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What to Choose at Gastronomia Volpetti

Apr. 18, 2011
Lucy Vivante

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Gastronomia Volpetti, one of Rome’s best spe­cialty food shops, is in the Testaccio neigh­bor­hood. Monte Testaccio, now a grassy 36 meter-high mound, was Rome’s ter­ra­cotta dump from about 140 to 250 AD. It is made of pot­shards from the amphorae that sup­plied Rome with olive oil, wine, wheat, and other staples.

Claudio and Emilio Volpetti opened their shop in 1973 and stock plea­sures of the table,” their tag line. The broth­ers come from Norcia in Umbria. Many of Rome’s deli own­ers are Norcian. Alessandro, the next gen­er­a­tion of Volpettis, also works in the shop and showed us their care­fully selected range of olive oils. Interestingly the shop does­n’t stock any Tuscan oils, not because they aren’t good, but because they are eas­ily found else­where. Instead, Umbrian oils are favored.

The Volpettis also own a cafe­te­ria right around the cor­ner from their shop. While the shop’s prices can be a lit­tle intim­i­dat­ing (we told friends we’d been shop­ping at Volpetti and they quipped why not at Bulgari”) their cafe­te­ria is very rea­son­able. When we go we like to greedy down cacio e pepe rice cro­quettes made with pecorino and pep­per and a plate of greens. The cafe­te­ria has a ser­vice island for condi­ments, where cer­tain of the shop’s extra vir­gin olive oils can be sampled.

Gastronomia Volpetti
Via Marmorata 47
00153 Rome
Italy
Tel. +39 06 5742352

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