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5 places to eat near the Vatican

When you plan your trip to Rome you probably imagine yourself eating a lot and eating well. But sometimes finding the perfect place can seem difficult, especially in more touristy areas. I'll tell you which are my favorites.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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5 places to eat near the Vatican

Preparing the dough for a delicious pizza | Nadia Spetniskaya

Checkered tablecloths, parmesan perfume and endless spaghetti carbonara. Yes, start opening your mouth because this is what awaits you when you arrive in the capital of pasta. And I'm sure that when you're there, you'll make one (or several) stops at the Vatican, and I'm sure that after so much art you'll work up an appetite. I remember the first time I was in the area, I decided to join one of the guided tours of the Vatican Museums at noon and when I finished, I was starving. But so you don't get caught with an empty stomach in the middle of such a touristy area without knowing where to go, I have prepared this list with my favorite places so you don't end up falling into the "traps" that sometimes the city has prepared for tourists. Dare to eat like a local and don't miss the following:## 1. The best pizzas in a family atmosphere, at Nicò

Delicious Italian pizza| ©Nik Owens
Delicious Italian pizza| ©Nik Owens

If you are looking for a good varied menu in an authentic restaurant, dare to try Nicò, a very cozy restaurant in the Prati neighborhood (just a few meters from the Vatican) where you can dine surrounded by Romans, without hearing hardly any tourists.

It is a place frequented mostly by families who live in the area and young people who study there (there are several high schools and colleges nearby), so you will find very good prices and good quality. Here you will be able to eat the typical Roman pizza, the thin one, with crispy edges. You will finish the whole pizza without having a feeling of fullness (which is what happens with the thick crust pizzas). The most classic is the margherita (tomato and mozzarella) but let the waiters advise you or even order different pizzas so you can try a bit of each - Where it is: Viale Angelico, 6 - Why I like this place: it is one of those family places, very authentic and very "neighborhood", with a very good quality standard and atmosphere - Recommended if... you are looking for a traditional Italian dinner with a great variety on the menu to choose from.

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2. Snack and breakfast, at Panificio Marè Prati

Reposteria Italiana| ©Louis Hansel
Reposteria Italiana| ©Louis Hansel

If you still haven't had enough croissants (you can never have enough) I invite you to stop by this hidden gem (and I say hidden because it has a very small entrance and goes totally unnoticed) to buy the best sweets you'll taste in Rome. In addition to selling to the public, this historic bakery supplies pastries to many restaurants and bars in the city.The prices are ridiculous. A "cornetto de cioccolato", my favorite, costs 40 cents. You won't be able to take just one, sorry! Just think that with all that you are walking and with all that is left to walk, these calories almost don't settle in your body. You can find it in Viale Angelico, 88 and you will have to descend a short flight of stairs to paradise. Here is their website to whet your appetite: Panificio Marè Prati- Where it is: Viale Angelico 88 - Why I like this place: the great variety of sweets and the quality that you will find in this place are unbeatable. And the prices too! - Recommended if... you want to snack on something sweet when you are in the area but you are not looking for a place to sit down. Everything here is to go.

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3. Buy the best pasta dishes to take away at Pastasciutta

Pasta dish| ©Amirali Mirhashemian
Pasta dish| ©Amirali Mirhashemian

Never has a take-out pasta dish been so good. The last time I was at the Vatican Museums I left very hungry and short on time. Taking advantage of the fact that there were not many people around Castel St Angelo, we decided to buy a couple of pasta dishes to take away and eat them on the bridge, overlooking the river. We went in with low expectations, but the truth is that we were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pasta and its sauces. They have all kinds of varieties of pasta and side dishes, so in a matter of seconds they prepare the dish you want (you can see how they do it through the glass) and as soon as you realize it, you have it in a bag ready to go. Consider this option if you feel like eating quietly in the apartment or hotel where you are staying or if you prefer to do like me and look in the streets of Rome for the landscape you want to enjoy during your meal. Here is their website- Where it is: Via delle Grazie, 5 - Why I like this place: few places offer such a good, fast and cheap service - Recommended if... you are in a hurry (and hungry) and you don't want to give up eating the typical Italian pasta, well done.

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4. Sandwiches with gourmet cold cuts, at Bono Roma

Italian sausage| ©Theme Photos
Italian sausage| ©Theme Photos

Who said that something as simple as a sandwich could not be as delicious as the most sophisticated menu? We already know that the Italians are great masters of bread production, but if we mix it with a five-star sausage, the result can be epic. For a quick but tasty meal, Bono Roma stands out. You can take one of the incredible "Paninos" they have on their menu to go and eat it in any of the magical corners that the city hides. My favorite is the Monti, which has mortadella, brie cheese, pistachio pate and arugula. You really have to try any of the delicacies on the menu- Where: Via di Porta Cavalleggeri, 109/111 - Why I like this place: the ingredients are first class, the service is fast, the staff very attentive and the price is very affordable - Recommended if... you want to try a typical Italian "panino italiano" of great quality and enjoy the best cold meats.## 5. Rome is also a great place to eat sushi and the best in town is at Temakinho

Sushi| ©Vinicius Benedit
Sushi| ©Vinicius Benedit

Are you tired of pasta and pizza if you've been in town for a few days? Don't worry, I will never admit it out loud, but I admit that it has happened to me too. If you've had your fill of pasta, pizza, lasagna, risotto and gnocchis, you're more than justified in looking for something a little more exotic. And if you like sushi, you're in luck because near the Vatican is the best I've ever tasted in Rome. Temakinho is a chain of Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurants (exotic, I warned you!) that makes some amazing rolls and cocktails that invite you to spend the night sitting on the terrace. The building is also worth a visit: it is a typical three-storey classic Italian palazzo converted into a restaurant with a trendy design - Where it is: Via dei Serpenti, 16 - Why I like this place: I think it would be repeating myself too much if I say that it is one of the most delicious Asians I have ever tasted, but I have to insist: irresistible! - Recommended if... you feel like trying something different and visiting one of the most fashionable restaurants in Rome right now.