A whole new culinary concept has just arrived in Trastevere
Get ready to step inside a whole new culinary world in the heart of Trastevere. A workshop where Roman cuisine comes to life at its best, where innovation meets tradition and where ingredients all have one thing in common: quality. I’m talking about the newly opened Il Maritozzo Rosso at Vicolo del Cedro 26. For all foodies out there, this address used to be home to the famed Pianostrada, delicious Eggs and even ZUM! So prepare to be swept off your feet by Il Maritozzo Rosso’s arrival!
“But Maritozzo? Where have I heard that word before?” Simple! It’s a typical Roman dessert, consisting of a small loaf cut in half stuffed with plenty of whipped cream. The origins go way back to the Middle Ages, as it used to be prepared during Lent, representing the only small sin of gluttony allowed during fasting.
So should you just expect lots of maritozzos filled with whipped cream at this newly opened locale? Absolutely not. That’s where Roman creativity comes in, completely changing the concept. Forget il maritozzo’s classic whipped cream filling and say hello to savoury and gourmet combinations that will make your taste buds tingle. Think a maritozzo filled with crispy guanciale and cacio e pepe, or the maritozzo with stracciatella from Puglia, anchovies from Sciacca and yummy baby spinach. These are just two of the 30 different recipes the owners have created.
And it doesn’t stop there! Feeling like a burger? Try the Maritozzi Burger which maintains the same recipe of the maritozzo, but comes in a different shape. And if you want to taste Roman pasta dishes with a twist, Il Maritozzo Rosso delivers. I can’t get over the exquisite gricia pasta with red figs, only available on the menu during the summer (why do figs have to only grow in the summer?)! The carbonara is also top notch, not to mention the gricia risotto. But the main courses also reign supreme.
Whether it’s a lunch, a snack, an aperitivo or dinner, Il Maritozzo Rosso is the place to go. They also have a great selection of cocktails that range from the classic Mojito to the Old Fashioned all the way to Gin Martini. And what better way to accompany your drinks than with a savoury maritozzo?
To start your weekend on the right foot, head to Il Maritozzo Rosso for their delicious brunch on Saturdays. There’s a brunch buffet with everything you have ever dreamed of: from the Benedict Maritozzo, spongy omelettes and vegetable woks, to carrot cakes and cheesecakes, and of course, the classic maritozzo with whipped cream! You can also order a Maritozzi Burger la carte, which come with either beef or salmon, and of course a vegetarian Maritozzi Burger couldn’t be missing.
One thing’s for sure: once you step inside il Maritozzo Rosso, you’ll fall in love with their food, hospitality, informal vibe and unique vintage locale/workshop. They’re even equipped with an open kitchen and you can dine right at the counter to see the chefs in action. Next time you’re in Trastevere, definitely give this place a try.