Where to eat in Rome’s Ostiense area
Its industrial roots are still evident and despite the recent gentrification, Ostiense hasn’t lost its edge or its street cred. Still cool, somewhat grungy and increasingly becoming more and more diverse, Ostiense has some of the most traditional and innovative restaurants, bars and nightlife in Rome. Check out our selection of where to eat in the Ostiense neighborhood.
Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492 (Ostiense)
Tue – Sat 7.30pm – 10.30pm, Sat – Sun 12pm – 3.30pm
Did you know there’s a restaurant in Rome that allows you to choose your own ingredients? With the incredible “farm-to-table” or “counter-to-table” concept, Terra lets its guests choose the highest quality ingredients directly from its counters. Afterwards, all ingredients are cooked on a 100% Italian natural charcoal grill that gives off exceptional aromas and flavors.
Pizza e Cucina restaurant
Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492 (Ostiense)
Mon – Thurs 12pm – 3.30pm / 7pm – 11pm, Fri 12pm – 3.30pm / 7pm-11.30pm,
Sat 12pm – 4pm/ 7pm – 11.30pm, Sun 12pm – 4pm / 7pm – 11pm
Don’t be fooled into thinking that all pizzas are created equal. There is no such thing. If you want to taste a delicious pizza, one made with super fresh seasonal ingredients, organic flours, top-quality tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil, you need to head straight to the Pizza e Cucina restaurant on Eataly’s first floor. Not into pizza? Check out their pasta menu to explore Roman pasta specialties.
Via del Porto Fluviale, 22
Mon – Thur 10.30am – 2am, Fri – Sat 10.30am – 3am
This former warehouse turned Restaurant/Dining Hall has something for everyone. Each room is almost a different concept with menus to match. There’s the Banco (bar seating with a limited menu), the Salotto (large ‘living room’ great for big groups and parties), their “Cortile (courtyard), the Pizzeria and the Trattoria, where you can find all of those classic Roman dishes. They also serve breakfast, aperitivo and street food.
Ramen Bar Akira
Via Ostiense, 7
Daily 12.30pm – 3pm, 7pm – 11pm
A few years back, the Japanese entrepreneur, Akira Yoshida, along with two other partners, brought to Rome the Japanese culinary tradition of Ramen noodle soup. Prepared with homemade noodles and high quality ingredients, this trendy locale is sure to satisfy cravings for Eastern cuisine. Taste one of the three Ramen bowls with a Tonkotsu base.
Via del Gazometro, 38
Daily 12.30pm – 3pm, 6.30pm – 2am (closed for lunch on Sundays)
Gazometro 38 is a restaurant and cooking laboratory in the heart of Ostiense. Their kitchen combines tradition and innovation with dishes ranging from pizza to pasta to fish, as well as the chef’s personal recommendations. Housed in a former garage, the vast space decorated with vintage furniture is both beautiful and cozy. Gazometro38 also hosts events, karaoke, screenings and private parties.
Via Francesco Negri 39/41
Mon – Sat 6pm – 2am, Sun 12pm – 2am
Started by four friends with a passion for beer and a desire to do something a little different in the Ostiense area. Hopside actually started out as a beer place 6 years ago but their burgers were SO good that people kept coming back for the food. And so the original plan somewhat shifted. While Hopside has one of the best burgers in the city, it is first and foremost a place for beer lovers and great brews. You can even come here to brew your own! They have 13 of their own beers on tap and a wide selection of bottled beer. There are gluten-free options for both beer and burgers, with veggie options as well. The second most popular menu item? Their noodles and wok (veggie, meat, fish and mixed). But no pizza or cocktails here. Aperitivo is from 6pm – 8pm but reserving for dinner is highly recommended as tables go quick.
Gelateria La Romana
Via Ostiense, 48
Mon – Thur 12pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 12pm – 1am, Sun 11am – 12am
This multi-location gelateria founded in 1947 is seriously some of the best gelato you can find in Rome. Ingredients are of the highest quality – carefully selected and always seasonal. They even have ice cream containers and cakes to go and also a “flavor of the month”. With traditional flavors and recipes as well as some new creative ones, the only challenge is which combination to choose.
Romeow Cat Bistrot
Via Francesco Negri, 15
Tue – Sun 11am – 11.30pm
Romeow Cat Bistrot opened in 2014 by animal lover and activist Valentina de Matteis as a way to introduce gourmet vegan food to the Italian palate. While other restaurants of this kind tried to recreate the vegan version of traditional Italian dishes, Romeow went completely beyond. Their reconstructed and innovative plates change your perception of raw and vegan food in general, teaching you to eat (and think) differently. Romeow is the first of its kind in Rome for that and for the cats. Valentina has created a safe haven for them and those people visiting, making everyone feel as comfortable as possible to relax and hopefully try some of their amazing dishes. Also worth mentioning–they have teas, juice, natural and vegan wine, beer and…coloring books!
Via del Gazometro, 54
Sun – Tue 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 11pm
In an area that has more than a few Japanese and sushi offerings, what makes Sakana Sushi so unique is what the restaurant was actually named after. Sakana Sushi has a great selection of Sake – the drink that accompanies Japanese cuisine best (as well as Japanese Whiskey). But the food menu is also impressive – from sushi to sashimi, nigiri and gyoza all the way up to the chef’s menu – each dish keeps with the flavor and customs of Japan. And the beautiful, exotic interiors make you feel like you are no longer in Italy.
Taba Beat Café
Via del Gazometro, 64
Sun – Thur 9.30am – 1am, Fri – Sat 9.30am – 2am
Traditional Argentinian empanadas are revisited, Roman style at Taba Beat Cafe. But the modern approach in the kitchen does not mean traditional recipes are lost. Empanada fillings of coda alla vaccinara, parmigiana and baccala pay tribute to some of the most quintessential Roman dishes. While the empanadas are the star, you’ll find other tasty plates of vegetables, meat, fish and pasta, complimented with wine and cocktails. The restaurant space also pays tribute to the street art that has become synonyms with the neighborhood– an appropriate setting for the artistic, cultural and musical experiences that take all place here. Taba Beat Café is a unique culinary concept that brings a new flavor to the district of Ostiense.
Via Giovanni da Empoli, 37 (Ostiense)
Tue – Thur 8am – 5pm, Fri – Sat 8am – 11pm, Sun 9am – 5pm
Think avocado on crusty bread, pliant cinnamon buns, a green shake, or three-grain porridge, served in an airy sun-filled restaurant. In the shadow of the Gasometro, not far from Piramide, Sofie Wochner and her partner Domenico Cortese opened such a place, offering variations on locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients that mix Sofie’s Danish heritage with Domenico’s Calabrian roots.
Via Giovanni da Empoli, 5
Tue – Thur 7pm – 11pm, 12pm – 3pm, Fri – Sat 7pm – 11pm
While not your typical super-classic Roman restaurant, Trattoria Pennestri is definitely the place to go for an incredible contemporary Roman dining experience. A cozy locale where you can taste delicious Roman dishes with a twist. Try the pasta e fagioli to be pleasantly surprised. And to accompany your meal, browse through their wine list offering more than 60 Italian wines.
Via Antonio Pacinotti, 83
Tues – Thur 7.30pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 7.30pm – 12.30am, Sun 7.30pm – 12am
Just at the end of Ponte di Ferro, you will find Spiazzo, a trendy place that serves delicious pizza with gourmet toppings, created by Fabio e Alessio Mattaccini. Thin, crunchy and absolutely delightful is the pizza served at Spiazzo. Great for lunch, happy hour or dinner.
Banco Fast Food
Via Ostiense, 40a
Mon – Wed 12pm – 4.30pm, Thur 12pm – 10pm, Fri – Sat 12pm – 11pm
This food joint offers both the convenience of fast food and the sustainability and health of local, all natural ingredients. Choose from a wide selection of choices on their menu, including burgers, rolls, noodles, salads, and even vegan options, all of which are of course fresh and seasonal.
Circonvallazione Ostiense, 201
Tues – Sat 6am – 8pm, Sun 7am – 8pm
For a suburb neighborhood bakery, this place may be your new go-to. Serving up an array of exquisite sweet and savory baked goods, including breads, pastries, sweet treats, cakes, pies and more. Stop in and choose from their mouthwatering selection, or even put in an order for a custom-made sweets that will surely impress your guests at any special event.
Via Pellegrino Matteucci, 20
Mon – Sat 7pm – 1am
Step into this decadently decorated restaurant that has transformed the ritual of going out to eat into an art form. The decor is modern, yet relaxing with its lush greenery, modern artwork and delightful music. As you sit to enjoy your meal, savour renowned chef, Francesco Bonanni’s refined creations. Try their 4-course tasting menu at only €30 per person for a taste of their seasonal plates, or opt for their delectable à la carte menu, either way you surely cannot go wrong.
Other contributors: Lexi Doerfler