Il Bacaro: delicious food in a tiny restaurant hidden in a corner of Rome


On our first night in Rome, we dined with friends at Il Bacaro, a restaurant that they recommended. Since our friends are locals, we trust their choices. But when it came time to head to the restaurant, we could not find it on our (paper) map. Thank heavens for Google Maps! We found Il Bacaro on a tiny alley not far from a piazza that is fairly popular with tourists (and filled with tourist pizza joints).

Although the restaurant is very small it does have outdoor tables, which come in handy when the weather is lovely. The food at Il Bacaro is wonderful! We shared antipasti of buffalo mozzarella and eggplants. I had a risotto with squid, vegetable ragu and balsamic vinegar. My dining companions had beef tartare; hand-made pasta with pumpkin, sage, guanciale (a type of bacon from Lazio) and parmesan; and risotto with zucchini flowers and taleggio cheese. Check out Il Bacaro’s menu.

What I especially like about Il Bacaro is that it is a perfect place to spend a long evening with friends or, if you are not meeting friends, it’s a cozy corner of Rome where you can relax and have a great meal. It’s very popular with locals so you must call to reserve. The best time to eat is 9:00 pm and after. Otherwise, you’ll be eating all alone and you won’t be able to indulge in that favorite Roman pasttime: people-watching.

Il Bacaro
via degli Spagnoli 27
Rome, Italy
+39 06 687 2554

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  1. Thanks for sharing this fantastic, out of the way spot. Our favorite in Rome is Hostaria Constanza, which we’ve visited on every trip to Rome over the last 20 years:

    I think I could spend a year in Italy alone just sampling the food 🙂

  2. This truly was the best Roman culinary experience for us. My husband and I are New Yorkers- HUGE foodies. Our life literally rotates around food. The pistachio crusted seared tuna and the carbanara (served in it’s own baked cheese SHELL) were fantastic. The eggplant divine. Linguine with truffles sauce and prawns- excellent. And the lemon creme tariamisu in it’s own little igloo-style bowl was refreshing and perfect. The service was friendly and we really enjoyed the romance of it- the wine, the ambiance, the canapy of vines, the candle light. Just the most perfect evening we spend in Italy on our honeymoon.