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Rome - Around Town : Trastevere and Prati (part 4) - Live Music Venues, Cheap Eats, Fine Dining

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Live Music Venues

  1. Alexanderplatz

    A little bit off the beaten track, in Prati, but the best jazz club in Rome bar none – Winton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, George Coleman and many other international jazz stars have played here .

    • Via Ostia 9

    Alexanderplatz
  2. Big Mama

    Rome’s real house of blues, where the big names book and the smaller acts gig. Only open for live performances .

    • Vicolo S Francesco a Ripa 18

    Big Mama
  3. Stairs Club

    A trendy bar with large, comfy sofas on the lower level. Cocktails and bar snacks are available every evening and live accoustic jazz combos are performed once a week.

    • Via della Scala 43

  4. Saxophone Pub

    This warm, cosy pub, close to the Vatican, serves simple pub fare including salads and sandwiches. There is always a friendly atmosphere, with jazz and blues on the stereo and local bands that come here to jam.

    • Via Germanico 26

  5. Four Green Fields

    Upstairs there is a vaguely British-style pub, while in the basement live music is played nightly.

    • Via C Morin 42

  6. Fonclea

    Established in 1977, this historic music venue is located close to Piazza del Risorgimento and features a variety of live music including jazz, soul, funk and rock. Punters can either drink at the bar or eat in the buffet restaurant.

    • Via Crescenzio 82

  7. Birreria Trilussa

    Beer and simple dishes are served until the early hours, with live music some nights. Cosy, traditional atmosphere.

    • Via Benedetta 18–20

  8. The Place

    There’s always live music on the main stage, be it jazz or soulful singer-songwriters.

    • Via Alberico II 29

  9. Caffè della Scala

    A relaxed bar serving powerful cocktails and a great grappa selection. Live music is also on offer from time to time.

    • Via della Scala 4

  10. Lettere Café

    The focus is on books, but a couple of nights a week are devoted to live roots music.

    • Via S. Francesco a Ripa 100

Cheap Eats

  1. Da Augusto

    Die-hard Trastevere osteria complete with wooden tables and traditional menu.

    • Piazza de’ Renzi 15

    • 06 580 3798

    • No credit cards

  2. Osteria Pucci

    This restaurant serves a good selection of Roman specialties and traditional Italian fare. The outdoor terrace is open most of the year.

    • Piazza Mastai 1–4

    • 06 581 9870

  3. La Tana dei Noantri

    Lengthy menu promising all the best of Roman cuisine, including penne arrabbiata (pasta in a spicy tomato sauce). There are a few tables in the piazza against the church in summer.

    • Via della Paglia 1–3, off Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

    • 06 580 6404

    • Closed Tue

  4. Pizzeria Da Ivo

    A lively football theme and ever-present crowds are the features of Rome’s favourite pizzeria .

    • Via S Francesco a Ripa 158

    • 06 581 7082

    • Closed L, Tue

    Pizzeria da Ivo
  5. Insalata Ricca

    Part of a popular chain of restaurants serving huge salads, pizzas and other light dishes.

    • Piazza del Risorgimento 5–6

    • 06 3973 0387

    Insalata Ricca
  6. Pizzeria Dar Poeta

    Innovative pizza is served here – Roman-style, but with a thick crust .

    • Vicolo del Bologna 45–6

    • 06 588 0516

    • Closed L

  7. Osteria dell’Angelo

    Angelo prepares excellent traditional Roman cooking at equally admirable prices. Book ahead.

    • Via G Bettolo 24

    • 06 372 9470

    • Closed L (except Tue & Fri), Sun

  8. Pizzeria Da Vittorio

    Good Neapolitan-style pizza, antipasti, and a fan-cooled interior plastered with photos of famous patrons make this one of Rome’s best pizzerias .

    • Via S Cosimato 14A

    • 06 580 0353

  9. Da Giovanni

    A tiny trattoria that serves good, filling, traditional Roman fare at very low prices.

    • Via della Lungara 41A

    • 06 686 1514

    • Closed Sun

  10. Napul’è

    Campanian cuisine and more than 40 types of pizza approved by Naples’ strict “True Pizza” association. Live Neapolitan music is played most nights.

    • Viale Giulio Cesare 89–91

    • 06 323 1005

Fine Dining

  1. Sabatini

    Roman cuisine and seafood in an old Fellini hang-out. Book ahead for a table out on the main square .

    • Piazza S Maria in Trastevere 13

    • 06 581 2026

  2. Ferrara

    Deservedly trendy; decoration is minimalist, with patio seating and the creative menu is based around the remarkable wine selection.

    • Via del Moro 1a

    • 06 5833 3920

  3. Sora Lella

    Low wood-beam ceilings and classic Roman cooking define this restaurant on Tiber Island (sadly, no river views). The food is delicious but the portions are small by Italian standards.

    • Via Ponte Quattro Capi 16

    • 06 686 1601

    • Closed Sun

  4. Les Etoiles

    Not only do you come here for the cuisine, but also for the al fresco dining and wonderful panoramas of St Peter’s Basilica.

    • Via Vitelleschi 34, Hotel Atlante Star

    • 06 689 3434

  5. Antico Arco

    Trendy, pan-Italian, creative eatery in a lovely setting on Gianicolo hill.

    • Piazzale Aurelio 7

    • 06 581 5274

    • Closed Mon–Sat L, all day Sun

  6. Il Ciak

    Excellent game dishes are among the offerings served in this typical Tuscan trattoria.

    • Vicolo del Cinque 21

    • 06 589 4774

    • Closed L, Mon

  7. Alberto Ciarla

    Rome’s premier seafood restaurant. There’s also a well-stocked wine cellar .

    • Piazza di S Cosimato 40

    • 06 581 8668

    • Closed L, Sun

  8. Il Matriciano

    Businessmen and Cinecittà film directors patronize this Prati restaurant named after the spicy bacon-and-tomato pasta sauce. Try to sit outside in summer.

    • Via dei Gracchi 55

    • 06 321 3040

    • Closed Wed

    Il Matriciano
  9. La Pergola

    Incredible vistas of the city and food by a top international chef – one of Rome’s best dining experiences.

    Rome Cavalieri Hilton Hotel

    • Via Cadlolo 101

    • 06 3509 2211

    • Closed Sun–Mon

  10. Taberna de’ Gracchi

    Dante Mililli’s dining rooms may be large and modern, but the spirit is old-school Roman dining with a few contemporary touches.

    • Via dei Gracchi 266–8

    • 06 321 3126

    • Closed Sun

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