Romeo “Chef & Baker”, Rome.



It’s called Romeo, it reads “chef and baker”, it’s pronounced Roscioli e Glass: a single venue with many souls that bring to life this modern gastronomy haven in the Prati neighbourhood of Rome.
It’s difficult to fit Romeo into a specific category of venue, as one can just as easily come here to stock up on bakery products (bread, amazing pizza, cakes) and gastronomic delicacies (cured meats, cheeses, canned goods), as to stop off for a snack-break or for a complete dinner prepared by the Michelin-starred  Roman chef Cristina Bowerman.

 

 The dining hall is large and poly-functional, with counters, shelves and tables that create a series of different situations to choose from according to one’s requirements: a sandwich at the counter, a plate of cured meats and some piping hot white pizza at a shelf, or a complete meal comfortably seated, are examples of the gourmet layout.

 

So freedom to choose and order: one can go from ordering some slices of ham chosen among the numerous types on offer or a delicious buffalo mozzarella cheese from the deli counter and then move on to get various types of pizza and savoury stuffed rolls from the bakery counter.
The blackboard-wall lists all the gourmet sandwiches: whether one chooses salmon, burrata cheese and dill or tongue pastrami, ciausculo cheese and giardiniera (vegetables cut into pieces and boiled in water and vinegar), there is great variety, much gluttony and never a disappointment.
When seated at the table one chooses from a seasonally adjusted menu and it’s impossible not to order some linguine scented with sea urchin, sundried tomatoes and coffee powder or to play it safe with a carbonara or to be tempted by one of the best hamburgers in Rome; and one can then seal off the meal with a greedy desert that has an antique aroma, “latte e gentilini”.

 

The experience will be all the better if one accompanies the food with one of the numerous wines listed in the intelligent menu, many of which available by the glass, including a fair number from France.


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