Hanging out in Rome and need a break from Italian cuisine?
This spacious Japanese restaurant (and bookstore and gallery) has you covered with classic sushi, rich soba, and tasty udon, among other things. Do a sake tasting if you’re up for a kick. Order the soba or udon if soup sounds like comfort. And lean back and enjoy the artsy interior and perfectly timed service.
Address: Via Palermo 51
Phone: +39 06 481 5655
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12:30 to 15:00 and 19:30 to 23:00; Sunday 19:30 to 22:30.
Dog friendly? Yes.
What to do in Rome
You’ll find the world’s best gelato at Gelateria del Teatro and good pizza at Da Remo. I also like Secondo Tradizione for cheese plates, gnocci, and great meat dishes.
The major tourist attractions are interesting and I’m a particular fan of the aventine keyhole and the nearby public garden Giardino degli Aranci. Exploring the city by Vespa is pretty fun (full disclosure: my vespa adventure was free for another story) and, of course, any fresh market you can make it to will be well worth the effort.
Don’t miss out on artichokes (both Roman and Jewish style) if you’re in the city in winter. And if you’re looking for a food tour, I recommend The Roman Food Tour at sunset in Prati.
If a day trip is on the horizon, Assisi is my favorite Italian town and this is the best restaurant in the city.