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Baciamo Le Mani, Sicilian Street Food in Rome

UPDATE: VENUE CLOSED. Baciamo Le Mani is a new Sicilian pasticceria-rosticceria in Rome, just off Viale di Trastevere. This new arrival on the Trastevere street food scene offers both sweet and savory Sicilian specialties. They will fill cannoli to order, prepare trays of almond cookies, or produce homemade cassate for parties. They also serve quick street food like arancini (fried rice balls filled with meat sauce and peas), sfincione (spongy pizza made with tomatoes and onions), and (my favorite) pane con le panelle (a roll stuffed with fried chick pea flour patties). I discovered this place quite by accident last Saturday night as I was headed for a pizza at Ai Marmi.

As I was walking along Viale di Trastevere, I smelled the distinct odor of boiled spleen wafting from a spick-and-span store front with a brightly lit interior beyond. I immediately recognized this as the makings of pane ca’ meusa (spleen sandwich), a staple of western Sicilian street food. After living in Palermo for a month earlier this year, that smell has been permanently imprinted on my brain. Having never caught wind of this palermitano classic in Rome, I went to inspect. The place was crowded, and there was a pizza at Ai Marmi with my name on it, so I quickly swiped a business card and left with intentions of returning for lunch a few days later.

When I got to Baciamo Le Mani at 130PM on Wednesday, I found it packed with businessmen clamoring for pane ca’ la meusa and arancini. I anxiously awaited the preparation of my pane con le panelle (fried to order!), and watched as men in suits tore through sesame bread and grey strips of spleen. While I had no expectations that my panino would be as good as the real deal in Palermo, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t far off. Baciamo Le Mani does a damn good pane con le panelle. Now I have to try the rest of their offerings, though I might skip the meusa.

Baciamo Le Mani
Via Cardinale Marmaggi 12 (Trastevere)
06-98188627

2016-01-09T13:36:50+00:00 September 26th, 2008|Categories: Food & Wine, Rome & Lazio|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Mama Parla September 27, 2008 at 3:55 am - Reply

    OMG – I cannot believe that I can have a true “pane con le panelle” in Roma! Can’t wait to try Baciamo Le Mani – and I too will skip the meusa – but not “tuo nonno”!

  2. Katie October 2, 2008 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    I know Nonno Cipollina would love this place. We have to bring him here next time he comes to visit!

  3. Jessica October 4, 2008 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Ok, so my question to you is…when are we planning our first visit there together! The spleen I can do without, but I want to try the pane con le panelle.

  4. Mama Parla October 6, 2008 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I will be in Roma on 24 Nov when I will arrive in the morning, stop by the Context office, collect my friends and head over to Baciamo Le Mani “per pranzo”! Non posso aspettare!

  5. Katie October 7, 2008 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Si! Andiamoci! Jess, you can skip the spleen.

  6. Eating on a Budget in Rome October 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    […] Baciamo le Mani Via Cardinale Marmaggi 12 (Trastevere) A Sicilian rosticceria serving panelle, pane ca’ meusa and sfincione, all for under €5 each. […]

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