Good food in Rome · Elegant restaurants for celebrations & events


If you are looking for an elegant restaurant in Rome for a romantic dinner, a family celebration or a prestigious event, you will find it here.

In Rome you will find a wide range from the traditional Osteria with home cooking to the star restaurant, in which the menu costs even more than 200 €. In the upper middle field are old-established restaurants with excellent cuisine and professional service with menu prices between 50 and 75 €.

In these restaurants a reservation is necessary. For larger groups you should arrange a menu in advance.

Restaurant L'Archeologia on the Appia Antica

L'Archeologia Entrance

The former post office on the Appia Antica was built on ancient tombs and in the foundations of a mausoleum. The restaurant has existed for more than a hundred years. The former Hypogeum, a vaulted tomb from the 1st century, today serves as a wine cellar.

The kitchen of the Archeologia is very varied. There are fish and meat, as well as fresh oysters and crustaceans. In addition, the restaurant is brilliant at a variety of thematic menus, such as regional specialties or the cuisine of the ancient Romans.

The restaurant offers very cozy rooms, which are also suitable for larger groups, and a beautiful garden.

The archeology is located on the Via Appia Antica diagonally opposite the catacombs of St. Sebastian and at the beginning of the traffic-calmed part of the Via Appia Antica. A little further are the Circus of Massentius and the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. This ambience offers wonderful opportunities for a walk and photo shoots.

Garden of L'Archeologia

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Restaurant Hostaria Antica Roma on the Appia Antica

Hostaria Antica Roma is also a historic restaurant on Appia Antica. Until a few years ago it was a little further north in the Colombario dei Liberti di Augusto. There it was too small for the landlord Paolo and he moved to the current family-owned location opposite the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella.

In the restaurant you eat well and quite reasonably priced. The garden overlooking the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella offers a special atmosphere and the various interiors are very cozy.

Paolo has tremendous experience in organizing large celebrations, such as baptisms or pompous weddings. Many international companies choose Hostaria Antica Roma for their events.

Imperial Forums: Roof Garden at the Hotel Forum

On the edge of the Imperial Fora, on the corner of Via Cavour with Via dei Fori Imperiali, is the Hotel Forum. The restaurant with American bar on the roof terrace offers above all the view over the forums and over the city.

The menu includes fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant has about 150 seats.

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Santa Maria Maggiore: La Terrazza dei Papi

La Terrazza dei Papi restaurant is located on the rooftop terrace of the Mecenate Palace Hotel opposite the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. The restaurant offers a beautiful view of the basilica and the city.

The restaurant offers a seasonal menu with fish and meat. It is well suited for events and celebrations.

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Castel Gandolfo: Pagnanelli

Pagnanelli is a historic eatery in Castel Gandolfo. The restaurant is very elegant and very exclusive.

The restaurant is located on the edge of the volcanic cone of Lake Albano. From the balcony you have a unique view over the lake. Especially in the evening, the mood is very romantic, so you can hardly say no!Pagnanelli Aussicht

After dinner, you can descend into the vaults and end the evening with a coffee and a digestive.Pagnanelli Keller

For the return trip to Rome in the evening, however, you will need your own vehicle or a taxi.

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