Today the ghetto, as it’s known by locals, is a far cry from the overly-populated, poverty-stricken quarter it was known for, even just 100 years ago. But while the buildings and streets have had a major face lift, the ancient Roman-Jewish culture persists to this day. The Jewish influence can be felt with the high concentration of Kosher restaurants and of course the large Synagogue, the largest in Rome, whose square dome purposefully stands out in the roofscape.
In terms of cuisine, the most well known dish from the ghetto is the Carciofo alla Giudìa, a local artichoke, pounded flat and then deep fried until the leaves are crispy while the heart remains soft. It’s a delicious starter to any meal, followed by pasta, meat or even fish.
The neighborhood is not one particularly inundated with tourists, if any part of the historic center of Rome can say so. But it’s still a good idea to have a plan if you plan to dine in the ghetto. Here are a handful of our favorite places to eat in the Jewish Ghetto as locals.
Tantalizing Kosher recipes in the heart of the Jewish neighborhood. Dine inside or al fresco while enjoying ancient Jewish-Roman dishes.
Via del Portico d’Ottavia, 16
+39 06 6880 6263
Wed-Mon 11am – 11pm
Another fabulous Kosher kitchen dishing up Jewish-Roman dishes, famous for their
Jewish-style fried artichokes.
Via Portico di Ottavia 21/a-22
+39 06 686 1105
Tue – Sun 12:30pm – 3:00pm, 7:30pm – 11:00pm
Forgo all the frills and sit down to a down-to-earth Roman-Jewish meal at Sora Margherita. One of the original restaurants in the ghetto, Sora Margherita is always packed so getting your name on the waitlist as early as possible is a must.
Piazza delle Cinque Scole, 30
+39 06 6874216
Mon – Sat, with seatings at 8pm and 9:30pm
During the winter months, may be closed on Tuesdays
For a non-Kosher experience (and the rare luxury of comfortable outdoor seating), have a look at Piperno. A local institution, Piperno is one of the oldest restaurants in the ghetto, serving up local Roman and Jewish favorites.
Monte de’ Cenci, 9
Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Sunday lunch only.
Lunch 12:45pm – 2:30pm
Dinner 7:45pm – 10:30pm
A list of the best places to eat in the Jewish ghetto wouldn’t be complete without Boccione. A veritable staple in the Roman Jewish cuisine community. Try the ricotta and visciole (wild sour cherries) cake or pizze, a dense almond, dried and candied fruit pastry that’s made the historic kosher bakery famous.
Via del Portico d’Ottavia, 1
Sun – Thurs 8:00am – 7:30pm
Fri 8:00am – 3:30pm
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