I’ll be the first person to tell you that Italian food is the best and most delicious cuisine of them all. There’s nothing I like more than a plate of bucatini all’amatriciana with pecorino cheese, or a Margherita pizza, or a cannolo for dessert. That being said, there are times when I miss the variety of cuisine that you find in restaurants abroad, and the surprise that comes with opening a menu and not knowing exactly what you’re going to find. In contrast, Roman restaurants (and Italian restaurants in general) usually do not stray from the dishes that characterize their regional cuisine. For example, there is almost no need to open a menu when dining in a typical Roman restaurant, as you know they will offer the usual Roman fare (spaghetti alla carbonara, cacio e pepe, etc). If you find that you need a break from Italian cuisine during your time in Rome, I have you covered – there are a variety of ethnic restaurants in the Eternal City to remedy your Italian food overdose.
Located in the picturesque neighborhood of Trastevere, Akropolis offers savory and satisfying dishes like chicken souvlaki, gyros, and slow-cooked lamb with prunes, honey, and almonds. All dishes are served with warm pita bread. For dessert? Baklava, of course.
Post originally written for www.eatingitalyfoodtours.com/blog -- if you're going to be in Rome soon and are a foodie, definitely think about doing one of their food tours in the Testaccio or Trastevere neighborhoods!