Looking for some good restaurants in Rome. Nothing fancy. Nothing exotic.
When I went to Rome last summer, one of the difficult things was sorting out the tourist traps from the genuinely good Italian restaurants. We tried a lot of places, and most were quite average to be honest.
The one place that stuck out was Beere Taverna E Vineria (Beere Taverna & Viniera) - near Piazza Navona. It's definitely not fancy, and the quality is very good. I had a simple pasta dish with just pecorino and pepper, followed by a tiramisu. Both were some of the most amazing Italian dishes I've ever had. It was easily the best place we dined in Rome all week!
We love Elle Effe near the Campo di Fiori. It's family run by Mario and his wife Paola. They are not right on the piazza, so it's not crazy crowded, just around the corner of Via Pollarolla. They serve traditional Roman food (Paola) and Sicilian food (Mario). Not expensive and the waiters are funny. We have been so many times, we are now friends with all of them. If you go, ask to try their homemade limoncello made with lemons from Sicily. And don't forget to tell Mario that Terri from California says "Ciao, come stai?"
Do not forget to stop at Giolitti for the best gelato in Rome. And for the history and pure Italian experience. In season try the Pompelmo Rosa and Mirtillo... OMG! It's always crowded, but it's part of the experience and so worth it. Join the locals in a late night snack and passiegatta with your coni and walk the small streets of Roma.