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Suggestions on "hole in the wall" places to eat in Rome

Hey Everyone,

Anyone have any suggestion on "hole in the wall" or "off the beaten path" places to eat. I am trying to look for not as tourist places to eat. I want to experience the city and the food.

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The Rick Steves guidebook has many good suggestions for restaurants. We focused on the Trastevere neighborhood on our last visit.

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8767 posts

In 2010 we went to Alle Carrette twice. It is down a small alley at the bottom of Via Cavour, not far from the Colosseum. You wouldn't even know it was there unless you're looking for it. Someone on this site recommended it to me. It was good and not expensive.

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7686 posts

Two excellent dining Apps for Rome are these: from Katie Parla's Rome and Elizabeth Minichelli's EAT ROME. Excellent Apps.

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710 posts

My favorite dining experience in Rome was the Trattoria der Pallaro. No menu. You eat what they are serving. I enjoyed the surprise of what was coming next. Excellent food. Hole in the wall atmosphere. Can't wait to go back.

Also, it's in the RS book.

http://www.trattoriaderpallaro.com/

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Hole-in-the-wall leads me to recommend Alfredo e Ada in Via dei Banchi Nuovi west of P.za Navona. It is unique.

No reservations and no printed menu. The offerings change daily. There are usually a couple antipasti, several pastas, 6 mains or secondi (a selection each of pork, beef, veal, chicken, vegetarian, and fish), some vegetable sides (contorni). The waitress will tell these choices to you. Portions are huge and it is OK to share. Usually we had two meals with wine (comes out of a tap in the wall, your choice of red or white) and water for Euro 36.00. They give you a bit more wine with some housemade cinnamon cookies for dessert.

Not far away in Via di Monte Giordano is Antica Taverna, one of our favorite local spots.

There will be tourists at both places, but not exclusively, and the prices are reasonable.

If you are willing to venture out, try La Fraschetta del Pesce. You won't find other tourists there. We never even found another English speaker there. Reservations strongly advised. Worth the cab trip.

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If you are willing to venture out, try La Fraschetta del Pesce. You won't find other tourists there. We never even found another English speaker there. Reservations strongly advised. Worth the cab trip.

It looks like you can get there via the Metro C line - is it really worth the trip? Trip Advisor reviews are all in Italian but are overwhelmingly good!

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You might want to try Sora Margherita in the Jewish Quarter. Red beaded curtains are stretched across the doorway, and the name isn't really visible. Little English spoken, cash only, I think. Great artichokes fried in the "Jewish manner" and the table are small and very close together. Not luxury dining, but fun. Get there a little early for lunch. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187791-d812895-Reviews-Sora_Margherita-Rome_Lazio.html