Contrary to popular belief, Rome no longer completely shuts down in August. You can actually eat and drink extraordinarily well with a bit of planning! Of the more than 120 endorsed venues on TRD, a quarter will be open all month long, except August 15, which is a national holiday dubbed Ferragosto. Half will be open most of the month of August, and many are just closing the days before and after August 15. To be on the safe side, though, make reservations in advance and confirm before turning up. You can find the August closing dates of every venue on The Rome Digest in the respective post details, under “Open”.
Pizzarium will be open every day in August.
Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà is always open to quench your thirst with a cold glass of craft beer. You can buy wine and beer for home consumption at the San Giovanni location of Johnny’s Off Licence and during the reduced opening hours of Enoteca Trucchi, except on Ferragosto.
I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza will supply you with pastries, except on the 15th.
Forno Campo de’ Fiori, Antico Forno Roscioli, La Tradizione, Roscioli, Annibale and Norcineria Vitaliano Bernabei will supply you with breads, cheeses and meats (fresh and cured) everyday except the 15th.
All mercati rionali, like Mercato Trionfale, will be open except on the 15th, but with a significantly reduced number of open stalls. All weekend farmers’ markets in town will be closed through early September; only the Castelli Romani markets are open during August, on their respective opening days.