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Today’s post is inspired by a reader question. Douglas wrote, “My wife and I will be in Rome at the end of May and will be staying in the Monteverde neighborhood. Would you be able to give us some suggested places to eat dinner within walking or maybe one bus ride from our place?”

Douglas’ question came at the perfect time. I really want to be writing more about non-central dining destinations. I swear with each passing year, it becomes more difficult to eat well in the center. Rome isn’t all that large and it is fairly easy to get around with public transport. Visitors to Rome can really benefit from taking a bus or tram away from the touristic zones.

Monteverde is very easy to get to. Just take the 8 tram about 12 stops from Largo Argentina. Get off at Piazza San Giovanni di Dio.

The square is the location of a fantastic market, which is open Mon-Sat from around 7:30-1:30. Located just a couple of hundred yards away at Via Federico Ozanam 30, La Gatta Mangiona is one of Rome’s best pizzerias. La Gatta is open Tues-Sun for dinner only. It serves pies made from slowly leavened dough topped with quality ingredients. The fried appetizers are excellent (check the chalkboard for seasonal selections) and there is a great choice of beer, wine, and distiller liquor.

You can find beer, wine and fine spirits at Alchimia a short walk away on Via di Val Tellina. The owner, Emiliano speaks English and is passionate about craft beer. Next door at number 114, Cristalli di Zucchero serves coffee, pastries, and savory snacks. It is a great place to sit outside and enjoy the spirit of the neighborhood.

Another spot worth checking out is
Le Tre Zucche on Via G. Mengarini 43-45. The food is fun, creative and moderately priced. For a change of gears, hit up Barilli 66 in Monteverde Vecchio. This kosher deli models itself on a NYC deli, but serves Roman Jewish dishes, as well. It is located at Via Barilli 66.