ROME: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON NO RESERVATIONS

When Anthony Bourdain visited Rome on his show No Reservations Season 6 Episode 20 (originally aired August 16, 2010), he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased on Anthony Bourdain Rome, all in a convenient list. They are great places to have your fill while you go through each attraction in your Rome walking guide.

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DISH – Tagliolini Cacio e Pepe

WHAT IS IT?

Cacio e pepe is a modern Roman pasta dish that is made of tagliolini pasta, black pepper, pasta water, and a mix of pecorino and parmesan cheeses. Anthony Bourdain refers to it as a “quintessential Roman dish” that is “simple and sublime”.

WHERE IS IT?

Roma Sparita
Piazza di Santa Cecilia, 24
Rome, Italy

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Rome

Anthony Bourdain called Ristorante Roma Sparita as “Restaurant X”, known to serve the best cacio e pepe in Rome.

DISH – Formaggio

WHAT IS IT?

Italy is known to have the most number of cheese (formaggio) varieties in the world. While in Rome, Anthony Bourdain sampled the mozzarella di bufala and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

WHERE IS IT?

Roscioli Salumeria con Cucina
Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22
Rome, Italy

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Rome

Roscioli is a 4-generation eatery, bakery, deli and wine shop in Rome. Here, Anthony Bourdain sampled mozzarella di bufala with bread and prosciutto, and a previously uncut “live” Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese wheel.

DISH – Seasonal Italian Vegetables

WHAT IS IT?

In Rome, people cook and eat whatever vegetables are in season. This is evident in the presence of seasonal vegetables in Roman dishes. One example is carciofi alla Romana, which is Roman-style artichokes. Vignarola is stewed artichokes and fava beans, with some pancetta added. Another example is puntarelle alla Romana, which is Roman chicory with anchovy.

WHERE IS IT?

Ristorante Paris
Piazza di San Calisto 7A
Rome, Italy

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Rome

Café Paris in Rome was a family-run restaurant that served traditional Roman food. The restaurant is no longer in business.

DISH – Amatriciana

WHAT IS IT?

Amatriciana is a traditional pasta sauce in Italy. It is made with guanciale, olive oil, white wine, and fresh tomato sauce. Pasta, such as rigatoni, is then added before being tossed with pecorino cheese.

WHERE IS IT?

Trattoria Il Timoniere Roma
Via Francesco Orazio da Pennabilli, 5
Rome, Italy

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Rome

At Il Timoniere, onions are added into their pasta all’Amatriciana. They also put a twist to their pasta alla carbonara, where they add zucchini flowers, when in season. Anthony Bourdain also sampled braised oxtail at Il Timoniere.

DISH – Sicilian Cuisine – Anthony Bourdain Rome

WHAT IS IT?

Sicilian cuisine refers to the culinary traditions of Sicily. It has Greek, French, Spanish and Arab influences. Caponata is an antipasti or appetizer made with eggplant, celery, capers, onions and pinoli or Italian pine nuts. Bucatini di sarde is a pasta dish made with bucatini and sardines. Cernia alla ghiotta is made with cernia (a local Italian fish), potatoes, fava beans, Pachino tomatoes, and pistachio.  

WHERE IS IT?

Ristorante Filippo La Mantia at Hotel Majestic
Via Vittorio Veneto, 50
Rome, Italy

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Rome

The restaurant is run by Chef Filippo La Mantia from Sicily. It no longer operates within Hotel Majestic in Rome and has moved to its present location in Milan.

DISH – Roman Cuisine – Anthony Bourdain Rome

WHAT IS IT?

Roman cuisine refers to the culinary traditions from the city of Rome in Italy. It is characterized by the use of fresh and seasonal ingredients from the Roman Campagna region. The dishes are typically prepared in a simple manner. Examples of Roman dishes include tagliolini with garlic, chili and Roman meat. Gnocchi with pork ragu is another example. Coda alla vaccinara is the Roman take on oxtail stew. Trippa alla Romana is the traditional Roman tripe dish. It is also common to find stewed coratella or offal served with puntarelle alla Romana.

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WHERE IS IT?

Trattoria A Casa Di Rita
Via delle Ciliegie, 145
Rome, Italy

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Rome

Casa di Rita is a family-run Roman restaurant miles away from the tourist trail. It serves traditional Roman dishes in a cozy and casual setting.

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