> Il Margutta
Il Margutta is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Rome and continues to attract a crowd that wants to eat healthy, while indulging in a truly satisfying meal. Part restaurant, part art gallery, it displays contemporary paintings on its walls and takes pride in presenting its dishes in an equally artistic fashion. Il Margutta has a wonderful weekday lunch deal for €15 (the price rises to €25 on the weekends) where you can sample a variety of its tastiest dishes. In the evenings, it’s a nice place to meet with colleagues for dinner or host a party. The restaurant is large and has both indoor and outdoor seating.
A: Via Margutta 118 | Hours: 8:30am-11:30pm | Price: $$$ | T: +39 055 47 5030 | E: email@example.com | W: ilmargutta.bio | Reservations: Recommended
> Ristorante Aroma
The panoramas from the restaurant atop the Palazzo Manfredi Hotel are undeniably stunning; it’s the best unobstructed view of the Colosseum in Rome, so ask for a table on the terrace. When Executive Chef Giuseppe di Iorio was awarded a Michelin star, it was a convincing indication that the food was just as stellar. You can order off-menu, or opt for the chef’s seven-course tasting menu: you might start withh bread-and-artichoke-crusted veal and roasted mackerel to start; move on to ravioli filled with white truffle and rice; a seafood course; a meat course; and then perhaps a chocolate and Sicilian pistachio delight to finish. Service is attentive without being obtrusive, and it all adds up to a dining experience not soon forgotten.
A: Via Labicana, 125 | Hours: 7:30pm-12am | Price: $$$$ | T: +39 069 761 5109 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: aromarestaurant.it | Reservations: Recommended
> Imàgo (Hassler Hotel)
Excellence is at the forefront of everything at Imàgo, the Michelin-starred restaurant inside the legendary Hotel Hassler, and it’s all a memorable ode to the international travels of executive chef Francesco Apreda. You can order à la carte, but this is the place to splurge on a tasting menu. Each carefully and meticulously created dish will leave you in awe: from the Mumbai spiced penne all’arrabiata with fresh yogurt, to Roman risotto cacio e pepe, to New York–inspired cheesecake with local berries and sour-apple sorbet. The waitstaff bring spice jars to the table at the beginning of each course, which is believed to heighten the sensory journey. Take your coffee up to the rooftop terrace for a magical, bird’s-eye view of the city.
A: Piazza Trinità dei Monti, 6 | Hours: 7pm-10:30pm | Price: $$$$ | T: +39 06 6993 4726 | E: email@example.com | W: hotelhasslerroma.com | Reservations: Recommended
> Wine & Veg
One of the first vegetarian restaurants in Rome, Wine & Veg, formerly L’Insalatiera and La Tavern Vegetariana, delivers what it promises. In the menu, you can find both vegetarian (using dairy products and eggs) and vegan options, some dishes are original creations, some are dishes from the Italian culinary tradition prepared with a contemporary twist and plant-based ingredients. The menu of Wine & Veg includes starters such as bruschetta and orange salad Sicilian style, first courses such as spelt with stir-fried veggies, curry couscous with veggies or grains and beans soup, and second courses including dishes like baked eggplant “non”-meatballs, gratinéed baked veggies with almonds or grain burger with coriander seeds. You can also order side dishes, large salads, and homemade cakes.
A: Via Trionfale 94 | Hours: 12pm-3pm & 7:30pm-11pm | Price: $$ | T: +39 06 3974 2975 | Reservations: Recommended
> Vitaminas 24
Vegetarians and vegans will be happy to know that Pigneto is an effusively veggie-friendly neighborhood. Almost all restaurants have vegetarian options and there are multiple places that serve exclusively fruits, vegetables and grains. Vitaminas 24 is a colorful vegetarian spot with Brazilian flavors and a slew of juices incorporating tropical ingredients such as mango, papaya and maracuja. From veggie burgers to savory tarts, the menu is ample and sure to appeal to omnivores as well.
A: Via Ascoli Piceno 40 | Hours: 12pm-11pm | Price: $ | T: +39 331 204 5535 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: vitaminas24.com | Reservations: Recommended