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THE BEST 10 BREAKFASTS TO DO IN ROME: PART 1

posted by on September 29th, 2016
Here’s what Alessandra Tibollo wrote in the magazine La Cucina Italiana on the best breakfasts to do in Rome. Ten high glycemic addresses to start the day, from the traditonal maritozzo to Anglo pancakes, through brioche and croissants strictly based on butter or even just a coffee. Then there are the classics, to feel like newly Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday”, from Sant’Eustachio coffee and maritozzi from Regoli.. Without forgetting the international addresses for those who can not do without a scrambled egg in the morning.
La Portineria
Via Reggio Emilia, 22. An entrance that you do not expect, hidden, cramped, a few steps down and then it opens into a huge room, bright and spacious. For the record Gian Luca Forino, the pastry chef, is also a “famous person”, after finishing second in the show “The biggest confectioner”. His desserts are strict in appearance and processing, as well as pralines, chocolate-filled bombs that will flood the palate. Just to mention the yeasts: 3 days of total work to get to a perfect result. Needless to say that nutella is made by real chocolate, jams and marmalades are all homemade.
Coromandel
Via di Monte Giordano, 60. Sit back and get ready for a different experience, not the usual coffee and croissant at the bar, but a fine service ‘the English way’, which starts at 8.30am. The place is a delightful retreat in the center of Rome, a few steps from Piazza Navona. Also here you can take coffee and croissant or pain au chocolat – strictly homemade – but the advice is to go further and enjoy, if you really do not want to stray into English breakfast with scrambled eggs or omelets, a dish of pancakes or a French toast. And a fresh centrifuge could be a good solution to start to day.
Pasticceria De Bellis
Piazza del Paradiso, 56. It is not very spacious, but here you eat one of the best croissants in the capital. The use of the French term is no coincidence, since the pastry chef Andrea De Bellis has studied in France and perfected his flaking techniques.
Sant’Eustachio
Piazza Sant’Eustachio, 82. Worth to mention not for the croissants, which come from an outside workshop, but for the coffee. For the Romans Sant’Eustachio is coffee: here you drink and buy the ground coffee or the beans in order to prepare it at home just like at the bar. Prepare for a long queue, because this bar is at the back of Campo dei Fiori, signaled by all the tourist guides. This will be enough to start the day.
Barberini
Via Marmorata, 41. Despite the name, this bar is not near Piazza Barberini, but in Testaccio. Don’t be suspicious by the entrance being a bit retro, because during breakfast you will be amazed by the queue to get one of the delicious croissants, which rarely exceed the early hours of the day. Assortment of creams and jams, to suit all tastes.
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