Where to Eat Near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
A full day exploring the Colosseum and Rome’s ancient ruins inside the Forum and Palatine Hill will definitely work up an appetite. For one, there are no eating options inside either monument. But also, there is plenty of walking involved as you explore the ancient city’s ruins. After you’ve earned your next meal exploring, there are some fantastic options for traditional, Roman food nearby the Colosseum.
Monti, a trendy, Roman neighborhood, just north of the Colosseum offers gorgeous streets and excellent food. All of which are within 5 to 15 minutes walking from the Colosseum. Even closer is the neighborhood of Celio. Although small in size, this area offers some incredible dining options.
Do not be fooled by the conveniently located restaurants just above the metro station. Avoid these tourist traps, and head to some of our local favorites.
WHERE TO EAT NEAR THE COLOSSEUM
Zizzi Pizza, Piazza di S. Martino Ai Monti, 5 – About a 15-minute walk from the ancient arena, this is the ideal pit stop for a casual pizza lunch. This pizzeria serves Rome’s typical pizza al taglio style (meaning pizza by the cut). Grab a couple of slices and head to Piazza della Madonna in Monti. Take a seat on the steps of the fountain for the perfect people watching spot, and maybe you’ll even get lucky with some live music.
Urbana 47, Via Urbana, 47 – For incredible, locally sourced ingredients, head to this neighborhood favorite. You can be sure to devour handmade pasta made from organic flour and eggs presented with an assortment of seasonal meat and produce options.
Li Rioni, Via dei Santi Quattro, 24 – For perfectly, crispy, thin pizza that is only a few blocks away, this may be your spot. Serving up traditional, thin-crust Roman pies, select from their menu of traditional and seasonal options, and pair with a nice glass of Italian wine or beer to end a perfect day in the Eternal City.
Fatamorgana, Piazza degli Zingari, 5 – For a sweet treat, this traditional gelateria offers some of the city’s best gelato there is. Choose from their selection of both traditional and inventive flavors. They even have allergy-friendly options.
Trattoria Luzzi, Via di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 88 – Conveniently close to the monument, this restaurant has a little bit of everything. From fresh pasta to wood-fired pizza, you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. Though due to its’ vicinity to the Colosseum, it has become quite popular, so it’s a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time.
Aroma, Palazzo Manfredi, Via Labicana, 125 – For a more luxury experience in the heart of ancient Rome, head to the rooftop bar at the top of Hotel Palazzo Manfredi. Not only is this an exceptional, fine dining experience, but you are also privée to panoramic views of the Colosseum. Even better, try to time your dining around sunset for the perfect end to a day in Rome.