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BRUNCH
by Alexandra Bruzzese

Brunch is  a new idea for Italians, who traditionally save their appetites for an enormous Sunday family lunch. But as Rome has become more cosmpolitan, restaurants and cafés are increasingly offering brunch menus, many of them including dishes associated with American tastes such as bacon, eggs, pancakes and bagels.

 

Rosso
This informal restaurant is open seven days a week, from breakfast through late night snacks. On Sundays, they now offer an impressive brunch buffet, served from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm, for a fixed price of €18, and €11 for the mini brunch. It's a more than you can eat affair, with dozens of Italian dishes to choose from, including dessert and coffee. By the way, during the week, the menu also includes burgers, for those who need a fix. Try the avocado burger, or for vegetarians, the ceci burger, made with chick peas.
Viale Aventino 32, tel 06 442 0656

 

 

Treebar
In a rare leafy spot amid the bustle of the Flaminio neighborhood, this wood and glass restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating from early breakfast through late night snacks. On Sundays, from 11:30 am to 3: pm, they offer a brunch with Italian specialities like pizza and pasta, but you can get a burger or a vegetarian cous cous if you're in the mood. The menu is announced on a blackboard at the door. Check it out if you're in the area, especially if it's a nice day and you can enjoy an al fresco meal. On Mondays, they serve a special apperitivo buffet, which allows you to go back and refill your plate as often as  you like for the price of a cocktail - €6-€12.
Via Flaminia 226 (a short walk north of Piazza del Popolo) tel 06 32652754


Bakery HouseBakery House
If you’re craving a true American brunch experience, look no further than Bakery House. Founded by Viviana Lorenzini, a native Roman inspired by her childhood trips to America and the cuisine she encountered along the way, Bakery House is a classic American food mecca. The menu offers scrambled eggs, bacon, ham and cheese omelettes, French toast, pancakes, challah, and even American-style coffee. If you’re too full for dessert (a very probable scenario) take something to go. Bakery House’s desserts are just as delicious as they look. The heavenly chocolate layer cake is worth every calorie. On Sundays a mix of expats and Italians can be found there, and the interior mimics that of a classic American bakery. €€
Corso Trieste 157 (Nomentana)
Brunch Saturday-Sunday (11 am – 4 pm) tel 06 943 77841


 
Lanificio 159
Lanificio offers a temporary getaway from the frenetic nature of Rome. The restaurant’s walls are almost entirely made up of huge glass windows, creating a bright and luminous  dining space while simultaneously offering a lovely view of the Aniene river. The design of Lanificio’s interior is pleasantly shabby chic, and there are plenty of armchairs and sofas where you can make yourself comfortable. The brunch selection boasts an eclectic range of both American and Italian dishes. Their light and airy pancakes, veal meaballs, and onion and pecorino savory flan are a few of the standout dishes. €€
Via di Pietralta 159 (between Via Nomentana and Via Tiburtina)
Brunch Saturday-Sunday, noon- 4 pm  tel 06 450 1384


Bocca di Dama

Bocca di Dama
The motto of this San Lorenzo restaurant is “cucinare per gli altri come per la propria famiglia.” (Cook for others as you do for your own family. It's a commitment that they truly embody in their food. Their brunch selection is no exception — the buffet is not only plentiful, but Bocca di Dama does not skimp on decadence. Potato with salmon gateau, savory ricotta and speck cheesecake, and red wine meatballs are star dishes, while homemade coffee cake, carrot cake, and pancakes paired with in-house jam make you feel like a spoiled kid in grandma's kitchen. €€
Via dei Marsi 4 (San Lorenzo)
Brunch Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-3:30 pm tel 06 443 41154


ThePerfectBun
The Perfect Bun
The success of this restaurant in recreating American favorites (onion rings, burgers, brownies) for their dinner menu also holds true of their brunches. While the €30 buffet is a bit pricey, the Perfect Bun does offer a wonderfully authentic brunch, closely mimicking the American breakfast. A variety of muffins, cakes, and breads will satisfy any sweet tooth, while an omelette station, bagels, and bacon defy the traditional Italian perspective that savory is not for breakfast. A popular choice for locals and expats alike, it's consistently busy. Be sure to reserve a table in advance. €€€
Largo del Teatro Valle 4 (near Piazza Navona)
Brunch Saturday-Sunday, 11 am - 2 pm tel 06 4547 6337


Babette

Modelled after a French brasserie at the turn of the 20th century, this little bistro is as charming as its name implies. Chef Silvia Sallorenzo says that her goal is to “coddle” the restaurant's guests and and her rich and comforting pastries — made-in-house doughnuts, warm croissants, breads and jams — do exactly that. Babette's offers a lovely courtyard where you can dine in the warmer months, and hosts art exhibitions featuring the works of emerging painters. €€
Via Margutta 1 (near Piazza del Popolo)
Brunch Saturday-Sunday tel 377 7073 312

 

Assaggi d'Autore
Assaggi d'Autore
Conveniently located a mere two minutes from the Trevi Fountain, Assaggi d'Autore's brunch menu is closer to what you'd expect of an aperitivo. That being said, the dishes they offer (pastas, vegetables, potatoes, cous cous, meatballs) are simple yet filling, and the friendly staff and cozy bistro environment are pluses. The large sala interna is well suited for groups, and the restaurant also sells cookbooks, wines, and desserts. €
Via dei Lucchesi 28 (near Trevi Fountain)
Brunch Sunday and holidays, noon- 4 pm tel 06 699 0949

 

MarguttaIl Margutta
In business since the '70s, this vegetarian restaurant utilizes organic ingredients and strives to create tasty yet healthy dishes. Special ovens are used to preserve the nutritional integrity of the food, and an anti-oxident ranking is listed for each offering on the menu. The brunch buffet offers more than 50 different dishes, guaranteeing that even the pickiest of carnivores will find something to enjoy, and their cakes, breads, desserts, and egg pastas are all made in-house. While brunch is offered daily, make sure to stop by on Sunday, when live music is featured.
Via Margutta 118 (near Piazza del Popolo)
Brunch Monday - Friday €, Saturday €€, 12.30 - 3:30 pm tel 06 326 50577

SaidSaid da 1927 Antica Fabbrica del cioccolato
This historic chocolate factory has been transformed into a charming restaurant, with spacious rooms where candies once were made, and an extraordinary winter garden. The space is decorated with vintage chocolate molds, and the theme carries over to the menu, which often includes a hint of chocolate in unlikely dishes such as meats and pastas. Dinner can be pricey, but the buffet lunch is a value at €10. The brunch is a traditional buffet, with eggs and bacon as well as pastas and other hot dishes. Before you leave, be sure to stop by the shop and enjoy a chocolate tasting!  Brunch €25 (open Sundays from 2 pm)
Via Tiburtina 135 (San Lorenzo) tel 06.4469204


Gusto
A mini food empire in one of Rome's busiest neighborhoods, Gusto boasts a pizzeria and griglieria (a pizza and grill restaurant), a bakery, a wine and cheese bar, and a central restaurant. With such a variety, it comes as no surprise that they also offer a Sunday brunch. Gusto's self-service buffet features dishes that range from classic American (mini hamburger sliders, chicken wings, and baked potatoes) to a typical Italian lunch (the polenta is a stand out dish). An entire table dedicated to dessert is the perfect way to end your brunch. With treats like carrot cake, tiramisu', and donuts, everyone is bound to end the meal on a sweet note. It's best to arrive at noon, as the restaurant fills up quickly shortly after opening.
Piazza Augusto Imperatore (Piazza del Popolo)
tel 06 3226273
Sunday 12:00 - ?


BRUNCH AT THE MUSEUM
Many of Rome's museum cafés offer a brunch menu in a wonderful setting.


ChiostroBramante CafeChiostro del Bramante
Located a short walk from Piazza Navona, Chiostro del Bramante is a delightful blend of Renaissance Italy and the present. Originally a cloister or chiostro designed by Donato Bramante in the early 1500s, the building was renovated in 1997 and transformed into a cultural stomping ground. Il Chiostro boasts a bookstore, art exhibitions, museum galleries, social spaces, and a bistro-cafeteria. Brunch at Chiostro del Bramante is worth it just for the setting.The stunning fresco “Le Sibille” by Rafael (1515) is displayed, while the work of young and upcoming artists is also featured. The brunch, like Chiostro’s artwork, is varied and abundant. The restaurant offers a range of salumi, cheeses, salads, egg dishes, friselle (similar to bagels), and vegetarian dishes. Recommended: the salmon carpaccio and cous cous.
Arco della Pace 5 (near Piazza Navona) tel 06 688 09035
Monday - Friday 10.00-20.00 (call for brunch hours) 
€€

Open Colonna
Founded in 1874, this family run-restaurant has succeeded due, in part, to its ability to evolve. Head chef Antonello Colonna describes the philosophy of his menu as maintaining the flavor of traditional dishes while giving them a contemporary twist. The dining room of Open Colonna is just as spectacular as its food. Located on the roof terrace of the Palazzo delle Espozioni, the space is clean, modern, and luminous. While the brunch is pricey (30€) it's worth it for the quality of the food and the ambience. Via Milano, 9/a (Via Nazionale) tel 0647822641
Brunch Saturday Sunday 12:30 – 3:30

€€€

 

Macro
Rome's museum of contemporary art offers a delicious Sunday brunch. Designed by French architect Odile Decq, the dining room faithfully reflects the modernity of the museum (the walls are glass freezers where wine is stored) and the food is light yet filling. Salads, fish, legumes, and pasta make up the majority of the self-service buffet, but a few desserts are also available. During the warmer months, diners can also eat outdoors on the restaurant's terrace.
Via Nizza 138 (near Piazza Fiume) tel 066 71070400
Brunch Sunday 12:30 – 3:00

€€
 

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