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Sambussa for a change.

Burned out on pasta? Here’s a perfect change of pace near Termini. Everything is served Eritrean style, without silverware, with lively décor (with zebras painted on the bright yellow walls) all around. The injera, the traditional spongy and sour absorbent bread, is used to gather up the zighini (spicy beef) and sambussa (minced meat logs). — Kristine Crane

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Via Antonio Da Gaeta, 26, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.4941.077
Closed Mondays


Sushi at ATM.

Heavy on sushi, which means the mood is more like a New York or L.A. bar transported to Trastevere. Fresh shrimp and swordfish, salmon and squid. ATM is Italian-owned (Francesco Scarparo) but the sushi wizards are very much Japanese. That said, the dining here is inconsistent. Dinner only. — Cristina Polli

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Via della Penitenza, 7, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6830.7053
Closed Mondays


Baires has two locations.

Two efficient Argentine spots that merge good cuisine with ever-present but entertaining Rome kitsch (tango concerts). The first one opened in 1997 on Corso Rinascimento. Appetizers include empanadas and tasty marinated chicken (pollo al escabeche). Grilled provelone with oregano is another highlight. If you want to skip starters, head for the obvious: meat. Imported angus, entrecote and the mixed grill are all first-rate. Non-meat-eaters can choose from several abundant salads (the "Baires" has apple slices and gorgonzola). Nice assortment of Argentine reds and whites. Only complaint is a "chain" feel. Second location: Via Cavour, 315; tel. 06.6920.2164. — Cristina Polli

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Corso del Rinascimento, 1, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.686.1293
Open Daily


Tofu at Bali.

Nestled in Trastevere, Bali offers fresh, homemade Asian cooking with an emphasis on small-dish items (think tofu, spring rolls and other finger food). Fixed price menu includes appetizer, soup, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and a dessert. Late night cocktails (there's a smoker's lounge) include the Pink Chocolate (strawberries and coconut) and the Cuta Beach (vodka, mint, and coconut milk). Closed July 1-Sept. 1. Dinner 8 p.m.-11 p.m., cocktails 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. — Cristina Polli

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Via del Mattonato, 29, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.589.6089
Closed Sundays, Closed Mondays


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

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

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

Dong Feng  

Peking Duck.

A place to enjoy a delightful meal in a pleasant setting near the Ottaviano Metro Stop and Via Andrea Doria. The dumplings are light and fresh, the shark fin soup strikes a nice balance between tart and briny, the anatra cantonese (duck) is fabulous. Open daily for lunch and dinner. — Matt Santaspirt

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Circonvallazione Trionfale, 38-40, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.3974.6769
Open Daily


Chorizo and Parchís at Geroa.

Relatively new entry into the growing Rome hip continental scene, Geroa (near Piazza Zama in San Giovanni) is more tavern than a restaurant and offers an array of Basque specialities, including lomo (cured pork loin) and chorizo (spicey sausage). Red and white Basque wines are available, so is cider. You can play "Parchís," the traditional Basque game. Geroa also doubles as a photo and art gallery, an increasingly popular city trend. Closed in August. — Cristina Polli

Via Sinuessa, 30, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.700.8894
Open Daily

Grand Dragon  

Pan fried dumplings.

Spartan dining on the busy Nomentana in a no-frills atmosphere. The food is excellent, however. The hot and sour, wonton and egg drop soups are superb, and the pan fried dumplings also rank high. The duck was perfectly cooked with just the right amount of crispiness. Open daily for lunch and dinner. — Matt Santaspirt

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Via Nomentana, 49, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.4425.0314
Open Daily

Hang Zhou Sonia  

Sonia is busy all year round.

With posters of Mao Zedong plastered all over this cozy restaurant in Rome’s "Chinatown," a visit is as much about experiencing this self-styled Mao Mecca — near Piazza Vittorio — as it is eating the city’s best Chinese food (the Italian guide Gambero Rosso says the the same). The anatra sulla piastra con cippoline (duck on a hot plate with onions) surges with ginger and slight hints of mustard, and in a testament to the quality of duck, it is left to sizzle in its own skin rather than suffer the intrusion of a heavy sauce. The shrimp dumplings in transparent dough, steamed and served in bamboo, are delicate and flavorful and exactly what you want in your ravioli. The house specialty, black rice, or riso d’imperatore. Steamed and fried dumplings and Buddhist-style vegetables are also delightful. A big pot of tea is a nice finish. — Kristine Crane

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Via San Martino ai Monti, 33/c, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.487.2732
Open Daily


Hasekura has a family touch.

Cramped spot on Rome’s ethnic row, Via dei Serpenti, hole-in-the-wall Hasekura is run by a husband-wife team (Japanese husband Itou cooks, wife Francesca is the hostess). Hasekura makes no effort to compete with its elaborate Indian neighbors. It’s well-located (almost charmingly next door to a gelateria) and serves decent sashimi, fresh above all. Call in advance if you want Itou to cook something special. — Cristina Polli

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Via dei Serpenti, 27, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.483.648
Closed Sundays

Himalaya’s Kashmir  

Curries for €5.

A perfect place to go for lunch after a morning’s shopping excursion at the Piazza Vittorio Market. Try the excellent Indian and Pakistani. For only €5 you can choose chicken or vegetable curry, served with lentils, basmati rice, warm naan and salad. The cozy interior has burgundy velvet walls and lattice-wood furniture, and the service is prompt and professional. It specializes in Tandoori and Mughalai cooking. — Kristine Crane

Via Principe Amedeo, 325-327, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.446.1072
Open Daily

Il Cedro del Libano  

Homemade baba.

Though very much off the beaten track, this quiet Lebanese place offers top-notch homemade falafel, couscous, baba ganoush and tabbuleh. The family is Lebanese, ensuring smart cooking and fresh ingredients. Off Via Tuscolano near the Numidio Quadrato Metro stop. Dinner only. Book ahead. — Cristina Polli

Via Aurelio Cotta, 26, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.9761.4578/349.664.9121
Closed Sundays

Isola Puket  

Pad Thai.

Workmanlike Thai fare in the Trieste section of the city (Largo Somalia, to be precise). Simple, to-the-point: good curries and pad thai. You can ask them to spice up your dishes, always a good idea since Italians generally go easy on the hotter sauces that characterize Thai cuisine. You might also ask that they go light on the garlic, since the Italian palate appears to expect too much with "exotic" food and dishes get ruined. Dinner only. — Cristina Polli

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Via Di Villa Chigi, 91, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.8621.2664
Closed Wednesdays

La Cucaracha  

Finally, Mexican!

Finally, an authentic Mexican restaurant that doesn’t try to sneak pasta on the menu (which should be illegal). Antipasto portions are a bit small but the nachos con guacamole is tasty and worth the money. The enchiladas con salsa verde are a must have. The tacos cucaracha are also delicious and the serving is large. Remind them to keep the tortillas coming. The churros con caramelo for dessert or a frozen margarita are recommended. Reservations strongly advised. — Nicole Arriaga*

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Via Mocenigo, 10a, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.3974.6373
Closed Mondays


An Indian staple in Rome.

Upscale and overpriced Indian that sometimes takes itself a bit too seriously and could use some polishing (it has the colonial air of a once-pristine venue worn down by age). Still, great chicken tikka and chicken masala; in fact, all the Indian staples served with efficiency and in abundance. No outdoor dining, but spacious. A/C in summer. There is also a catering service. — David R. Deropolous

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Via dei Serpenti, 124, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.474.7144/06.4788.5393
Open Daily

Mother India  

Garish but tasty...

The garish interior (with fake Queen Anne chairs upholstered with what looks like satiny pink drapes) might seem kitsch and tiresome. The food, though, is inexpensive and invigorating. You can choose from fish, shrimp, vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus. These include an appetizer, soup, a cheese dish, and a main course accompanied by basmati rice or the best naan (Indian bread) in town, wholesome and served straight from the oven. Choose from a wide variety of Indian beers, tea and grappa. — Kristine Crane

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Via dei Serpenti, 148, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.474.0777
Open Daily

Ouzeri Taverna Greca  

Moussaká in Trastevere.

Nice to find a Greek spot in Trastevere, which isn’t high on ethnic fare. You find all the staples here: Tzatziki, spanakopita (spinach pie), moussaká, gyros, and abundant salads. Not exceptional enough to suggest as a primary destination, but if you like Greek food and find yourself near or in the neighborhood, this place will not disappoint — and that’s saying a lot in Rome. Kitchen serves until Midnight. Live music on Saturday. — Cristina Polli

Via dei Salumi, 2, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.581.6378
Closed Sundays


Rokko is tops.

This hole-in-the-wall Japanese surprises and delights. Blink, and you’ll walk past it. Wonderful miso soup with a nice mushroom kick. Finely-wrought sushi and sashimi. Quiet, understated ambience. Rome has its share of faux-ethnic cuisine, but this is the real thing, so much so that its clientele often won’t discuss it, preferring to keep the secret to themselves. Expect no fanfare here. The restaurant has tables and booths. Book ahead. — Cristina Polli

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Via Rasella, 138, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.488.1214
Closed Mondays

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