Biscottini in Rome’s Ghetto

Written by Katie Parla on October 29, 2009


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.

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