With so much to do in an iconic city like Rome it can feel overwhelming… Especially when it comes to the food! So with endless amazing restaurants and dozens of local specialties to taste, where do you start? Well, a Rome food tour of course! It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or fifth visit to Italy, you will love walking and eating your way around this famous city. Join us for our own experience in the Prati neighborhood with The Roman Food Tour as we show you why it’s a must-do in Rome!
Picking the Best Food Tour in Rome
When looking for the perfect Rome food tour know that there certainly is something for everyone! Between all the different companies to choose from we went with The Roman Food Tour. Not only have they been recommended by many famous publications, but their reviews easily outshined other similar tours.
In complete honesty, we had high expectations for this food tour in Rome. Not only were we in one of the premier foodie capitals of the world, but it has become one of our favorite things to do along our travels. Each food tour teaches us something new about the cuisine of the country we are in. So we couldn’t wait to experience the food in Rome in a truly unique way!
Prati by Sunset Rome Food Tour
After some deliberation, we picked the evening Rome food tour in the Prati neighborhood. This area is actually up and coming with one of its largest draws being the incredible food. Having been to Italy’s capital before, it was so fun to experience a different part of the city on our food tour in Rome.
We met our group at 5pm in the heart of Prati and jumped straight into the first spot. Before we could even take in our surroundings at La Nicchia Café, the drinks were poured and the eating began! First, we tried fresh buffalo mozzarella that was made AND delivered by the farmer within the last 16 hours.
We also tasted delicious bruschetta, parmigano reggiano, and Genovese pesto. However, the star of the show had to be the 30 year aged balsamic vinegar! The most obvious reason to jump on a Rome food tour is for the delicious cuisine. Yet, it’s also about what you learn and our guide Alice was fantastic. There are some tours where you can tell the guides are generally excited about the food and love their job. This was absolutely her!
As we enjoyed our Italian delicacies, she explained everything about the city’s rich food heritage, the Prati Rome neighborhood, and went in-depth about the cheese-making process. She even taught us about the DOCG & DOC labeling system in Italy so we could buy the best Italian products on our own.
Eating Our Way Around Prati Rome
Between stops on The Roman Food Tour, we walked through the colorful streets of the Prati neighborhood getting to know other members of our group. It should be no surprise that everyone was particularly excited for our first bite of pizza!
Bonci Pizzarium is known not just for having the best pizza in Rome, but some of the tastiest in all of Italy! The owner has been described as the “Michaelangelo of Pizza” and after our visit there it was easy to see why. At Bonci the pizza is served al taglio style where it’s cut and sold by the weight of your rectangular slice.
As a group, we had more red wine that our guide provided and tried half a dozen different types of pizza. While they were all delicious, the best was the one topped with thin slices of melon and prosciutto. This is already one of our favorite snacks in Italy, so putting these toppings on a pizza was genius!
Grand Finale of Our Rome Food Tour
One thing we haven’t mentioned yet is that our Rome food tour was over 3 hours long! This may seem kind of wild, but with all the world-class food and drinks you will be consuming it goes by quicker than you’d think. Also, the walking gives you a chance to get some steps in between meals which was perfect.
Our 3rd stop was filled with more local meats, cheeses, and wine tasting as we prepared for our main course just down the street. The final meal was in the beautiful courtyard of Al Giardino del Gatto e la Volpe, a family-owned restaurant in Prati Rome.
Here we got to pick our own pasta plate, which included gnocchi and several other traditional dishes from the region. Luckily, our food tour in Rome ended with a scrumptious Tiramisu dessert. As you can imagine, after all this we were happily stuffed!
Should You Take a Food Tour in Rome?
Yes!! Food tours are a great way to explore a new place, taste amazing local food, and learn more about your destination’s cuisine. If it’s your first time in this great Italian city, a tour will be the perfect introduction to food in Rome.
We also loved the idea of booking a food tour for the day you arrive in Italy. We met a couple that had just gotten to Rome after traveling for almost 20 hours. They purposely booked their Rome food tour for a fun experience that would help kick jet lag and keep them awake.
Learn more about our Roman Food Tour here as well as the other exciting tours they offer! Options range from gourmet eating experiences to cooking classes, and full-day wine tours.
Have any questions about our tour or want to share your own favorite food in Rome Italy? Let us know in the comments below.
Brigitte & Jake
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This experience was made possible in collaboration with The Roman Food Tour. As always, any opinions and recommendations remain our own.
Where to Stay in Rome Italy
Rome Center – Otivm Hotel – High-end hotel directly in the heart of Rome Italy. Amazing rooftop bar with views of the city and steps from Palazzo Venezia.
Ultra Luxury – Vittoriano Luxury Suites – Perfect for travelers looking for luxury accommodations with slightly more spacious suites.
Unique Decor – Navona Grand Suite – This hotel feels more like you are staying in a Roman villa than a luxury hotel in Rome! Enjoy its unique and timeless decor in the capital of Italy.
Trastevere Neighborhood – Horti 14 Borgo Trastevere – Modern hotel with a stylish garden design. Also, located within walking distance of all the best bars and nightlife in the Trastevere neighborhood.
Hostel Stay – The RomeHello – One of the most popular hostels in the city and in the perfect spot next to Roma Termini station. Great for meeting others who are traveling in Rome as well. Just make sure to book in advance as it sells out quickly.
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