August, the favorite month of the average Roman because it means vacation and time away from the hot, big city. Romans going on vacation can cause a problem for visitors to the Eternal City during the month of August. Since most Romans leave the city, in turn, many restaurant owners close their restaurants, sometimes for the entire month. Not to worry though, the following 6 restaurants have got you covered. Their doors will be wide open to you, even during the deserted Roman month of August.
Once the convent of St. Euphemia, for over 25 years Enoteca Ferrara has been providing good food to the Trastevere district. Sisters Lina and Maria who currently run this restaurant are dedicated to providing great service to their customers. The menu is the result of a mix of constant research, tradition, and cutting-edge techniques. You can rest easy that top quality dishes will be eaten here as chef Maria varies the menu based on the seasonality and availability of ingredients at the local markets, thus, the menu is constantly evolving.
The former location of Laura Biagiotti’s luxury boutique, this beautiful open space bistro is now a trendy restaurant/juice bar. It’s an informal yet elegant setting, where you can find gourmet food, salads, baguettes, and meats and cheeses from around the world. In addition, they’ve got juices and fresh fruit smoothies made-to-order. The bar counter is central to the location, providing customers a place for a quick lunch. Here you can try smoothies and juices or just sip organic teas in the after lunch hours. At night, it transforms into a place where an evening drink can be had. The menu is versatile and in the evening there’s an excellent wine selection, including a selection from Ginger’s own vineyards.
Located in the heart of the Trastevere district, Glass has a menu that changes often but only subtly. The menu tweaks are to make it possible for regular customers to always find something new. Quality and knowledge are the key words of Glass’ philosophy, one that they have always been dedicated to following. The pocketbook definitely takes a small hit when dining here, but they’ve got the goods to back it up. Among her many accolades, the resident chef, Cristina Bowerman was awarded the prestigious Identità Nuove Sfide in 2016, an annual award given out only to the best and brightest chef.
Not only has the chef at this restaurant been recognized for her excellence, but Gambero Rosso has dubbed Glass as “The Most New York Locale in the Capital.” And if you’re still not convinced, chef Cristina is one of the few women chefs in Italy to be awarded a Michelin star. You can rest assured your taste buds are in excellent hands here.
Located on the second floor veranda of the Hotel Columbus, this beautiful restaurant is completely covered from wall to ceiling with frescoes done by the sixteenth-century painter, Salviati and illuminated by the tall windows overlooking the garden. Not only is the location itself stunning, but the menu is not too shabby either. With an exquisite pasta menu that revisits traditional Roman dishes, but also proposes new and inventive original dishes, you can’t really go wrong here when ordering.
Their meat and fish dishes are a little on the pricey side, but definitely worth the price when considering quality. During the year, La Veranda is open for both lunch and dinner. During the month of August it’s only open for dinner.
At Osteria dell’Arco they are dedicated to preserving the tradition of Italian food that requires a long, slow cooking time. The dishes are simple and made fresh, while at the same time, they bring out the maximum flavor of the ingredients used. All ingredients are organic and come from small, local farmers. The menu is seasonal and the daily specials are created based on the best products the market has to offer. The specials are decided so last minute that they aren’t even printed on the special menu. Instead, the dishes are told to the customers by the waiters.
Chef Cristina creates dishes that pay homage to Rome, Naples, and Sicily, while mixing in a bit of the typical cuisine of Emilia-Romagna (the chef’s city of origin), specifically freshly made pasta and stuffed pasta dishes.
Located in a 900 square meter former warehouse, Porto Fluviale is composed of many elements: restaurant, trattoria, pizzeria, counter, and lounge. All of these puzzle pieces that make up Porto Fluviale make it so that there is something for everyone. Even the most finicky of eaters! The trattoria offers traditional dishes from various Italian regions. The Pizzeria has two wood-burning ovens, giving the customer the opportunity to choose between two styles. Roman style, thin crust pizza or traditional Neapolitan, thick crust pizza. Instead, the counter offers a multitude of choices ranging from homemade pastries at breakfast time, typical street food at lunch time, and cocktails and aperitifs in the evening. If eating under the stars is your thing, they’ve also got a lovely outside garden eating area and to top off your night, a range of delicious desserts that rotate seasonally.
From the more affordable to the pricey, there is a restaurant on this list for everyone. Now all you have to do is decide what type of food you feel like having. Whichever location you choose, it’s difficult that you’ll be disappointed. Happy eating!
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