3 Roman Restaurants for the Pasta-Weary

Kelsey Roche is a student at Le Moyne College and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is studying abroad with ISA in Rome, Italy.

Let’s be real: I doubt I’m alone in this, but it is a fact that Italian food played a part in my decision to study abroad in Rome. There are endless kinds of authentic pasta to try, and the gelato is to die for. Needless to say, my expectations were passed with flying colors- the food and drink in Italy is in and of itself an experience. However, there does come a point when you start to miss the variety of food that the United States has to offer. I personally have missed the classic big American breakfast. Sometimes, coffee and a croissant just doesn’t cut it! When this happens, here are some suggestions to give your taste buds a break from all the pasta:

1. Homebaked

A hearty Homebaked meal with friends.

Homebaked is one of the few American-based restaurants in Rome. It is located in the Monte Verde neighborhood, and is right down the street from the American University of Rome. It is, in a sense, a lot of students’ home away from home. They offer dishes such as breakfast bagels, pancakes, wraps, nachos, and salads. It’s a great place to go with a group of hungry American pals!

2. Ginger

Refreshing and healthy food from Ginger- a nice break from endless carbs!

If you’re looking for fresh, organic, and healthy food, Ginger is the place to go. It is located in the heart of Rome on Via Borgognona. It offers smoothies and açaí bowls if you are in the mood for something cold and fresh. They also have organic meats (including burgers) and fish. It is a nice break from the food that is most often found in Rome…but not to worry, they also have delicious pasta!

3. Pico’s Taqueria and Grill

Who knew that quality Mexican food could be found in Europe??

As you could probably guess from the name, Picos specializes in Mexican cuisine. It is located in the heart if Trastevere. You may be thinking, how well can Italy really do Mexican food? The answer is, extremely well. Picos has all the food one may expect from a Mexican restaurant such as tacos, burritos and quesadillas. They also have American dishes such as mac and cheese and loaded fries. Additionally, their menu includes eclectic dishes that are always crowd-pleasers such as the “Waffle Bacon Egg Cheeseburger.” Boun Appetito, everyone!

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