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Best Food on a Budget in Rome

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Antica Birreria Peroni

Not many know that there is a part of Italy where people are comfortable talking in German as well as Italian, well Antica Birreria Peroni is somewhat like that. This is the place for beer lovers who swarm to meet in the century old beer hall owned by Italy's leading brewery. The big windows give a glimpse of the sepia toned walls to the outsiders, while inside you will be welcomed by the beer inspired Art Deco with brewery wisdom inscriptions such as 'who drinks beer lives to be 100'. You will see a hosts of regulars here, from office goers to tourists, gorging on the simple yet tasty pub fare. The highlight of the menu are the sausages and the BBQ dishes. All these at an affordable price makes it even more appealing to everyone who wants a good drink and a fun time.

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L' Insalata Ricca

Spacious establishment consisting of three rooms (two for non-smokers), the first of a chain of seven similar restaurants. You will find more than 20 different kinds of salads, as well as a wide variety of first courses; meat and fish dishes on Tuesdays and Fridays. Great draft beers and 'Vino sfuso' from Frascati.

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L’Asino d’Oro

L’Asino d’Oro in Monti is renowned chef Lucio Sforza's gastronomic delight to the neighborhood and you will find the restaurant booked most of the times. The menu changes daily where the cuisine from Umbria takes center stage and signature dishes like game, pork and offal make as the starry casts. The restaurant has a warm ambiance with its soft lighting, comfy chairs and selective jazz music playing in the background. For lunch, the fixed menu for 12 euros is a steal. The food is excellent and is very affordable, do make some room for dessert as well.

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Dar Filettaro

This place is known for their baccala ( fried cod fillets) and other fried treats. Dar Filettaro is a small yet cozy restaurant serving few dishes and changing according to the seasons. If the weather is good, you can dine outside. There also have crispy veggie batters such as fiori di zucca and suppli. If your tired of the usual stuff, head here for some unusual Roman delicacies that will just make you crave for more.

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Sandwicheria

This modern little hole-in-the-wall shop, located on the Via del Nazareno is the perfect place to eat a quick panini when you find yourself leaving the Spanish Steps and traipsing your way to the Trevi Fountain. Here, the ragazzi are always kind and patient, and with all the ingredients to choose from, they are used to people ruminating a while. You will find all your ingredients typical from any salumeria, favorites like salami, prosciutto, mortadella and all different types of cheese. The place itself is quite small within and there are not many seats to eat on, however, while in Rome, with all the sites and monuments that abound nearby, you are bound to find a place to sit, other tourists notwithstanding.

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Hostaria Romana

Rome is a feast in every sense, so if you want to treat yourself on delicious Roman cuisine that will delight your wallet as well, then head to Hostaria Romana. This vintage cucina has been a bustling restaurant for many decades, delighting the locals and tourists alike with their delectable food, changing according to the seasons, but the taste never being compromised. Enjoy!

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Antica Pizzeria Est Est Est

Historic pizzeria, open for over 100 years and known as 'la pizzeria di Via Genova', which can be noisy but welcoming at the same time, making it a popular group destination. Antica Pizzeria Fratelli RICCI EST! EST!! EST!!! has been managed by the Ricci family since its establishment in 1888. Pizzas can be either bassa (thin) according to Roman tradition, or alta (thick) according to Neapolitan rules, depending on your preference. The calzoni, codfish fillets and crostini are also delicious. Beverages offered include beer and wine.

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Alle Fratte di Trastevere

This cheerful restaurant is known for their gorgeous food and is easy on the wallet. You will tradition Roman fare along with dishes from Naples as well. The restaurant has a welcoming ambiance with its 18th century Rome paintings, bouncy curtains and cute outdoor seating. Alle Fratte di Trastevere is a hit amongst the locals and tourists alike, don't be surprised to find priests enjoying the delightful fare. Accompany your food with a hearty house wine. Cheers!

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Tanto Pe 'Magna'

Tanto Pe 'Magna' is a cozy Italian restaurant that offers a variety of typically Roman dishes. Here, you will find anything from pizza to pasta, served with delicious appetizers and house wine. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and the inside are decorated in an old Italian fashion. All major credit cards are accepted at Tanto Pe 'Magna', and no reservation is necessary. One of the best places to find cheap food in the city, it is a favorite hangout place for locals in the mood for a decent meal. Try the Meatballs or the Oxtail for a hearty meal.

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Il Buchetto

This local pizzeria is ever-bustling with loyal customers. The feel is casual and comfortable, with lots of tables and a little background music. The staff is alert and more than willing to help customers decide on one of the thirty varieties of pizza, as well as Calzoni, Bruschette and Crostini. The traditional desserts baked in the wood oven are amazing.

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