Saying the word “thanksgiving” to an American ignites all of our senses- we are immediately transported to a world filled with the taste and smell of melting butter, turkey, pumpkin pie, and all else we hold dear. We can hear the sound of the referee’s whistle as an NFL player gets another flag thrown. We just get it. The magical world of Thanksgiving, though, does not have to be celebrated only in the comfort of our home. There is a Thanksgiving world in Rome that encourages tourists to travel this magical time of year, and delivers on the promise to fulfill our demanding November appetites. Celebrating a culinary holiday in a in a country with culinary superiority? Kind of a no brainer, actually. No thanksgiving lunches here, all the featured places are open for dinner only, starting at 6pm. Read below to find out how to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day 2015 in Rome: 5 Best Restaurants
The name itself sets you up for a cozy and catered to Thanksgiving dinner. Every year this restaurant, which has been rumored to have the best turkey in Rome, puts on a spectacular show of all our favorites- stuffed turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and the list goes on. Because of it’s popularity it has become a staple for Italian-American families and tourists in Rome on the magical 4th Thursday.
Via Bellagio, 2 – corner Via Flaminia
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American Thanksgiving with an Italian twist. That’s what you’ll find at this charming bistro tucked away on the edge of Villa Pamphili, one of the most beautiful parks in Rome. Last year the buffet featured turkey cooked with chestnuts and sausage. Not only is the style of the restaurant elegant but laid-back, it is in the perfect spot for a post-dinner stroll after having too many bites of pumpkin pie. Villa Pamphili is a place not to miss while in Rome!
Villa Doria Pamphili (entrance on Via Vitellia 102)
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Rome Cavalieri, La Pergola
La Pergola is easily one of the most exquisite restaurants in Rome, located in one of the most beautiful hotels in Rome. The only Roman restaurant to hold three-Michelin stars, La Pergola promises to give you a unique dining experience. Their Thanksgiving event features a buffet as well as traditional menu service, all the while giving one of the most striking views of our Eternal City. Not a bad way to celebrate.
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The Abbey is a traditional Irish pub just a few steps away from Piazza Navonna. Every year they put on a buffet, and, drum roll please… play football games all day! You will be able to stuff yourself on all our traditional favorites while imbibing in one of the best sports day of the year, with countless TV’s I might add. Laidback, comfortable, friendly, and yummy- all you can hope for on Thanksgiving.
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Arguably the best Scottish pub in Rome, the Highlander hosts an all-day football and food marathon. For the past 5 years they have catered to our every need on the important holiday, and I for one couldn’t be more grateful. Traditional food and traditional football being played on the multiple TV’s will make you feel right at home.
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I recommend making reservations for all of these places at least a week in advance, preferably even sooner. Let your travel specialist here at The Roman Foodie know which hotspot sounds ideal for your holiday dinner, and we’ll make the reservations for you. All you have to worry about is stuffing yourself and your team winning the big game. Happy holidays to all my fellow Thanksgiving-goers and happy eating!
If you’re planning to visit Rome during Christmas and you’d like to know more about Italian Christmas food have a look here