Bigne di San Giuseppe

Pasticerria Andreotti in Rome

Pasticerria Andreotti has been a fixture in Rome’s Ostiense neighborhood for more than 80 years.

Exterior of a Roman pastry shop

The pastry was founded in 1931 by Bruno Andreotti, who came to Rome from a small town in Tuscany near Lucca.

The pastry shop is still run by the family, and Marco (Bruno’s grandson) told me that the most famous desserts are the torta di frutta, Torta la cioccolato “africano”, Mimosa al Tiramisù, and Mont Blanc.

I will add that they are also well known for their bignè di San Giuseppe – a sweet that is eaten in Rome in March for Italian Father’s Day, as well as maritozzi.

Bigne di San Giuseppe

As the neighborhood changed, Andreotti modernized its decor and expanded some of its offerings to sell coffee and wine, but make no mistake – this is truly a historic bakery.

The bakery has survived the major events that impacted the area – including the allied bombing in 1943 which damaged the building where the pastry shop is located. Marco explained to me that there was also a gas explosion in 1986 (the pasticceria is just down the street from the gasometro), and then the area’s main market closed down in 2000. With each event, the neighborhood seemed to become poorer and poorer.

But the Andreotti bakery has endured thanks to its excellent pastries as well as its role in the community. Even in the period of rationing after World War II, the shop was able to keep baking thanks to Bruno’s Tuscan connections. When wheat flour wasn’t available, he was able to find chestnut and chickpea flour for bread.

I can never resist stopping in when I am in the Ostiense area. Even though the family has Tuscan roots, it is a Roman institution.

I really want to say thank you to Marco Andreotti for taking the time to share so much about his family’s bakery! I returned again and again for the pastries, but it was fantastic to hear about the history as well.

Andreotti

Via Ostiense, 54
Rome, Italy (Ostiense)

Open every day from 7 am to 10 pm (and until midnight on Friday and Saturday).

1 Comment

  • Reply Anne June 15, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    What a lovely post. We visited Andreotti on our most recent trip to Rome in March 2018 but didn’t know about the history. Thank you so much for sharing

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