Our team in Rome is always on the lookout for new places to grab a snack or enjoy a full meal (or anything in between). Here are just a few from our recent wanderings.
1 – Take a Layover at the New Mercato Centrale
This new place is right inside Termini Station, in the historic Mazzoniana wing of the station no less, around the great Cappa Mazzoniana, a kind of massive oven hood made of Portuguese marble, designed by architect Angiolo Mazzoni in the 1930s. It would be demeaning (although perhaps helpful) to call this a “food court.” After all, the food is by Rome’s best chefs, such as bread by Gabriele Bonci and cheeses from Beppe e i suoi Formaggi. The setting is aesthetically on target, as are the creative graphics, succeeding in the efforts to convey a feel of hip urban marketplace. Lots of choice of food and drink and abundant, comfortable seating.
Open from 7:00 am ’til midnight every day, this is definitely worth a stopover. Or even a trip of its own.
Mercato Centrale Roma. Via Giolitti 36, 00185, Roma.
2 – Forget your Health with some Pizza Fritta Napoletana at DON
Neapolitan Maurizio Iannicelli and Milanese co-partner Enrico Silanus founded this place to make one thing: fried pizza. They use the best ingredients, from San Marzano tomatoes to fresh buffalo mozzarella. They fry up the round or half-round pizzas on the spot. And best of all, the place is well designed and comfortable, right down to the cast iron water spigot where you can fill up a glass with Rome’s best water, for free.
DON – Vera Pizza Fritta Napoletana. Via di S. Francesco a Ripa 103, 00153, Roma.
3 – Favorite Creative Cuisine, Off-the-beaten-track : Osteria dell’Arco
If you are in the Pincio neighborhood north of Termini (one of our favorite bustling off-the-beaten track urban quarters) stop in for a meal at Osteria dell’Arco. Run by women, with a chef from Emilia Romagna and management from southern Italy, they serve great Raviolini, great Risotto Vialone Nano ai funghi porcini di Borgotaro and lots more. Not especially expensive considering the level of cuisine.
Osteria dell’Arco. Via G. Paglari 11, 00198, Roma.
4 – Eat Well And Then Bring Something Home From Taverna Volpetti
The old and well known (especially by locals) food shop in Testaccio has just opened a new Taverna around the corner where they serve traditional Roman food in a comfortable, friendly setting. The food shop has been around for more than forty years, serving as a showcase for Italy’s best “salumeria” and cheeses, especially from Umbria and Tuscany. The Taverna’s menu differs from lunch to dinner, finding the first one simple and with an interesting choice on the buffet (like Roman “fritti”, lasagna with white ragù, bean soup), and the second one refined and gourmet, with special “taglieri” of the finest selection from the Volpetti shop and a menu that depends on the fantasy of the chef.
Taverna Volpetti. Via Alessandro Volta 8, 00153, Roma.
5 – … And Where’s The Pizza? Da Michele!
The best pizza of Napoli is now also in Rome. This traditional pizzeria uses only a few ingredients, but these are enough to taste all the flavors of the Vesuvian coast city. You can find only pizza margherita and marinara, so, if you would like to eat a capricciosa, better go somewhere else.
Antica Pizzeria da Michele. Via Flaminia, 82, 00196 Roma.