Any night can be a special date night when you’re in Rome with your other half and almost any osteria or trattoria can make for a charming backdrop. But what if you want somewhere a bit more memorable? Here are a few picks for your next special night out together in Rome.
Ambrosia Rooftop Restaurant and Bar
Located atop Hotel Artemide at Via Nazionale, 22, as the name suggests, this place is worth every cent for its views alone. The cuisine is amazing, and atmosphere wonderful. Ambrosia is a bit expensive of course, but perfect for a date. The best items on the menu are definitely the desserts, fancy, delicious takes on classic Italian sweets and pastries.
Located at Via Ripetta, 43, this place has no view, but the atmosphere is very romantic. The walls are covered with bottles of wine, and the tasting menus let you save some money while eating a lot. My favorite is the truffle menu, which is absolutely delicious!
This restaurant combines a stunning view with Michelin-starred cuisine. It’s above the top of the Spanish Steps (Piazza Trinita dei Monti), on the rooftop of Hotel Hassler (so you can imagine the view!). Imago also features live piano music, all night long.
One of the most famous romantic and expensive restaurants in Rome, La Pergola is the city’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars. You can find it on the rooftop of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, on Via Alberto Cadlolo. Pergola offers a wine cellar with over 53,000 bottles and even a water menu (yes, you read that right), with 29 choices. You can also enjoy olive oil and balsamic vinegar selections and tastings. More than just a dinner, this is an experience. For those who can afford it, this is the best date restaurant.
A little bit more rustic than the other places on the list, RomAntica offers a charming, cozy atmosphere. Located on Via Emanuele Filiberto, this restaurant has a good selection of wines, stored in their cellar, and its fettuccine with lobster is to die for! You can also take advantage of the cheaper “fast lunch” menu, which works well for a summer daytime date, after a walk in the park or before a nice museum afternoon.
Alfredo alla Scrofa
This is a real Roman institution! More trattoria than high-end restaurant, this restaurant is still quite romantic. And yes, it’s where true Fettuccine Alfredo was invented! As the story goes, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (two Hollywood stars in the 20s) came by during their honeymoon, and fell in love with the dish. When they returned to the US, they sent Aldredo a gold fork and spoon engraved with their names. The restaurant’s most beloved object, you can find them on display. Their love of the dish then made it famous across the US.