Gnocchi, penne and pizza are three of the main reasons why Rome is top destination. Whether you're in the city for a couple of days or even for an entire semester, you might just want to fit in a few healthy eats between your heavy meals filled with Italian delicacies. Here are a few healthy alternatives for when you decide that pasta for dinner five nights in a row may not be the best idea.


The word itself means raw or natural. This fresh, new find opened in September of 2015 and serves dishes according to season, so the menu is always-changing. They use all organic, locally sourced ingredients while catering recipes to true Italian tradition.

Favorites include:

  • Soup of greens, carrot, avocado, cilantro, and pistachio
  • Zucchini pasta alla puttanesca
  • Hummus sprouted chickpeas with a side salad and house made rosemary crackers

They also sell exotic smoothies and natural, organic wines. Sip ‘em in-store or take a bottle home with you.


Banana Trash

This tiny, colorful hotspot is located in the heart of Trastevere and serves up an eclectic mix of “good food made with love.” Their banana bread is to die for and makes for the perfect breakfast. Banana Trash has a sort of Asian flare, serving up temaki and sushi, but also dishes with chicken, fish and beans.

Favorites include:

  • Acai bowl with fruits, muesli, coconut and chia seeds
  • Marinated chicken salad with lettuce, quinoa, salted almonds, mango and sesame
  • Banana bread

They also do great fresh pressed juices sold in bottles, so you can keep them for a few days!

Labiomaison Concept Store

A vegan café and hair salon. They call themselves a 360-degree welfare factory, and are obsessed with their eco-footprint and being all green, all the time. They pride themselves on being one of a kind, specializing in beauty from the inside out.

Getting three of their daily made salads to go is the best. They usually include some type of couscous salad, a lentil mix, quinoa patties, mixed salad and roasted cauliflower, but new surprises pop up every day. Their sandwiches are made with rolls made of poppy, chia and hemp seeds, and their smoothies are blended with a NutriBullet. They also carry traditional vegan products easily found in U.S. stores, such as almond milk and all natural granola bars.

To combat those luscious Italian carbs, check out any of these three innovative spots. From the earthy vibes of Écru, to the must-have banana bread at Banana Trash, and of course the contemporary environment of the Labiomaison Concept Store, you are guaranteed to fulfill your hungry, healthy appetite.