A sweet life… #notonlygelato

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 in Foodies & Shopaholics | No Comments

Well, we know gelato is a great attraction, but we have many alternatives in the “dessert field” and here are some good addresses for every sweet tooth coming to Rome:

  • Forno Boccione: the historic bakery of the Jewish Ghetto, the best place for “ricotta e visciole” pie, a tart with local sheep cheese and sour cherries. They also have a version with chocolate chips and ricotta and you can buy just one slice (which is enough for 2 people!)
  • Pasticceria De Bellis:  haute patisserie here, where a mini-cake becomes a piece of art. Next to Campo de’ fiori.
  • I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza: near Campo dei Fiori, a Sicilian corner in Rome! You find here great cannoli, but also the almond pastry, pistacchio specialities, rosolio….
  • Innocenti Biscottificio: located in the nice quiet side of Trastevere (Via della Luce 21), this cookie factory seduces you from far by its wonderful smell and for a moderate price gives you the chance to taste many different kind of traditional Italian cookies … Try the little “meringues” or “brutti ma buoni” (literally “the ugly but good cookies”!) and you’ll be back again and again!
  • Pascucci:  just few meters from the Pantheon, that’s the place for milkshakes (“frullati” in Italian) since 1937. I remember going there when I was 5 and ordering my “Monterosa”, a cherry flavoured smoothie… still it’s my favorite. Try also the  traditional Amalfi,  based on mix citrus fruits or one of  the other healthy juices
  • Pompi: the temple of tiramisù to take away… different versions (pistacchio or strawberry, in case you don’t like coffee… but, are you sure you do not like coffee? Anyway, try tiramisù!!!). Two  central locations. one near the Spanish Steps (Via della Croce, 82), and one next to the Vatican (Via Cola di Renzo, 313)
  • Pasticceria Regoli: near the basilica of S. Maria Maggiore, this is another traditional address since 1916, still managed by the same family and still serving one of the best “maritozzo” in town, next to millefoglie, profiteroles, tiramisù, mont-blanc and so on….
  • Said: you have to go the extra mile here (which is worth, as San Lorenzo neighbourhood is so interesting!), but this is a real chocolate factory founded in 1923 and now converted into a cafè-bistrot-restaurant-shop…. a winter break there is a fabulous experience!
  • Bar San Calisto: this is our favorite bar in Trastevere, “vintage” style as all the bars looked like when we were kids (no website either), not fancy at all but welcoming and cheap, serving great coffee and the best hot chocolate in the centre of Rome. With whipped cream on top, of course.
  • Pasticceria Valzani: in Trastevere, another classic stop for a sweet break. You still find here traditional roman recipes like pangiallo, mostaccioli and panpepato. But also a great Sacher torte, endless pralines, cannoli, meringue…..
  • Zum: just around the corner of Campo dei Fiori, this is where you try all versions of Tiramisù you can imagine. Few seating for a little break during your sightseeing (or during our tours!)

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