Prati is one of Rome’s best known shopping areas and close to the Vatican, yet it remains almost undiscovered by tourists and by me. It’s also now my new home so I thought it might be a good idea to explore a bit. Until the late 19thcentury, Prati was an undeveloped green area of meadows and farmland. Nowadays, Prati is a busy residential suburb and a great place to eat. Instead of just passing through on your way to the Vatican, or after a morning’s sightseeing, you might need somewhere to stop and eat. There is a least one cheese shop that is definitely worth going out of your way for a visit.
If you haven’t tried mozzarella made with buffalo milk then you really should (completely different from the hard, chewy variety I was used to back in the UK). Bufalallegra is a small friendly shop specialising in bufala di mozzarella, ricotta and scamorza cheeses. The ricottina in tiny pots were so deliciously creamy smooth and sweet I ate mine with a spoon straight from the pot. You can also buy buffalo meat and salami as well as goat and cow’s milk cheeses and other panino fillers. Valeria, the lovely owner, will help you with your choices. She plans to open Sunday and Mondays too in time for the summer with tables outside for snacks and sandwiches. It might even tempt me away from all that cheddar.
Via Orazio, 17
Open Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 8pm
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