The Essential Guide to Eataly Rome

Rome, Italy, April 2017: bottom view of the exterior glass facade of the famous Italian food store Eataly in Rome

Eataly Rome Guide

Essential Information for Foodies

For food lovers, not going to Eataly Rome while in the Eternal City is the equivalent of skipping the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.

It’s unthinkable.

With four levels and 160,000 square feet, the Rome location is the 2nd largest gastronomic center on the planet. Only Eataly World, the new theme park in Bologna is bigger. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, it probably doesn’t exist.

The megastore opened in 2012 in the old Air Terminal at Ostiense station. Owned by Italian businessman Oscar Farinetti, Eataly combines “elements of a bustling European open market, a Whole-Foods-style supermarket, a high-end food court and a New Age learning center” (The New York Times). The beautifully restored space is flooded with natural light and filled with delicacies from every region in Italy.

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Our Eataly Rome Guide has all of the essentials you’ll need to plan your time.

Eataly Rome Guide: Essential Information for Travelers

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Eataly Rome is open for shopping 7 days a week from 9:00 am until midnight. If you go on the weekend, expect it to be quite crowded with long waits at the check-outs.

It’s worth noting that most of the eateries are only open for lunch and dinner. Opening hours for the individual restaurants are:

Monday thru Thursday
12:00 noon to 3:30 pm
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

12:00 noon to 3:30 pm
7:00 pm to 11:30 pm

12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
7:00 pm to 11:30 pm

12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm


Located about 6 km southwest of the city center, Eataly Rome is well off the typical tourist trail.

It’s a bit of a schlep to get there, but, for lovers of Italian food, it’s a culinary quest worth the effort.

If you plan to go or return after dark, I recommend taking a taxi or driving. The area around the metro and bus stations can be nearly deserted in the evening and it’s not uncommon to come across homeless people bedding down for the night in the pedestrian tunnel.

From Piazza di Spagna:


  • Take Metro Line A from Piazza di Spagna to Termini.
  • Change trains at Termini.
  • Take Metro Line B from Termini to Piramide.
  • From Piramide, it’s about a 10 min walk to Eataly Rome. Take the pedestrian tunnel, then the stairs. Destination will be on your left.
  • The B.I.T. standard ticket is valid for one Metro ride or 100 minutes on all buses allowing transfers and cost €1.50
  • Find more information on the Rome Metro here.


  • Walk 7 minutes from the Piazza di Spagna to the Trevi Fountain
  • Take the 83 Partigiani (Fs) to Stz. Ostiense (Fs)
  • From Ostiense, it’s about a 5 min walk through the pedestrian tunnel to Eataly Rome
  • The B.I.T. standard ticket is valid for one Metro ride or 100 minutes on all buses allowing transfers and cost €1.50
  • Find more information on the Rome Public Bus Service here.


  • There’s a taxi rank on the north side of Piazza di Spagna and another right in front of Eataly Rome. (Don’t panic if the taxis queued at Eataly are empty. Taxi drivers often run inside to grab a bite to eat. You shouldn’t have to wait long.)
  • €14.00 euro one-way (depending on traffic)
  • 25 minutes (depending on traffic)
  • Find more fare estimates here.



  • It’s certainly possible to walk from the city center to Eataly Rome but it will take you more than an hour in each direction.
  • Find a detailed walking map here.


This is the place to stock up on souvenirs for family and friends back home. And if you’re staying in an Airbnb, it’s also the place to load up on regional specialties so you can eat, and cook, like a local.

Shop at marble counters dedicated to artisanal salami and Italian cheese. Buy the finest dried pasta from Gragnano and olive oil from the Ligurian Riviera. Take in the open kitchens where skilled artisans make fresh pasta and mozzarella in-house so they are never more than a few hours old.

You’ll also find the best wines from all over Italy at the spacious Enoteca. And you’ll find wine sfuso (on tap) so bring your own bottle (or buy one there) and fill it up.

Ground Floor

Freschi –  Dairy Goods
Ortofrutta e Tartufo –  Fruit, Vegetables, and Truffles
Panetteria – Baker
Dolci, Biscotti, Cioccolato, Miele e Caffè – Sweets, Biscuits, Chocolate, Honey, and Coffee
Acqua e Bibite – Water and Soft Drinks
Libreria – Bookshop
Cosmesi – Body Care
Parrucchiere Davines – Hairdresser

First Floor

Salumi e Formaggi – Cured Meats and Cheese Counter
Mozzarella – Mozzarella Counter
Pasta Fresca – Fresh Pasta
Birra – Beer Shop
Drogheria – Grocery, Olive Oil, Vinegar, Pasta, Rice, Flour, Snacks, Condiments

Second Floor

Macelleria – Butcher’s Counter
Pescheria – Fish Counter
Pesce  – Take Away Fish
Enoteca – Wine Shop

Third Floor

Aule Didattiche, Centro Congressi e Area Espositiva – Cooking Classes, Conference Hall, and Expo Area


When it comes to dining, Eataly Rome has something to satisfy every craving. With 20+ eateries, it can be hard to choose just one.

My suggestion? Have a progressive dinner, like I did!

Start on the first floor with suppli at Fritto. Next, head over to Pasta for a plate of cacio e pepe. Then take the escalator down to the ground floor and finish with a cup of nocciola gelato.

Buon Appetito!

Ground Floor

Stagioni L’Osteria di Eataly –  Seasons Restaurant
Pizza a Taglio –  Pizza by the Slice
La Focacceria con Prodotti Buoni di Eataly – Focaccia
Bar Illy – Coffee
Gelateria Lait – Gelato
Pasticceria – Pastry Shop
Cioccolateria Venchi – Chocolate Counter
Piadineria Romagnola Maioli – Piadina (Sandwich) Shop

First Floor

Fritto – Fried Restaurant
Birreria – Beer Restaurant (mostly sandwiches and beer)
Pasta  – Pasta Restaurant (typical Italian pasta dishes)
Pizza – Pizza Restaurant (Neopolitan style pizza)

Second Floor

Rosticceria E Gastronomia –  Rotisserie and Gastronomy
Carne e Pesce –  Meat and Fish Restaurant
Pesce Crudo – Raw Fish Restaurant
Bar Caffe Veronano – Coffee
Osteria Ligure Gestita Dal Ristorante La Regola di Roma  – Managed by the Ligurian Restaurant ‘La Regola’ from Rome (the chef changes each month)
Aperitivo de I borghi Piu Belli D’Italia – Happy Hour Bar, Cocktails

Third Floor

Il Ristorante Laboratorio Spazio Gestito Dalla Scuola Della Chef Tre Stelle Michelin Niko Romito  – Spazio Restaurant by Students of  3 Star Michelin Chef Niko Romito’s Cooking School


Cooking Courses

Hands-on classes at Eataly Rome emphasize local ingredients, seasonality, and the principles of the Slow Food movement. All classes are held on the third floor. The schedule changes with the seasons so check the course calendar before you book.

*Cooking classes are in Italian only.

Tasting Courses

Expert-led guided tastings explore a single ingredient in a classroom setting.

Themed tasting dinners featuring a star ingredient, like truffles, are also available. During dinner, Fondazione Italiana Sommeliers talk about the wine pairings while the chefs describe the food.

Beer and wine tasting classes are also offered and are especially popular with the locals.

*Tasting classes and events are in Italian only.

Food Tours

There are no food tours offered at this time.

All experiences can be booked on the Eataly Rome website,



Address:  Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492 – 00154 Rome (Metro B – Piramide stop) 


Phone:  +39 06 90279201

Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi

Note: Store hours and offerings are subject to change. Check the Eataly website or contact them directly for up-to-the-minute information.



I hope you enjoyed my Eataly Rome Guide! 

Mangi meglio, vivi meglio! 

Eat better, live better.


Where to Stay

When in Rome, I stay at The Inn at the Spanish Steps. The location is perfect – right above the luxury shops on Via Dei Condotti and literally steps from the famous Spanish Steps. It is exactly where I want to be!

While not a 5-star, the service is remarkably good at this luxury boutique hotel. And it has the character and quirks (like a vintage lift) I’ve come to expect from properties associated with Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It also has a lovely rooftop terrace perfect for enjoying an aperitivo after a long day of sightseeing.

Bonus:  the oldest cafe in Rome, the Antico Caffe Greco is right next door! A latte will set you back about 9 euro but consider it the price of admission to a Roman institution.

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Essential Rome Experiences

My only regret when touring Rome was not upgrading to a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel. Instead, I stood shoulder to shoulder with 2,000 strangers, unable to see my toes, barely able to breathe, and just a heartbeat away from a full-blown panic attack. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough!

If you only splurge on one thing in Rome, let it be a VIP Small Group Tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel with Viator. After the doors close to the public, you’ll have 30 minutes inside this incredible (and empty!) chapel. You’ll also get to skip all the lines and see secret spots like the Room of Gold plus classic sites like Raphael’s Rooms, before ending with a Sistine Chapel after-hours visit — 30 minutes just for your group of 15 people. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Day Trips from Rome

When you need a break from the crowds and chaos of Rome, escape with one of many Rome day trips. Popular day tours from Rome include exploring the ruins of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, making a trip to Tivoli to see Hadrian’s Villa, and taking a gleaming high-speed boat to the island of Capri where you can sip limoncello and visit the world-famous Blue Grotto.

If you’d rather explore on your own, you can hop a train to the nearby medieval town of Zagarolo and explore the ancient city of Palestrina.

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  • I am a mom of 2 who travels a lot for work (I work in the event/conference/tradeshow industry). I grew up  and currently live in Northern California.