That Italian food is a vice and that just thinking about traveling to Rome makes our mouths water is a fact... it's a fact. However, as in all tourist places in the world, there are areas that are best avoided if you don't know them well, as the quality and prices are usually not the best.
Therefore, I have prepared this small gastronomic list, so that if your guided visit to the Colosseum catches you hungry, you leave there with a good taste in your mouth.
And if you still haven't gotten your ticket to the Colosseum, that should be your priority (the long lines will kill your patience). The list of restaurants and ice cream parlors can wait.
1. Good food and the best atmosphere, in the trendy neighborhood: the Suburra 1930, in Monti
Just a 10-minute walk from the Colosseum is the very popular Monti district, acclaimed by Romans who do not hesitate to stroll through its narrow streets at lunch, aperitif or dinner time.
In recent years, very good restaurants have proliferated in this area and it is worth a detour from the Colosseum Square and the Roman Forum for lunch or dinner and to see this authentic area.
Our choice in the area will always be Suburra 1930. Its menu goes beyond the typical Italian pasta (which, of course, it also offers). You can find good meat, delicious mixed dishes and a spectacular eggplant and parmesan lasagna.
Take the opportunity to walk down the streets and have an ice cream (why not) to complete the gastronomic day. You won't regret it!
2. Enjoy Italian-Jewish delicacies in the nearby Jewish quarter of Rome
Just 20 minutes walk from the Colosseum (and even less if you finish your visit of Ancient Rome at the Circus Massimo) you will be fully immersed in the Jewish quarter of Rome.
Its streets will be immediately identifiable because you will be struck by the Hebrew typography of its restaurants and typical stores. On weekends it is very common to see dozens of Romans having lunch or dinner in its cozy terraces, so you will not be less.
Take a stroll through the Jewish quarter and try the menu at Bottega Tredici. This traditional Roman "osteria" has a tasting menu that is pure delight and will transport you to less typical fusion-flavors that you can't miss.
3. The best pizza you'll find around the Colosseum is at Li Rioni
Natural foods, wood-fired pizza, a tasty, soft and just right dough? Isn't this the definition of the perfect pizza? Well, if we add to that the fact that the place is just a few steps away from the Coliseum and that the staff will treat you with love and incredible delicacy, we have a winning combination.
I can't recommend just one pizza from Le Rionii, because all the ones I've tried are delicious. The only advice I can give you is that if you travel in a group, take the opportunity to order different flavors and taste as much as you can. Ah! And do not hesitate to let yourselves be recommended by the staff. They are all "full-blooded" Italians and they will know how to recommend you very well.
4. Gelateria La Costanza's ice creams will add the sweetest note to your visit
You can't end your day in Rome without having a good dose of *Italian ice cream. And even if none of the shops or stalls with gelato around the Colosseum have caught your attention, don't worry, I've already looked for you.
Head immediately to Gelateria La Costanza on Via de San Giovanni Laterano number 40 and enjoy. All their flavors are totally handmade and the texture of the gelato is unique. It will certainly put the sweet icing on the cake to your visit to the Colosseum.
5. Because man does not live by food alone: the most VIP cocktails overlooking the Colosseum, at Palazzo Manfredi
This stop is perhaps not suitable for all budgets, but the Palazzo Manfredi is one of the most popular luxury hotels in the city and its terrace overlooking the Colosseum is impressive.
If your travel budget is not enough to stay at the Palazzo Manfredi, don't worry. The rest of us mortals have access to this little Roman paradise if we want to have a cocktail or a coffee with a view. I warn you that the experience is not cheap, but you will feel like the protagonist of a movie set in the Dolce Vita for a while.