One of the most commonly asked questions from people traveling from India is, “Is there vegetarian food in Rome?”. Of course there is! I can’t begin to tell how much Italians love their vegetables (almost as much as us Indians). There is so much to choose from!! Salads, pasta, bruschette to lightly cooked vegetables, soups, risotto, pizza and fried food (sweet or salted). And though I am a meat lover, I love my greens too. During Winter in Rome there’s so much to see, explore, eat…! Bookmark this post, people!
Winter in Rome: Where to Eat
Ristorante Santa Lucia: Summer or Winter this place is a dream! Do you remember the movie Eat Pray Love where Julia Roberts dined with a big group of locals in Rome??! Well that was in Ristorante Santa Lucia! I love the minimalist decor and fabulous service. Usually when a big group arrives, the service is laid back and slow but it is super swift and kind. Even a simple plate of bruschette was so delicious!
Largo Febo, 12.
Ristorante Regina: Just at the corner of The Beehive is Ristorante Regina. It is a family run restaurant with a no frills service and old school interiors. I loved the quantity of rgatoni they offered me and the three different types of artichokes. Buonissimi!! The tiramisu was one of the best I had in Italy so far! (Closed Sunday)
Via dei Mille, 46.
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#Italophilia ~It is the "World Week of Italian Cuisine". There are global events in different organizations and embassies to promote food of the various regions of Italy.~ (Check with your local Italian embassy) The Italian way of life is the Mediterranean diet. And while I love the diversity of food in Italy and can eat just about anything anywhere, I have a soft spot for the Roman cuisine, especially in simple places like Ristorante Regina. This no frills family owned restaurant is only a stone's throw away from the Termini railway station and offers delicious plates of everything Roman! When @dudeandthefood & I were honeymooning in Italy, it was go to place and a favorite too! 😍 For this, I need to thank my lovely friends Linda & Steve from @thebeehiverome for introducing us to this place! Grazie amici 🎊🙌💯♥️🍝 Meanwhile, enjoy the week of Italian Cuisine and tell me what you ate?? Buon Appetito!
Trapizzino Trilussa: I know you have read about Trapizzino (small sandwich) on this post of mine so sparing all the love and showing you all my healthy and green trapizzino below. Trapizzino is a light snack perfect that goes with a glass of wine or two. I especially love polpetta al sugo (meatballs). The Trapizzino chain is going strong and is now also in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, Mercato Centrale in Termini and Milan.
Piazza Trilussa, 46.
Osteria Grappolo d’Oro: Contrary to popular belief, there are very good places to eat at Campo de’ Fiori. Are you looking to have a perfect plate of carbonara?? Wines from Lazio?? Roman Food?? Visit Grappolo d’Oro! The kind hospitality of the team at Grappolo d’Oro won me! As is the case in most Italian restaurants, I am amazed at the exquisite presentation of the simplest of things along with reasonable pricing.
Piazza della Cancelleria 80.
Open Baladin Roma: Not a fan of wine?? Try a variety of craft beers at Open Baladin! Another one at the Campo de’ Fiori that should not be missed. I first tried Open in Turin as they have a great choice of Italian beer at reasonable prices.
Via degli specchi, 6
Also don’t forget to try Maritozzo (a sweet bread filled with whipped cream) from Roscioli caffè!
Winter in Rome: Where to Stay
I am sold for another #WinterinRome and I know that many of you are too! It feels so good receiving messages on my Newsletter and social media to know that my travel in Rome has helped you see it in a new light. So there is a ……..
Book your “Winter In Rome” and consider staying at The Beehive (a stone’s throw away from the train station in Rome). The owners have happily offered a 10% discount to any of you if you use the code “ITALOPHILIAWINTER” for your stay at The Beehive during Winter i.e. November- February. (not including Dec 31st and Jan 1st) There is no expiration date to this deal so book it any time any year. Isn’t that a great offer and also a surprise!?!
The Beehive is a boutique hostel offering excellent services such as private rooms and dorms with a lavish breakfast spread. They have great vegan options written every day on a white board, making it personal and warm.
I’ve stayed at The Beehive many times and would happily recommend this place to anyone looking for a friendly atmosphere + a budget stay.
They also have The Beehive Sweets which are super cozy private rooms with great amenities.
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