October 3, 2023


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Roman Breakfast Quest – Bake from Scratch

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Roman Breakfast Quest maritozzi with coffee

By Brian Hart Hoffman

Pizza for breakfast? Sure, it’s a factor. After I visited Roma (Rome) to supply this subject, I used to be amazed by the variety of individuals lined up for a slice of pizza to start out their day. Pizza was solely a part of the rationale I needed to go on the last word Roman breakfast quest. When the Rome episode of Stanley Tucci: Trying to find Italy aired, I realized about maritozzo and knew I needed to uncover it for myself. I turned to writer Katie Parla as a trusted supply of meals in Rome and requested her to indicate me round her residence metropolis. These of you who know me know I don’t stand up early for a lot, however the bakeries we visited made the early alarm value it.

roman breakfast
photogrpahy by Joann Pai

First up was a visit to Panifi cio Bonci within the Prati neighborhood for its famed pizza bianca. Gabriele Bonci, proprietor and grasp baker, is considered one of Italy’s most vital baking figures, and he’s basically re-engineered Roman pizza, from the grain up. At first sight, you may suppose this flatbread is focaccia, nevertheless it’s not. I realized that pizza bianca isn’t enriched and doesn’t have a second rise. You may get pleasure from it by itself as an unbelievable piece of bread or have it cut up and filled with mortadella earlier than getting a beneficiant douse of olive oil. Bonci has loads of different candy and savory objects that may tempt you, together with its supplì, the Roman model of arancini, a tacky fried rice ball, and, after all, maritozzo. However that should wait.

roman breakfast
photogrpahy by Joann Pai

With pizza on my thoughts, we continued to Antico Forno Roscioli close to the Campo de’ Fiori, the place I queued with Romans headed to highschool and work for a savory slice of pizza rossa. Whereas this bustling bakery was based in 1972, the constructing itself was established as a bakery in 1824. In the present day, it’s a scorching spot for this conventional breakfast pizza, amongst different issues. An additional-virgin olive oil-enriched tomato sauce tops the uncooked dough of the rossa earlier than being baked. There’s no cheese. No toppings. Simply sauce and the crispiest crust I’ve ever eaten.

roman breakfast
photogrpahy by Joann Pai

Extraordinarily completely happy from my two pizza adventures, I took within the unbelievable historical past round me as we walked previous the Foro Romano (Roman Discussion board) and Colosseo (Colosseum). By the point I reached Pasticceria Regoli, I used to be virtually giddy fascinated with tasting my first maritozzo. However earlier than I inform you about that have, let me inform you about Regoli, which has been a household enterprise for greater than 100 years. The Regolis initially hailed from Tuscany, the place they have been charcoal makers. In the present day, the bakery circumstances are stuffed with pleasant objects, from cannoli to a few of the most stunning desserts I noticed in Italy. They actually have a espresso store subsequent door, the place I instantly noticed the pass-through window the place pastries are delivered to company standing on the counter for espresso. My form of place!

However now, for my first style of maritozzo . . . This old-school Roman brioche-style bun is cut up and loaded with whipped cream. I imply loaded. After my first chew, I can declare it my favourite breakfast. Ever. There’s no denying a gentle bun stuffed with cream. It was really transformational.

photogrpahy by Joann Pai

Don’t fear! There was nonetheless one other breakfast pastry to attempt: the cornetto. I finished within the comparatively new Casa Manfredi, the place all of the pastries are made in-house, together with this Italian staple. The cornetto, named for its form that includes two “horns,” is made out of Italian brioche laminated with layers of butter, which supplies it a denser texture when in comparison with its French cousin, the croissant. Casa Manfredi has loads of café tables out entrance the place you may laze about and plan your subsequent cease.

After a full morning—actually—we wanted espresso. Katie and I popped into Faro Caff è, the primary impartial specialty espresso store in Rome, the place you’ll discover extra
than espresso and cappuccino. Right here, at a cool espresso store that breaks all of the proverbial guidelines, I realized that there’s fundamental espresso etiquette guests ought to observe.
Cappuccino shouldn’t be taken after lunch, solely espresso, and espresso ought to be taken in a single sip. Caffeinated and energized, I used to be prepared for my subsequent discovery. That’s the unbelievable factor about Rome: shock, magnificence, and historical past is round each nook.

Visiting Roma? E book a strolling meals tour with Katie, and she’s going to work with you to customise an itinerary. Join along with her at katieparla.com or on Instagram (@katieparla).

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