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Fiaschetteria Marini  

Strudel to cap a lunch.

Founded in 1913, its down-to-earth style was once the rule and not the exception in Rome. With marble-topped tables (covered by paper table-cloths) and a cozy, wine cellar feeling (Tuscan wines line the walls), this Austrian-owned eatery serves up wholesome, inexpensive lunches daily. The menu includes typical Roman specialities and some Austrian staples such as goulash soup, wienerschnitzel (with turkey instead of veal), strudel and chocolate cake. Lunch only. — Kristine Crane

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Via R. Cadorna, 7/11, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.474.5534
Closed Sundays

Freni e Frizioni  

Mojitos in style.

The space once housed a hole-in-the-wall auto mechanic, which accounts for ultra-narrow interior and name, which means "Breaks and clutch." Cocktails are a strong suit (great Mojitos!). Food (for lunch and late) is also more appetizing than in many similar night spots. Get used to standing because sitting isn’t happening late at night, except through pure dumb luck. Open 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday brunch. — Kristine Crane

Via del Politeama, 4, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.5833.4610
Open Daily

Friends Art Café  

Piazza Trilussa, calling...

A hot spot for foreigners and pickup artists, this Trastevere café (named for TV’s "Friends") gets a large American presence because of its proximity to John Cabot University, among the largest campuses in town. Lots of chrome and minimalist seating. Aperitivo plate includes sandwiches, salads, bruschette, grilled vegetables and cold-cuts. Daily: 7-9 p.m. Price range is between €4.50 and €8. Open until 2 a.m. — Nicole Arriaga*

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Piazza Trilussa, 34, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.581.6111
Closed Sundays


One nice thing about Gaudì is that it’s almost always packed. Not exactly a cheering advertisement for most places, but it works just fine here for two reasons. First, it’s a good housekeeping seal. Second, it’s cheering. Packed is when Naples-themed Gaudì seems most full of life: kids, dames, a casual crowd. Pizza’s the thing here, but ordering is really fun. Each table is its own red-light district. Translation: You flick a switch to let waiters know you’re ready to order. Try pizza Sorrento with mozzarella, arugula e pommodorini. Nice terrace. No reservations on weekend nights, so go early (8 p.m.) or expect to wait. The restaurant is located on the first block of Via Salaria, just past Villa Borghese. Open all of August, a nice treat. — Cristina Polli

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Via Ruggero Giovannelli, 8/12, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.884.5451
Closed Sundays


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


At the ladies club...

Join the Via Condotti ladies-who-lunch in this stylish eatery right off the Piazza di Spagna. Sandwiches, salads (10 kinds), soups, sweets and other generally light fare for lunch, dinner or in between ("Be classic, be light, be simple, be happy," says the PR). With advance notice, Gina will also make up a picnic-basket lunch for consumption up the hill in Villa Borghese. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and to midnight Friday through Sunday. — Cristina Polli

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Via San Sebastianello, 7/A, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.678.0251

Giovagnoli all’Ara Coeli  

Risotto with grapefruit and red shrimp.

Open since 1899, this restaurant’s dark wood interior provides a refuge from noisy Piazza Venezia. Instead of pasta we opted for their tasty bruschetta with squid, tomato and rughetta followed by roast scorfano. Other specialties: Carpaccio di spigola su letto di rucola bass carpaccio with rocket; risotto pompelmo e gamberi rossi di sicilia, risotto with grapefruit and red shrimp; Vermicello cacio pepe e tartufo, thin noodles with cacio pepe cheese and truffles. The owner suggested a Gewürztraminer from the Alto Adige, Abbazia di Novacella, a white wine pleasantly heady with notes of apricots, liquorices, and passion fruit. — Judy Edelhoff

Cash Only  
Piazza d’Ara Coeli, 5, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.679.2491
Closed Mondays

Girarrosto Toscano  

Steak heaven.

Lovely, grand restaurant with a famous antipasto of zucchine flowers, stuffed, deep-fried olives and such, but known especially for its bistecca alla fiorentina, a large porterhouse for two or three, grilled to perfection. A good restaurant for entertaining clients or for groups. Traditional, bustling Rome ambience. — Suzanne Dunaway

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Via Germanico, 58/60, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.3972.5717
Closed Mondays


Cool Glass

Check out the web site and you’ll get the idea: Glass. Glass left, right, and center; in fact, you're sitting on glass. But not on thin ice. This trendy joint — an expense account haven — serves minimalist nouvelle Italian that’s interesting but often haphazard. Want black bread and micro-salads? You're in heaven. Wine list is extensive but pricey. Take a client who's paying. A Manhattan-L.A. wannabe, yet stylish and then some. Michelin-starred in 2010. — Cristina Polli

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Vicolo del Cinque, 58, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.5833.5903
Closed Mondays


Ethno-chic at Goa.

Lots of jungle, hip hop, techno, and tribal music in this ethno-chic Ostiense throbber. Goa is heavy on steel, colors and the industrial feel. Tuesday is gay night. The disco area spreads out around a central bar and groups of sofas. The finger food is acceptable, but irrelevant. The whole place can fit 700 people, and when you get to that number you’d better not be interested in eating. Nearest Metro stop is B-line Garbatella, but with the final trains around midnight that isn’t going to help you as dawn nears. Open 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. — David Amory

Via Giuseppe Libetta, 13, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.574.8277
Closed Sundays

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


Creme brulé alla canella.

Saverio Crescente (the host, quiet and gracious) and Danilo Frisone (the chef) opened this elegant central establishment in 2007 — both used to be at "Gusto." Upscale it is, with the works of London-based cartoonist and artist Enzo Apicella lining the walls (he also helped design the place).

For starters, kudos to the kitchen: The homemade bread is delectable. The solid cuisine is meanwhile labeled Mediterranean, which helps Frisone take creative liberties, mostly southern-spun, with Italian staples (to wit, gnocchetti di baccalà in salsa di pomodori arrosto; cod gnochetti with roast tomato sauce and polpettine di brasato su salsa di zucchine e acciughe; braised meatballs with zucchine and sardine sauce).

Recommended: Pesto ravioli tinged with basil and risotto cacio e pepe with artichokes. Expect to spend €40-50 a head without your wine choice. The vanilla crème brule and (creme brulé alla canella) and dark chocolate with saffron are delicious. Excellent for a romantic dinner or among close friends.

Note: There's a nice, semi-private niche (table for four-to-six to the left, entering the restaurant) and outdoor seating in summer. Closed in August. — Cristina Polli

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Piazza Rondanini, 53, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6819.2096
Open Daily

Grappolo d’Oro Zampanò  

Grappolo d’Oro Zampanò: High on wine.

Puréed bean soup with grilled shrimp was smoky velvet. Look for variations on Roman cuisine: roast pork with prunes and thyme deftly borrowed from northern cuisine with southern charm. You also get staples such as carbonara and cacio e pepe. We selected Umbrian wine, Arnaldo Caprai's Sagrantino. Expanded recently, try the room on the left for older charm, on the right for the modern look. A friendly place. Expect to pay €25-35 a head for dinner. — Judy Edelhoff

Piazza della Cancelleria, 80, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.689.7080
Closed Tuesdays


Multifacted 'Gusto.

A genetic cross between a Manhattan warehouse-turned-chic restaurant and an wannabe dive. All that’s missing is a well-dressed cockroach. Centrally located under Ara Pacis, ‘Gusto bustlingly caters to all occasions, fancy dinners or informal aperitivi, groups and doe-eyes lovers, tourists and grizzled office workers. It offers a range of pastas and pizza (downstairs) in what amounts to patchwork fusion. Upstairs is the restaurant. There’s also an enoteca, osteria, and formaggeria, though you could argue it’s all one. Up and down and all around, the quality hems and haws, never establishing a uniform standard. Pizza is good if on the costly side — pizza and wine will still run you €30. But neither occasional mediocrity nor the wear-and-tear of the place dissuade customers, who populate ‘Gusto — the abbreviation means “taste” and “style” at once — like an urban metropolis, particularly at lunch. There is a store selling stylish kitchen items next door. — Cristina Polli

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Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 9, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.322.6273
Open Daily


Heat per square centimeter...

Cuba libre, mojito, caipirinha… they're all staples at this Latin American wannabe. There’s also acceptable food, bottled beer, and well-shaken cocktails. For a dance dive, this is tiny (we’re in Pantheon territory here, where real estate runs €20,000 per square meter). The amount of humanity per square centimeter can leave you breathless. So can the hot crowd. The bar spots and tables, once taken, stay that way. Dancing is in the back, and once it starts it doesn’t quit. Happy Hour mood and music until 11 p.m., when the flesh comes out. — David Amory

Via dei Pastini, 120, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.678.1983
Closed Mondays

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

Hosteria Romana  

Osso bucco has a home...

Penne all'arrabbiata, osso buco (veal shank), bombolotti alla pecorara, mazzancolle, bucatini all'amatriciana — Monday through Saturday this osteria is Roman to the nines. Ivano and Barbara (the Camponeschi family) cater mostly to locals and to assorted stray tourists, but in the end everyone’s treated graciously. Don't even broach the subject of history unless you want to know what happened to a certain German platoon around the corner, leading to one of the nastiest Nazi reprisals of World War II. Don't confuse this with Osteria Romana near Campo de' Fiori. Book on weekends. — Cristina Polli

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Via del Boccaccio, 1, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.4745284/483511
Closed Sundays

I Molisani  

Rigatoni all'amatriciana.

Though a bit of a dive (be prepared for the teenage crowd on the weekends), if you are really hungry and want a hearty full-course meal for under €12 (including a glass of wine), this is a great place to go. Serves abundant portions of classic Italian food — there is always rigatoni all'amatriciana, cannelloni, cotolette, a selection of fish, and chicken with oven-roasted potatoes. — Kristine Crane

Via Bergamo, 5/B (Savoy theater), Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.8535.4265
Open Daily

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