Via Barletta, 27, Prati
Dubbed the “secret bakery” of Rome (it's located in the basement floor), this Italian pastry shop serves up some of the city's best sweet and savory goods.
Piazza del Risorgimento 3, Prati
The perfect spot right near the Vatican to grab a panini and coffee or Italian soda. The space exudes a clean, modern feel, and the staff is super friendly and approachable. There's lots of meats and fish, but also plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. The paninis are a meal in themselves, fresh-made withs all the accoutrements atop incredible bread (light and crispy with the slightest chewiness). Given its location, this place is usually packed, but the staff will wrap your goods to go.
Gelateria Dei Gracchi
Via Dei Gracchi, 272, Prati
Although it’s somewhat removed from Rome’s dense center, this Prati gelateria’s reputation for being one of the best in the city can draw lines (which are never unreasonable). Ultra-fresh ingredients are used to create next-level flavor combinations like green apple and mint, ricotta and pear, and eggnog, rum, and marsala. The classics (think: chocolate and espresso, pistachio) are great here, too.
Via la Goletta, 1, Prati
Close to the Vatican yet not super touristy (unlike say, Campo dei Fiori), this longstanding large indoor food market is the real deal: You’ll find fresh seafood, meat, produce, pizza, and the best selection of specialty cheese, bread, and wine in the city—all at reasonable prices, too. It’s definitely a local’s market; aim to go in the morning to get the best selection. Photo: @divoraroma
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