Best Celebrity Restaurants You Should Visit in Rome

By Last Updated: October 13th, 2023Categories: Destination, Trip

If you live in or travel to Rome, don’t forget to pay a visit to a nearby celebrity restaurant after seeing all those fabulous places in Rome. There’s nothing better than having traditional Italian cuisine to light up the day after wandering in Rome’s historical and modern streets.

If you’ve no idea which restaurant you should pick to whet your appetite, check out the famous and tasty restaurants we’ve listed below.

  • We’ve read all the reviews on some famous platforms like Yelp, FB, IG, and TikTok and the recommendations on Yelp, Michelin Guide, TripAdvisor, and more.
  • Also, we’ve managed to pay a visit there and have a taste of some places.
  • Finally, we’ve come out with this great review on Rome’s celebrity restaurants.

From this review, you will find some Michelin Star restaurants that are popular locally. Also, some have over 100-year history while some are very young. Apart from pizza and pasta, there’s a lot more tasty food you should try in Rome, Italy. Stay tuned.

Perfect Italian Dining Experience: Antica Pesa

  • Address: Via Garibaldi 18 00153 Rome Italy
  • Tele: +39 06 5809236
  • Website:
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM (Monday – Saturday)
  • Average Price: €60 – 70
  • Michelin Star: One

New Yorkers may hear about this name already as the Panella family, the owner of Antica Pesa has opened a branch in NYC since 2012. People in New York including big names like Tom Hardy, Madonna, Paul McCartney, and Ivanka Trump have very high comments about this Italian restaurant.

For the Roman original founded in 1922, it’s always a big attraction – Quentin hosted a premiere party for “Django Unchained” years ago. Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, and more choose to dine here whenever they visit Rome.

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: Antica Pesa

Traditional cuisines and plentiful beverage

You can enjoy the typical Roman cuisine cooked by the finest chefs with selected organic ingredients. Their most proud dishes that make this place the palace of Italian food are:

  • Grilled octopus: the octopus is soft and not chewy at all. It’s perfectly grilled with this nice crispy. When severed with spicy arrabbiata sauce, every bite of it is flavorful.
  • Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe (Italian: pepper and cheese): this traditional Roman spaghetti dish is made from the local pepper, cheese, and spaghetti. It looks easy but smells and tastes surprisingly good.
  • Tiramisu: made from Savoiardi cookies soaked in espresso and mascarpone, this is an ideal dessert in a perfect balance. No overwhelming sweetness or bitterness. Starts with a mild bitterness, when it gets to the palates, the sweetness comes out and is dominant.

Moreover, the list of wine (1,100 labels) and cocktails is extensive, I’m sure that they will please you. You can visit their underground wine cellar (Cantina) which has won multiple awards for its ability to keep the best quality of wines.

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: Antica Pesa

Romantic and historical dining place

The other secret that makes the restaurant famous is its cozy atmosphere.

This restaurant is housed in a grain storehouse that once belonged to the Pope. Indoor and outdoor, you can always some elements of the old Roman style. Besides, the host decorates each room and hall with beautiful large paintings.

Outdoor seatings are available too. Sitting in the garden makes us feel like crossing back to 200 years ago.

The Only One 3-Michelin-Star in Rome: La Pergola

  • Address: Via Cadlolo 101, Rome, 00136, Italy (Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel)
  • Tele:+39 06 35092152
  • Website:
  • Time: 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM (Tuesday – Saturday)
  • Average Price: €170 (Tasting Menu: €250/per head)
  • Michelin Star: Three

If you have enough budget, consider having a meal here. It will change your view of Italian food. Thanks to Heinz Beck, the celebrity chef and founder of La Pergola, who has brought modern elements and new flavors to authentic Italian food, we’re lucky to taste something unique.

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: La Pergola

Who is Heinz Beck

As the chef of two Michelin-starred restaurants (La Pergola and Heinz Beck Restaurant in central London), Heinz Beck is no doubt one of the most genius chefs. Magically, he redefines Italian cuisine from simplicity to a combination of artistic sensibility and French precision with modern cooking techniques.

By the way, ask the staff if Heinz Beck is around. Take a photo with him!

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: La Pergola

Flawless Dishes and Bottles

Nothing will disappoint you here. Lamb, seafood, beef, and pasta are great.

Also, get a bottle of wine to light up everything! They have more than 60,000 bottles in their cellar. Trust Marco Reitano, the Chef Sommelier, and his fellows. They will offer you the best wine for your dinner.

Perfect nightscape

How about its atmosphere? Well, located on the ninth floor of the renowned luxury 5-star hotel, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, it gives you something different, something you won’t have in normal street restaurants. You can look over Rome. The night view is there, appreciate it with your loved one while holding a glass of wine. Perfect evening!

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: La Pergola

Possibly the BEST Pizza in Rome: Seu Pizza Illuminati

It’s Rome and you must try pizzas. It’s different compared to those sold in the US. Though every pizzeria in Rome is good, we try to filter this best – it’s also the on the Best list of Restaurant Guru, Yelp, and TripAdvisor too.

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: Seu Pizza Illuminati

Tasty Pizzas Made By Genius Chefs

Founded by Pier Daniele Seu, a Roman pizza maker that’s phrased as the ‘Michelangelo of pizza’, Seu Pizza Illuminati is one of the most popular and famous pizzerias.

This genius pizza maker respects the traditions and makes delicious old-style pizzas like Margherita and Marinara.

Moreover, he’s innovative and creates new pizzas with modern imported ingredients like tuna and tacos. He loves using seasonal ingredients such as passion fruit, chicory, yellow tomatoes, and walnuts to make the pizzas fresh and tasty.

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: Seu Pizza Illuminati

Also, don’t forget to order an Italian beer! That’s how the Roman enjoy their pizza. One sip of the light and ice-cold Italian beer and one bite of the crispy, tasty pizza! Incredible.

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: Seu Pizza Illuminati

The only sad thing about it is that this restaurant is small and you may have to wait for a while for your pizza to be served! Book a table before you go there!

Best Beverage: Il Pagliaccio

  • Address: Via Dei Banchi Vecchi 129, 00186 Rome Italy
  • Tele:+39 06 6880 9595
  • Website:
  • Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM (Tuesday to Saturday); 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (Thursday – Saturday)
  • Average Price:  4 routes to choose: Circus (€200), Orme (€180), Terrae(€160), & Intermezzo (€110)
  • Michelin Star: Two

If you’re a wine or champagne lover, you must visit here! This two-Michelin-starred ristorante(Italian: restaurant) has the best wine lists in Rome! The Il Pagliaccios’s Wine List created by

  • Luca Belleggia – the Chef Sommelier,
  • Matteo Zappile – the manager,
  • and Anthony Genovese – the chef

has been awarded as Best of Excellence Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: Il Pagliaccio

Italian Cuisines with Eastern Flavors

Besides the beverage, their chef, Anthony Genovese, is the real reason that makes it honored as a Michelin-recommended restaurant.

He is an absolute star whose famous dishes fuse with authentic Italian cuisine and some eastern elements (Thailand and Japan) thanks to his work experience in the two countries back in his youth.

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: Il Pagliaccio

Order some of Chef Anthony’s best dishes, you will surprisingly find out that you can taste some eastern flavors like soy sauce, fish sauce, tom yum, etc. Not obvious, just some hints that will level up the dishes without ruining their original Italian flavor. Incredible.

Feast from the Sea: Pierluigi

  • Address: Via Piazza de Ricci 144, 00186 Rome
  • Tele:+39 06 686 8717
  • Website:
  • Time: 12:00 PM -2:30 PM, 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM (Monday to Sunday)
  • Average Price: €100

Is there anybody who hates seafood? Not really, unless you have an allergy. Getting into this restaurant that is located in the beautiful Piazza del Ricci of central Rome, you will be amazed by the variety of fresh seafood they have.

Eye-watering & popping seafood supply

Fish and shellfish like sardines, codfish, anchovies, tuna, salmon, octopus, prawns, crabs, oysters, sea urchins, lobsters, clams, mullets, and a lot more will make you run at the mouth.

Raw platters, appetizers, tartare, pasta, and pizza are all available!

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: Pierluigi

Seafood Companion

What is the best companion for seafood? Alcohol! When you’re enjoying the fresh and tasty seafood in Pierluigi, ask them to give some advice on choosing a bottle.

From 2018 to 2022, Pierluigi won the “Best of Award of Excellence” on Wine Spectator. The chef Sommelier Alessandro Tibaldo is one of the world’s best in his profession. This genius and his fellows have stored more than 1,500 labels in the wine cellar.

Tip: They have a cocktail bar too! Whisky, rum, vodka, gin, cognac, and more liquors can be easily found there. After your meal, go there and take a look!

If possible, book a table in their famous ancient wine cellar which is covered by wood, volcanic stone, and glass, a perfect combination of innovation and tradition. You may choose to dine in private rooms or the principal room where Obama, Zuckerberg, and more had dined there.

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: Pierluigi

Not fancy of a table in the vault? Nothing, you can sit in the open air on the cobblestones of the piazza. With a sunshade above, enjoy the meals while breathing the warm Roman atmosphere. You may choose to seat in indoors too. Well, less “Roman” feeling though.

Best Celebrity Restaurants in Rome: Pierluigi

Frequently Asked Questions

Tips are not requested in Rome or in the whole of Italy. But you will have to pay a service fee – normally, 10% or 20% of the bill. This may confuse a lot of visitors since this charge is mandatory, never an option.

So, if you go to Rome and dine there, just take the service charge as the tip.


  • Allesso di Bollito
  • Artichokes
  • Carbonara (Rigatoni Carbonara)
  • Maritozzi
  • Gelato
  • Pizza al Taglio
  • Porchetta
  • Supplì
  • Trapizzino
  • Saltimbocca
  • Bucatini Amatriciana
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • Cicoria