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Pizza con i Fiori di Zucca


I am not a morning person. I can stay up for days at a time–and when I have a guidebook deadline to meet I prove this outrageous claim–but I wake up groggy and disoriented on a daily basis, even when I get loads of sleep. Most people I know only need caffeine in the morning in order to become functioning members of society. I, however, also need pizza. I know eating pizza for breakfast is a horrifying concept to some, but for me it is as natural as a bowl of cereal for French toast. And besides, if pizza wasn’t meant to be eaten for breakfast, then why do my favorite bakeries make it at 9am?

One of my favorite spots is Panificio Monti on Via Urbana where I am always tempted by the rich ciambella al cioccolato to eat a sweet breakfast like a normal Rome resident. But I am so in love with their pizza-by-the-slice that it is impossible for me to stray. Earlier this week, I had an exquisite slice of pizza con i fiori di zucca (a white pizza with squash blossoms). In Rome, this type is traditionally served with alici (anchovies) spaced out across the pizza surface. At Panificio Monti there are just enough fishy bits to give the pizza a salty kick without overpowering the sweet delicate flowers or the mozzarella. Like clockwork, within a few moments of eating my breakfast that morning, I was wired and ready to go, as chipper as any coffee drinker around.

2016-01-07T14:37:32+00:00 November 12th, 2009|Categories: Carbs, Pizza|12 Comments


  1. ciaochowlinda November 12, 2009 at 3:18 am - Reply

    I’ll have to try that place next time I’m in Rome. My favorite spot was always the Renella bakery on Via del Moro in Trastevere. great pizza with fiori di zucca there as well as others.

  2. Mamma Parla aka JP November 12, 2009 at 3:58 am - Reply

    That pizza looks soooo delicious! You must have inherited my “I love pizza for breakfast” genes. No better way to start the day.

  3. Barbara November 12, 2009 at 9:45 am - Reply

    I totally agree with you about the pizza! The little bakery near my house in Izmir makes little mini-pizzas for breakfast and I love them! Of course, they are NOTHING like what you’ve posted here, but it’s Turkey, so I take what I can get when they call something a pizza!

  4. shayma November 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    pizza for brekkie sound perfectly scrummy! i think we have discussed this before somewhere on your site- but my fave pizza al taglio place in the world is Passi in Testaccio- I would go there many a morning to have the pizza rossa (and buy the bruti ma buoni for elevenses he he). buon appetito to your pizza con i fiori di zucca.

    • Katie November 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      yes you did write that before. ive got to go there next time. i need a break from farinando’s treccie!

  5. Katie November 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    @ciaochowlinda Renella’s pizza al taglio is not good anymore. sad. their bread is still great, though.

    @Mamma P i think i got them from both of my parents. just a theory.

    @barbara i love lahmacun but i probably couldnt live without pizza in italy for more than a few months. just thinking about the prospect makes me cry a little.

  6. Jordan November 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Hey, you ever stop by 00100 in Testaccio, the little pizza al taglio place? It’s the one connected to Sforno somehow.

    He’s got those trappizini there which are pretty damn fantastic if you want some kind of Roman food but don’t want to sit down anywhere (don’t know exactly when this particular desire might overtake you). The small one is pretty small for 3euro, but anyway.

    Foccacia was amazing as well (he’s Pugliese).

  7. Katie November 14, 2009 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    @jordan i love focaccia pugliese. i am going there monday morning.

  8. giorgia November 15, 2009 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    My favourite. Shame I’ve discovered I’m sort of intolerant to lactose so buh-bye mozzarella, I can only have pizza bianca and pizza marinara, now… :-/

  9. giorgia November 15, 2009 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Alas, I can’t do that, as lactose is in any type of milk (and in red meat and in salame, prosciutto etc… aaaargh!)
    I ended up making my morning cappuccino using soy milk or other non-dairy milk, go figure… 🙁

  10. Katie November 15, 2009 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    bummer! if you can still tolerate sheep’s milk, maybe you can replace the mozz with ricotta???

  11. 00100, Testaccio December 7, 2009 at 3:29 am - Reply

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