While travelling it’s easy to rack up your bills on expensive meals, especially in Italy where all that amazing food is hard to resist. If you stray a bit from the tourist-beaten path you can find some great student specials. Over in Trastevere, just a short tram ride from the center of the city, there is an abundance of traditional Italian trattorias and ristorantes that offer a great deal.
One such place is Le Fate, which is located right off the 8 tram line. Decorated with lots of fairies and twinkling lights this little restaurant is pretty easy to spot. While the majority of their menu is a bit pricey, and was definitely out of my budget as a student, every night they offer a different preset dinner menu for students for only 10 euro. They have a blackboard with the set menu up on the wall in the restaurant so if you want to pick the best night to go you can either stop in and take a peek or just call up and check the specials for that night. For just 10 euro they will serve you a plate of bruschetta, a main meal, usually a pasta, a dessert and a glass of house wine. Everything is really delicious and comes from the same menu as the rest of the restaurant, in a slightly smaller portion. But the three courses put together definitely fill you up and the addition of the wine is a huge bonus.
And if you’re studying abroad at the American University of Rome in Monte Verde you can take cooking classes with one of the chefs from Le Fate which I highly recommend. They’re only 15 euro and you’ll have a great time learning Italian cooking tips and eating a huge 3 course meal.
So if you want to save a few bucks for your travels, take the time to go over to Trastevere for an amazing and affordable Italian dinner. And if you have the time take a wander around Trastevere as it is definitely one of Rome’s hidden gems.
Viale di Trastevere, 130, 00153 Rome, Italy
+39 06/5800971 | www.lefaterestaurant.it/