Italy Restaurant Recommendations
Here are restaurants that I ate at, along with friend recommendations that I didn’t get to. Thought it was worth the share. In general, gelato is everywhere and I say you should eat as such of it as possible.
Gucci Museum- cost’s 8 euro and you can just walk in. Gucci also has a cafe, but wasn’t open when we were in the neighborhood.
Giglio Rosso- recommended for Florentine steak (my husband loved this place and thought it was priced very well).
Make reservations in advance for the Uffizi, I didn’t.. and ended up booking a skip the line tour thru air b-n-b experiences which my daughter really enjoyed. Having someone explain the paintings really made her enjoy the museum more.
Street Art Tour- Another experience I booked thru Air-B-N-B and was so much fun. I love street art! I wish that was the first thing we did when we got to Florence because you will find street are everywhere and will understand more after the tour.
Ristorante Il Piccolo Diavolo was amazing. Nothing special on the outside but the food inside was good.
Is amazing and is definitely worth going to see. I stayed at Hotel American-Dinesen and the location was great, away from the crowds but still walk-able depending on the weather. Also if you have the time take the boat to Burano and experience one of the most colorful places in the world. My daughter enjoyed Burano so much. Here is a glimpse of it.
Vatican: you need to make advanced reservations online, and I would suggest going as early in the day as possible. It gets extremely busy there, so just be prepared for a crowd. I actually bought a experiance tour via Air b-n-b that had us skip the line along guided tour. Totally worth it, the Vatican was amazing.
Colosseum/Roman Forum: Also booked an skip-the-line experience on air b-n-b, which I could of done without.
Pizzeria da Baffetto: Came recommended and did not disappoint. I got there right at opening, because I was afraid of a line. Pizza’s were thin, so don’t expect to share. That street also has a tirusmo
Il Fico: Had the cacio e pepe, spilt a pizza, and an appetizer. Everything was super good.
Other Restaurants that were recommendations that I didn’t get to, but though they would be worth the share.
Trattoria di Monti / If there's one restaurant you can't miss, it's this one. Fabulous very high quality Roman food, every bite delicious--get the single big raviolo pasta filled with liquid egg yolk and herbs, and the ricotta pudding. Great wines. Upscale but lively. Lunch or dinner. Reservations a must.
Agustarello a Testaccio / A wonderful rustic spot in Testaccio, the neighborhood where all the butcher shops and meat markets used to be, and thus the restaurants there are famous for meat dishes and especially offal, lights, sweetbreads, oxtail, and less well known cuts of meat. Oddly enough I loved the fresh vegetables there--puntarelle, a bitter green in anchovy dressing was delicious. And fresh fava beans in the spring. It gets crazy later in the evening.
Flavio al Velavevodetto / Another great find in Testaccio. Their caponata is the best I've ever tasted. Pasta is their specialty. New York Times wrote about them in the last couple years.
Caminetto / I've never found this place listed in a guidebook. It's very much tucked away from any tourist foot traffic, in a quiet (i.e. very boring) residential neighborhood. We found it from a recommendation by a taxi driver. It serves wonderful traditional Roman food, big plates of pasta, veal, squash blossoms, simple vegetable side dishes, bowl of fruit for dessert. We went for Sunday lunch and were surrounded by Roman families with young children and groups of older Roman people and their friends, everyone still dressed up from church.
Checco er Cherittiere / One of the most famous, oldest, and beloved neighborhood restaurants in the city. In Trastevere. The waiters are old and have seen everything. Go for a long lunch in the middle of your day walking through the neighborhood. Everything's tasty and simply prepared.
Tazza d'Oro / famous old espresso bar right off the Pantheon. Amazing art-deco design and it's completely packed. Very Roman experience, stand at the bar and quickly down an espresso.
My favorite gelato shops are San Crispino and especially Gelateria del Teatro; they both have wonderful light gelato with clear flavors. Others worth trying are Fior di Luna, Fata Morgana, Gracchi, Ti Amo, and Vitti.