By Olivia Cuccaro
It’s no secret that the capital of Italy is a haven for gourmands worldwide.
Italy consistently ranks among the top Michelin-starred countries, with Rome itself hosting more than 70 recognized restaurants.
Though traditional Italian cuisine often incorporates pork or cured meats, vegetable-based dishes have always had a place at the table. Click through to see the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Rome.
Overlooking the Colosseum and Emperor Nero’s Gardens, this rooftop restaurant features a pasta menu with a few meatless dishes. Try the cappellotti or tacconelle as a main course.
While the menu is limited, renowned Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio and his team ensure a Michelin-quality experience.
After dinner, descend from the restaurant penthouse and stay at the 16-room Palazzo Manfredi hotel in the heart of Rome.
Originally a tea room, the historic sixth floor of the Hassler Roma hotel offers panoramic views of the city center.
More impressive is its 6-course vegetarian tasting menu of dishes tailored to suit the vegetarian palate.
There is also a designated vegetarian main course and a cheese selection at this Michelin-starred venue.
Chef Andrea Fusco brings his talents in gastronomy to the SINA Bernini Bristol hotel with the funky Giuda ballerino.
Sample a 4-course vegetarian tasting menu to share or choose from several dedicated vegetarian entrees.
The surrounding decor features comic book heroes and black and white furnishings for a unique atmosphere in the ancient city.
Inside the Via Veneto hotel, Chef Franco Madama takes a creative approach to cuisine at Magnolia. Dine indoors or be led through a marble-clad tunnel to enjoy the Michelin-starred restaurant at the original cloister outside.
Magnolia provides vegetarian options for appetizers, first dishes and main courses. While there is no set vegetarian tasting menu, the chef can recommend dishes based on individual preference.
As the only three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Italy (and one of our Top 100 Restaurants) this establishment is the pinnacle of fine dining in Rome. Chef Heinz Beck has created an outstanding menu and the talent in the kitchen is capable of modifying dishes to the content of vegetarian customers.
So induldge in the gourmet cuisine, but don’t skip the best part–La Pergola boasts an award-winning wine list.