Pasta Imperiale – Rome’s Hidden Pasta Gem

If you are visiting Rome (for just a day or even longer) – you don’t have to search hard to find good pasta.  One gem which serves GREAT pasta is Pasta Imperiale.  Tucked in a small alley behind Piazza Navona, close to the Tiber River – Pasta Imperiale serves fresh pasta in a small storefront that is very easy to overlook.

Cozy Italian Street
The street where you can find Pasta Imperiale is tucked behind Piazza Navona

The menu changes daily – they always have a selection of 5-7 pastas which you can mix and match with a selection of 5-7 sauces.  You can glance back in the kitchen as they boil your pasta and toss it fresh after you order.  You can top it off with a heaping pile of Parmesan cheese or have it plain.  Add a drink and a tiramisu and a hearty lunch will cost just 8 Euros (and they are very generous with the portions).  You can either eat in the cozy shop next to the kitchen – or you can take your pasta in a to-go container and eat it in the Piazza as you people watch.    If you are looking for an after dinner dessert and tiramisu doesn’t fulfill your pallet you can find some of our recommendations for the best Gelato in Italy just a few blocks away.  In addition to the pasta they have a selection of sandwiches which are also always changing and salads.  The friendly staff are very accommodating and will offer advice and answer any questions.

Pasta Imperiale
A collage of photos from Pasta Imperiale

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