Where to eat in Ostia, Fiumicino and Fregene

From April to October, it’s tradition to head to the Roman seaside and indulge in delicious seafood lunches. The beautiful weather, the sound of the waves, the fresh breeze, yummy food, and chilled bottles of wine are more than worth the 45-minute drive from Rome! The Roman coast is characterized by different areas: Fiumicino, Ostia and Fregene. To get to these areas it takes between a 30 to 45-minute drive from Rome, depending from where you are. Here are three of my favorite restaurants in Ostia, Fiumicino and Fregene.

The best restaurants in Fiumicino

Fiumicino is the perfect place for a seafood lunch. It’s just a 15-minute drive from the Roma-Fiumicino airport, so perfect for a farewell lunch. Of course, if I’m going to the Roman seaside for lunch it’s because I expect to have a view of the sea. And where better to admire the sea than from a splendid patio overlooking the Mediterranean? Lucky for you, Gina a Porto Romano in Fiumicino offers just that! It’s located on a quiet street right next to the Porto Romano Yacht Club. The food is phenomenal and they have a quality wine selection. If you dine here make sure to reserve a spot in the outdoor patio and order either the tuna tartare or the octopus salad as an appetizer, TRUST ME!

Via Costalunga, 31, Fiumicino
+39 06 658 3143
40+ EUR
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seafood restaurants in fiumicino

seafood restaurants in fiumicino

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The best restaurants in Ostia

Ostia is located in the south of Rome and is packed with delicious restaurants and beach clubs. My ultimate favorite place for lunch or dinner in Ostia is La Vecchia Pineta. Apart from the beautiful indoor area decorated with portholes, the strong point of La Vecchia Pineta is its stunning outdoor veranda overlooking the Mediterranean. For a delightful lunch on a sunny day or for a romantic outing with your partner this place is simply perfect. Definitely order the crunchy baby squids with balsamic vinegar reduction and leek straw as an appetizer, the black fettuccine with veracious clams and pumpkin flowers as a first course and the juicy turbot with roasted potatoes as a second course. You’ll thank me later!

Piazzale dell’Aquilone, 4, Lido di Ostia
+39 06 5647 0255
50+ EUR
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The best restaurants in Fregene

Fregene is to the north of Fiumicino and Ostia and it’s known as a famous Roman summer retreat. Although the sea water is not exactly what I like, the food in this area is really good and it’s the perfect place for happy hour sunsets. My favorite restaurant in Fregene is Il Sogno del Mare.  While in comparison to the previous two Il Sogno del Mare is less fancy, its restaurant has nothing to envy! Must-orders are the salmon tartare, the shrimp tartare with stracciatella cheese and the fried squids and calamari. For a first course, the paccheri tricolore are the way to go! They also have a great wine selection and the staff is friendly. Just a heads up, when you reserve make sure to ask for a table either under the sun (during spring/autumn) and on the shade but on the sand during the hot summer months.

Lungomare di Ponente, 25, Fregene
+39 06 6656 2812
40+ EUR
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