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Biscottini in Rome’s Ghetto


There are a number of places in Rome that I am physically incapable of passing without buying something: Libreria del Viaggiatore, Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, Roscioli (both Marco and Pietro’s bakeries), and Pasticceria “Boccione” Limentani. This last one is the official name of a pastry shop that only guidebooks bother to use. Regulars of this place refer to it simply as the kosher pastry shop in the Ghetto. After all, it is the only fully kosher one that remains, so there is not much room for confusion.

Located at Via Portico d’Ottavia 1, this neighborhood institution beckons me from several blocks away with the tempting aroma of their biscottini made with cinnamon and almonds. Occasionally burned (about half the time, actually), these twice baked cookies are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, where the cinnamon-rich dough mingles with toasted almonds in an addictive combination of textures and flavors. While others flock for the pizza ebraica (a dense fruit and nut bar) and torta di ricotta (rich ricotta cake), I go for an etto (100g) of biscottini every time I pass through the Ghetto which, fortunately, is at least every other day.

2016-01-07T14:37:32+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Categories: Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Rome & Lazio|12 Comments


  1. ciaochowlinda October 29, 2009 at 4:11 am - Reply

    I used to stop in to this place often when I lived in Rome. What a treat for you.

  2. Tom October 29, 2009 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    I’ll have to add it to my growing list of places to try during our week in Rome. We’ve never really explored the Ghetto on past trips, but we plan to this time. On a related note–since we will be in Rome on Christmas day, some people have suggested we have dinner in the Ghetto, as restaurants there will be more than likely to be open. True?. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

  3. Katie October 29, 2009 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    @ciaochowlinda yes it is quite a treat. i indulged today while giving a tour of Jewish Rome.

    @Tom Yes the kosher restaurants in the Ghetto will be open for Christmas. I would recommend Nonna Betta (dairy). They have fried vegetables that are to die for. Yotvata is great for pizza. Ive got more info on kosher places here. You may also find Da Gigetto open. No one should ever eat there. It is a trap (gratuitous restaurant bashing).

  4. Tom October 29, 2009 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much Katie. You are a never ending wealth of useful information! Vedure friti misto is one of my favorites. And thanks for the heads up on Da Gigetto; we’ll be sure to steer clear.

  5. Katie October 30, 2009 at 1:02 am - Reply

    You are very welcome, Tom. Enjoy Rome!

  6. Mondo di Laura’s Kosher Cookies November 11, 2009 at 2:56 am - Reply

    […] Roscioli but we should go to the source.” I agreed. I recently wrote of my obsession with the biscottini at the kosher bakery in the Ghetto. Now that place is absolutely amazing and I adore everything […]

  7. Elizabeth November 14, 2009 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Sorry, but I don’t agree at all about Gigetto! People love to bash it, because it’s been around forever. But they have the best fried artichokes in Rome, always fresh, never frozen (which can’t be said of some of the other places in the Ghetto.) The rest of the menu of traditional Roman dishes is superb, and very fairly priced. As an added bonus desserts are from the bakery next door, run by the family, which includes great cheese cake, yogurt cake and Rome’s best sachertorte.

  8. Katie November 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Gigetto is terrible. They serve french artichokes most of the year (not exactly traditional Roman is it?) and in 7 years I have yet to have a great meal. That is why I love to bash it, not because it has been around forever. there are plenty of historic places that dont suck but Gigetto is not one of them.

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  10. Kosher Rome and Jewish Sites December 14, 2010 at 10:49 am - Reply

    […] end of Via Portico d’Ottavia. Their ricotta cakes, amaretti (almond paste cookies) and cinnamon and almond biscotti are always a bit burnt but amazing […]

  11. Sarah June 24, 2013 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Katie, just tried this bakery for the first time and fell in love with Pizza Ebraica. I want to try to recreate it at home, any idea what the candied fruits they are using? My current guess is candied citron and red and green pumpkin, but I’m far from an expert. Any thoughts?

  12. Pam Reichhartinger-Lawlor August 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie, I wish I’d known about your website, your tours and your blog when I visited Rome last year! I love what you do 🙂 Hope I’ll get a chance to visit Rome again soon. When I was there last year, I tried to find and visit the best bakeries (with a focus on bread) and the above Pasticceria il Boccione was one of the places I went to. The other two bakeries I visited were Dall’Antò and Panella – L’Arte del Pane (I posted about it here https://www.thebreadshebakes.com/2015/06/the-best-bakeries-in-rome/). Are there any others that you would recommend for my next visit? Best wishes, Pam

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