Rome

La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali

The massive menu at this family-run restaurant has been heralded by The New York Times, Food & Wine, and The Guardian as one of the best in Rome.

All in the family

Chef Alessio churns updated takes on traditional Italian dishes out of this centrally located kitchen. His daughter Claudia oversees the impressive dessert menu, while wife Maria Grazia and son Aldo manage the dining room. This casual restaurant is as family-run as they come.

Hearty dishes

You have a large menu to choose from at La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali. Starters include classics like prosciutto e melone and insalata caprese, while pasta dishes range from puttanesca and amatriciana sauces to a stick-to-your-ribs gnocchi with veal ragu. Veal also dominates the plati secondi. You could try it stuffed with gorgonzola, hazelnuts, and marsala, or sauted with mushrooms and cheese fondue.

Satisfy your sweet tooth

If you have any room left, the dessert menu is as lengthy of any other a la carte section. Venture into the world of Sicilian cuisine with a ricotta cheese with chocolate, pistachio, and candied peel. Alternatively, you can keep it simple with your choice of gelato or a cup of homemade tiramisu.