(UPDATE: Read the revised post here.) You don’t need to spend a lot to have an amazing meal in Rome. Some of the city’s best food blends quality and affordability. Here are my favorite budget options:

Baciamo le Mani
Via Cardinale Marmaggi 12 (Trastevere)
A Sicilian rosticceria serving panelle, pane ca’ meusa and sfincione, all for under €5 each.

Bar Pica
Via della Seggiola, 12 (Largo Argentina)
This bar/tavola calda/gelateria serves hot meals at lunch with lots of great pasta and veggies. A full meal followed by a gelato runs around €10.

Cafffe Camerino
Largo Argentina, 30
Yeah, that’s 3 f’s. This landmark espresso bar also serves prepared food cafeteria style at lunchtime. Cold pastas, salads, fish, and meat dishes are made with high quality ingredients. A full lunch will cost €8-10. Don’t miss the coffee!

Via Catanzaro, 30/36 (Piazza Bologna)
This cafe serves typical Sicilian snacks and desserts. The arancine (fried rice balls) are to die for. For €5 you can eat a pizzetta or arancina and a cannolo siciliano.

Mondo Arancina
Via Flaminia, 42 (Piazza del Popolo)
Via Marcantonio Colonna, 38 (Prati)
“Arancina World” serves a huge array of arancine, ranging from the traditional ragu’ filled to the creative squid stuffed (ink and all). Grab a savory Sicilian bite followed by a typical sweet for under €5.

This legendary bakery serves excellent pizza by the slice ranging from €0.50 to €2.50 for a generous portion, depending on toppings. They also serve light prepared meals and sandwiches in the back for €5-8.

Shawarma Station
Via Merulana, 271
Ridiculously good kebabs, felafels, salads, and hot dishes for under €5 or less each.

You can also get great pizza at an affordable price. Check out the places recommended in this post.