** Rome Restaurants Open for Christmas and New Year’s (Free Italy Travel Advice) **

NOTE: This was published in 2011. Please check with these restaurants to see if they will be keeping the same schedule in 2013.

One of the challenges of spending Christmas in Rome can be finding a special place that will be open for Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas lunch. New Year’s Eveis a little easier…If you’re in a bind, a hotel restaurant may be your best bet and Rome actually has some fine gourmet hotel restaurants — see La Terrazza below, but you will pay for the privilege. (See Rome holiday hotel packages, too.) The folks at Tavole Romane also have a good Rome holiday restaurant list. Remember, reservations are essential! Our Rome contributor Danielle Rouvet picks some Rome restaurants that will be open for the holidays :

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Grotte del Teatro di Pompeo
Dining with Pompey’s Theatre as the backdrop.
Cuisine: Typical Roman
Open: Christmas Eve, Christmas Lunch, New Year’s Eve dinner
Address: Via del Biscione, 73/74 (near Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona)
Phone: (39)
06 6880368

Il Drappo
Named after the drapes that cover the roof and come down from the walls to create a romantic atmosphere.
Cusine: Sardinian
Open: Christmas Eve, Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner
Address: Vicolo del Malpasso, 9 (near Campo dei Fiori)
Phone: (39) 06 6877365

Ristorante Ad Hoc
Extensive wine list. Great for seafood and meats.
Cusine: Roman and Mediterranean
Open: Christmas Eve, Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner
Address: Via di Ripetta, 43 (near Villa Borghese)
Phone: (39)
06 323304

 

Le Fate
Name means“The Fairies.” Ask for the homemade limoncello at the end of your meal at this mom and pop restaurant.
Cuisine: Typical Roman
Open: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
Address: Viale Trastevere, 130 (Trastevere)
Phone: (39)
06 5800971

Pierluigi
Founded in 1938. Exceptional seafood dishes.
Cuisine: Italian and Mediterranean
Open: Christmas Eve, Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner
Address: Piazza De Ricci, 144 (Trastevere)
Phone: (39)
066861302

La Terrazza
In the Hotel Eden. Michelin star. Very expensive – the pre-fixe Christmas Eve menu is 175 euros per person.
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Open:
Christmas Eve, Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner

Address:
Via Ludovisi, 49 (above Spanish Steps)
Phone: (39) 06 478121

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