Cheap eats in Rome can be found, you’ve just got to know where to look. Rome nightlife is full of fantastic restaurants and bars if you’re furnished with a little local knowledge, and we’ve just discovered an all-you-can-eat beer bar right in the middle of the Trastevere district.
For a fixed price you can eat at the Trilussa birreria in via Benedetta - 15 euros will get you the non stop menu. Make sure you bring hungry friends because the first courses are fantastic and this is all about eating what’s in front of you. If you can’t manage, pass it to someone else in the group.
If you’re looking for something more traditionally Italian, other Rome restaurants have pizza with a set price and all the beer you want. In San Lorenzo you’ll find Mamarò where ten euros will get you all the pizza and beer you want, and the same goes for Giubileo in via Palermo, Monti area with pizza at ten euros and pasta at 15 euros.
Other options for eating lots and spending little in Rome are at Olio, sale e pepe in via D. Da Empoli 15, and Pizzamia in viale Tirreno 67. If you’re a bit out of town, at Castel di leva there’s Merlo parlante in via F.Cassitto 45 which also has fixed price dinner deals.
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The Trastevere district in Rome has a lot to offer, including some of Rome’s best restaurants and night life, and having a bite to eat at night can be essential in this area. The Pancotto pizzeria and restaurant is a good place to stop, with tables outside (on the footpath, it must be understood).
Pancotto is in Piazza Sonnino, and is a restaurant serving traditional dishes from Rome and Italy, with a mix of meat and fish. The menu includes dishes such as spaghetti with clams and artichoke, ricotta, polenta and stew and many others. The pizza is done in Roman style with a very thin crust and classic toppings.
If you’re in the know, you get complimentary bruschetta, and you could follow with an antipasto of mixed fried snacks or aubergine rolls. The pizza is tasty and slightly smaller which is good news for those not used to the Italian tradition of a pizza per head. For dessert, go for the fresh fruit of pineapple and strawberries with cream. Pancotto is in Viale Trastevere 8/14.
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If you want to eat like the Romans do, while spending less, the Quagliaro restaurant in Rome, at largo Mola di Bari has the perfect option. This restaurant has a lot of food for the price, a rarity when trying to find cheap restaurants in Rome, though the quality perhaps leaves a little to be desired.
When asking for a menu or special of the day and receiving a threatening glare from the host, Tiberio, you spend only seven euros and you have a full meal, with simple dishes and a host with a real roman name.
A speciality is quail with mushrooms, or pizzas for only three euros (if ordering a margherita) though they’re perhaps best avoided. We recommend this restaurant for any backpacker who is tired of their backpacking companion and wants to have one of those arguments where you finally get rid of the person you thought you were going to travel with for the next six months of your life.
Apart from that, at the Quagliaro, the food is more or less edible, but the atmosphere is one of times gone by, that you just don’t get in a city where Romans by the name of Tiberio with threatening stares are becoming scarcer.