When I posted this post about Eataly’s Rome venture, the reaction in the blog comments and on Twitter was overwhelmingly one of confusion. Bringing Eataly to Rome is like carrying coals to Newcastle, suggested more than a few readers. Indeed, Rome has a tremendous number of small shops that sell food and beverages of the highest quality. Will a giant one-stop-shop run the little guys out of business or will it promote a new food culture city wide? I’m leaning towards the former, and am especially concerned about the wellbeing of shops in Testaccio, a short distance from the yet to be built Eataly compound.

Here are some places in Rome, listed by genre, that stock amazing high quality ingredients and products, each of which is a valid reason against the opening of Eataly, or any such megastore, in Rome.

PASTRIES AND COOKIES Cristalli di Zucchero, Dolci Desideri, Mondi, Il Mondo di Laura, Andreotti, Il Boccione, La Deliziosa, La Dolceroma, and Biscottificio Artigiano Innocenti.

CHOCOLATE AND CANDIES Said, La Bottega del Cioccolato, Moriondo e Gariglio, and L’Albero del Cacao.

PRODUCE Mercato Trionfale, Mercato di Testaccio, Roma Farmer’s Market, Mercato di Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo, La Citta’ dell’Altra Economia, Mercato di Via Magnagrecia, and more than 130 neighborhood markets all over Rome.

GELATO I’ve already bored you to death with the best places to find quality, all natural gelato here, here, and, here, but I’d like to thow Vice into the fold as well.

BAKERIES Marco Roscioli, Pietro Roscioli, Forno Campo de’ Fiori, Panificio Passi, and Forno Pasticceria Colapicchioni.

DELIS/SPECIALTY FOODS Volpetti, Franchi, Emporio del Gusto, Sesto Girone, La Tradizione, Salumeria Roscioli, Il Genovino D’Oro, Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi and DOL.