The Best Healthy Restaurants In Rome

January always brings high hopes and plenty of resolutions for the new year – from health goals and travel plans to personal projects and career aspirations. Although we believe each day is a new opportunity to make your life as fulfilling as possible, there is something exciting about a fresh start so we wanted to put together a list of some of our favorite restaurants in Rome to help you meet your health goals in 2019.

The Mediterranean diet continues to be considered one of the best “diets” in the world and we feel very fortune to have many wonderful options in the Italian capital. But sometimes you want some more fruits, vegetables and salads to offset the pasta and pizza that abounds! Here are places we recommend to our guests when they ask us where to find a flavorful, healthy meal.

 

Ginger

 

With two locations in the heart of Rome, Ginger Sapori e Saluti is a beautiful restaurant with an ample menu full of delicious dishes and fresh fare. Open daily from morning to evening, it’s a great place to stop by for an açaí bowl at breakfast, fresh garden salads at lunch and artisanal pastas for dinner. With dozens of options on the menu ranging from quick bites to more elaborate entrees, Ginger is a chic place to get your vitamins and is sure to please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. We love the Palomba salad with mixed greens, pears, goat cheese, walnuts and fresh mint paired with a fresh smoothie (and lots of ginger). One a sunny day, grab a seat outside and watch the well-heeled locals stroll by along the cobblestone streets.

Address: Via Borgognona 43-46 and Piazza Sant’Eustachio 54-55

Stay: Our Grazia Family Home is just a short walk from Ginger.

 

Vivi Bistrot

Vivi Bistrot is another great all-day dining option with several locations in central Rome, from a lovely outdoor patio inside Villa Doria Pamphili park and a secret cafe in Piazza Navona to a new presence inside the Rinascente department store on Via del Tritone. It has a beautiful feminine flair, with freshly baked cakes and gluten-free options, plus hearty salads and a wide range of teas, freshly-pressed juices and smoothies and a seasonal menu that includes everything from sharable appetizers (like hummus and guacamole) to hamburgers, pastas and salads. We really like stopping by the Vivi Bistrot in Piazza Navona in the afternoons for a matcha tea and a slice of carrot cake – or in the evenings for an Aperol Spritz and some bruschetta.

Address: Villa Pamphili: Via Vitellia 102; Rinascente: Via del Tritone 61; Piazza Navona 2 and Via della Mercede 50

Stay: Our Navona Terrace and Grazia Family Home apartments are located right near Vivi Bistrot’s multiple locations.

 

Aromaticus

Nestled in the bohemian neighborhood of Monti, Aromaticus is a sweet gardening store, aromatic herb shop and healthy cafe all wrapped up into one. It’s a nice little spot to stop by for a casual lunch and enjoy a taste of healthy dishes like quinoa with pumpkin, tofu and hummus, freshly pureed soups in an array of colors (topped with fresh sprouts), vegan burgers and powerbowls. There are also a few dishes for fish and meat-eaters like beef tartare and cod carpaccio. And if you’re eager for a change from wine, Aromaticus has a nice selection of craft beers.

Address: Via Urbana 134

Stay: Our Apollo Terrace Apartment and Daphne Terrace Apartment are located right nearby (and if you’re traveling in a larger group, you can combine both apartments and book the Colosseum Terrace Residence which sleeps 13!)

 

Grezzo

Right next door to Aromaticus lies Grezzo, arguably Rome’s best raw, vegan and gluten-free gelateria and pastry shop. This little gem is beloved by raw foodies and gluttons alike for its rich chocolates and nutrient-rich ingredients – and the shop itself looks like its selling fine pieces of jewelry. Grezzo prides itself on using the highest quality organic ingredients in all of its sweets so look out for hazelnuts from Vitbero, Sicilian almonds, coconut oil and sweets flavored with agave. We love to pick up a few nut spreads for breakfast and a cone of dairy-free dark chocolate gelato. And if you’re in Rome around Valentine’s Day, may we suggest picking up an oversized chocolate heart for your sweetheart?

Address: Via Urbana 130

Stay: Our Apollo Terrace Apartment and Daphne Terrace Apartment are located right nearby (and if you’re traveling in a larger group, you can combine both apartments and book the Colosseum Terrace Residence which sleeps 13!)

 

Solo Crudo

Solo Crudo means “only raw” and we’ve got to admit this is our favorite place to recommend to raw foodies when they’re visiting the Eternal City. This juice bar and bistrot is an explosion of flavors and colors and sees beloved dishes adapted into raw recipes. Cacio e pepe is made with zucchini spaghetti, artichoke cream sichuan pepper and marinated artichokes; ravioli are stuffed with savoy cabbage, sweet potato puree and served with a grape sauce; and pizza is made with a cashew and buckwheat base, tart tomato sauce, cashew cheese and plenty of fresh basil. You’ll also find a selection of vegan sushi, soups and desserts (including a decadent chia and chocolate pudding with strawberry jam and cocoa crumble).

Address: Via Federico Cesi 22

Stay: Our Navona Terrace is the closest apartment to Solo Crudo which is located in the Prati district.

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What To Eat For Breakfast In Rome

Spending a vacation in Rome is an experience into art, culture and food. You have the opportunity to discover the Roman lifestyle, all the traditions that made the Eternal City one of the most famous cities in the world.

So, where should you begin? Let’s start with breakfast!

Italians don’t usually have a very big breakfast, but they make sure to start a brand new day with a cappuccino or espresso and a freshly baked cornetto. It’s the recipe for a good morning. Talking about cornetto, you’ll have a great array of options. You can find it with different shapes or names, like saccottino, danese or fagottino, such as semplice (plain), crema (custard), cioccolato (chocolate) or nutella, mele (with apple), frutti di bosco (filled with berries), marmellata (different kinds of jam filled), miele (honey) or integrale (made with whole grains).

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But if you are loooking  for something else, you can also have different kind of pastries, like bomboloni (fried and filled with cream), biscuits, ciambella, cakes, muffins and maritozzo, the typical Roman pastry filled with whipped cream. You only need to pop into one of the many bars or cafe’s and make your choice.

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If you prefer a savory breakfast, you can also opt for a fresh fruit juice and a tramezzino, which is a fresh sandwich with mayonnaise and, for example, tuna, tomato, salami, ham, eggs,chicken salad…If you are really hungry, you can choose from all those cafe’s that serve omelette or salty snack with salmon or bresaola filling. Even if the traditional Roman breakfast is sweet! If you feel like a slice of pizza or if you are not sure about what to eat, you can also go to a forno (bakery) or a pastry shop.

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The best piece of advice we can give to you is to take a seat, relax and enjoy your time in Rome, from breakfast to lunch.

How To Avoid Tourist Trap Restaurants In Rome

Rome, and Italy in general, are (also) famous for food. When you visit a City for the first time, or even when it’s your second or third time in a place, unfortunately you can encounter a tourist trap. An unpleasant experience, which can turn into a waste of money and even expectations. You have to be careful if you want to eat well.

How can you recognize a tourist trap, in order to avoid it? First of all, they are often located close to the most famous monuments. These are 5 signs more you should consider.

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Go off the beaten path

When you enter a restaurant and you find all the plates and ingredients translated in 5 or 6 languages, maybe you‘ve just picked up the wrong one. Probably it’s also close to the busiest area of the city. Try to run away as soon as possible, because you’ll probably eat something you won’t like. Lose yourself in the  Eternal City, walk around in the side roads, away from the obvious places, and you’ll discover better restaurants.

You find too many asterisks in the menu

In Italy all the ingredients in the menu that are frozen and not fresh must be indicated with an asterisk. If there are a bit too many asterisks – usually used for vegetables, fish or fried food – and even the pasta or pizza are frozen, you’d better escape.

Regional dishes in the wrong place

If you go to a restaurant in Rome and you find some regional dishes from another areas of Italy- like ‘trofie al pesto’, pasta with basil pesto, which is from Liguria, or ‘pasta alla norma’, pasta with ricotta, tomato, aubergine and basil which is from Sicily- there is a problem. When in Rome, try traditional Roman dishes, like cacio e pepe, amatriciana, coda alla vaccinara…

You don’t see locals

You don’t see locals around. On the contrary, the restaurant is full of tourists like you. If a restaurant or a pizzeria offers you a “tourist menu”, there are many chances you’re going to eat in a tourist trap. A good restaurant doesn’t usually have a menù like this. Maybe has some “dish of the day”, which is a different thing. And Romans go there to have lunch or dinner.

You don’t find that restaurant in a guide

Carry out research in advance. Check the local guides, read newspapers, have a look on websites. Don’t decide at the very last moment, otherwise you’ll probably too hungry to make the correct  choice. If you can, plan your holidays but also your meals.

Rome is full of good places to eat, don’t miss them! Check our blog for tips and book your holiday apartment with us: you won’t regret it!

 

The 6 Best Street Foods In Rome

Street food? Yes, please!
You cannot spend time in Rome without tasting its delicious street food. You can eat well even if you don’t have much time and it can satisfy all tastes.
The choice is really wide: pizza, panini, supplì and desserts. But please, don’t expect lightness!

PIZZA

Pizza bianca with mortadella is a must. But you can also eat pizza “scrocchiarella” (crunchy pizza), Pizza margherita or with salami, vegetables, ham: it’s always delicious! One of the places to taste it is the Antico Forno Roscioli, near Campo De’Fiori, but you can also choose one of the many bakeries in the city to indulge yourself with a moment of pure pleasure.

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SUPPLÌ

Filled with rice, tomato sauce and mozzarella: the delicious supplì is typical of Roman cuisine. You can taste it from Supplizio in via dei Banchi Vecchi, near Piazza Navona. Or at the Casa del supplì in Piazza Re di Roma or Trastevere.
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FRIED ZUCCHINI FLOWERS

An authentic delight, made with anchovies. Fried zucchini flowers are very popular with the Romans and can be found at Il cartoccio situated in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 200, close to Largo Argentina and Piazza Navona. A not-to-be-missed recipe!
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PANINO WITH PORCHETTA

In Rome you can find panini filled with various kinds of cold cuts. But the king of the Roman street food is certainly the panino with the roast pork from Ariccia, a typical product of this town in the famous Castelli Romani. You can find this delight at “Er Buchetto“, near the Termini station, where it is possible to eat it together with a glass of red wine.
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MARITOZZO CON LA PANNA

A sweet sandwich, filled with cream: the idea is already exciting! The maritozzo con la panna is typical of Rome and can be found in several patisseries. One of the best known places to go and try it is “Dar Maritozzaro” (via Ettore Rolli, 50) in Trastevere.
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TIRAMISU’

It was not born as street food, but the one from Pompi is the best tiramisu of the city and you can find it in single portions to take away. Also available in strawberry and pistachio flavours, it is excellent as a sweet snack after having visited the whole city centre.
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In Rome food is a serious matter and street food is certainly not an exception!
Do you feel like Italian gelato? Here the best gelaterie in the city.
And if you want to taste even the most famous dishes of Roman cuisine, take a look at this list!

Rome Restaurant Tips: How To Avoid Common Tourist Mistakes

Food in Rome and throughout Italy is a serious matter. And there are not written rules that everyone knows. When someone breaks one of them, this question immediately raises: “Is that a tourist?”
You don’t want to do this fool, do you? These are the 7 eating habits that make you look like a tourist in Rome (and in Italy as well)!

Don’t ask for variations on Roman dishes 

Roman cuisine is delicious, but it is also very peculiar. Maybe you might not like some traditional dishes or some ingredients, but better not to ask for variations. You could give the kitchen a hard time, but above all you could lose those details that make it famous in the world. Choose something else instead.

Don’t put parmigiano on seafood pasta

Never! You can eat delicious fresh fish in Rome and it would be a pity to alter its taste with parmesan, which can be used for other kind of food. 

Don’t ask for tap water during a meal

At the restaurant you have to order bottled water, you can’t have tap water. In Rome as well as in Italy tap water is very good, but in general you can’t have it at the table. The only exception: the glass that accompanies coffee when you have it at the bar.

Don’t drink a cappuccino after noon

Cappuccino is allowed only at breakfast. Romans (and Italians) don’t have it for lunch or dinner. Wine, water and soft drinks: everything is fine, but not just the cappuccino!

Don’t mix multiple courses in one dish

Each course has its own dish and they are never mixed. The only exception is the “complete mail” (piatto unico in Italian).

Don’t order drinks without food (at a restaurant)

When you go to a restaurant, trattoria or pizzeria, you order food and drink. If you do not want to eat, choose another place or ask if in that restaurant you can only drink something (some of them have an area to drink and eat a snack). Otherwise you can choose to have only an aperitif, without having dinner.

Don’t cut your pasta

In Italy you can find pasta of many shapes, which often go with as many types of sauce. Pasta, and spaghetti in particular, should be eaten as they are, possibly “al dente”. You can roll them up, but don’t cut them: can you figure out a carbonara or an amatriciana all in pieces? The only exception is for very young children.
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”: a great piece of advice!

Where To Find The Best Gelato In Rome

A good gelato is always an excellent solution, not only when the heat is unbearable, but also during winter, spring, summer or autumn. And in Rome, enjoying an Italian gelato also means having the opportunity to admire the beauty of the city, nourishing the body and also the soul. Some of the most famous “gelateria” in Rome are in fact located in characteristic places to be discovered. Here is our tour of the best places for gelato in Rome (and what to see around)!

Gelateria La Romana

This famous ice cream parlor has two locations: one in the Ostiense district, the other one in Via Cola di Rienzo. And this offers a lot of opportunities: a good ice cream can be the end of a visit to the Vatican or to a day dedicated to shopping. Via cola di Rienzo is one of the most famous area of the city because it hosts many shops of all kinds. And in the neighboring streets there are several pizzerias and bars to try.

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Gelateria del Teatro

A few steps from the beautiful Piazza Navona, in the amazing Via dei Coronari: this ice cream parlor is surrounded by magical places and peculiar shops to discover. An ideal break before arriving at Castel Sant’Angelo or enjoying an evening in the pubs and restaurants of the alleys of the area, famous for its nightlife.

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Fior di luna

In the heart of Trastevere, in via della Lungaretta, this artisanal ice-cream parlor uses only small cups and pods. A perfect place to take refuge between a visit to Piazza Trilussa and a walk through the peculiar alleys of this district, that still keeps its unique features that have remained unchanged over time.

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Il gelato di San Crispino

This ice cream parlor is in Via della Panetteria, near the Trevi Fountain and not far from Via del Tritone, which houses one of the TreasureRome holiday apartments as well as many shops and bars. What’s better than eating a great ice cream while admiring one of the most famous fountains in the world? And then you can throw the coin that will guarantee you return to Rome!

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How about following this very special “gelato tour” during your Roman holiday? You will certainly not be disappointed!

 

Where To Find The Best Brunch In Rome

Walking on Sunday mornings in Rome is an experience that you should try at least once in your life. Observe the city that wakes up little by little, go and visit St. Peter’s Square, Castel Sant’Angelo or the Pantheon, and then decide to have a brunch in one of the many restaurants in the city. Why don’t you do it as soon as possible? Here are the top 5 spots to choose from for your delicious Sunday brunch in Rome (or, if you prefer, your “Sunday long lunch”).

‘Na Cosetta

The Famous bistro ‘Na Cosetta in Pigneto neighborhood- a particular and fashionable district of Rome- organize a brunch called “il colanzo” every Sunday. Italian dishes, oriental revisits and freshly baked desserts. From 12 to 16.

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Dolce

In the Africano district, Dolce offers a New York-style brunch with international dishes from the five continents. Eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, hamburgers and desserts, all to be tried in a very special location. From 12 to 15.

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Queen Makeda

In San Saba, just a few steps away from the Circus Maximus, the Sunday brunch is at  Queen Makeda Grand Pub. A fixed price buffet of international dishes (and many of the English tradition), more than 40 craft beers to choose from and a menu designed for children. From 12:30 to 16.

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Mavi

Hamburgers, bagels and pancakes for both buffet and à la carte brunch for Osteria Mavi, a restaurant with a familiar and elegant atmosphere close to Lungotevere in the Marconi area. American coffee, water and juices are included in the price. From 13 to 16.

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Camillo B

In the central Piazza Cavour, a few steps from Castel Sant’Angelo and San Peter’s Basilica, Camillo B offers a brunch with different dishes: eggs, vegetables, quinoa, focaccia and chicken curry. Here you can also find a space dedicated to children with entertainers. From 12 to 15:30.

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As a family, as a couple or with friends: Sunday brunch is a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the Eternal City from another point of view. The more “international” one but with a touch of originality and Italian taste.

The 5 Best Vegan Restaurants In Rome

The Roman cuisine is not famous for its vegan dishes, but don’t worry. You won’t starve in Rome for sure, because there are good vegan restaurants, bistrots and patisseries in the Eternal City. Some of them are really peculiar. Are you ready to try them all?

So What?

via Ettore Giovanale 56/58, Pigneto

A “classic Italian restaurant” as the owners chef Paolo and Alessandra underline on their website, but vegan. They have starters, first and second dishes, side dishes and desserts: ingredients are fresh and some of them come directly from their veg garden. The restaurant is really nice and reflects the owners’ interests: cinema, music and food, of course.

La capra campa

via Dignano d’Istria 51/a, Prenestina

This is a 100% organic and vegan restaurant: ingredients come from Lazio countryside and some dishes are the vegan version of classic recipes. The name of the restaurant means “the goat can live” from an Italian tongue twister and it’s one of Rome’s best known vegan bistros. They also produce vegan cheese, which is used for their special recipes.

Romeow Cat Bistrot

via Francesco Negri 15, Ostiense

If you love cats, this is the right place for you. It’s the first cat cafè in Rome. It takes inspiration from the Japanese ones, but it has something more: a refined, vegan cuisine. You can have breakfast, lunch or dinner here in the company of beautiful felines. They use seasonal menus and also have raw dishes.

Universo Vegano

piazza del Paradiso 18, Campo De’ Fiori

This is the first cruelty-free and vegan fast food chain in Italy, that uses only natural ingredients, without animal derivatives. Here you can eat vegan burgers, pizza, lasagna, sandwiches and desserts. As the founders explain on their website, they founded this restaurants because they believe in veganism as a philosophy of life.

Arancia Blu

via Cesare Beccaria 3, Flaminio

A vegan and vegetarian restaurant and wine bar, which hosts art and events. You can try re-interpreted Italian dishes -from starters to desserts- surrounded by paintings and listening to good music. According to the Daily Meal, this is the fifth best vegetarian restaurant in the world.

If you love pastries and ice cream, you can’t miss Grezzo, the raw patisserie and chocolate shop which is close to Colosseum, in the heart of Monti neighborhood. Check our review here.

5 Food Experiences You Can’t Miss In Rome

If you chose Rome and Italy for your holidays, you probably did it also for its food and drink. Roman cuisine can seduce your palate and even your heart.

Here you find 5 top tips to enjoy Rome’s foodie scene at its most.

 

Try the famous gelato

Italy has the best gelato in the world and Rome has a lot of famous and good gelaterie (ice-cream parlours) like Giolitti (close to via del Corso) and Gelateria del Teatro (close to Castel Sant’Angelo). Walking around the Eternal City with a good artisanal ice-cream is a must.

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Go to a “panetteria”

When in Rome, search for a “panetteria” or “forno” (bakery). You can find them almost everywhere. Don’t miss the great opportunity to try some of its delicacies: different kinds of bread, pizza, cakes and biscuits. You will be spoilt for choice and you will eat something that Italians bring to their table everyday.

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Don’t miss the fabolous aperitivo

Have you ever heard about the Italian aperitivo? It’s the event not to be missed when in Rome. In many bars and pubs you can have a drink -cocktails, wine or beer-  together with pasta, pizza, sandwiches or finger food starting from 6 pm until about 9 pm. It’s trendy and really cool.

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Cappuccino and cornetto for breakfast

Forget eggs and bacon. If you want to feel like a local, ask for a cappuccino and a cornetto for breakfast. Ask for an espresso after lunch and taste a good liquor at the end of your dinner. Please don’t have a cappuccino during your lunch: Romans never do it!

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Eat like a local

Roman cuisine is known as “the food of people”: all its dishes tell a story and they’re delicious. You must try them because their flavours are simply unique. Starters, First and second courses, desserts: get ready for a food experience you’ll probably miss!

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A Food Guide To Rome’s Best Dishes

Rome seduces everyone, not only thanks to its wonderful places, but also with its great food.

Roman cuisine is the food of the people. It is also described as “poor kitchen” because the food was made with simple and available ingredients. It has always been full of flavors and perfumes. These dishes hold the history of Roman people and they are simply delicious: pasta, pig, lamb, artichokes, puntarelle, chicory. When in Rome, you must experience a traditional “osteria romana” and try this famous Roman cuisine, drinking wine or beer, as many Romans love to do.

These are the 6 Roman dishes not to be missed!

Amatriciana 

Tomatoes, guanciale (pig’s cheek), bucatini-thick spaghetti with a hole running through the center-and pecorino romano (a kind of salty and hard cheese): the “amatriciana” is one of those Roman dishes which always win. Don’t forget a large bib!

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Cacio e Pepe

It’s a simple dish with spaghetti and three ingredients- pecorino romano cheese (cacio), black pepper (pepe) and leftover pasta water, that create a creamy sauce- but it is absolutely exquisite. Once you try it, you will always dream about it!

Carbonara

You can ask for different kinds of pasta- like mezze maniche, spaghetti or rigatoni- but the result is always great. Raw egg yolk, guanciale, pepper and greated pecorino romano: we bet you are already craving!

Trippa alla Romana

Stewing tripe in a delicious tomato sauce with the addition of garlic, onions and various chopped herbs such as “menta romana”: a delicate taste that you can only find in this Roman recipe. A dish that you can only eat in the Eternal City, which is considered a real delicacy.

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Coda alla Vaccinara

The butcher-style oxtail (coda) is one of the most famous of Roman variety meat-based recipes. It is made by stewing oxtail, onions, garlic, guanciale or lard, cinammon and other herbs. Eat it with your hands, you’ll enjoy it more.

Carciofi

The artichoke is the real star of the Roman cuisine. The two Roman ways to prepare it are “alla romana” (Roman-style, stuffed with bread crumbs, garlic, mint, and parsley) or “alla giudea” (Jewish-style, deep fried). Try both and decide which one you like more!