While Rome might not quite have the brunch culture of London or New York, the past few years has seen a number of places open specialising in everyone’s favourite in-between course. As with everything the Italian’s do, they have put their own spin on it, so expect some unique dishes and menu options you’ve never seen before.
Coromandel was one of the first places in Rome to do brunch as we know it now and has been popular with locals and tourists ever since. The quaint little cafe serves up some of the best eggs benefit in the city (it’s not surprising Italians do this dish so well when you consider their passion for prosciutto) and also a selection of pancakes and pastries. All served on vintage mismatched crockery, this is an Instagrammers dream.
Italian’s have their own way of doing brunch which means long lunches on a Sunday consisting of a buffet style selection. Panifico Nazzareno does one of the best Sunday brunch buffets in the city, serving classic like eggs and bacon as well as Italian favourites such as pasta, veal and parmigiana. There’s also a sweet department with all the cakes and pastries you could ever want. It’s all you can eat, so come hungry.
Il Maritozzo Rosso specialises in Maritozzo (naturally) which is a typical Roman dessert, consisting of a small loaf cut in half stuffed with plenty of whipped cream. But instead of serving them as you might know them, they have put a gourmet twist on this Roman classic, stuffing them with savoury fillings and delicious combinations that will have you coming back every weekend.
Every weekend from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Bakery house serves brunch to the people of Rome. So it’s no problem if you want a lie in. From bagels to French toast and pancakes to omelettes, the menu features all the stalwarts of a good brunch. Bakery House is also within easy walking distance of some of the best coffee bars in Rome, so you won’t need to go thirsty either.
Mavi is another favourite for a buffet-style Sunday brunch. Their bagels are worth shouting about, filled with everything from avocado to salmon and cream cheese. They also serve a huge selection of pancakes and eggs.
If you want to enjoy the Italian sunshine while you enjoy your brunch then Babette is the perfect place to do it. The restaurant has an elegant courtyard with plenty of seating where you can sip a cappuccino and indulge your taste buds. The brunch is buffet style and has the biggest selection of sweets and pastries of anywhere we’ve found in Rome. They also have Italian favourites like pasta and cold cuts if you want something savoury.
As the name suggests, eggs here are the star of the show, but maybe not as you know them. Forget scrambled eggs and fried eggs, this restaurant does things differently. Their special carbonara menu is dedicated to carbonara (obviously) and offers the traditional version of the recipe along with ten other variants (including artichoke, truffle and red tuna). This is eggs for brunch but with a twist.
Avocado restaurants have been popping up in cities all over the world and Rome’s version of the millennial favourite is quite something. The ingredients are of the highest quality and the recipes are imaginative. Try the avocado burger which eschews a bun in favour of the savoury fruit or the classic avocado on toast.
Gusto start serving their buffet lunch at 12 noon and we recommend getting there on time to make sure you get a table. The setting is modern and sophisticated and the crowd is cosmopolitan. The brunch has pizza, pasta and meats as well as quite a few vegetarian options. Don’t forget to leave room for the desserts.
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Le Jardin De Russie
Le Jardin De Russie isn’t cheap but we think the weekend brunch buffet is worth the price. Despite the French name this gorgeous restaurant does Italian cuisine and does it well. Expect live pasta cooking stations, as well as an array of dishes using the freshest seasonal produce and a fish corner with sushi, sashimi, oysters and Italian raw fish. Finish your meal with a selection of Italian desserts.
This wine and cocktail bar isn’t just for drinking, it also serves one of our favourite buffet brunches in the city. There’s a range of pastas, salads and meats as well as some pastries for dessert.
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Finding vegan food in Italy isn’t always easy but Ecru is bucking the trend for meat and dairy with an all raw, vegan menu. They have a special brunch menu which focuses on salads and bowls. The perfect place to go if you like your brunch to be healthy and fresh.