/Where to Eat in Rome in August, 2017 Edition

Where to Eat in Rome in August, 2017 Edition

Visiting Rome in August used to mean eating badly or seldom, but things have changed in recent years (sadly due to the mounting economic crisis which no longer permits many businesses to shutter for a month) and now gastronomic-minded visitors need not compromise. Some great restaurants in Rome will be open for the entire month, so whether you want fine dining, the city’s best gricia, pizza, or some down-home offal, you won’t be disappointed.

Please note, these openings have been updated for 2017. They were accurate when published. Be sure to book well in advance and bear in mind that August 15 (The Feast of the Assumption aka Ferragosto) is a national holiday and most (but not all!) businesses citywide will be closed. The following places will be open August 15: Cesare al Casaletto, La Torricella, Tavernaccia da Bruno, Nonna Betta, Pizzarium, La Gensola, and Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà.

And here are general opening/closing times in August for these and other venues:

Trapizzino Testaccio
Via Giovanni Branca 88 (Testaccio),
Open: Tuesday through Saturday noon-midnight
Closed: Mondays and August 13-20

Cesare al Casaletto
Via del Casaletto 45 (Casaletto)
Open: Thursday-Tuesday 12:30-3:00pm & 7:30-11:00pm
Closed: Wednesdays

Salumeria Roscioli
Via dei Giubbonari 21 (Centro Storico)
Open: Monday through Saturday 12:30-4:00pm & 7:00pm-midnight
Closed: August 15 and Sundays

Antico Forno Roscioli
Via dei Chiavari 34 (Centro Storico)
Open: Monday through Friday 7:00am-7:30pm, Saturday 7:00am-3:00pm
Closed: Sundays

Nonna Betta
Via del Portico D’Ottavia 16 (Ghetto)
Open: Wednesday-Monday 12pm-3pm & 7pm-11pm
Closed: Tuesdays

Sorpasso
Via Properzio 31-33 (Prati)
Open: Monday through Friday 7:30am-1am, Saturday 9am-1am
Closed: Sundays and August 5-28

Pizzarium
Via della Meloria 43 (Trionfale)
Open: Monday through Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday noon-4pm & 6-10pm

Mesob
Via Prenestina 118 (Prenestina)
Open: Tuesday – Sunday, dinner only, 7:30-10:30pm call ahead!
Closed: Mondays

Pro Loco DOL
Via Domenico Panaroli 35 (Centocelle)
Open: Shop is open Monday thru Saturday from 9am-11pm; restaurant is open from noon-3pm & 7-11pm
Closed: Sundays and August 5-28

Tonda
Via Valle Corteno 31 (Nomentano)
Open: Daily 7:45pm-11:30pm
Closed: August 11-21

Sforno
Via Statilio Ottato 110/116 (Tuscolana)
Open: Monday-Saturday 7:45pm-1am
Closed: Sundays and August 11-22

Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà (beers only)
Via di Benedetta 25 (Trastevere)
Open: Daily 11am to 2am

Open Baladin
Via Degli Specchi 5-6 (Centro Storico)
Open: Daily noon-2:00am
Closed: August 1-16; renovations in progress, which may affect re-opening date

Litro
Via Fratelli Bonnet 5 (Monteverde)
Open: Mon-Sat 1pm to 3pm & 6pm to midnight
Closed: Sundays and August 11-24

La Torricella
Via Evangelista Torricelli, 2/12 (Testaccio)
Open: Daily 12:30pm-3pm & 7:30pm-12am
Closed August 14

La Gensola
Piazza della Gensola 15 (Trastevere)
Open: Monday through Saturday 12:30pm-3:30pm & 7:30pm-11:30pm

Tavernaccia Da Bruno
Via Giovanni da Castel Bolognese 63 (Trastevere)
Open: Thursday through Tuesday 1pm-3pm & 7:30pm-11pm
Closed: Wednesdays and August 21-28

La Gatta Mangiona
Via F. Ozanam 30-32 (Monteverde)
Open: Daily 7:45pm-11:30pm
Closed August 3-16

Pizzeria Ostiense
Via Ostiense 56 b/c
Open: Wednesday through Monday 6:30pm-1am
Closed: Tuesdays and August 13 to 28

Mazzo
Via delle Rose 54 (Centocelle)
Open: Tuesday through Sunday 6pm-midnight
Closed: Closed Mondays, August 15, and August 21-28

2017-07-29T15:53:43+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|58 Comments

58 Comments

  1. Dining in Rome in August July 7, 2012 at 12:43 am - Reply

    […] post has been updated. See the 2012 edition here. […]

  2. Sarah May July 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Good to know and will pass it on.

  3. Trina July 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Darn! Was hoping Flavio would be open for lunch on Sundays in August. Well, good to know…thanks for the info.

  4. […] a good list of restaurants open in Rome in August from food blogger Katie […]

  5. Kathy McCabe, Dream of Italy August 1, 2012 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Contrary to popular belief, I think August can be a good time to visit Rome. I’ve had some nice visits there during August. I have an article on August in Italy that I’m updating – http://bit.ly/Qk1DUm – and adding a link to this post as it is very helpful.

  6. Kristy August 10, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    What about September?! We arrive in Rome on 1st September 🙂

  7. acasse August 10, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

    August 15th is a Wednesday. Not a Monday as stated above.

  8. Katie August 10, 2012 at 10:56 am - Reply
  9. Kristy August 12, 2012 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Thanks – will take a look at link 🙂

  10. […] a great list of restaurants open in Rome in August from food blogger Katie […]

  11. Italy Traveller August 22, 2012 at 2:19 am - Reply

    I’m a fan of this blog for years. I’m in Rome right now and can confirm closure/opening for other restaurants (mostly mentioned on this blog before). While there are only 10 or so more days, hopefully this saves someone time.

    Closed for August: Osteria Fernanda, L’Asino d’Oro, Tricolore, Aromaticus, Enoteca Provincia Romana, Open Colonna, Armando al Pantheon, Settimio al Pellegrino, Metamorfosi

    Definitely open: La Gensola, Panella

    Not sure: Le Mani in Pasta, I think, is closed too. They have a cryptic note on their website.

    Also, I was sad I couldn’t locate Mesob but went to Porchettoni also mentioned here instead. I took the #14 tram and got off at the 2nd Via Pernestina stop, walked up and down 5 blocks, twice, asked some storeowners and had to give up.

  12. […] summer started with a bang. I had spent this extremely hot summer in Rome, and although many of the better restaurants and bars closed and I had to stock up supplies at ‘Mercato Trionfale’ for several weeks, I enjoyed […]

  13. Nick September 27, 2012 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Ciao Katie. My wife and I sincerely trust in your recommendations as well as just a couple other Rome foodie bloggers. I’m trying to pass on our feedback from a recent experience about a restaurant you and most everyone has promoted favorably. We thought Flavio al Velavevodetto was a great quality meal for the price and went about once a month for the authentic cucina romana, but the last few times they have declined significantly and our most recent was a complete fail. Just wanted to give you a heads up that your recommendation may need reviewing. I wrote about the experience on my blog today if you care to read more about it. Ciao!

    • Katie October 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      hey nick, i have been hearing similarly negative reviews of Flavio! strongly considering removing it from the app, or else editing the entry to include caveats. it is getting harder and harder to eat well in rome these days.

  14. Tai June 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I will be in Rome from August 20th through August 28th. Do you have an updated list of restaurants for 2013?

  15. Susan Jerrott July 23, 2013 at 3:20 am - Reply

    I’m enjoying your app and your blog – will you be updating this list for 2013. We’re in Rome on the 23rd, 24th and 25th and wondering about openings of such restaurants as: Da Armando, Costanza, Renato, and Trattoria Monti.

    • Katie July 23, 2013 at 3:27 am - Reply

      the app is more or less up to date. i will be making a few additons, which the app will register when you connect to wifi. Armando is closed and so is trattoria monti. i would never recommend the other places, tho!

  16. The Foodie Fighter August 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Hi, i live in Bologna (350 km North from Rome) and i monthly go there. Here some restaurant i visited and enjoyed:
    http://thefoodiefighter.wordpress.com/category/locali/altre-destinazioni/roma

    (Many of them are already included in Katie’s list)
    And here my “Wishlist”: next ones i’m going to visit:

    * L’Arcangelo
    * Inopia
    * Salotto Culinario
    * L’Acquolina

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  18. Trina August 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    At Cesare al Casaletto on my last night, I told the waitress I’d like a plate of the gnocchi fritti and bucatini alla gricia. She paused and said, in Italian, “Just so you know, the gnocchi fritti is a pretty big serving.” I just told her it was fine.

    When she left, my friend was like, “She doesn’t think you can finish all that food.” I’m like, “She obviously doesn’t know me.”

  19. A Summer Day in Rome | August 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

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  20. Ziggy August 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Great post and glad to see some nice options remain open. Cesare al Casaletto was our last meal and one of the highlights which I just blogged about. The only “Miss” comparably was Le Mani in Pasta but looking at your great app Katie I dont see it there now. Was it ever there? I thought it was

    • Katie August 22, 2013 at 10:18 am - Reply

      hey ziggy! le mani in pasta has been ditched from the app. i cut it 6 months ago. glad you made it to cesare. that place rocks!

  21. Carole September 21, 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    My husband and I will be traveling to Rome on the third week of October for our 35th wedding anniversary. We are foodies and wonder if you have any recommendations.

    • Katie September 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      Hi Carole, thanks for reaching out! You have excellent taste in celebratory destinations. I have lots of recommendations summarized on my apps! You can download them (depending on your smart phone software) here: http://www.parlafood.com/rome-for-foodies/

  22. […] Where to Eat in Rome in August […]

  23. Kathryn July 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks for posting the updated list, Katie. I’ll be in Rome in August so good to know. I tried to download your app but I’m getting a message saying it’s incompatible with my device – a fairly new Samsung tablet – which is unfortunate.

  24. Paul July 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Hi. Do you have some list with grat restaurant in Bologna?

  25. Christina July 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie!

    Thank you for all of your great posts. I’m planning a brief trip to Rome in September, which will be part of a larger trip to Ireland. My Mom and I are looking for great eats and ambiance, but on a budget. Do you have any recommendations? We’d like to eat somewhere in Trastevere if possible, since we’ll be on that side of the river visiting the Vatican that afternoon. Even if not in that area, any reliable and inexpensive suggestions would be so helpful!

  26. […] Hier gibt es Infos, welche Restaurants im August offen haben und gut sind (auf englisch, aber dafür mit Karte …). […]

  27. […] a good list of restaurants open in Rome in August from food blogger Katie […]

  28. […] August restaurant closures are not that big a deal in tourist heavy places like Rome, Venice, Florence. August 15th everything is closed. But otherwise, you can still eat well. Here's a list for Rome. I've eaten in many of them, and they're the same places I'd go to in January. http://www.parlafood.com/where-to-ea…ome-in-august/ […]

  29. […] Not sure what city you are going to, but if it is Rome, this from Katie Parla will help you. http://www.parlafood.com/where-to-ea…ome-in-august/ […]

  30. Fon July 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Great list! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Lisa Barr July 27, 2015 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Hi, Katie,

    Litro’s website says they’re closed on Sundays. Is this old info on the website? I will be in Rome only briefly in September and really hoping to get there, and Sunday eve would be my best opportunity.

    • Katie July 28, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Litro is closed Sundays, Lisa. Sorry about the confusion!

  32. bcd August 9, 2015 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Wow, thanks for this list! We’re leaving for Rome next saturday and I was a little worried about this. I guess there’s no need to be worried at all 🙂

  33. Mark August 16, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Hey, Katie – is your Android app up-to-date? I’ve got just a few days in Rome in a week and don’t want to be disappointed!

    Thanks,

    Mark

    • Katie August 17, 2015 at 3:09 am - Reply

      the app fetches info from a server, so it’s dynamic and up to date!

  34. […] most are closed for some portion of the month. (Food writer Katie Parla keeps an ongoing list of Rome restaurants open in […]

  35. Melanie Patterson July 15, 2016 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Katie, I know it’s early days but what would be some fav. Spots to eat New Year’s Eve … Not looking for fine dining or a touristy trap gorgeous Italian food and atmosphere. We are staying in an Airbnb apart. Near Piazza Navona?
    Would love your help as would like to book it in. Many thanks MJ

    • Katie Parla July 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Melanie! check out this post on xmas and NY spots. the list doesnt change much from 1 year to the next

  36. Nicole Blum July 15, 2016 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Hey Katie, We are coming to Rome from August 2 – Aug 5. We have a reservation at Roscioli and Flavio Al Velavevodetto, but aren’t sold on Flavio. Do you have any MUST GO’s besides Roscioli if we only really have two nights there? Also any suggestions for late night food near the Trevi Fountain would be greatly appreciated. Loving your site and all your suggestions!

    • Katie Parla July 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      id visit cesare al casaletto instead of flavio. near trevi, colline emiliane sits people pretty late. ditto for al moro (but it’s pricey)

      • Nicole Blum July 19, 2016 at 12:36 am - Reply

        Thank you SO much. I’ll see if i can make a reservation at Cesare al Casaletto and cancel Flavio.

  37. Kat July 30, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Hi, Katie,

    Sorpasso is actually closing on August 3 until August 20 – I just had called for a reservation to find out this sad news. Thanks for your help in putting this list together!

  38. Jessica Salvatore August 4, 2016 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie. This is a wonderful post- thank you for the great list! My boyfriend and I will be staying near Piazza Navona, and a lot of your restaurant recommendations are a few miles away. Are we better off venturing out of the bustling touristy area via taxi, or are there any good spots we can check out near our accommodations? Thank you in advance!

    JEs

    • Katie Parla August 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      hi there, Im confused! There are a number of place in easy walking distane of Piazza Navona. the best place in town (Cesare al Casaletto) is not in the center but well worth a trip and easy to get to with the tram from Largo Argentina!

    • Hounddogman August 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      There’s absolutely no reason to take taxis to get around Rome. Forget about them, they’re run by pirates. The Roman public transport system may be suffering problems but it’s still by far and away the best way to get to places. As KP says, the tram from Largo Argentina (get the 40 from near Piazza Navona to get there) will take you easily to Cesare a Casaletto

  39. carlos zambrano August 8, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Hello will be in Rome middle August….the hotel (Casa Montani) recommended these that are open…are they good?:
    -L’arcangelo
    -Il Santa Lucia
    -Da Fortunato al Pantheon
    Thanks!

    • Katie Parla August 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Santa Lucia is horrendous. Da Fortunato is meh. Way past it’s prime. too many amazing places in town to waste your time. I love the gnocchi and suppli’ at L’Arcangelo but not sure if he’s open in August. anyway, stick to the list here for best results:)

  40. Eliz August 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie, you are a wonderful resource! Thank you for sharing your wisdom 🙂 I’ve downloaded your app and cross referenced with your blog for our upcoming Rome meals. We already have reservations for Roscioli and Cesare al Casaletto.

    -Would you recommend Nonna Betta or C’e Pasta e Pasta (which isn’t on the app but you recommend on your blog) for Roman Jewish cuisine?
    -For our final meal in Rome on September 1, would you recommend Armando al Pantheon or L’Arcangelo? Or someplace else?

    By the way, I reached out to Romeo, and they are closed through September 6, although the location at the Testaccio Market is open for lunch.

  41. Tami August 24, 2016 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Hi Katie. I will be in Rome and would love to know your favorite place for raw fish (tartars, carpaccio) and grilled fish/whole fish, octopus, calamari etc. I only eat fish and seafood. I don’t like fancy or formal or foofy…nothing touristy….but where the locals and in the know crowd goes with a awesome atmosphere. I loved Assunta Madre but would like to try something new. Would love a few suggestions from you…..thank you!

    • Katie Parla August 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      my faves are Il Sanlorenzo and Tempio di Iside but i dont know their schedule in august

  42. Sandro July 31, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Emma Pizzeria ( via Monte della Farina 28-29), usually is open in August. Retrobottega ( via della Stelletta 4) is open till August 13. Osteria 140 ( via dei Banchi Vecchi 140), is closed only in August 14-16. Two weeks of closure in August for Epiro ( Piazza Epiro 21).The new opened Osteria di Birra del Borgo ( via Silla 26, Prati district ) is open. I think all them deserve absolutely a visit!

  43. Hounddogman August 3, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Anyone thinking about visiting Rome in August should read Carlo Levi (the author of ‘Christ Stopped At Eboli’ among other great works). His book ‘Roma Spirata’ aka ‘Fleeting Rome’ contains several essays on living in Rome in August when the large majority of the local population flees. I have to say that since Levi wrote these during the early 60s being in Rome in August has become a rather more grisly experience. Definitely not the best time to enjoy Rome.

  44. Ben May 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Hello! I am planning my trip to Italy, and came across your website. It is beautiful. We are going to be in Rome August 17-19, and I realize a lot may be closed. We will be with my parents. What are two great places you’d recommend? Any chance theres a place with a great bolognese pasta dish (my dad’s favorite, although I realize this isn’t really roman cuisine)? Thank you so much!

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