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Your Guide to Family-Friendly Dining in Rome

Arguably one of the most famous cities in the world is Rome, Italy.

family eats pasta at rome kid friendly restaurants

This gorgeous and historic Italian city is on almost everyone’s list of places they want to visit.

From the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain, fashion scene, and delicious food, there are many reasons why you’d like to visit.

The historical aspect of this city is one of the main reasons people love traveling here with kids.

There’s so much to see and learn, and it’s a pretty kid-friendly city.

If you’re planning a great vacation with your kids, here are the best kid-friendly restaurants in Rome that will have your mouth watering.


Multiple locations

Mi’Ndujo has three locations scattered throughout Rome. There’s one near Vatican City, one near the Colosseum, and another in Via Catania.

This low-key sandwich shop is the perfect restaurant for quick yet delicious food.

It’s super casual, which works well for families with young kids who don’t want to sit for too long.

There’s a little bit of everything at Mi’Ndujo.

They have sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and desserts worth saving room for.

People of all ages will love their slices of cheese pizza, warm sandwiches, and classic burgers.

Don’t forget a side of French fries to munch on with your main dish!

Vivi Bistrot

Piazza Navona, 2, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 683 3779
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If you’re looking for a great kid-friendly restaurant across from Piazza Navona, you have to try Vivi Bistrot.

You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see massive double doors open during business hours.

It’s a bustling restaurant but still suitable for kids.

I would try to sit outside on their covered terrace with views of Piazza Navona.

Vivi Bistrot features plenty of Italian appetizers and inspired dishes.

They have healthy bowls, vegan options, burgers, and a small selection of pasta dishes.

While most people come to Rome to eat pizza and pasta, I love their cheddar bacon burger, and something tells me the kids will too.

ENOTECA FERRARA Ristorante Trastevere

Piazza Trilussa, 41, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 5833 3920
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By car, you’ll find ENOTECA FERRARA about eight minutes south of Vatican City.

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This lovely Italian restaurant has a warm atmosphere for you to enjoy a great meal with your kids.

It has a minimalistic aesthetic with white walls, wood furniture, and the perfect mood lighting throughout the day.

The menu here features classic Italian dishes with contemporary twists that everyone will love.

They have elegant dishes that the adults, older kids, and adventurous children will love, like their mussels.

But other popular dishes here are their bruschetta appetizer, spaghetti bolognese, and nothing is complete without their fresh bread.

Rec23 on the River Burger&Cocktail

Banchina del Tevere, Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 333 872 8556

Rec23 on the River is on the west side of the Tiber River, nestled right on the water.

It’s a beautiful restaurant with great views, fantastic service, and a kid-friendly atmosphere.

If you manage to stop in here for some food during your trip to Rome, be sure to snag a table outside to take full advantage of the views.

This restaurant is actually a burger and New American restaurant, so maybe not your first choice when in Rome, but it’s excellent, and kids love it.

This is the place you come to when you want a great burger.

Kids will love their cheeseburgers, and for the adults, they have specialty burgers with blue cheese, bacon, and other fun toppings. 

Nannarella, Osteria, Roma Trastevere

Piazza di S. Calisto, 7/a, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

You’ll find Nannarella Osteria less than a minute’s walk away from Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere.

It has a traditional Italian restaurant vibe with white tablecloths, outdoor seating, and a laid-back atmosphere.

As you probably guessed, the cuisine here is classic Roman Italian dishes.

Their menu is littered with pasta dishes, appetizers, side dishes, handhelds, and more.

Some of my favorite dishes here are lasagna, mushroom pizza, and borgo salad.


Via della Paglia, 1/2/3, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
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Tonnarello is right across the street from one of Rome’s local history museums, Museo di Roma in Trastevere.

The restaurant is lively and welcoming to people of all ages.

The exposed stone walls, dim lighting, and friendly staff make this a great spot to enjoy a meal while traveling with kids.

This restaurant serves all your favorite traditional Italian food.

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They make everything with decades-old recipes, so you know you’re getting a meal prepared with love.

I highly recommend sharing pizza with the kids.

Some of the popular recipes include their four cheese pie, Margherita, and Parma pie.


Via della Pelliccia, 47/53, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 589 6848
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Otello is on the Tiber River’s west side near the Rome Botanical Gardens.

When you arrive, you’ll see street art on parts of the restaurant’s exterior walls, but don’t let this deter you.

Since 1700, this has been a favorite restaurant in the city for solo travelers, friends, and families due to its traditional aesthetic, food, and welcoming environment.

Otello serves traditional Roman dishes such as homemade pasta, fresh veggies, fried appetizers, and plenty of desserts.

The kids will love the pasta selection and desserts the best, but who wouldn’t?

I love their classic lasagna, carbonara, and cacio e pepe pasta dishes the best.


Via Margutta, 1d, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 321 1559
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Babette is a 15-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain and is right next to Villa Borghese.

This kid-friendly restaurant is in a small alley and is an elegant option when you need a great place to grab dinner after exploring, breakfast before exploring or a hearty lunch.

It’s elegant but not pretentious, making it perfect for families.

The cuisine here is classic Italian. Babette’s menu features plenty of appetizers, soups, pasta dishes, and salads.

While many of the dishes are rather elegant and more refined, you’ll still find plenty of options that kids will enjoy.

Some of my favorites are the fettuccine with beef and mushroom risotto.

La Famiglia

Via Gaeta, 66, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 494 0622

La Famiglia is an 11-minute drive away from the Colosseum.

This restaurant features beautiful yellow walls, which help contribute to the happy atmosphere of the space.

It’s slightly off the beaten path but always crowded because it’s a fun and friendly place to be.

Much like other restaurants in Rome, La Famiglia features an abundance of classic Italian dishes for you and your kids to enjoy.

They have three bruschetta options if you’re looking for a great starter.

As for the entrees, you can’t go wrong with their spaghetti with mussels.

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Be sure to leave room for one of their amazing cannolis.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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