5 tips for food and drink 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.

Giolitti gelato TreasureRome

 

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.

Pizza bianca TreasureRome blog

 

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.

Aperitivo Roma Treasurerome blog

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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!

Cacio e pepe (Credits:@paulinevergara-Instagram)

 

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Rome By Night – Friends, Secrets and Double Cream!

Ever wondered if there’s something cool and authentic to do between 1.00 and 5.00 am in the Eternal City? Sure you did! 🙂 In fact, there is something the books hardly write about. Since you are here, you’re not a common visitor (virtually or not) in Rome but a friend. And between friends there are no secrets, or better, they share them. We’re gonna share one with you now; the Authentic, Delicious Secret of the Roman Nights!

Campo-de-Fiori-at-night-photo-by-Kwong-Yee-Cheng-on-flickrThere are numerous valid reasons to find yourself wondering the cobblestoned streets of the Eternal City at, let’s say 2.00am. Such as a romantic Rome by night walking tour on an early summer night… An event with friends, like a concert at the Auditorium, a football match at the Stadio Olimpico, or a night out in a club around Testaccio.
Whatever the reason is, it’s 2.00am (or maybe 4.00 am if from Testaccio) and you’re heading to bed – now we give you 3 reasons why not to (yet).

Actually, the reason is only one. It’s called “cornetteria notturna“.cornetteria12 After a night out you may feel a very reasonable craving. You’re right, it’s not exactly feel reasonable but more becomes an extreme priority at that point – that’s why Romans have mastered to perfection the art of late night snacks in these special Labs of Temptation. They are open only at night with an intense perfume of freshly baked pastries that enchants everyone already as gets close to the entrance. Before heading home for locals is a must-stop, and highly reccommended for you too!

Remember the italian breakfast? They are the cornetti you’ll prefer for your perfect colazione, only at night they are much better! 7321764202_41f6162d12_zRecharge your sugar level and your mood with a hot, spongy, puffy cornetto, flat or filled with delicious cream, nutella, marmalade; or with a maritozzo, the tipical Roman sweet bun filled with whipped cream…! What can be better than a warm, soft, fragrant sweet pastry with a hot caffelatte at late night in a small cornetto lab, sharing the passion with your fellow night wanderers – because be aware, the best places are always full and busy with chocolate-signed faces, overpacked to-go bag carriers hurrying away with their treasure, happy child-smiles highlighted in the neon lights – just like yours!

Well, as the best ones, the masters of night cornetto worth gold to know, here you are three of our favourite addresses near the center!

Pasticceria Lambiase a.k.a.5838462813_bf56b34ca8_mIl Sorchettaro” via Cernaia, 49
Near to Piazza Repubblica and Porta Pia the cosy underground night baker patisserie, Il Sorchettaro as locals name the place, is the cornetteria notturna par excellence in Rome. Speciality is la sorchetta a doppio schizzo, a danish roll with whipped cream and chocolate topping. What to say? Got to get one. Or two… Now!

Dolce Maniera, Via Barletta,27
Near the Vatican City, always busy night place, not only sweet pastries but pizza, focaccia and panini. Crowded in front and inside, an underground tiny lab with all the delicacies of the cornetto-world. To try and to return, the “bomba” (doughnut) with chocolate filling is the most effective calory boost diet killer that exists in the entire world.

Il Cornettone, via Oderisi da Gubbio, 215
The biggest choice of cornetti you can ever imagine, always full of hungry groups, busy and loud, the must place to go after a night of clubbing and dancing with friends and if by car don’t be impressed to park in 4th line, it’s just the normality.

 

 

Good Morning! – and with that….

caffe-espressoSe il buongiorno si vede dal mattino – that is, if you judge a day from how is the morning, it just definitely will be a fantastic day if started with a coffee in your favourite bar in Rome! (If you don’t have a favourite yet, don’t worry – tips below)

Coffee… what else?

No matter for how long you happen to belong in Rome, a day, a year, a lifetime… coffee is one of the things that make you feel connected and Italian from the very first moment you arrive.

So, let’s wake up! Prendiamo un caffe!

First step: pick a bar. There are countless bars in the city center and out of it (basically on every corner).  The barista will greet you but you may be asked to pay first at the cashier’s desk.

Hint: It’s more likely you’ll have a good, strong coffee if you arrive at least 30 minutes after the bar opening.The coffee machine needs some time and several coffees before it gets to its best.

Second step: order. Having a coffee is not just a single action in Italy, it’s a rite – therefore has its rules. Be sure to follow them!

Hint: For breakfast you may choose a cornetto (sweet pastry) as well, and there you go – it’s the complete Italian colazione, just like Romans do!

Third step: be social! While having your coffee standing at the bar counter chitchat with the barista and/or with the people around. You’ll love the feeling of being involved! Yes, you’ll have to use your Italian knowledge and no, it’s absolutely not a problem if it’s few words only. Maybe you’ll want to try with some news about the space?

Hint: This way the second time you walk in the same bar the barista will greet you personally, ask your name and next time you’ll be a regular. Welcome home!

Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy! Now, that’s what we call a decent wake up 🙂

Be Treasure! hint:

According to most classifications of the past years on bars and coffee in Rome, the Best Coffee Award belongs to Caffé Sant’Eustachio in piazza di Sant’Eustachio near the Pantheon.

panella-86-251For us, the perfect breakfast place is La Panella – the Art of Bread, in via Merulana.  Whether inside, in the warmth of magical Panella-world or outside, at the small tables beside the ruins of a Roman theatre, ask for a cappuccino and make sure it comes “con cremina”. With that sweet secret speciality we challenge you it will be the Best Cappuccino You’ve Ever Had!

Share your favourite places for coffee or breakfast, we’d love to hear yours!