UPDATED FOR 2018! Pasqua (Easter Sunday) and Pasquetta (Easter Monday) are just around the corner. I can almost smell the whole lamb roasting away in the oven. If you are visiting Rome during Easter and aren’t able to partake in the traditional Easter lamb feast in someone’s home, don’t fret! There are some delicious places that will be open on Easter Sunday as well as Easter Monday, which is also a holiday. Tables are in high demand so be sure to make your dining arrangements ASAP. Here’s where to eat:
Antico Arco: Creative cuisine which draws inspiration from the ingredients and recipes of south-central Italy. Expensive, but not excessively so. Open for both lunch and dinner on Easter Sunday and Monday. Call +39065815274 for reservations.
Cesare al Casaletto: This neo-trattoria at the end of the Tram #8 will serve lunch and dinner on Easter Sunday and Monday. There may be outdoor seating area, weather permitting. Call +3906536015 for bookings.
La Torricella: Classic Roman cuisine and lots of fish in a familial setting in Testaccio. Open Sunday and Monday at lunch and dinner. Call +39065746311 to book.
Mesob: One of Rome’s best gastronomic–and budget–destinations, this Ethiopian restaurant will be open both Sunday and Monday at lunch and dinner. Reservations essential for lunch. Call +393382511621.
Pizzarium: The bet pizza by the slice in Rome (therefore the world) is closed Sunday and open Monday. No booking nor table service.
Tavernaccia Da Bruno: This amazingly delicious trattoria will be open for lunch and dinner on Sunday and Monday. This is tied with Cesare for my top holiday dining spot. Call +39065812792.
La Gensola: This restaurant in Trastevere specializing in Sicilian food (seafood in particular) is open Sunday and Monday. Call +390658332758.
Nonna Betta: This “Kosher style” restaurant in the Ghetto serves some of the best Jewish Roman cuisine in town (though, to be frank, the competition isn’t that fierce). In addition to the traditional local dishes (fried artichokes, fried vegetables, fried cod filets, fried zucchini flowers, anchovies with endive, and tagliolini with chicory and bottarga), there is also a selection of Middle Eastern specialities such as falafel, couscous and tuna with tahini. Nonna Betta is open Sunday and Monday. Call +390668806263.
Santo Palato: Chef Sarah Cicolini earned her reputation in fine dining kitchens, but her forte is expertly executed trattoria fare that channels the soulful simplicity of Rome’s peasant classics — a refreshing change in a city where young chefs frequently try and fail to modernize the local cuisine. Diners visit Cicolini’s ochre-hued dining room in the residential Appio-Latino quarter for soulfully rendered Roman classics. Santo Palato is open Sunday for lunch only and closed on Monday. Call +390677207354.
Piatto Romano: Located in Testaccio, Rome’s undisputed offal capital, Piatto Romano focuses on classics like rigatoni con la pajata (pasta with veal or lamb intestines cooked in tomato sauce) and fettuccine con le rigaglie di pollo (with chicken innards) but there are plenty of pescatarian options, as well, like the outstanding cod baked with onions, pine nuts, and prunes. Piatto Romano is open Sunday and Monday. Call +390664014447.
Open Baladin: Open all day on Sunday and Monday and late into the evening, this pub is perfect for a quick plate of potato croquettes and a craft beer flight. Call +39066838989.
Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa’: This pub is one of the greatest places in Italy to drink beer and it is open Sunday and Monday. No reservations.