The Surprising Truth About Food in Rome

If you’re searching the world for the best food, Rome is where you need to go.

The food in Rome was delicious, fresh, to be savored, and tasted like an Italian grandmother made it (maybe she did!)

It was EXACTLY how I imagined it,

with the gelatos,

Gelato in Rome Best Food Rome

and pastas,

Eating Pasta in Rome

and pizzas,

Eating Pizza in Rome

and wine..

Drinking Wine in Rome

except for ONE thing.


The Surprising Truth About Food in Rome

It was much









much much much much


The average meal out for two people  was in between 30-40 Euro.

This includes:

  • a large bottle of wine
  • water
  • appetizers
  • two main dishes
  • coffee
  • a dessert

This is cheaper than dining almost any place in the world I’ve been, aside from Asia.

The portions were large, the food was delicious, and the restaurants were cute and cozy. Obviously, you can go for much more expensive, but why?

This includes: the restaurants, (most) gelaterias, bars, and the supermarket.

At the supermarket, we bought enough food for 4 days of breakfast and snacks and the occasional lunch (and we had a lot of food leftover):

  • eggs
  • 5 kinds of cheeses
  • 2 bottles of wine
  • 2 beers
  • salmon (for my friend – I’m a veggie)
  • 2 loaves of bread
  • vegetables (tomatoes, lettuce, pickled veggies, onion) and sauces (balsamic vinegar, olive oil)

For all under 50 Euro. This was not even the cheapest supermarket available – it was a nice grocery most conveniently located to our Airbnb.

Grocery Shopping in Rome is Cheap

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Good Italian food in Rome is not expensive!


Have you ever been surprised (either negatively or positively) about the cost of food or living in a place that you visited?




A short vacation in Thailand turned into a life abroad with a canceled ticket home. Nearly a decade later and after living in Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, Puebla, and Puerto Vallarta, Steph is on to her next adventure and living back in beautiful, cosmopolitan Mexico City. She is living, traveling, and working (both as an expat therapist and an international health insurance representative) around the world to find the beautiful, inspirational, and interesting while sharing it with you!

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  1. December 19, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    You’ve let the gatto out of the borsa! It’s all true! When we lived in Rome, we never felt guilty for going out for dinner. It was healthy, delicious and amazingly inexpensive!

    • Steph
      December 19, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Oh wow, I’m envious! I would love to live in Rome… but I can imagine I’d gain about 10lbs hahaha

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