As you have heard, Italy is known for a culture of fresh cooking; however, what happens if your budget falls short! Luckily, Italy has plenty of cheap, quick, and quality eats in many parts of Rome.
Trastevere is a local Roman town filled with ancient buildings, but is also a stunning and eccentric restaurant and bar night life. If your looking for a great fresh sandwich, “Nel Buco Del Mulo” (Donkey Punch) is the spot to go. They prepare sandwiches directly in front of you. In addition, you have the option to choose your own toppings and meats. Another popular sandwich shop in Trastevere is Mamo’s. Mamo’s is known for having an American breakfast, as well as having fresh bagels. If you are not familiar with the Italian culture, it is usually impossible to find bagels in Italy (or at least in Rome). More importantly Mamo’s has cheap affordable prices that provide a great option for quick and delicious food. If you are looking for quick pizza, Dar Poeta, is the place to go. At Dar Poeta, you choose your choices of pizza, and they heat up the pizza within a few minutes. They are a well respected pizzeria in Trastevere, and also have their sit down pizzeria Dar Poeta relatively close. Finally, Meccanismo is a bar and sit down restaurant in the heart of Piazza Trilussa. There is outside dining with a view of the lively and colorful streets of Trastevere. Meccanismo has great club sandwiches, as well as there apple crumble pie… That being said, Meccanismo is a great vibe to stop by and enjoy the ambiance of fresh food, fresh drinks, and smooth and relaxing music.
If you venture down Viale di Trastevere, right across from Trastevere train station is Chicken Hut. Chicken Hut is a well-known chain that has quick, affordable, and quality crispy chicken if you are looking to get a quick bite to eat. It is conveniently located across from the train station, so Chicken Hut might be a good snack for a train ride to different parts of Rome or beyond.
If you’re in the mood for desserts near Villa Borghese, Pompi Cake Shop is the place to be. Located on Via Della Crocce, Pompi’s serves some of the best tiramisu. Even though their tiramisu is a specialty, you can never go wrong with any other choice of sweets at Pompi.
If you want to try something that is new, innovative, and creative in Italian culture, Trapizzino in Testaccio is the place to be. There is many different trapizzini’s that are all affordable ranging around 3.50 euros. The new culture of putting sauces on a trapizzino used to be unheard of, but now, Trapizzino in Testaccio is a popular buzz for delicious Italian street food.
Rome has many different pizzeria’s and restaurants, but it is worth trying some of the most popular pizza in Italy, Alice Pizza. Alice’s is a chain all over Rome. They provide many different options for a good price while still being convenient. Finally, street food that is popular and respected by the Vatican is 200 Gradi. This sandwich shop offers fresh and big sandwiches spending little cash.
These quick eats serve to provide affordable, quick, and quality service that are not only respected by tourists, but also by the Roman locals. Restaurants and bars are a big element to the tradition and culture of the Roman community, it is important to embrace and admire the street food that cares and serves for the community.