Category Archives: Shopping in Rome

Assemblea: Testaccio’s Curated Made in Italy Shop

There is a lot happening on Via Alessandro Volta right now. Recently, it was the re-imagining of the old tavola calda into Taverna Volpetti. Then last month a new shop popped up a few doors down. Cheerful Assemblea has a window front that is too whimsical to resist. “Is that the shop with all the […]

Binario 4: Vintage Furniture in Rome

Silvana is basically my new hero. Because she has created this amazing workshop filled with the reclaimed vintage furniture of my dreams. She used to have a stall at the Porta Portese flea market. Then, she disappeared. When I spotted her Binario 4 stand at the Roma Outdoor festival, my resolve hardened. I was determined to […]

Les Vignerons: Natural Wine in Trastevere

Ok, world. The American election season is finally winding down. I have no words. But I do think it it safe to say that we could all use a drink. (What I mean is: I could use all the drinks). There is a dearth of good wine in Trastevere. Right now, we are treated to the […]

Gourmet Salami at Antica Norcineria Viola in Rome

I was a vegetarian from the age of about 7 to 25. In between,  I dabbled in veganism while my parents waited for me to out grow my meat-free phase. It was hardly a “phase,” but when I moved to Rome, I dropped it. In Italy (and now in general), I eat meat in moderation. […]

Fairytale Boutique: Shopping In Rome’s Testaccio District

I needed to go to the supermarket on Saturday. The supermarket is right next to Piazza Testaccio, and as I rounded the corner to buy household necessities, I remembered that there was something else next to Piazza Testaccio as well. Mission: Diverted. I ambled over to Fairytale “just to look,” I told myself. Fairytale is very […]

Essenzialmente Laura: Gorgeous Perfume Shop in Rome

I was struck by Essenzialmente Laura as I walked down Via dei Coronari. The street is filled with blooming jasmine, but this small shop smells even sweeter. I have never been one for powerful scents. I prefer light, fresh and natural perfumes. Laura Bosetti Tonatto creates just that. She has created perfumes inspired by the […]

Lela Casa: Lovely Home Accessories in Rome

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Once upon a time, the cutest shop in the world was just a few steps from my apartment. Filled with delicate ceramics, and bold linens, Lela Casa quickly became my motivation for leaving the house before the market closed on Saturdays. Luckily, the store still exists, but has simply moved locations. Now situated between Ponte […]