I love Italian food. And when I say love, I mean that I choose to have spaghetti bolognese every year for my birthday dinner (literally every. single. year.). So mainly due to the delicious food, I chose Rome as the one city to visit in Europe during my recent holiday. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. So here are some of my top food recommendations for the centre of Rome…
Gelato: This deserves an entire category on its own because it is mind-blowingly good in Rome. My top recommendation goes to a hidden gelateria in the area of The Vatican called, Gracchi. The gelato here was a texture I didn’t even know existed and the flavours were incredible. If you go during the summer be sure to try lemon-not too sugary and not bitter at all. Once again, didn’t even know lemon gelato could be s0 good. Also having tried my most favourite flavour, stratchiatella, at a number of gelateria’s across Rome, I can safely say Gracchi is home to the best. The gelato at Gracchi is so good that we had 2 in the space of 5 minutes…oops (not).
Now, if you find yourself in the area of Monti, then you can’t go past having gelato at Fatamorgana. Located in the most beautiful courtyard, this gelato shop will have a queue of people lining up at all hours. Grab some rockmelon 0r watermelon gelato (so delicious) and sit on the wall looking out to the courtyard, and enjoy some seriously delicious gelato with the locals.
Patisseries: As we discovered, breakfast isn’t such a big thing in Rome, as most people head to a patisserie to grab a delicious pastry or some type of bread to go with their morning coffee. Head to Paticceria Regolie, a 100 year old family business located in Monti. Here you will find local Italians standing at the counter with a strong espresso in one hand and a pastry in the other. The coffee here is seriously good. For someone like me who no longer drinks coffee anymore and finds most coffee extremely bitter, this place was amazing. As you stand at the counter the barista walks over and pours the coffee in front of you. I ordered a soy latte and firstly, I couldn’t even tell it was soy, and secondly, it did not taste bitter at all. The food here is also amazing (try the fruit bun looking thing…it tasted like panettoni).
Second recommendation goes to Paticceria De Bellis, located just near the corner from Campo de’ Fiori, this one you need to know about to find. Home to a delicious sugary fried croissant and other pastries, this is a definite spot to visit during your stay in Rome.
Lastly, although this place isn’t a complete patisserie, it is home to some fantastic coffee. Located in between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona is, Sant’Eustachio il Caffè. If you are a coffee lover then this place is a must for you. Try their famous lo shakerato…it’s a goodie (but warning: very strong).
Pizza: Sadly, I only have 1 recommendation in the savoury department due to our lack of time. Having only been in Rome for 3 days, and being struck with the overwhelmingly large number of food choices, I can only recommend one place that I tried (the others weren’t the best). Located just near the Pantheon is Forno Roscioli. Grab a slice of heavily pizza or even better, focaccia topped with an array of different toppings. I HIGHLY recommend the one with eggplant, mozzarella, basil, chilli and tomato. I (once again), have never tasted something so delicious.
Grocery: I know you don’t really want to go grocery shopping on your holiday, but trust me, you’ll want to go to Caffe Castroni. With walls and walls of homemade pasta, incredible olive oil, biscotti and chocolates among others. This place is a foodies heaven. But careful, you may need to buy extra luggage to get home after visiting.
All of these recommendations are a little off the track, but for me personally, I like to try and eat where the locals eat whenever I go travelling.
As you can probably tell, I had a lot of “this is the best thing I have ever eaten” moments whilst in Rome. But in all seriousness, it really was some of the best food I’ve ever tried…let’s just say I’m already planning my return to tick off even more of their food.