Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Italy >
Sep 20, 2012 03:59 AM

Budget eats for groups in Rome?

Hi everyone.

I am leading a group (my parents and lots of aunts and uncles and cousins) around Italy next month and our first stop will be Rome. Most of the group will be arriving from the Philippines in the late afternoon of a Saturday, and I am trying to find a restaurant close to the Vatican that will be able to accommodate all 21 of us for dinner.

Anyone have any recommendations for restaurants with budget-friendly great food? Also, Asian places for when my people miss rice would be great too! Proximity to the Vatican is preferable for the first dinner, but after that, we're open to everywhere within the city.

Thank you very much!


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. what is your definition of budget- friendly? Wherever you go, you will need reservations to assure seating for a group of this size. I might suggest Osteria dell'Angelo, which I believe has fixed price 25E dinner,some folks around here dont think much of their food, but for us it was a simple and good neighborhood place serving traditional roman dishes.

    It is also possible to cross the river or travel to nearby Trastevere where there are other inexpensive options - Vatican area is not known for having lots of good eating choices.

    1 Reply
    1. re: jen kalb

      Thanks! I was thinking between 20 and 30 euros for dinner that first night. Will definitely look into your suggestion!

    2. WIth advance notice, your group can probably all eat at Sor'Eva, which customarily feeds large groups of seminarians from the Vatican, with many tables seating 8 people. It is in the piazza della Rovere. I don't know if there is anyone who speaks English there, however, to take your reservation. You might ask your hotel to inquire. Here's the number for Sor'Eva. It's very modestly priced, and they make their own pasta. I enjoyed eating there.

      0039 06 6875797

      You can get a sense of Sor'Eva with this YouTube made by a Philippine-American priest who has a cooking show.

      1 Reply