By: Peter Gerolamo
Rome has an endless supply of bars, restaurants, and cafes to choose from. From quick stop-and-go cafes to formal dining, you can find basically everything under the sun in the Eternal City. As a student living in Prati, I did most of my shopping and eating near my residence. As a college graduate working in Rome, I’m fortunate enough to live right by Ponte Sisto. Here is a list of my 5 go-to food establishments within reasonable walking distance from Ponte Sisto.
- Baffetto: A pizzeria with two locations, one near Abbey Theatre and one in Campo, Baffetto is my go to take-away pizza. It is different than normal Italian pizza in that the crust is much thinner. An entire margherita is only 6 euro and you wait no more than 5 minutes for it to be ready.
- Dar Poeta: My favorite sit-down pizzeria, Dar Poeta is located right behind Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere. My two favorites to order here are the linguna de foco (spicy salami) and the Superformaggi. Dar Poeta is a usually crowded at nights, and there is a reason for that. You’ll see why once you’ve tried it out for yourself.
- Il Duca: Located right next to the popular abroad student trattoria “Tonys”, Il Duca is where I had my final meal as an abroad student. They have a wide array of pasta dishes to choose from and I highly recommend getting the fried veggies as an appetizer. Overall, Il Duca provides a great atmosphere to dine with a larger group.
- Fast Food Eat Street Food: When I am looking for something that reminds me of food back in the States, I get the Esquilino burger from “Eat”. With cheddar and bacon, the burgers at Eat are delicious and normally between 5 and 6 euro. The French fries are a nice compliment to any sandwich.
- Giolitti: A gem in terms of Gelato shops, Giolitti is located near the Pantheon. I recommend all the flavors, however my go-to flavors are banana and nutella. Giolitti is a great place to go after dinner to enjoy amazing gelato while walking home.