Trattoria da Augusto, Piazza de Renzi 15, 00153
The Rome-born auteur, currently tackling the story of Pinocchio, chooses this quintessential Roman tavern as his go-to eatery. Offering plenty of local color - be prepared to dine at long, shared tables - Augusto specializes in traditional Italian comfort food such as beef tripe in tomato sauce, rabbit cacciatore and osso buco.
Trattoria Morgana, Via Mecenate 21, 00184
The Bronx native now calls Rome home and has found a few of his favorite places in the lively neighborhood of Monti. His current go-to spot, Trattoria Morgana, offers everything from the specialty plates saltimbocca, wild boar and snails alla Romana to modern updates on classic plates such as fettuccine with ginger and veal with tuna sauce. The tiramisu is considered one of the city's best.
Mr. Clood, Via Luciano Manara 13, 00153
The doc director lives and works in Rome's bustling Trastevere neighborhood. His go-to haunt? The low-key Mr. Clood, a tiny bistro (there are a mere four tables) that serves a dedicated clientele who come daily for fresh cuisine and below-market prices. Dishes range from pasta with shrimp and pecorino to orange-and-ricotta ravioli. The menu, written on a blackboard, changes daily.
This story first appeared in the Oct. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.