Rome is a great place to eat: its denizens know a good deal about freshness and authenticity, and can be very demanding when it comes to the quality of the dishes they are served. Most city-centre restaurants offer standard Italian menus, with the emphasis on traditional Roman dishes, although a few more adventurous places have been popping up of late; plus there are numerous establishments dedicated to a variety of regional cuisines. The city is also blessed with an abundance of good pizzerias, churning out thin, crispy-baked Roman pizza from wood-fired ovens. In recent years a number of successful business exponents of the thicker, airier, Neapolitan style have also found favour.
There are plenty of bars in Rome, and an Irish pub practically on every corner. There’s also been a recent upsurge in wine bars (enoteche or vinerie); the old ones have gained new cachet, and newer ones are springing up too, often with accompanying gourmet menus, or just plates of salami and cheese. Bear in mind that there is sometimes considerable crossover between Rome’s bars, restaurants and clubs. Campo de’ Fiori, Monti, Trastevere and Testaccio are the densest and most happening parts of town.