renowned for, above all, its sausages and cured meats. Also serves tastings of cured meats and cheeses. Open daily, 10am– 9pm. Via della Scrofa, 24. Tel 0668192695. All credit cards accepted. (€€) anticanorcineria.com Map D3 Babette (Italian) Exquisite restaurant on secluded, leafy Via Margutta with a menu that is updated as the seasons change with innovative, original recipes. The delightful inner courtyard offers shaded tables for romantic candlelit meals, and rotating works by young contemporary artists hang on the walls inside. Open Tue–Thu, 12:30– 3pm and 7–10:30pm; Fri, Sat, 12:30– 3pm and 7–11pm; Sun, 12:30– 3pm and 7–10pm. Via Margutta, 1d. Tel 063211559. babetteristorante.it Map D1/2 Osteria Margutta (Italian) Creative dishes like tonnarelli Margutta, penne in vodka and salmon sauce, pork with chestnuts, or tuna fillet with radicchio, with a private art collection as a backdrop. 100+ wine labels. Open Mon–Sat, 12:30pm– 3pm and 7:30pm–12midnight. Via Margutta, 82. Tel 063231025. V, MC, and JCB accepted. (€€/€€€) osteriamargutta.it Map D2 Vitti in Lucina (Café) Outdoor seating on a lovely piazza. Enjoy a gelato, sacher torte, cannolo, chocolate roll, or a traditional Roman meal of seafood, pasta, or meat. Open daily, 11am–11pm. Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina, 33. Tel 066876304. Piazza Capranica 75/ 55. Tel 0669921720 Credit cards accepted. (€/€€) Map D3 VATICAN & PRATI L’Arcangelo (Italian) Innovative cuisine served in a quaint, vintage setting. Classic Italian favorites as well as unusual dishes like rabbit with sweet and sour vegetables and seared tuna in a celery and candied orange sauce. Closed Sat at lunch and all day Sun. Via G. G. Belli, 59. Tel 063210992. (€€/ €€€) Map C/D2 La Cucaracha (Mexican) Enjoy Mexican specialties such as enchiladas, guacamole, tacos, burritos, chili con carne, chimichangas, fajitas, and homemade corn tortillas. The family of owners hails from Acapulco and the proof is in the margaritas. Open Mon–Sat, 6:30pm–12midnight. Closed Sun. Via Mocenigo, 10a. Tel 0639746373. Credit cards accepted. (€€) lacucaracha.it Map A2 Les Etoiles (Mediterranean) Prestigious restaurant and cocktail bar just a few steps from the Vatican. Sip a glass of wine or a cocktail on the spectacular rooftop terrace with views of St. Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo. Open 10am–2am. Via Vitelleschi, 34. Tel 066873233. All credit cards accepted. (€€€/€€€€) atlantehotels.com Map B/C2 Papa Rex (Roman) Quality of ingredients, respect for culinary tradition, and courtesy of the staff are the points of pride of this welcoming restaurant. The first courses include such well- loved classics as rigatoni all’amatriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara, fettuccine with porcini mushrooms, and gnocchi with mussels and pecorino. Mains include Florentine steak, saltimbocca alla romana, or veal piccata with Amalfi lemons. Open every day, 10am–11pm. Via Aurelia, 87. Tel 06634998. (€€) paparex.it Map A/B3 51 www. wheretraveler. com
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