Italian food is stereotypically rich—bread, pasta, gelato, etc.—but visitors and residents can breathe a sigh of relief as there are many options, salad and freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices included. With the summer months and rising temperatures sometimes a plate of crunchy greens is just what one craves. Here’s a short list of 5 shops toting salads that will refresh any weary stomach.
Aromaticus is an urban farming and aromatic herb shop in the Monti that serves salads and raw dishes, tartare and carpaccio included. Trust this veggie-happy store to offer simple salads made with seasonal ingredients. After you finish your meal browse around the store. They sell aromatic plants, sprouts, and exotic peppers. They make great juices and smoothies, too!
Though Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi is known for its cheese and wine selection, it also offers salads made with the same care and exceptional ingredients that the store is known for. After perusing the countertop of cheeses and cured meats, have a seat at one of the tables to enjoy a simple salad with crunchy carrots and fresh tomatoes or choose one with goat cheese and walnuts. Located just inside the Jewish Ghetto, Beppe’s serves up Italian ingredients without a heavy Italian feast.
Chiostro del Bramante is located within a 16th century cloister designed by a Renaissance master and overlooking a church and frescos painted by Raphael. Dining here is a uniquely Italian experience as visitors can dig into lunch within view of priceless works of art. A hidden treasure, this shop satisfies a quest for a delicious plate of greens and Renaissance art.
Fa-Bio is a great find for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike. Near the Vatican where quality dining options are slim, Fabio Lanuti and Claudio Bortot provide tourists and residents alike with wholesome and nourishing meals. The owners put great care into each dish they create and are adept at accommodating animal-based eating restrictions.
U-Juice offers salads that cater to the health nut in the group. Located near the American Embassy and Via Veneto, U-Juice (aka urban juice) has salads made with organic ingredients. The store also offers juices, soups, and sandwiches to round out this nutritious meal.
What’s your favorite salad eatery in Rome?
Gina Tringali – food lover, certified sommelier, coffee connoisseur, and passionate home cook – is a successful freelance food and travel writer and blogger based between Rome and Southern Italy. She is committed to discovering and sharing with fellow food enthusiasts Italy’s best culinary and wine experiences.