Mediterranean greens for a fresh and healthy pause in Prati
In terms of food and drink the Prati neighborhood has a lot to offer, catering to the masses of Vatican goers stopping for lunch but also to the many Romans that work and live there. While there is very little to complain about when it comes to this rich array of sandwich joints and trattorie, limited options for a quick, healthy and cheap lunch can begin to get to those who are out and about in the city all day. Italians, after all, have built their gastronomic culture around the dining table and a proper cooked meal should not be missed, even in the middle of a workday. But a healthy alternative to this sit-down ordeal often seems to be lacking, replaced by meaty panini, fried food and pizza. The need for a salad bar, a hearty soup or veggie wrap quick-stop is long overdue in many of Rome’s neighborhoods and the de Luca siblings have hit the nail on the head with their salad and juice bar Fratelli de Luca’s.
Fratelli de Luca’s provides a vegetable-heavy menu inspired by Greek flavors. The counter is chock-full of ingredients for guests to make their own salads. You can also order a simple plate of farro or couscous, a baguette with cold cuts and greens and even choose from a list of creatively topped baked potatoes with sauces such a tzatziki, hummus and eggplant. The service is very quick and a nice seating area is provided while meals can easily be taken to go as well.
Luca de Luca and his sister Maria Pia’s original idea came from their love for healthy eating and an interest in Greek cuisine, evident in their creative Mediterranean menu that includes products such as spinach and feta savory pies (spanakopita), Greek yogurt accompanied by many varieties of honey, and salads topped with kalamata olives. After a lot of work and commitment to their love for Greek food, they now have a Greek supplier that helps them fill their café with an abundance of these fresh products. At the same time the de Luca’s maintain an Italian foundation serving local cured meats, cheeses and wines.
Whether you need a real meal, a cooling juice extract or an aperitivo, Fratelli de Luca’s is a light and very affordable choice.