Planning a trip to the Eternal City with your rug rats? Although Rome is full of delicious cuisine, it can be difficult to find a restaurant suitable for the whole family. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are five of the best family-friendly restaurants in Rome, with creative solutions sure to provide a amazing dining experience!
Every Saturday, Rec 23 hosts a brunch called “[email protected]” which is an educational workshop put on by the art historians of the MAXXI Museum. From 12:30pm – 3:30pm, kids can participate in the workshop while eating a delicious brunch, leaving their parents free to have a fabulous meal and enjoy some alone time. Every week the workshop has a different theme, but spaces fill up fast so book far in advance.
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Every Saturday, from 12:30pm – 2:30pm, the restaurant hosts an event called “Favoliamo” where they read the fairy tales of Rodari and have an interactive creative lab. The kids are supervised by the staff, giving parents a moment to enjoy their meal and have some alone time. The event is free for the children whose parents are dining at the restaurant, which means reservations are strongly recommended.
Enoteca Ferrara has been serving quality for for over 28 years, so they’re pros when it comes to serving children. On Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant offers brunch. Inside, there is a dedicated space for kids inside the restaurant where staff supervise the children while Mom and Dad dine in peace. For kids 3 and up, 2 staff members, specialized in child entertainment and learning, run a different laboratory every week. The labs range from cooking classes, to entertainment, to storytelling in English. “The Baby Brunch,” as it is called, is for kids 3 and up and it includes drinks, staff member supervision in Italian and in English, brunch, and the workshop, all for the price of 15 euros. Brunch for the adults is 25 euros excluding drinks.
On weekdays and weekends, Bottega Italia has got everything under control when it comes to little diners. The restaurant’s very spacious and equipped with high chairs and changing tables. Not only is it a great place for birthday parties, it also hosts creative workshops dedicated to cooking for children. Upon request there’s a children’s menu and on Sunday, there is a brunch are that has entertainment for the kids. In addition, they can make dishes not on the menu specifically to suit every child’s food likes and needs. For the parents, the menu is full of great choices like meat, fish, pasta, and burgers.
Got highly energetic kids? Then Vivi Bistrot is the place for your family to dine. Located in the Villa Doria Pamphili Park, which is one of the largest parks in Rome, there is plenty of space for your kids to run around while you enjoy your meal. The restaurant opened in 2008, after the owners restored an old 1800’s barn into a unique restaurant. The location of this area is breathtaking, as it is surrounded by meadows as far as the eye can see. Its atmosphere changes throughout the day as the service goes from breakfast, to lunch, to teatime, to summer dinners. The common thread between each is the dedication to healthy and tasty food made with only high-quality organic products. And that’s not all! Vivi Bistrot is also the ideal destination for a tasty and nutritious picnic with your children.
Rome is not only full of great “adult food” but also many tasty and convenient family-friendly options as well. Enjoy a restaurant from this list and happy eating!
Want to learn more about great places to eat while in Rome? Take our Trastevere “Locals” Food Tour next time you’re in town.