Guide to “Getting your Veggie on” in The Eternal City
Getting your Veggie
The land of pizza, pasta, and Parmesan cheese is certainly not the easiest for a travelling vegan (or raw vegan) to navigate. While typical dishes and traditional plates demand fresh, local, and seasonal produce, they scarcely lack additions of meat and dairy. With celebrities and health enthusiasts shouting about the lifestyle from their pedestals, veganism is predicted to be one of the largest growing trends of 2018 – so we thought we’d help you guys out with a basic guide for where to grab a bite in The Eternal City.
. . . V E G A N R E S T A U R A N T S . . .
Via Francesco Negri 15, 0657289203
This fun and quirky bistrot is the home of 6 fantastic furry felines who lounge around and accept gentle head scratches from all the guests. IT IS AWESOME. The décor is really nifty and the place, as many haters would doubt, is incredibly clean. But, aside from all that, the food selection is international and diverse, which could come as a welcome surprise even to carnivores. The ever-changing, always-seasonal menu sometimes includes things like Pad Thai, Dahl with ginger sauce, pumpkin soup, and more – and they are all divine! Reservations are obligatory and you must plan on eating to reserve a spot during lunch and dinner hours.
SO WHAT ?!?
Via Ettore Giovanale 56-58, 3298265950
Mon-Fri 7:30pm-12am; Sat-Sun 12:30pm-3pm, 7:30pm-12am
Run by a young Italian couple that has been working the vegan scene in Rome for over a decade, this place serves top-notch vegan variety with a bit of quirk. The atmosphere is bright, casual, and friendly and the food – ranging from hummus to gnocchi to burritos – is delicious! Funky names like “Not your grandmother’s meatballs” give it yet another unique touch. Located off the beaten path in Pigneto, known as the “Brooklyn of Rome”, a venture to “So What?!?” also offers a look at a more authentic part of the city.
UNIVERSO VEGANO (CLOSED)
Piazza del Paradiso 18, Piazza Campo dei Fiori
Open Daily, 12:30pm-3:30pm, 7pm-10pm (Closed Monday evenings)
Located right off of Campo dei Fiori is Rome’s first vegan fast-food stop – and it’s simply fantastic. They dish out classic salads, sandwiches, and veggie wraps, but also have more surprising items like vegan pizza, vegan kebabs, and even savory pies! Perfect choice for a quick bite of something that tastes good and is good for you!
Via Cesare Baronio 179, 3205670978
Dharma’s is not super central, but they get a lot of hype for their vegan bakery! They’ve got scrumptious cakes, vegan cappuccinos with breakfast pastries, a daily fixed lunch menu, and happy hour specials! Their weekend brunch is quite popular and won’t set you back for just 15 euro. Reservations are highly recommended! We do wish their hours were a bit simpler, but here they are: Mon 8am-8pm, Tues 8am-2:30pm, Wed & Thurs 8am-8pm, Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 8:30am-9pm, Sun 8:30am-8pm
Via dei Gracchi 87, 0645666538
Mon-Thurs 12:30pm-3:30pm, 7:30pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 12:30pm-3:30pm, 7:30pm-11:30pm; Sun 3:30pm-10:30pm
Find this casual eatery not far from the Vatican for 100% vegan burgers made with a perfect balance of color, flavor, and healthiness!
. . . R A W V E G A N R E S T A U R A N T S . . .
Via Acciaioli 9, 0668804282
Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-8pm
With a fairly central location and a sleek, modern space this place whips up some of the freshest raw goodies in town. It’s so popular in fact that a reservation is highly recommended for both lunch and dinnertime.
Via Federico Cesi 22, 0688974793
Mon 7pm-12am; Tues-Sun 11am-4pm, 7pm-12am
This legit locale serves a fantastic variety of food so flavorful that you’d hardly believe it’s raw! With vegan sushi, soups, pasta, and tacos amongst an ongoing list of choices, there’s something for everyone. The central location, not far from the Vatican, is casual for guests but offers a surprisingly elegant food presentation! Take a break at the juice bar, dine in, takeaway, or even call in for a delivery to experience this gem.
ROMEOW CAT BISTROT (Listed earlier in Vegan category)
ROMEOW CAT BISTROT
Raw vegan options are available during dinner hours 6pm-7:30pm. Reservations are obligatory – and you must be cat-friendly!
. . . G R O C E R Y S H O P P I N G . . .
DALL’ALBERO VEGAN “CHEESE” SHOP
Via Salaria 163, ph. 06 8530 1779, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
This artisanal shop focuses on making products which are sustainable, ethical, and healthy. Their nut based cheeses come in a wide (and delicious) variety.
Various Locations and hours. Visit Website for more details.
LA CAMPRA RAMPANTE
Via di Porta Castello 36 (Vatican area), Via Donatello 65 (Flaminio). Visit Website for more details.
Via Angelo Elmo 125 (Vatican area), Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. Visit website for more details.
. . . V E G A N V O C A B U L A R Y . . .
A few Italian words which could be helpful!
“vegano” – vegan
“vegetariano” – vegetarian
“crudo” – raw
“cotto” – cooked
“carne” – meat
“senza” – without
“glutine” – gluten
“lattosio” – dairy
“latte” – milk
“Buon appetito!” – Well, this one goes without saying
We at What A Life Tours hope you enjoy your travels and your meals!!!
***All information and hours are liable to change according to each restaurant and holidays should be taken into account. We have shared contact information and suggest double-checking hours before venturing out and also making reservations to be safe.***
Author: April Nicole
April is an American writer and photographer who has lived in Rome since 2013. She enjoys exploring the museums of the city, as well as indulging in authentic Italian cuisine!