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Some of Rome’s Best Pasticcerie

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July 23, 2010 Food & Drink, Shops and Specialties No Comments

One of the things you don’t realize about Rome until you’ve left is the city’s (and the country’s) great tradition of pasticcerie.

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La Deliziosa on Vicolo Savelli

Leave the bel paese and you realize there’s not a shop on every corner dedicated to selling the small, sweet treats to stave off your mid-afternoon hunger attack.

Italy’s pastry tradition is sometimes overlooked in favor of its neighbors (read: France), but that’s a serious oversight. Italy makes some of the best sweets you can find, and many are much less heavy than their French counterparts. Even better, they’re often bite-size and available for under 2 Euro.

There are a few particular Roman specialties to look out for. One of the best is the torta ricotta, a thick pastry crust filled with ricotta and mini chocolate chips, with a lattice top. The same is also available in mini one-bite form, with full crust on top. Others are various types of Roman biscotti, mostaccioli or tozzetti, which are different kinds of soft cookies Also look for crostate di mele (mini apple pie), mini cannoli, ciambelline al vino (small, donut-shaped cookies) bigne with whipped cream, custard-filled mini-torte with fragoline di nemi on top.

Here are some pasticcerie to visit in Rome that you may not know about:

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Small pastries at La Deliziosa

La Deliziosa – vicollo Savelli 50

A classic roman bakery shop, and right in the center. Often overlooked by tourists, it has a great choice of cookies, ricotta torte and custard-filled mini crostate

Dagnino – Galleria Esedra

A Sicilian pasticceria in the arcades of Piazza della Reppubblica

Innocenti – via della Luce, 21a

Every different type of biscotti, all of them soft and delicious

Andreotti – via Ostiense, 54b

An enormous selection, with lots of mignon (miniature versions)

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