Dining on Rome's Viale Aventino is an increasingly international experience, thanks largely to the nearby Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its employees from around the world. Here is a selection of international restaurants on the street that connects Circus Maximus with Piazza Albania.
SÃO Brazilian Sushi BarOne of the capital's newest Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurants, São offers dishes combining traditional sushi with exotic fruit, served with South American cocktails such as Margarita, Mojito and Caipirinha. Highlights on the menu include Harumaki - pasta rolls filled with riso, carrots, zucchine, broccoli and tofu - and BacaSao - croquettes with bacalà (cod), sweet potatoes, milk and coriander. Online booking only, open daily from 19.00. Viale Aventino 123 (Piazza Albania), website.
EllenikoThis small Greek-run diner serves authentic and tasty Greek cuisine at prices that won't break the bank. The traditional fare on the menu includes pita souvlaki, Greek salad, mousaka, tiropita and spanakopita, dolmades, tzatziki, baklava and kataifi, as well as wine and beer. Elleniko is ideal for a quick and informal brunch, lunch or dinner or simply a take-away. Open 12.00-23.00, Sun closed. Viale Aventino, 107/109, tel. 0664420648.
Sushi e NoodlesAs the name suggests, Sushi e Noodles offers a fusion of Chinese and Japanese food, with sushi being its speciality. This elegant and ever-busy restaurant is currently in the process of expanding into the disused premises next door. The extensive menu includes spring rolls, soups, salad, noodles, rice, sushi, maki, sashimi, fish, meat and vegetable dishes. Moderately priced. Take-away option also available. Open every day, for lunch and dinner. Viale Aventino 117, tel. 0664420616, website.
La RenardièreWith its lace-curtains and art deco theme, this small French-run restaurant has the feel of a cosy Parisian bistrot and its authentic French cuisine is cooked according to trusted family recipes. The lunch menu features soup of the day, quiches, terrines, salads, cheeses, and steak tartare. The dinner menu is known for its meat and fish dishes, escargots, and select French wines. The desserts include apple tart, lemon cake, coffee gourmand (coffee served with four mini desserts), and its divine chocolate mousse. Sun closed. Viale Aventino 31/33, tel. 0687785445, website.
Court DelicatiThis restaurant serves Malaysian specialities, many of which are hard to come by in Rome, as well as an extensive Chinese and Thai food menu. Dishes include spring rolls, ravioli, dumplings, noodles, prawns, and numerous vegetarian options. Court Delicati is invariably busy and service is brisk. Open for lunch and dinner. Booking advised at weekends. Mon closed. Viale Aventino 39, tel. 065746108.
ManiokaAnother new entry in the city's Japanese-Brazilian fusion market. This "boteco do sushi brasileiro" is housed mainly in a sprawling downstairs venue although it has a few brightly-coloured tables on the street too. Dishes prepared by the restaurant's Brazilian and Japanese chefs include temaki, farofa and tenkasu, as well as a range of desserts, freshly-mixed juices and exotic cocktails. Mon-Fri midday to 15.00 / 17.00-23.30. Sat midday-15.00 / 17.00-23.30. Sun midday-15.00 / 19.00-23.30. Viale Aventino 40, tel. 0657250060, website.