It may happen to anyone, especially on a melancholic autumn or winter day, to feel the irresistible urge to have a sweet moment to retreat to. A little sugar-coated piece of heaven, a guilty pleasure to share with friends and family, or to treasure just for yourself. For all those looking for a reason to spoil themselves, here comes a list of the best Pasticcerie or pastry shops in Rome.
Via Marmorata, 41 (Ostiense)
Every day, 6:30am-8.30pm
Insider tip: it is impossible to walk past this historic pasticceria without being enchanted by the artistic display of all sorts of sweet sins behind its windows. Rows and rows of macarons will lure you in towards the counter that attracts locals and VIPs alike since 1925. Stop by for an espresso and a mignon before a nice walk through Testaccio.
Must try: macarons in all colours and flavours, mini Sacher and mini Cassate Siciliane.
Largo Bompiani, 8 (Ardeatina/Eur)
Every day, 6:30am-8.30pm
Insider tip: recently reopened with a new style and design, Bompiani is the place to go for a stylish break from breakfast to aperitivo. Design is everywhere, from the elegant interiors to the many sweet and savoury treats. From great cake classics, such as Millefoglie, Mont Blanc and Mimosa, to more modern designs and chocolate pralines, this is an authentic sweet tooth’s paradise!
Must try: Jasmine tea chocolate pralines, Achrome (coconut, lime and mango pastries inspired by Italian artist Piero Manzoni), any of the great traditional croissants.
Uovo a Pois
Via Pellegrino Matteucci, 62 (Ostiense)
Mon-Sat 7:30am-7.30pm; Sun 9:30am-6pm
Insider tip: Pleasure without guilt awaits you at this new alternative pasticceria in the Ostiense district. Milk and gluten free delicacies prepared with 100% natural ingredients and non refined sugars are perfect to spoil yourself time and time again.
Must try: Baita (a modern mousse cake variation of the traditional Strudel), vegan croissants, hazelnut mousse with dark chocolate and honey.
Bar Pasticceria Romoli
Viale Eritrea, 140 – 144 (Africano)
Every day (closed on Monday), 6:30am to 2am (until 3am on Sunday)
Insider tip: This historical pasticceria is a real institution of Rome’s Quartiere Africano since 1952. Don’t miss the ritual of a midnight cornetto in the weekend, on Sunday morning choose your pastarelle from the kaleidoscopic display at the counter and (for big occasions) pick your cake among Sacher, Torta della Nonna, Profitterol or a delicious strawberry tart.
Must try: strawberry tart, Danish, Bombe alla Crema (one of Rome’s most iconic pastry)
Via Tuscolana, 792/796
Mon – Sun 6am-9pm
Insider tip: creative looking cakes shaped after ladybirds, a cute little mouse or a hedgehog are perfect as a birthday gift. For all other days, try the unmissable pastarelle, or enjoy a luxurious breakfast accompanied by a delicious cappuccino.
Must try: Cannonata, Rocher, Fragolina cakes
Bella Napoli / Baba’ Napoli
via Tommaso da Celano, 86 (Caffarella)
Insider tip: the Roman palace of the king of all sweets from Naples. Here you’ll find Classic Baba’ with Rum and more luxurious variations, with fillings such as Ricotta and Pear, Melon, Chocolate, Pistacchio, Coffee, Mint, Tiramisù and more.
Must try: Baba’ cake, Baba’ with Rum
I dolci di Nonna Vincenza
Piazza Montecitorio, 116 (Via del Corso)
Via Arco del Monte, 98 (Campo de’ Fiori)
Mon-Sun, 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat 9am-12am
Insider tip: Sicilian classics from cassata to cannoli, and an abundance of pistacchio and almond will bring you on a blissful journey and transport you to the island of Pirandello, Cucinotta and Montalbano.
Must try: cassatina, granita gelsi e pistacchio, cannoli, cassatelle di Agira
Pasticceria Cinque Lune
Corso del Rinascimento, 89 (Navona)
Insider tip: a little hidden gem close to Piazza Navona, this tiny pasticceria focuses on the sweet tradition of Rome. Much appreciated by locals, it is not very known by tourists, which makes it the perfect place to visit.
Must try: Antichi Romani, Maritozzi
Via Nicola Zabaglia, 9 (Testaccio)
Every day, 7am-8pm
Insider tip: Linari belongs to Testaccio like whipped cream belongs to a maritozzo. Simply unmissable, it has everything you can think of, from maritozzi to baba’, to croissants, cakes, teatime biscuits and savoury treats. It is also a great place to organize a birthday party for the little ones.
Must try: Bignè di San Giuseppe, Ciambella Fritta, Croissant
Via Leonina 18/20 (Monti)
Via Labicana 126/128 (Colosseo) – L.go Teatro Valle 12 (Argentina) -P.za San Cosimato 49/b (Trastevere)
Insider tip: Modica chocolate, cassate, cannoli and many other traditional Sicilian recipes are the divas of Ciuri Ciuri, a real ambassador of all things Sicilian in Rome, with four different shops to sweeten up your days and nights.
Must try: hand painted marzipan fruit, cannoli with pistacchi di bronte filling, cassatina