Where to buy the best pandori, panettoni and Christmas gift baskets in Rome?
Yet another Christmas is here. In comparison to the previous ones (and hopefully the future ones), Christmas 2021 will be even more intimate and more family-oriented than expected. To warm up our spirits we turn to the classic holiday sweets and gift baskets filled with sparkling wine, cookies and cured meats, to enjoy with our family or to gift to others. Here is our selection of the best bakeries and pastry shops in Rome where you can purchase Christmas baskets, pandoro and artisan panettone this holiday season.
Il Forno di Roscioli (Campo dei Fiori)
Just like every year, the historic bakery of the Roscioli family offers one of the best artisan pandori, panettoni and baked goods for Christmas. Large leavened products are sold by weight but can also be ordered and received all over Italy, and beyond. Panettone sizes are 1/2kg, 1kg, 2kg, 3kg or 5kg. At the shop, the following Panettone flavors are available: classic, chocolate, chocolate and pear, apricot and caramel chocolate, sour cherry and white chocolate, raisins-only, and triple Chocolate. Meanwhile, their signature Pandoro can be purchased in three different formats: 100gr, 1/2kg or 1kg. Their Panettone and Pandoro are both free of preservatives and should be consumed within 15 days of production.
Via dei Chiavari, 34
Roscioli Caffè (Campo dei Fiori)
Roscioli Caffè in piazza Benedetto Cairoli offers these classic Christmas treats, but with a bit of zing, alternating their style. Hence why you’ll find the Panettone here in glass containers with various flavours available. And of course, the Pandoro isn’t missing either! What else? The lovers of torrone can choose from two different options, either chocolate or almond, all of which are strictly made in the cafe’s pastry workshop.
Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 16
Beppe e i suoi Formaggi (Ghetto)
Dairy lovers, this is your place. In Beppe Giovale’s shop, you’ll find a wide variety of Christmas packages that can be personalized to your taste. You can choose from a wide selection of Piedmontese raw milk cheeses, artisan cured meats, great wines and natural labels, spirits, pasta, preserves, chocolates, olive oil and sweets of artisan traditions. As for their Panettoni, the famous Panettone Mammamassaia, an artisanal delicacy from Abruzzo, can be purchased in various sizes and two flavors, Classic and Chocolate.
Via Santa Maria del Pianto, 9A
Cresci (San Pietro)
Footsteps from St. Peter’s Basilica you’ll find Cresci, a half bakery and half bistrot. Here, during Christmas time, they offer three different types of Panettone baked with Molino Paolo Mariani flour, from the Marche region, and a special yeast from the USA. Among the ingredients, you will also find Bourbon vanilla from Madagascar, Valrhona chocolate, and butter from Elle & Vire. The flavors available are classic with raisins, candied fruit with a hint of orange, chocolate, or figs and chocolate. Make sure to consume within 40 days, but it will certainly be finished before that!
Via Alcide De Gasperi, 17
This year, Eataly welcomes Christmas with a great news: its own panettone. A traditional, handcrafted 1kg panettone, presented in a beautiful box made of recycled paper. You can buy it freshly made, in all Eataly bakeries, or online (€ 34.80).
Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492
Con.tro Contemporary Bistrot (Monte Mario)
CON.TRO Contemporary Bistrot is a multifunctional venue in Monte Mario with an excellent range of artisan desserts. You’ll find dozens of single-portion desserts in rotation. In addition to desserts, the classic Christmas treats are also in store. The Pandoro, a new line of artisanal torrone, is available in three flavors: gianduja, white chocolate with pistachios, or dark chocolate with almonds. Last but not least, the Panettone is crafted to perfection by the baker Andrea Fiori.
Via dell’Acquedotto del Peschiera, 156
The famed pastry shop on Via Regina Margherita offers artisan panettone in five different flavors: Classico, Espresso Italiano, Gianduioso, Pecan, and Pears and Chocolate. Their Pandoro must not be overlooked either! It is prepared according to the tradition and covered with a delicate layer of icing! The torrone, with gianduja or pistachio, is a must-try, too. And for those with a serious sweet tooth, Grué has also thought of an Advent Calendar to be personalized with different types of assorted pralines.
Viale Regina Margherita, 95
Le Levain (Trastevere)
Giuseppe Solfrizzi’s boulangerie, in Trastevere, offers Italian and French Christmas sweets. From the classic panettone to the Bûche de Nöel, all the way to tasty mignons with winter flavors, they have quite a selection. Looking for an excellent Christmas gift? Go for the bread kit!
Via Luigi Santini, 22-23
Pasticceria Bompiani (Ardeatino)
Walter Musco’s pastry shop goes beyond classic and so does his Christmas! In addition to the traditional Panettone, you’ll find one with chocolate, and also pear and chocolate. Their mouth-watering gift boxes filled with different spreads, cantucci, traditional cookies and Christmas decorations are also available.
You can directly book at their number 06 512 4103 or online and pick it up in their store.
Largo Benedetto Bompiani, 8
Casa Manfredi (Aventino)
In the baker of Viale Aventino for the holiday season, the star of the show is, as always, the Panettone. The well known classic and the double chocolate will all be available, but another 3 new special editions have been carefully made: apricot and dark chocolate, marron glacé, and dark chocolate with raspberries. All available also in glass containers. As for Pandoro, it doesn’t disappoint; lots of care went into the creation of it thanks to Giorgia Proia, owner and baker, paying special attention to the ingredients. French butter, hazelnuts, candied fruit and marron glacé, Valrhona chocolate and Tahiti vanilla, to name a few. Check to see what catches your eye online through their website and have it sent to you via a private express courier service, or call to reserve at 0697605829 and pick up in their store.
Viale Aventino, 91/93
Prati’s Antonini bakery, now known as Sabotino’s panettoni, is available for purchase in-store, or through the Cosaporto platform. There are four kinds available this year, including some very special ones. They’ve got a classic version, the Sacher, which is based on the Austrian cake’s recipe containing chocolate and apricot, the Strudel with raisins, pine nuts candied apple and vanilla, and finally, a caramel version enriched with white chocolate semi candied figs, pecans, and vanilla.
Via Sabotino 19-29
For Christmas this year, in the Testaccio district of Rome, the Acquasanta restaurant —a temple for those who enjoy eating quality fish— is preparing a unique Panettone. The available sizes are 500g or 1 kg for €15 and €25 accordingly.
Via Aldo Manuzio 28
Three offers outside of Rome
This year for Christmas, the youthful team of Sintesi, a restaurant everyone keeps talking about in Ariccia, has come up with a new and special Panettone. Home-made candied fruits, caramel chocolate, vanilla and almond flavored icing: this is all we have to say. This limited edition Panettone is available only by preordering it until December 15th, and costs €38.
Viale dei Castani, 17, 00072 Ariccia RM
Pasticceria Patrizi (Fiumicino)
The Patrizi bakery in Fiumicino among many things this year offers the classic Panettone and new variations of it —such as cappuccino with coffee and white chocolate, salted caramel, gianduia, pistachio, apricot, ginger, just to name a few. These beauties are available in 500g and 1kg versions, and can be bought online or in-store.
Piazza G.B. Grassi, 8, 00054 Fiumicino RM
Matteo Dolcemascolo, awarded by Gambero Rosso with ‘Best Artisanal Panettone of Italy’ in 2019, is back this year with his deliciously soft creation, but this time with new packaging that brings out and highlights the phases of panettone production. Forest fruit, Chocolate, Pear and Chocolate, and the newly added Chocolate with Raspberries are available alongside the classic version. Keep in mind that while their Panettone has swept critics all their feet, they also make an amazing Pandoro with an intense vanilla flavor and warm buttery hints in each bite.
Via Madonna della Neve, 77 – Frosinone