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Rome edible gifts and where to buy them

Rome edible gifts are a great way to bring back something small and delicious for those back home. 

chocolates in quetzalcoatl in romeChocolates and other edibles make great gifts and souvenirs from Rome. Find out the best places to go!

Here are my favorite edible and drinkable things in Rome you can easily buy as a gift or frankly, just for yourself!

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Gifts and Souvenirs to Eat and Drink

Things to eat and drink make great souvenirs for yourself, and also great gifts from Rome. It's usually something people appreciate and will use.

cheese at antica caciaraRome edible gifts include cheese, which is easy to bring home as long as it's vacuum-sealed. Antica Caciara in Trastevere is one of the best places to get it!

They are easy to pack, usually not breakable, and, will almost certainly be consumed and enjoyed. 

Just make sure you know the tastes of the people you are buying for. Otherwise, you might have to keep these things and eat and drink them yourself!

On this page, you'll find Rome edible gifts (along with drinkable gifts, too), in the following categories:

Rome edible gifts - chocolates

If you know anything about me, you'd know I'd start my list of ideas for Rome edible gifts with chocolates. Yes, I am a chocoholic.

Rome may not be a known chocolate-producing center, like Switzerland or Belgium, but you can find some truly excellent chocolates in Rome:

moriondo gariglio chocolates

Moriondo & Gariglio, right near the Pantheon is a Rome institution and a favorite of Romans in the know.

Rome artisan chocolate shopOne of the best places to buy artisinal chocolates in Rome is at Moriondo Gariglio.

Begun in 1850 by the two eponymous cousins in Turin, they were suppliers to the Savoy royal house before moving to Rome.

They make fresh chocolates daily in their on-site laboratory.

Just entering the shop and seeing the beautiful displays and taking in the delicious aromas is a wonderful experience on its own.

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Valzani Chocolates

Another chocolate emporium not to be missed in Rome is Valzani Chocolates in Trastevere.

They've been making artisanal chocolates and cookies since 1925 (in fact, most of the decor and fixtures in the shop are from when they first opened!)

Pastry Shop RomeValzani Pastry shop is one of the most famous chocolate shops in Rome and there’s a reason why! Visit this old fashioned venue in Trastevere to sample an array of pralines and chocolates.

Just walk through the door and you will be greeted with a wafting aroma of warm chocolate.

It's worth going inside just for that. 

chocolates display RomeAt Valzani's you may taste the purest dark chocolate and see how the owners came to make their local delicacy so sweet and creamy.

But in winter, I go there also for the hot chocolate.

Just get it.

You will thank me.

Hot chocolate at Valzani'sIf you fancy a break from pralines, try their luscious hot chocolate cup with lemon zest and vanilla biscuit.

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Quetzalcoatl Chocolatier

Another superb artisanal chocolate shop is Quetzalcoatl, right near the Spanish Steps.

chocolates at Quetzalqoatl near the Spanish stepsThe chocolates at Quetzalcoatl make wonderful Rome edible gifts... or you can just scarf them down yourself!

I dare you to come in here without also getting a gelato or authentic eclair for yourself.

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Venchi Fine Chocolates

You might be drawn in by the chocolate fountains and the promise of gelato, but make sure to take some time to inspect, or rather, taste, the chocolates at Venchi.

venchi chocolatesVenchi is one of the best places to get chocolate in Rome.

And don't let the modern shiny decor fool you.

This is no newfangled newcomer.

In 1878Silviano Venchi set up a small shop in his native town of Turin (arguably one of THE most important centers for chocolate-making in Italy.)

And the rest is history. What better gift for the chocolate lover in your life?

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  • Address00186 Via degli Orfani, 87
  • Opening hours: Monday-Thursday: 10:00-00:00 | Friday-Saturday: 10:00-01:00 | Sundays: 10:00-00:00

Rinascente

Rinascente department store may not be the first place that comes to mind if you're thinking of getting some Rome edible gifts.

But their food emporium on the top floor is full of fun treats, whether for yourself or as a gift.

Like these chocolate shoes!

chocolate shoes at rinascenteWhether you're shopping for shoes, or chocolate, or chocolate shoes, Rinascente is the spot!

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  • Address:

        - Via del Tritone, 61

        - Via dei Due Macelli, 23

  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 09:30-23:00

Rome edible gifts - Cheese

Why don't I suggest getting meat as a gift from Rome? Because in many places, such as the US, you cannot bring in meat of any kind, even if it's vacuum sealed. No, you can't. Trust me.

Cheese also makes a terrific gift (of course you may want some for yourself, as well!)

Vacuum-sealed, it keeps up to 6 months until you open it. So it travels well.

NB - We are NOT talking about mozzarella or burrata or any other creamy cheese. Just the hard kinds like parmesan, grana padano, and similar cheeses.

You could easily buy vacuum-sealed parmesan cheese at just about any grocery store in Rome, and you can definitely get it at Fiumicino airport too.

But if you want to enjoy the experience of visiting a real Italian deli (salumeria in Italian), where the purveyors can assist you with your choices, and perhaps give you some tastes while telling you about the cheeses, you should head to some of the wonderful salumerie around Rome:

Antica Caciara Cheeses

Antica Caciara in Trastevere is another Rome institution. Romans come from all over the city just to shop here and to have a bit of a chat with Roberto.

Signor Roberto, the owner, has been working there since he was 13.

The shop was founded in 1900 by Roberto’s grandfather Albino.

Cheese Store RomeAt Antica Caciara, you will find a huge selection of cheeses. Some you can bring home with you, and some you can't. Either way, a visit here is an experience by itself!

As a bonus, there may not be anyone sweeter to buy your cheese from.

You will always leave Roberto's with a smile on your face.


Cured pork cheekSeasoned Norcia pork cheek. Salty and peppery, it's the main ingredient in many Roman pastas. You may want to try this in Rome, but sadly, you can't take it home with you.
Pecorino cheesePecorino cheese. It dates back to the ancient Romans and was a feature on the tables of the patricians, as well as a daily source of protein for the legionaries.

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Roscioli

Another excellent and well-known spot for buying Rome edible gifts in the form of cheese is Roscioli.

Roscioli has a salumeria, bread shop (forno), bakery (pasticceria), café, and a wine-tasting venue, Rimessa Roscioli.

At their salumeria, you can buy cheese but you can also eat in (if you can get a reservation.) They are famous (thanks to Anthony Bourdain) for their carbonara.

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La Formaggeria Roma at Piazza Epiro

In the San Giovanni neighborhood, not far from the Colosseum, you can visit a local covered market, Mercato Latino at Piazza Epiro.

formaggeria cheesesFormaggeria in the San Giovanni neighborhood is one of THE top spots in Rome to by cheese.

And inside this market is a man who can arguably be called one of the most important cheese vendors in Rome, Franceso Loreti.

Besides being the supplier to many of Rome's best-known restaurants, Francesco has cheeses you can't find anywhere else in Rome.

A great option for the cheese lover in your life!

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Beppe e i suoi Formaggi

Beppe and his cheeses (literally the name of his shop) have been a fixture in the Jewish Ghetto since 2008 when he opened up shop.

cheeses at BeppeYou will find an array of cheeses from Piemonte, where Beppe is from, but also from France, where his wife is from.

Much more than "just" a cheese emporium, Beppe e i Suoi Formaggi is also a wonderful wine bar and restaurant.

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Rome edible gifts - Truffles

Truffles are one of those foods people either love or are indifferent to (I adore truffles and cannot imagine being indifferent to them. I think it's a genetic thing.)

Black TruffleThe black truffle of Lazio. A great gift idea. But make sure you can carry it in your suitcase

For the truffle lover, truffles are of course great gifts or souvenirs from Rome.

Whole truffles don't keep that long, and not only that, you are not likely allowed to bring them home.

But sliced truffles, truffle oil, and truffle sauce all keep very well.

Where to buy Truffles in Rome

  • Gourmet food emporium Castroni, which has branches throughout Rome. 
  • Eataly, the giant Italian-food mall in the Ostiense neighborhood.
  • Try also some well-stocked salumeria, such as Paciotti (Prati), Volpetti (Trastevere and Testaccio), and Salumeria F.lli Ciavatta (Trevi Fountain.)
  • Many Rome food markets sell truffles in oil. Many supermarkets in Rome sell at least truffle oil. 
  • Truffle restaurant and shop Tartufi and Friends, near the Spanish Steps, has a lot of truffle products for sale.

Rome edible gifts - Cookies / biscotti

I think biscotti (cookies) make a wonderful gift.

They don't spoil, they are relatively light and easy to carry, and most people love them.

Here are some of the best places in Rome to shop for cookies /biscotti, whether to eat them on the spot or to give them as Rome edible gifts:

Biscottificio Innocenti

In the heart of Trastevere you will find one of the best cookie bakeries in the city.

It's not easy to find but just follow your nose.

cookies at biscottificio innocentiThe biscotti (cookies) at Biscottificio Innocenti are among the most coveted in Rome and definitely one of the best options for Rome edible gifts.

This biscottificio has been here for 3 generations. Today Stefania runs it on her own but she does so every day with a smile and a kind word.

It's impossible to come in here without getting at least one for yourself, so give it a try and enjoy some truly original Roman sweets.

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Antico Forno Roscioli

I already mentioned Roscioli above as a great place to buy cheese. I also refer to them below as a great place to buy wine.

Each of these places is a separate entity, as is their bakery (forno.)

Here you will find pizza and bread but also plenty of delicious cookies that make excellent Rome edible gifts.

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Forno Campo de' Fiori

Tucked away into the corner of Campo dei Fiori is another Roman bakery, simply called Forno Campo dei Fiori.

It won't be hard to find as you will nearly always see a line of people waiting outside.

forno campo dei fioriForno Campo dei Fiori is an excellent place to shop for Rome edible gifts because you can grab a slice of pizza for yourself along the way.

Romans stop here for a mid-morning pick-me-up of pizza bianca (focaccia) or pizza e mortazza (focaccia with mortadella) or just pizza rossa (pizza with a light slathering of tomato sauce.)

But of course as a bakery they also have a superb selection of cookies.

What a great excuse to come by these Rome edible gifts for your friends and loved ones back home, while treating yourself to your own pizza pick-me-up.

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Antico Forno Stelletta

Antico Forno Stelletta is one of my favorite places to stop when I am walking around between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

They have a giant bakery in the back and often I can smell the bread baking as I approach.

cookies at antico forno stellettaAt Antico Forno Stelletta, you can get sweet and savory treats. They also have delicious breads and pizza if you are in need of a quick carb snack.

I love their seasonal treats like castagnole and frappe in February, but I love their cookies, too.

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Pasticceria delle Cinque Lune

Just next to Piazza Navona is one of the Romans' favorite pastry shops.

I love their fresh pastries (which don't travel well) but you can also stock up on biscotti and other cookies to bring home as gifts or for yourself.

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Antico forno Serpenti

In the Monti neighborhood you'll find the Antico Forno Serpenti pastry shop where you can sample lots of lovely treats, sweet and savory, or buy some as gifts.

biscotti from antico forno serpentiYou can't go wrong with the delicious biscotti at Antico Forno Serpenti.

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Drinkable gifts in Rome

Besides Rome edible gifts, coffee, winelimoncello, and grappa also make excellent drinkable gifts or souvenirs from Rome.

Where alcohol is concerned, you are probably going to get them in the same place: A wine shop, or enoteca (see below.)

First, let's talk about coffee as a gift or souvenir from Rome. 

Italian digestif drinksHere is a typical after-dinner scene at a Roman trattoria - some want coffee (espresso), some want grappa, some want amaro, and some want limoncello (not pictured.)

Coffee

Coffee is one of my favorite gifts to get for friends and family. There are some famous coffee places in Rome, and they make nice gift-packages.

Coffee doesn't break, it doesn't weigh too much, and it will make your luggage smell great (if you like coffee, of course!)

Sant'Eustachio Coffee shopAt Caffè Sant'Eustachio, you can find nice little gift packages of coffee but also of chocolate-covered espresso beans, teas, and many other cute tea and coffee-related gifts in Rome.

Head over to some of Rome's best-known cafés and grab a bag of beans, whole or ground, or perhaps some chocolate covered espresso beans, or even some tea.

Wine

Wine makes a great gift or a souvenir for yourself.

It's one of the gifts in Rome I get my dad each year - two bottles of fabulous red Italian wine.

As an American, I am allowed two bottles of wine duty-free, so I just get the two. I also don't get more because frankly it would weigh down my luggage.

I Colori del Vino wine store RomeI Colori del Vino is one of my favorite places to go for an evening of wine-tasting and dining, but they also sell wines by the bottle and have an excellent selection. They also sell some gourmet packaged foods with make great gifts too.

I don't worry about breakage because I use these great travel wine-bags.

You can put your wine in there, and stick it in your suitcase. I've never once had a break or a leak when using these bags (and they are re-usable).

If I wanted to take more wine home, I'd have it shipped.

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Limoncello, Grappa, Amaro

Limoncello is a nice gift because it usually comes in small, cute bottles. Ditto for grappa. But if you are getting limoncello or grappa for people as gifts from Rome, make sure they will actually like/drink it.

Limoncello is very sweet, and has a high alcohol content. It's meant to be consumed as an after-dinner "digestive."

Grappa is not sweet at all, and in fact, can even burn a little. It's got a high alcohol content as well, and like limoncello, is meant to be consumed as an after-dinner digestive.

You could also consider getting an "amaro", another digestive liqueur which is something like Jaegermeister.

Where to buy wines and liquors in Rome

If you are unsure about which wine or liquor to get, it's best to head to a wine store where they can assist you with your purchase.

Here are a couple of different address for well-stocked wine shops in Rome, with knowledgeable people who can help you make a selection:

Rimessa Roscioli

A great place to shop for wine, and frankly to drink it, is Rimessa Roscioli.

You may even want to sign up for their wine club, or gift this to someone who loves wine.

wines at rimessa roscioliAt Rimessa Roscioli you will find an excellent selection of wines from smaller wineries across Italy.

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Trimani

Trimani is one of the largest wine shops in Rome, and supposedly the oldest.

trimani wine shopTrimani is really well-stocked with wines, liquors, and more, and their staff are excellent at assisting you to make your selection.

The shop sells everything from wines to liquors to other Rome edible gifts like chocolates, pasta, and biscotti.

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  • Address00185 Via Cernaia 37/b, sort of near Termini and piazza Repubblica
  • Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:30-15:00, 17:30-24:00 | Sundays: CLOSED

Costantini

In Prati, the largest and best-known wine shop is Costantini. It's also a wine bar.

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You will also find plenty of smaller wine shops all around Rome.

Visit my page about Rome Wine Bars for more places to buy wine.

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