The coolest restaurants in Rome: the addresses you should know about, from Madre’s garden to Zuma’s terrace to the Asian Art at Le Asiatique

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The coolest restaurants in Rome. Invigorated by the arrival of spring, we are now getting out of the house on the hunt for good food, wine and – of course – trendy restaurants that juggle both gourmet food and delicious wine; from ceviche at Madre to sushi on the terrace at Zuma, read on for the ten coolest restaurants in Rome.

updated 2023

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Osteria delle Coppelle

osteria delle coppelle

L’Osteria delle Coppelle reigns supreme in the piazza from which it derives its name. Not straying far from the concept of the traditional osteria, you can enjoy a lunch or dinner of traditional first and second courses with a few added twists. There’s saltimbocca alla romana with speck and fried sage, and on Wednesday night there’s aperitivo with a dj set, drinks and little bites to eat like fried tomato pizzella or tuna tartare with guacamole and beansprouts (3 euros). You can also choose between pizza, bruschette, home made pastries (6 euros) or a huge salad (from 9 to 12 euros).  There’s also the option of eating outside at the tables in the piazza. But the really cool part is the ‘retrobottega’, the Club Derrière, a speakeasy which is hidden away inside a white wardrobe in the osteria‘s back room. You enter with the password, dressed in the right outfit, ready to obey the classic speakeasy rules: don’t shout, don’t drink too much, don’t use you’re phone or you’re out. Once you’ve carefully followed the rules it’s time to focus on the drinking: beer, wine and food are banned, but you won’t feel like they’re missing with the array of canapé, pints and drinks brought to you by the bartenders (managed by Patrick Pistolesi), such as l’Autumn Soue with jasmine vodka, mandarine, lemon, sugar and egg white (10 euros).

Osteria delle coppelle, Piazza delle Coppelle 54. Tel. 06 4550 2826. Website Facebook




For those who are partial to a Parisian vibe, head to Madeleine, a ‘salon de gastronomie‘ in the belle époque style, located in the Prati district. It is a large and elegant place, adorned with chinoiserie and boiserie wallpaper, it’s run by a very well-respected troop: chefs Simone Ballicu and Daniele Ladaga, a team of pastry chefs who are under 30, sommelier Dario Vesperini and restaurateur Carlo Angelini. Surrounded by floral tablecloths and porcelain dishes, you can enjoy traditional Roman recipes with a French twist, such as their cappuccino served with potatoes, free range eggs, crunchy artichokes and a chorizo madeleine (11 euro). The evening menu changes every two months according to the seasonal products on offer. It goes without saying that the heart of the place is the patisserie, and you can of course take away, there are many mini sweet treats like the tarte au citron meringuée (8 euros) or the macaron (2 euros) and the many types of madeleines such as a savoury versions with broccoli, garlic and oil, butter and anchovies, or a warm madeleine with pistacchio (1.50 euros to take away), or lemon and ginger with ice cream (7.50 euros). From the bakery you can head for a drink in the Boudoir where Federico Leone will impress you with his mixology. From 6pm to 2am you can taste the cinquieme arrondissement with gin, sambuca, lime, syrup and red wine (12 euros) and many other creations.

Madeleine – Salon de Gastronomie, Via Monte Santo 64, Rome. Tel. 06 372 8537. Website


Le Carré Français

carrè francais

You can also enjoy a Parisian vibe in Prati at Le Carré Français, a mini French Eataly that covers two floors (including many wine cellars) and is home to a bistro, patisserie, boulangerie and a deli where you can enjoy cured meats, cheeses, groceries and wines. There’s even a cave à vin where you’ll find a collection of French wines (including some unusual ones) all of which can be smelt (and tasted). Once you’ve had too much of the baguette, foie gras, confit de canard, and biscuits with butter and jam, you can have a  breather and then choose one of their many teas (5 euros) and have a little snack (between 3pm and 7pm) like a croque monsieur (9 euros). At the patisserie, other than the croissant and pain au chocolat there’s also a crêperie, and at the bistrot you can taste dishes prepared by young chef Tiziano Noro, like melon gazpacho with Aveyron jambon and paprika breadsticks. There are also oysters available (from 14 to 25 euros).

Le Carré Français, via Vittoria Colonna 30, Rome. Tel. 06 6476 0625. Website Facebook



sorpasso roma

Sorpasso, born as wine bar Passaguai‘s spin-off, will win you over with their Italian and Spanish prosciutteria (a mixed plate costs between 15 to 20 euros) and their selection of French and Italian cheeses. But its the pleasant and ‘youthful’ atmosphere that is unique to Rome. Among the dishes on the menu you’ll find pizz’e fojje (mini pizza made of corn mixed with garlic oil, anchovies and vegetables, for 4.50 euros), Puglian red prawn carpaccio and pomegranate (9 euros), orecchiette pasta with cod and croutons, or the Trapizzino (Roman sandwich) created by Stefano Callegari. As for the desserts, which are all homemade, there’s espresso-flavoured sicilian cannolo (3.50 euros) and apple, almond and cinammon tart (5 euros). The real highlight here is the aperitivo where you can indulge in the delicious cocktails made by Federico Manzone. Be prepared to queue as finding a seat (especially at the tables outside) isn’t easy, but the wait will be worth it.

Sorpasso, via Properzio 31-33, Rome. Tel. 06 89024554. Website. Facebook.



zuma roma

What could be more glamorous that nibbling on a piece of sashimi sitting at a rooftop terrace in the centre of Rome? At Zuma you can fulfil this dream, the trendiest Japanese restaurant found in cities like Miami, Dubai, New York and Hong Kong has chosen Palazzo Fendi for it’s Italian debut restaurant. Having opened in April 2016, Zuma is furnished with hot, vibrant colours, tohiki ceramic tiles and Thai wooden tables. The menu is a mix of cold dishes, salads, dishes cooked on the robata (a type of Japanese grill), sushi and sashimi. You must try the fried calamari with lime and green chilli (8 euros), king prawns with yuzu pepper (39 euros), monkfish tempura with yuzu pepper (16 euros) and one (or more) of the 20 sake available. At lunchtime there is the option of two cheaper menus: Ebisu (28 euros per person) for two antipasti and a main dish and Ebisu Express (21 euros) with miso soup and a main course. The real bonus is the terrace (open from 5pm until late) with a view over the Fuksas dome, where the cocktail bar is centre stage and Stefano D’Ippolito’s creations accompany the restaurant’s many dishes (on the smaller à la carte menu).

Zuma, Via della Fontanella di Borghese 48, Rome. Tel. 0699266622. Website Facebook 



pianostrada roma

Pianostrada, the restaurant run by the ‘four blondes’, has changed location since last November and is now found in via delle Zoccolette, in Zoc’s old building. The street food menu has been added to and there’s now complete menu of first and second courses. The space itself is very large and includes a long bar and lovely internal courtyard, where you enjoy an aperitivo en plein air. Don’t miss the baccaburger, black squid ink panini with cod, or as a main the king prawns wrapped in courgette flowers with creamed squacquerone (a type of fresh cheese).

Pianostrada, via delle Zoccolette 22, Rome. Sito. Tel. 0689572296. Website Facebook 


Le Asiatique

le asiatique roma

The trend for fusion cooking certainly isn’t new to Roman retaurants, but Le Asiatique really stands out. Located inside a palazzo from the 700s, the typically Roman aristocratic space is decorated with pieces of Asian art. The restaurant opened in December 2016 and the menu focuses on Japanese dishes (ramen, soba and udon) but also Chinese and Thai food. Other than sushi and sashimi, there are many other dishes prepared by chef Daniel Cavuoto that fuse the Japanese cuisine with mediterranean products. There’s black cod marinated with miso on a cauliflower cream (24 euros), lobster cooked 3 ways (52 euros) and Japanese wagyu beef marinated in a soy and gochjang sauce with red fruit and scorzonera purée. There’s also a large cocktail menu with an ‘Asiatique Special’ that is paired with the food menu. Be sure to try the Negroni Asiatique and tuna tartare (16 euros) with Mandrake Amaro, whisky and sake.

Largo della fontanella di Borghese 86a, Rome. Tel. 06 6933 0441. Facebook.

Traduzione a cura di Corinna Parker