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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.

The homey interior of Le Fate.

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.

I had bean soup as my main on my first visit. While it was pretty good I would recommend going on a night that they are serving ravioli as it was definitely one of my favorite meals in Rome.

The delicious homemade Chef’s Cake.

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/

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