Winter. One of the most difficult seasons for the restaurant world, “forced” to use only indoor seating and reduce turnover. This in principle, because there are regions and places that keep their number of covers unchanged. This is thanks to equipped dehors and to the so-called “mushrooms”, small outdoor stoves capable of warming the environment and the coldest evenings. Rome lends itself and not a little to the use of these “heat carriers”, because the cold is never too bitter and with a good distribution of these stoves it is possible to keep the environment warm.
Rome in Winter – Six Places to Eat in Rome in Winter
1 – Eating near the Colosseum
Angelino ai Fori is one of the most popular restaurants in Rome. It is located at the end of Via Cavour at the corner with Via dei Fori Imperiali, between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. It has a varied menu at very affordable prices for the area. It has a large outdoor area and well maintained for all seasons of the year, always adorned with a climbing plant that conveys a sense of refinement and exclusivity. Tourists and Romans line up at all hours to eat at this restaurant, which offers Roman cuisine and international dishes. Pasta, meat, fish, pizza, desserts and ice cream. Angelino does not miss anything and manages to satisfy even the most difficult palates. And even if it’s cold, he can give you a nice steaming carbonara with a view of the Altare della Patria.
2 – Eating at Pigneto
700 square meters of garden open all year round (including a vegetable garden and ornamental and fragrant plants) where you can spend every moment of the day. At Rosti’s, the day is made up of 24 real hours. Starting with breakfast, which on weekends is made in three: Italian (yeast, cakes, jams and yogurt), English (eggs, bacon and toast) and Spanish (coffee with milk, frittatita with potatoes, ham and cheese toast). Then there’s lunch (fried food of all kinds, pizzas, pasta dishes, grilled meats), a mid-afternoon snack (sweet or savory) and a lavish dinner. A gem of this place is the beef pastrami (160 gr of spiced beef, pickles, rye bread and mustard). Embellishing the restaurant is a well-equipped garden space where children can play while their parents relax.
3 – Eating in Piazza del Popolo
Domes, domes, churches, bell towers. It’s not a history lesson, it’s the view from the Hi-Res High Restaurant and Terrace Lounge located on the top floor of the Hotel Valadier. Classicism and modernity meet in this exclusive place that in winter becomes even “warmer” thanks to a mobile structure that covers and heats the terrace. The kitchen is on view and the quality is that of a starred restaurant, with great attention paid to the raw materials and the layout. As far as wines are concerned, the choice ranges from 400 precious bottles.
4 – Eating in Monteverde
A safe, relaxing, green neighborhood where many football players and celebrities in general have moved. Monteverde is the new neighborhood of Rome, close to the center but far from the chaos. In this idyllic setting stands the Eden restaurant, a place that since 1927 offers a simple but tasty food. This is a place for all seasons: large indoor lounge, private room, large outdoor lounge with heated garden and smoking area. A place that offers the great classics of Roman cuisine and wide-ranging dishes. The Argentine meat is delicious, served with 16 different sauces. Even the fish menu is of high level: goodbye frozen fish, welcome fish from the Latium coast.
5 – Eating at Taverna Lucifero
A charming fondue shop in the heart of Rome, Taverna Lucifero is an ideal place to enjoy Piedmontese cuisine while breathing the warmth of a family environment. Once you cross the threshold of the restaurant you get ready to be inebriated by the intense scent of fondue, one of the main dishes of the menu – which is varied and well designed. Bourguignonne with diced beef fillet accompanied by various sauces, Piedmontese fondue with fontina cheese, milk, egg and truffle or with Emmental gruyere, white wine and Kirch, lemon escalopes, smoked duck breast with a selection of homemade honeys, fillet with Barolo wine, sweet fondue with dark chocolate, cream and cognac, are just some of the top dishes of this restaurant.
6 – Eating overlooking Trinità dei Monti
It is one of the Cafes symbol of the city with a history that begins in 1943. There is the historic terrace with a dehors overlooking the historic rooftops of Rome at Trinità dei Monti and the Café at Piazza Cola di Rienzo. Both the terrace and Caffè a Cola di Rienzo have outdoor tables with warming mushrooms. Caffè Ciampini currently also makes delivery service from Tuesday to Friday until 22.30. They are open from breakfast with croissants with soft Italian dough, both simple and wholemeal or filled with lemon and ginger.
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