Everyone knows the real reason you visit Italy is for the food. Yeah, the scenery is pretty but c’mon this is the home of pizza, pasta and gelato!
If you know us you, you know that we are massive foodies. So much so that when we worked out our household spending we found that 80% of our disposable income is chewed up by our love of edible delights (we are those knobs that spend 20 bucks on avocado toast). So naturally we have spent a large chunk of our time in Rome hunting down and eating delicious food.
These were the favourites; So far…
For Coffee – Trecaffé Via dei Due Macelli, 107, Fontana di Trevi, Roma 187
This place has amazing coffee. It’s also one of the only cafes we could find that was open at 6am, a god send with Eleanor’s early starts. We usually grabbed a couple of cappuccinos to fuel our morning sightseeing and a quick espresso macchiato on the way back to the hotel for Ellie’s morning nap. The café was far busier after 9am, so expect to wait a little.
For gluten free treats – Sans de ble Via Gabriello Chiabrera, 58, 00145 Roma RM
This bakery was a little out of our way but after reading the reviews we had to visit and Sans de ble didn’t disappoint. My gosh, you don’t understand how much I have missed eating cinnamon scrolls, delicate little tarts and tiramisu (I have coeliac disease which means that I can’t eat anything containing gluten). When I walked into this 100% gluten free bakery my eyes grew ten times larger than my stomach; I bought way too much food and I stuffed my fat face until I had a stomach ache. It was worth it.
For dinner – Eataly Piazza della Repubblica, 41, 00185 Roma RM
We’ve been to Eataly in New York so our expectations were high. There’s no denying this place is targeted at tourists but we are suckers and love the wankiness of it all. We started off with drinks on the terrace then headed up to the second floor for appetizers and main meals, followed by dessert on the ground floor. Daniel had what he described as one of the best pizzas he’s had and I had a mouth-watering parmigiana, which was definitely delicious but not to the standard of Nonna’s (I am on a mission to find one to rival hers).
For baked treats – Panificio Panella Via Merulana, 59, 00185 Roma RM
Daniel’s Aunty and Uncle recommended this place. They obviously know him well because the look on his face when he walked into Panella was pure joy, followed by gluttony. He sat there in front of me eating this delicious smelling custard scroll commenting smug statements like “wow, this is the best thing I’ve ever eaten. You’d love this”. Luckily for him Sans de ble had somewhat satisfied my craving for baked sweets otherwise it could have turned into an awkward domestic.
We are stopping in Rome again in a few weeks, so if you have any delicious recommendations we’d love to hear them.