424.4707
Open Daily


Italo and Fabrizio Santucci.

Eye-candy galore at this upscale and stalwart Parioli staple founded in 19569. Father-son team of Italo and Fabrizio Santucci, both elegant mainstays, attracts a dressed-to-kill crowd as appetizing to behold as the food is to good eat, and the food is exceptionally and reliably well-rounded.

Recommended: Canelloni, tortellini aurora (tomato cream sauce), carpaccio di provola affumicata (provola, pomodoretti and balsamic vinegar), melanzane alla parmigiana. Also, cold roast beef (thin and tender) and straccetti, thin beef slices with arugula and balsamic. Beef cuts are uniformly well-chosen and simply presented (rare in Rome) thanks to the grill. In season, always go for the tartufo pasta, though it'll cost you (€30 and up). No pizza here! Try Fabrizio's cheese cake. Or the homemade tiramisu Open all year round, seven days a week. Reservations recommended. A great people-watching summer spot. — Angela Della Notte

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Viale Parioli, 89, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.808.3946
Open Daily


Camponsechi at Piazza Farnese.

Outdoor dining at Piazza Farnese (site of the French Embassy) delivers what is without a doubt one of most beautiful squares on the planet. The restaurant is not quite the view’s equal. Cuisine is heavy on seafood and, while generally tidy, it rarely surprises. Also, given how young, hip, and sexy Campo’ has become, this is something of an upscale relic. And yet, fork into white truffle pasta as you glance over the square can induce epiphany. Camponeschi has gradually escalated in price over its two decades of existence and is now out-of-range for the budget-conscious. Dinner only. Closed two weeks in August. — Judy Edelhoff

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Piazza Farnese, 50, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.687 4927
Closed Sundays


Bottarga, dried sea bream.

Sardinian fish spot, but filled with Romans who love the bottarga (dried sea bream eggs, coated in beeswax for safekeeping) over spaghetti, the wonderfully fresh seafood salad and the tiny vongole veraci. Noise almost ruined dinner. Insist on a quiet table. Remember, seafood only! Book ahead. — Suzanne Dunaway

Via Arno, 80, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.841.5535/855.1002
Closed Sundays


No place like home...

Casatua is located on the now-ultra hip Via Flaminia Vecchia that over the last decade has gradually gained traction. The Ponte Milvio neighborhood now teems with restaurants, bars, discos, a sort of carnival of twenty-something nightlife minus Campo de' Fiori drunkenness. What makes this slick, modern place engaging is that it doesn't really try too hard — to its credit (it's located across the street from the River Palace Hotel and Villa Brasini).

The décor is minimalist without Spartan exaggeration. There's a main lounge, a semi-upper level, and a balcony floor. None of it feels cluttered. Summer brings outdoor seating on a pebbled patio that has the flavor of an upscale Japanese garden. Ownership is young, with the wait-staff (also young) in tune with food choices and casual mood.

The mood matters because you're not going here for the best food in Rome. Instead, you get fine semi-nouvelle cuisine, Roman and international, that’s mostly workmanlike and sometimes very good indeed. A recent visit (the restaurant opened in 2007) yielded an appetizer of morsels of scamorza wrapped in bacon that was as simple as it was delicious. Equally tasty was a flan of zucchine. Each ran an affordable €8. On the pasta side, bombolotti cacio e pepe was hearty, though maybe a bit heavy on the pepper.

The main courses are anchored by a true standout, the tagliatta di manzo with roast potatoes and balsamic vingraitte. What makes this tagliatta so endearingly good is the beef, slender, tender nuggets cooked to your liking, coupled with the sweetness of the balsamic. It's knockout good. Other grilled dishes, including the simple battuta di manzo (ground beef) is tasty and tender.

A cotoletta alla Milanese was big enough to serve three, overlapping the plate, also with delicious tomato and balsamic. Unfortunately, the breaded veal was on the dry side, undermining what should be a "soft" dish. The stracetti di manzo al rosmarino put the Milanese to shame. Entrees run between €17 and €24.

Desserts include fruit, apple torte, fonduta di cioccolato and tiramisu (each hyper-rich). Wine list is ample, with low end and high. In a few words, a sweet and classy place with above average food and affordable prices (calculate €50 to €70 a head, depending on wine). Great for a date. Has a Facebook page. Oh, beware of mosquitos, who love late spring and summer dining, and diners. — Cristina Polli

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Via Flaminia Vecchia, 495/c, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.3321.9537
Open Daily

Charly’s Sauciere  

Beef bourguignonne

The French food at Charly's is admittedly limited. It lacks the buzz of a Paris bistro and the brilliance of provincial cooking. You can, however, find a few standards, such as onion soup, l'assiette gourmet, pâté, beef bourguignonne and so on. And the steaks are handled sensibly, which isn’t always the case in Rome. A civilized refuge located a few steps from the gladiator training grounds. — Judy Edelhoff

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Via San Giovanni in Laterano, 270, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.7049.5666
Closed Sundays

Ciccio Bomba  

Try the moscardini.

A lively, lovely, and loud Rome restaurant (crystal on the tables) that attracts a young crowd and sits on one of the city’s great shopping streets. Great place for a Rome food break. Try a delicate fritto misto of calamari or moscardini (little octopuses) when in season. Reasonable prices. — Suzanne Dunaway

Via del Governo Vecchio, 76, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6880.2108
Closed Wednesdays

Consolato d’Abruzzo  

Hearty fare in winter.

Off the Nomentana, a solid Abruzzese restaurant where you won’t find a tourist (unless it’s group booked). Cheeses and salumi abound. Try homemade cavatelli, pappardelle al cinghiale or polenta con le spuntature on cold days (the polenta has texture and character). Good grilled fish. On the piazza are second century BC Roman ruins. — Suzanne Dunaway

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Piazza Elio Callistio 15-16, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.8620.8803
Closed Mondays

Court Delicati  

Citronella salad.

The white walls and minimalist décor seem to actually indicate a style rather than an absence of one, and the Chinese and Malaysian food, although a bit inconsistent, ranges from decent to exceptional. Gets a strong FAO crowd. Best bets: Pork with cinnamon, chicken in peanut sauce, mango and citronella salad. Thai dishes include rice tagliatelle with prawns or beef with Thai salsa. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended. — Matt Santaspirt

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Viale Aventino, 39-43, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.574.6108
Closed Mondays

Cul de Sac  

Wine galore at Cul de Sac.

Think tapas Italian-style at this eclectic hotspot near Piazza Navona. Wonderful takes on French classics like escargot and a deliciously creamy brandade, plus an assortment of seasonal pâté. Specialties from every Italian region and a wine "book" with quality bottles starting at €10. — Matt Santaspirt

Piazza di Pasquino, 73, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6880.1094
Open Daily

Da Baffetto  

Delicious thin pizza...

This well-known pizza place near Piazza Navona is hard to get into and usually you have to go either early (7:30ish) or really late (10/10:30), however the delicious thin pizzas are worth the wait. Be prepared to be seated at the same table with strangers on a packed Saturday night. Tasty bruschette. — Suzanne Dunaway

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Via del Governo Vecchio, 114, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.686.1617
Open Daily

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