Indulge in a walking tour through nearly every aspect of Roman food. From a traditional Italian breakfast all through to dessert, I’ll take you to some of my favorite places in Trastevere and the center of Rome eating your way through the city. Come hungry!
First stop on this private walking tour is for a typical Italian breakfast of cappucino and fresh cornetto. Family run bar using fresh ingredients for their baked goods, panini prepared daily and coffee brewed in the moment. Baristas are friendly and know all the regular customer’s names creating a local atmosphere in the heart of Trastevere.
A lovely, small farmer’s market perfect to stroll through and admire the colours and selection of the region and country’s in season produce. This market has been around for over 100 years and demonstrates its authenticity, in parlicular with our cheese vendor Emiliano.
The cheese stand has also been around since the market opened. Family run business (Emiliano, his mother, Daniele the nephew) offering the highest quality of cheese, prosciutto and carefully selected olive oils, pasta and delicacies. The tasting here includes a caprese with fresh mozzarella di buffala with fresh tomatoes and basil from the market and a couple of different kinds of the best prosciutto in Italy.
A historical staple not only in Trastevere but sought out by romans from all over the city. Especially reknown for his guanciale and Pecorino Romano cheese (the historical cheese dating back to the ancient roman period and used exclusively in Roman pasta dishes). Roberto offers a wide selection of roman cured meats and cheese combined with a special assortment of top quality products from all over the country. It is always a pleasure to be welcomed by Roberto’s smile to sample the Pecorino Romano vs Parmiggiano Reggiano cheese and the best part is that the smell of the shop is already inviting you from around the corner.
Best street food suppli in the neighboorhood! These guys want to make sure that every one of our clients have the best suppli experience that they carefully prepare each suppli as we make our way to this taste stop. In this case, bigger is not better. A tiny shop particularly famous for this product also offers a variety of pizza al taglio, homemade pasta of the day, fried zucchini or cod fish. Their fresh ingredients come directly from the San Cosimato market around the corner. One bite is all it takes to understand why this place has a lineup of romans everyday to satisfy their hunger on the go.
Family owned, elegant pastry shop using time honored recipes to bake their beautiful and delicious sicilian pastries. Their natural ingredients such as ricotta arrive directly from Sicily as well as the pistacchios and almonds which are cultivated on their land. A best-loved stop for those with a sweet tooth as we sample the cannolo siciliano, cassata, granita and Rosolio digestivo.
Pizza al taglio (by the slice) is a must in Rome, and what better place to eat than an ancient bakery who’s history was built through four generations of bread makers. A shop so popular with locals that it is regularly crowded at all hours of the day. Delighting your senses with the chatter of the romans, the sights and smells of the baked goods, the sound of the knife hitting the wooden counter of the meter long pizza that just came out of the oven. We add on some Italian beer for a match made in heaven.
After a wander through the second market at Campo de Fiori we enjoy a sit down lunch at an award winning Slow Food “Osteria d’Italia” founded in the early 1900’s in association with the historical Roman Confraternita dei Macellai. A point of reference for authentic dishes in Rome we will savor Carbonara, Amatriciana, Cacio e Pepe accompagnied by Prosecco and local wine. Each fresh ingredient and wine are sourced from small local producers making this stop a fan favorite for lunch or dinner.
Our favorite gelateria is located just past the “talking statue” on one of the most suggestive streets of Rome. A husband and wife team making high quality gelato for over fifteen years, involved in each step of the process by choosing the fresh ingredients, production and finally serving their customers.
To top things off, this is where the most important question of the day will be asked “Would you prefer whipped cream or dipped in chocolate?”