A Secret Roman Food Tour

by Andy Steves

In Italy, food is truly love, and you can never get enough of fresh pasta, homemade gelato, and of course wine. Come to Rome for your internship abroad and you’ll enjoy stumbling down the historic streets, sampling favorite bites along the way.


Freni e Frizioni

This converted mechanic garage is a great place to try a spritz and aperitivo; their buffet, all you can eat selection is delicious, and for just the price of a drink you can kick off the night here, no problem!

5 Via delle Grazie

Listed with the address rather than the name, this spot is always teeming with hungry tourists. While that doesn’t seem like something worth recommending, their pizza al taglio, or pizza by the slice, can’t be beat, especially after a long day sightseeing in the Vatican Museums. Get in line, point to your selection, and then enjoy the delicious fare while sitting on the front steps of the restaurant. 

00100 Pizza

Sample the city’s most popular street food, the suppli’, from this hopping spot. Tucked in the Testaccio neighborhood, it’s a can’t miss, especially for those of you from NY hoping for something to rival your beloved pizza snacks.


Ever tasted tiramisu out of an edible chocolate cup? This is arguably the best pastry shop in the entire city, and with their miniature chocolate tiramisu servings, they will win your heart!

Pizzeria del Secolo 

Tucked in-between the city’s most popular hostels, this place seems too good to be true - from anchovy and mozzarella to pumpkin flowers and pepperoni, there is a little bit of everything. Point at how big of a piece you want, and you’ve got delicious types of pizza, by the weight, to sample.

La Boccaccia

If you can find this gem tucked away in Trastevere, you won’t be disappointed. Delicious pizza to take with you out on a stroll, or passeggiata, around the neighborhood.

piazza navona,

Bar del Fico

Known for their delicious aperitif and happening nightlife, this is THE spot to be in the Navona neighborhood. Watch as the posh young Italians spill into the square, chatting with friends, resting their cups on parked cars, and dancing the night away. During the day, the older generation enjoys a few games of chess in front of the restaurant.


Just around the corner from the Trevi Fountain, this trendy spot is much more than meets the eye. With a posh, classic NY Meatpacking feel, you can get everything from a juicy burger to oysters here. A bit tough on the budget, but incredible quality, friendly service, and one of the most beautiful spots in Rome.

Bar Latteria Gelateria

Around the corner from Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere, this is a favorite after dinner gelateria to swing by for a delicious scoop or two. With just a walk up window, you know this place is fresh and delicious - try the pistachio or cafe flavors, and you’re in for a treat!

Cafe Settimiano

Perfect for people watching on a busy corner, enjoy a cappuccino or hot tea here and take in the scene. Trastevere, one of the most authentic and tourists free neighborhoods, is a great spot to indulge in La Dolce Vita. Prices are moderate, and if you’re a student, let them know so you get the discount!

Via dei Serpenti

This street is a gem just off of Via Nazionale, which can be super touristy. This neighborhood, called Monti, is great for grabbing a sandwich and relaxing during the lunch hour. Delizie D’Italia is great for a fresh meat and cheese sandwich, the perfect lunch to enjoy in the sun down the block at the nearest square, with of course a gorgeous fountain.


Hang Zhou

For a break from traditional Italian fare, try one of the only Sushi spots in the city, where you can count on fresh fish and a great value. If you’re hungry, try their sushi boat for a delicious selection of their favorites. Added bonus, it’s located just behind Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the most beautiful churches in town.

If you aren't convinced that you should intern abroad in Italy by the food alone, check out the internship opportunities and you surely won't be able to resist!