Rome Sweet Rome
I have been working for a decade and I don’t get excited by corporate business travel anymore except for special adventures. Last April, together with my colleagues (and Chefs) Ronald and Diane, we went on THE business trip of a lifetime: a desserts field research in Rome. Yes, you read right! Our job was to visit the best dessert places in town and to eat non-stop during TWO days. We explored bakeries, gelaterias and cafes/restaurants (here is a video peak). Whilst our livers and tummies were having a “rough” time, it was a dream come true. We have eaten a lot of tiramisu, panna cotta and gelati. Italy truly is a culinary country, the food alone would make me move there.
If you stop in Rome, try to visit some of these sweet spots:
Marzapane: popular spot for locals, make sure to reserve a table! The desserts were a delight and more creative than the main course.
L’Uliveto: located in the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The main course and service are extremely disappointing for this price point, however the desserts were the BEST of our entire trip. The dessert menu is crafted by the famous Italian pastry chef Dario Nuti and is a sensorial experience!
Ristorante 34: affordable menu in a crowded restaurant. Not my preferred environment but we were abundantly fed. The desserts were plain.
Pastry shops / Cafes:
Pompi Tiramisù: tiny takeaway boutique in the touristic center specialized in tiramisu. Stick to the tiramisu only and avoid the disappointing panna cotta and choco lava cake.
Pasticceria De Bellis: modern pastries with surprising texture, forms, shapes and flavors.
Ciampini Roma: the outdoor terrasse attracted us. Stop for breakfast or an afternoon ice cream.
Antico Caffe Ruschena: traditional Italian pastries.
Cioccolati Italiani*: specialized in chocolate. We passed by the beautiful shop (with a chocolate waterfall/fountain) but the queue was too long.
Gelateria La Romana: heaven for ice cream lovers. You can find frozen desserts and gelato with toppings of your choice. The ice cream is made in-house.
Il Gelato di San Crispino: authentic ice cream made with real ingredients and seasonal fruits.
Gelateria Della Palma*: over 150 flavors to taste!
Food market / Food court:
Eataly: we could easily spend half a day in this high quality market. You can find pastries, cafes and restaurants but can also purchase excellent produce in this food hall.
*heard of but not tested yet due to a lack of time but saved for my next visit. This is a recommendation from trusted Italian chefs and colleagues.