Volpetti Gourmet Food Shop in Rome

Volpetti Gourmet Food Shop in Rome

Where do you go when you want to sample a little Italian cheese, salame and bread? You go to Volpetti! Located in Rome’s Testaccio neighborhood, this small specialty food shop stocks not only delicious salames and sausages like my favorites, Salame Toscano and Salsicette di Cinghiale, it also has beautiful prosciutto, pancetta and Iberica ham. The cheese selection makes your mouth water with over 14 different kinds of pecorino, 9 goat cheeses, an impressive display of mozzarella and other cheese I’ve never heard of. They are not snobbish with their cheese preferences either, carrying a wide array of French cheeses in their case.

You’ll also find a variety of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, wines, smoked fishes, jams, coffees, chocolates, pastries, pastas (of course), and even caviar. But my favorites in the store are the prepared foods like gnocchi, crepes and pasta dishes. On my last visit, I popped in for a few snacks to enjoy for my walk back into Trastevere. Hubs and I shared cacio e pepe rice croquettes made with pecorino and pepper, and an assortment of fritto misto (fried artichoke, zucchini and other vegetables).

Claudio and Emilio Volpetti opened their shop in 1973 with the desire to help us all rediscover ancient flavors and to create a culture of eating well. Today, it is a popular spot for local and visiting foodies, as well as a favorite culinary tour stop.

While many locals will tell you that Volpetti’s prices are higher than other delis in Rome, I’m not convinced you will find other shop owners and staff with the personality and spirit you find in Volpetti’s. It is food and fun all wrapped up in one!

Julie Guilley 

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