These tips on restaurants in Rome were shared with me by a veteran overseas traveler. -- Deborah Whitaker
Trattoria San Teodoro: Very nice restaurant, a bit on the pricey side for trattorias, but the food is excellent. It's located behind the Roman Forum, tucked away in a small quiet piazza. Good for a relaxing lunch or dinner.
Taverna dei Fori Imperiali: Via della Madonna dei Monti, 9, near the Colosseum. Popular place among Italians. Would be a good idea to have your hotel call for a table. One of the better places in the Colosseum area, not overly touristed since it's tucked away in a small street.
Recafe: Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 36. Good place for pizza, near Gusto. Also plenty of other Italian dishes, but the pizzas are nice and they have plenty of outdoor seating.
Il Palazzetto: Vicolo del Bottino, 8. Great little wine bar overlooking the Spanish Steps. A venue for wine outside in good weather. Wonderful view of the Spanish Steps, cool atmosphere. It's a good idea to have your hotel call to make a reservation for this as well. Might not be open early in the season.
Roscioli: If you go to one restaurant in Rome, go here. It's near Campo dei Fiori, and you definitely have to make a reservation. Have your hotel call for you -- don't make a reservation online. The table will be yours for the evening, but if you book online they'll try to kick you out after two hours. Make sure you get the burrata with dried tomatoes an try the carbonara and amatriciana pastas. Wine list is also great.
Grappolo d'Oro: Also near Campo dei Fiori; a good Roman restaurant, very reasonable prices, good wine list, always easy to get a table.
Armando's: very close to the Pantheon -- great restaurant, great pastas, great wine list, but small place and you need a reservation.
For Gelato -- Come Il Latte or I Caruso: neither is right downtown, actually near the Embassy. Best in Rome.
I would also highly recommend Romeo; may seem a bit trendy but it’s really awesome.
If you’re looking for an outstanding Michelin experience, this one-star restaurant is fantastic, with a great and reasonable wine list — the name is Glass Hosteria, and it’s in Trastevere but worth the walk or taxi.
For a romantic dinner with fantastic food if you’re up for a taxi ride go to Antico Arco...An awesome wine list.