Owner/Chef Gabreile Bonci wrote the book on Pizza. They use only the finest ingredients for his creative toppings. This is a small local take-out pizza shop that you may eat in standing up. The pizza is great and the assortment is very special.
Located in a neighborhood that is about a 1/2 mile from the Vatican which is rarely traveled by tourists you will have to go a bit out of your way but it’s worth it.
We learned about S.Anna from some locals siting besides us at Da Francisco. Since then we have visited several times. S.Anna is a nice local everyday Italian restaurant. Pasta are house made and great. The anti-pasta bar offer a good assortment and is very good. Once in a while they have this special cake that they bake it’s really a treat. I can’t think of the name of it but I do remember having it a couple of times then being disappointed one day when they ran out of it. Do visit for solid and unpretentious Italian food.
Across the street from the entrance to the Vatican Museum is Lori’s favorite gelateria in Rome. In fact I think it’s religious experience her! Old Bridge is one of the top shops in Rome their specialty is fruit flavors. We learned about this shop many years ago from a cab driver late one evening heading back to the hotel when Lori decided it was time for one more Gelato. We always stop here as well as Gelareria dei Gracchi my old favorite. I have a new favorite to introduce Lori to on our next trip. While doing this post, I notice they have plans on selling franchises…I’m ready.
Just a couple of blocks from the Campo de Fiori in the heart of Rome lies this wonderful bakery. Forno Riscioli features a world renowned pizza. It’s one of our favorite stops for a lunch while we are wondering about the picturesque alleyways around the Campo. The next time your in Rome don’t miss this pizza. We are sure your going to love it as much as we do. Roscioli also has a restaurant that I’ll discuss in another post.
Franchi is not a restaurant but more of a gourmet deli that allows you to enjoy a meal standing up at the counter. I have not been there lately much as I used to however I always stop in to say hello to my friends and have a bite to eat when in Rome. I have a large group of friends that always request I bring them the CHEESE that is the Parmigiano-Reggiano from Franchi. I don’t no why but it is simply the best. I have searched the world including many other places in Italy however the CHEESE from Franchi is always the best. Quite frankly you can’t go wrong with anything you get at Franchi!!! They only have the best of the best of Italian foods in their shop. Yes, some people find it expensive however you get what you pay for. Let me clue you in on the Rice Ball procedure. Rick Steve, the budget travel writer has recommended Franchi for a quick bite. I personally wish Steve would send these tourists elsewhere however they come in droves in the summer for Rice Balls which are amazing. To accommodate all these tourists and collect their money Franchi has instituted a pay at the cashier then get your Rice Ball policy.
Via Cola di Rienzo, 204
00192 Roma (Lazio), Italy
+39 06 687 4651
We were sent to try this Restaurant by some American friends of ours. Having been to Roma hundreds of times I am always a little reluctant to try recommendations from infrequent visitors but these were people who do travel a lot and know good food. Please be advised there are many places in Roma to eat however there are a lot of tourist traps with bad food.
Fish was exceptionally fresh and service excellent. For an antipasto we had the fish assortment it was excellent, pasta was homemade with a nice pink seafood sauce and the secondi of grilled seafood (sea bass and prawns) was also great. We had a side order of Puntarelle it’s a Roma specialty which was to excellent. The house complimentary dessert of dough with powdered sugar cookies was excellent so I recommend stopping there, the 4 cake assortment looked great but did not taste as good as it looked.
The waiter was a little pushy towards expensive items on the menu and the wine was unreasonably high priced ( a 7 Euro bottle for 40 euro which I had at another ristorante for 20 later on the same trip, not that I’m opposed to paying 40 euro for wine it’s just the value that bothers me a bit).We had a good time and don’t regret going however I don’t think I would return. Although there was a good number of Italians’ I don’t believe they were locals. It’s a shame this would have been a great find if they did not have a tendency towards taking advantage of tourists. Lori on the other hand feels I’m being a little harsh and the fresh fish is worth a return.
This visit we tried a place called Scarpone in Rome. We were told that the Pope eats here during the day on Sundays so off we went. It’s a truly local family place across from the park where a stroll after lunch on a nice day would be lovely however please don’t try it after a rainy day or you will be wading inmud as we did.
The first course offering on an antipasto table looked too good to refuse. For the main I had the bistecca alla fiorentina after seeing all that fresh meat and the wood fired grill it seemed like a must try item. It tasted as good as it look, I could cut it with my fork it was like butter soft with that wonderful wood grill taste (notany smokiness which I don’t care for) they cooked it rare so if you like it cooked more please ask them. Lori decided to have pasta for her main it was Fresh Pasta with Shrimp Sauce I don’t think there are any words to make that sound any better than it does already and it was awesome. Desert was a simple Fragolini (mini strawberries pick in the wild) with homemade ice cream and a Lemon cake made in the house with lemons from Sorrento.
The whole dining experience was great including the friendly service. We had an enjoyable lunch even though the Pope was not there this Sunday. I will certainly return I had my eye on a grilled veal chop.