Friday 31 October | 2014
A staggering 200,000 people visit Rome every day. It hardly feels like it though, with everyone spread out among numerous attractions on what is probably the longest sightseeing list of any city in the world. For just an hour we tear ourselves away from the overwhelmingly beautiful churches, palaces, monuments, squares, notable buildings, and of course the incredible colosseum, to go to Bakery House – a popular brunch spot with locals and expats alike.
Bakery House is a social place, with lots of tables and chairs crammed into an otherwise small café. With the local university just a few blocks away, the atmosphere is young and lively, thanks to flocks of students dropping in to meet friends for coffee and cake during study breaks.
If your textbook days are behind you, self entertainment is easy with iPads lining the back wall. You can also play a game of spot the expat – a few have arrived today on their pilgrimage to find real American pancakes and bagels in Italy.
The latte macchiato is Starbucks inspired, being served in a generous mug with a spoon. There is something really comforting about coffee in a mug, and this one is milky and smooth, contrasting the sharpness of the Mokasirs cappuccino.
While most berries are currently out of season, Bakery House has found a stash that are still plump and juicy and sweet. Here they compliment the buttery, nut-free granola, served with lots of natural yoghurt in a tall milkshake glass. As the granola soaks up the yoghurt, it morphs into the decadent streusel or crumble topping found on many of our favourite desserts. Yum!
The gorgeous pancake stack features a cut out heart, fairytale dusting of icing sugar and more fresh berries. Alone they are light and fluffy to eat, and very much like the iconic McDonalds pancakes, but here at Bakery House you can take them to the next level with miniature jugs of melted dark chocolate and maple syrup.
Ordinarily berries would be out of place with a savoury eggs benedict, except here the homemade hollandaise has been slightly sweetened, which brings out the light lemon flavour. The poppy seed bagel is soft (cue the American debate on this) but the ham is Italian and eggs perfectly poached. Speaking of bagels – Bakery House has a great range of filled bagels for lunch (see the menu below).
Bakery House is great and all, but honestly – and I take off my brunch blogger hat here – tourists should not be brunching in Rome. If you wake up hungry after dinner the night before, then you have done something horribly wrong. Instead, sleep in and then head to Pizzarium, a divine little hole-in-the-wall pizza shop by Gabriele Bonci; join the priests for handmade pasta and flame grilled steaks at L’Isola della Pizza (both near the Vatican); or get involved with the renowned tiramisu at Pompi (Metro Re di Roma).
One for the students and sweet toothed.
See the breakfast, brunch and bagel menus here:
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