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There is a widely held misconception that during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Rome’s restaurants shut down and people who don’t have the luxury of eating at home are left to scavenge for food wherever they can get it. While one should expect some venues to be closed and many to embrace limited hours and prix fixe menus, visitors to Rome can eat very well during the holidays. It just requires a bit of planning. Check out this post for this year’s openings.

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8 Comments:


  • [...] Update: See my 2012 list here. [...]


  • [...] Eating in Rome during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays can be tricky, but with some planning, one can eat very well. Read my recommendations for a declicious holiday season on the NYT In Transit blog here. Update: See my 2012/2013 list here. [...]


  • Love your blog and you make me want to come back to Roma


  • Up in these parts Christmas day is a big day out for local folks. While Xmas eve is usually spent with family at home, it is not uncommon to go out here, and in fact, a lot of Roman people drive up to the Castelli on Xmas day to eat. New Year’s Eve is also a big restaurant day. I stay home for that one though.


  • Thank you so much for these recommendations. I spent a lovely Christmas in Rome. My partner and I basically hopped from one recommendation to the next from your blog. My iphone was out of order otherwise we would have been drooling over the app. We started with Antico Arco on a Sunday night, a must. I have never been so happily full in my life. Then we tried Ba Ghetto Milky on Christmas Eve, it was a bit hectic but tasty. The crowning jewel was Al Ceppo for Christmas dinner. Taste and service, what a combination. I was disappointed to discover your layover blogpost on the last day in Rome. We made up for it with dinner at Open Baladin. THE BEST. If you like beer and burgers this is THE place to go. Of course espresso and gelato were peppered in. I have already recommended your site to fellow travelers but would also recommend anyone traveling anywhere to check this site before leaving.


  • Hi! Do you have any suggestion for us? We – a Norwegian family of five (children: 18, 13, 11), are spending our first Xmas in Rome this year. Thanks!


  • Hi Katie,

    I found your website through The Rome Digest, and I am wondering if there is any chance this list will be updated for the 2013-2014 holiday season. My husband and I are thinking of planning a trip to Rome sometime between the 22nd and 30th of December, but we’re worried that like in Paris, where we live, the city will be largely shut down during the last week of the year.

    Also, I’m interested in your beer tasting tour. Will you be around that week? How much does it cost?

    Thanks so much!

    Camille

  • Katie

    yes! here is the updated list of openings in Rome during the holidays. as expected, not much has changed from 2012/2013: http://www.parlafood.com/where-to-eat-in-rome-christmas-new-year/

    I am around for a beer tour that week. I will email you with details.

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