The top spots for classic American brunch, or traditional Italian buffet-style lunch in Rome.
Italians have welcomed the popular tradition of brunch with open arms, and Rome has several brunch spots that do the classic American brunch justice. But here’s the thing, Italians also have an enduring history of the long lunch, “Sunday lunch” to be exact, a cultural institution, a weekly tradition, a time to be with family and friends.
Lucky for you, these two concepts live beside one another in perfect harmony- so whether you miss bacon and eggs, or you want to dive into the Italian lifestyle and enjoy the unlimited-choice of a buffet lunch, you can have the best of both worlds in Rome.
AMERICAN STYLE BRUNCH
Piazza di Spagna, 23
Price: à la carte menu
It’s one of the only (if not the only) places in Rome where you can have freshly baked and authentic English muffins, a proper Eggs Benedict with imported Scottish salmon or the classic ham, and a traditional English breakfast spread with poached eggs and crispy Irish bacon. Try their homemade cheesecake, add a glass of champagne, and you’ll be in brunch heaven-also known as Babington’s.
Via di Monte Giordano, 60 (Navona)
Price: à la carte menu
At Coromandel you can order from a tasty range of buffet foods, including bagels, croque madame, pancakes, eggs benedict, and scrambled eggs alongside teas and fruit juices. Your chosen treats will be served on dainty china in the restaurant’s cosy setting. This is one of the best in town.
Corso Trieste 157 (Nomentana)/ Via Riano, 11 (Ponte Milvio)
Price: à la carte menu
The brunch at Bakery House adheres to the traditional US style, with a menu that includes scrambled eggs and bacon, ham and cheese omelettes, pancakes, French toast, bagels, and stuffed sandwiches. Every dish is accompanied by fresh orange juice and American coffee.
Via della Vetrina, 15 (Navona)
Price: €16 including one drink (juice and coffee)
Sunday brunch at Circus offers a wide selection that hits all those American comfort spots from bagels to pancakes, and from cupcakes to smoothies. Here’s a place where you can find American favourites like eggs, bacon, and even peanut butter.
Via borgo Santo Spirito, 73 (Vatican)
Price: €15 – 27
La Veranda is a place which reminds you that you are in Rome. A couple of steps from the Vatican, the elegant setting promises a positive atmosphere thanks to its beautifully frescoed ceiling. It offers a choice between four types of brunch: big, light, baby or vegetarian brunch, with a menu that is updated every Sunday.
The Perfect Bun
Largo del Teatro Valle, 4 (Argentina)
Sun 12pm – 4pm
Here we have an epic American brunch indulgence extravaganza. From roast meat, fruit platters, omelettes, vegetables and salads, bacon and eggs, mac and cheese, waffles, French toast, wok dishes, pancakes, sweets, cheesecake, carrot cake…breath. The ultimate weekend lunch indulgence.
Via Margutta, 1 (Piazza del Popolo)
Price: €28 for buffet
Homemade pastries are the specialty in this elegant and sweet bistro. A range of pasta, meat, soups, and desserts complete their Italian brunch. However it is the outside courtyard that makes Babette stand out, offering the perfect space to enjoy a relaxed brunch buffet during summer. Despite its all-you-can-eat philosophy, it still respects Italian culinary traditions.
Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 9 (Via del Corso)
Price: depends on weight
This restaurant has a more modern feel than the others on this list, and the Italian buffet covers a wide range of food from meat, seafood, pizza and pasta to familiar favourites such as bacon and eggs. There is also a variety of vegetarian options. Be sure to leave room for a dessert of cheesecake, doughnuts and cupcakes!
Via Ettore Giovenale, 54 (Pigneto)
Price: €14 buffet with alcohol beverage, €12 without
Coining the literal translation of brunch in Italian, Na Cosetta’s “Colanzo” offers sweet and sour treats, accompanied by live music and jazz concerts. It has two types of buffet with or without alcohol beverages, depending on how you’re feeling from the night before!
Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68 (Pigneto)
Price: à la carte menu
Bar Necci is a funky diner made famous by the Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who shot parts of his 1961 film “Accattone” here. The lunch is specifically Italian, and offers specialty house-made pasta dishes as well as lots of cakes, such as the Sunday brunch specialty: cheesecake!
Via di San Saba, 11 (Aventino)
Price: €19 buffet or à la carte menu
On Sunday, Queen Makeda offers an International brunch buffet plus a variety of meats from the typical English Sunday Roast; including rotisserie lamb, chicken, pork, and beef. Let’s not forget the sweets: brownies, muffins, cupcakes, pancakes with maple syrup and other delightful cakes created in the Makeda kitchen.
Via Bartolomeo D’Alviano, 65 (Pigneto)
Rosti’s interpretation of brunch, entitled “Nonna’s lunch” invokes memories of a delicious Italian homemade lunch from grandma in the company of family. The dishes remind diners of familiar places and the comfort of home. There are 30 different dishes from entrée, mains, and sweets including seasonal vegetables, meats, pasta and homemade desserts: the perfect way to feel at home when away from home.
Via Celsa, 6 (Piazza Venezia)
The Teatro Centrale offers daily brunch in the foyer where you can sit by the piano under elegant chandeliers for €15. It includes a tasty buffet: an array of hot and cold dishes and sweets. Water is included but you can order drinks from the bar such as cocktails, wines and handcrafted beers. There are also reasonably priced lunch deals.
Via Francesco Negri, 39/41 (Ostiense)
Hopside has turned itself from an old warehouse to a funky little brewery that attracts not only home brewers but also brunch aficionados. Their brunch style is Italian and American with a variety of sour and sweet dishes. At this brunch you can taste handmade beers to match your choice of a range of dishes. There is “Eggs Corner” (Eggs Benedict, Croque Monsieur, Omelette, or personalize your eggs by choosing from a list of additions from the “Pimp my eggs” menu) to Burger Bar with their own list of pimped up additions.
Via Margutta, 118 (Popolo)
Price: weekdays €15, weekend €25 buffet
For those more health-conscious amongst us, Il Margutta offers a surprisingly wide variety of dishes, and you can indulge guilt-free in the knowledge that the dishes are vegetarian and organic. Brunch is available daily, but at weekends you’ll be able to enjoy an unlimited buffet accompanied by live music.
Via Ostiense, 68 (Ostiense)
This menu is a mix of American and Italian brunch and lunch options. There are entrees, pasta, and salads, as well as omelets, meats and of course, lots of cakes and fresh fruit. It has a classic brunch-lunch fusion with a stylish atmosphere and an friendly and eclectic crowd.
Via del Porto Fluviale, 22 (Ostiense)
Price: €19 buffet plus drinks
Porto Fluviale has an American diner-style atmosphere. It welcomes the pace of the weekend with a selection of 60 dishes including entrees, mains, and some indulgent and tantalizing desserts. The only difficulty with Porto Fluviale is what to choose.
Viale Aventino, 32 (Aventino)
Price: €18 plus drink
Another fusion brunch between American and Italian this brunch spot offers classic American dishes and Roman specialties: pancakes to pasta amatriciana. There is also a range of sweets: pastries, cakes, French chocolates, cheesecake, and more. Unlimited food making the price worthwhile, but drinks are not included.