Vatican City 2 Of 3. Food & Drink. A Spasso con Sara’s Guide

Let’s return #aspassoconsara for the second special appointment dedicated to the Vatican.

Climbing the dome of St. Peter’s or visiting the wonders of the Vatican Museums you will be hungry…for sure. Because culture puts some appetite!

So, whether it’s a snack, a dinner or a lunch, take a look at my places to eat something if you’re in the Vatican area.


Gelateria Old Bridge

We head towards the summer season and, after an afternoon spent visiting the wonders of the Vatican Museums, an ice cream is a good idea. I recommend you this small ice cream shop. You will notice immediately for the queue that forms at its entrance, but I assure you that the service is really very fast. Huge and tasty ice cream cones, but also yogurt and homemade fruit sorbets. Yes, you read well, homemade! Stracciatella, Nutella, Creme Caramel, but also Banana, Black Cherry, Coconut….chocolate or fuits, choose your favourite one! The perfect snack a few steps from the Vatican.

Address: Viale dei Bastioni di Michelangelo (at corner of Piazza Risorgimento)
Phone: +39 328 411 9478



Duecento Gradi

I must say thank you to my friends Matteo and Antonio, because since I discovered two hundred degrees, I no longer renounce to an exquisite sandwich in the Vatican area.
Two hundred degrees is the right compromise: eat well and spend the right one. The quality of the raw materials, starting with bread, is truly unique. And there is something for every taste, you can’t help but find a sandwich that isn’t to your liking. And if cooked or raw ham, vegetables, cheeses and truffle sauces are not enough, there are also delicious sandwiches, real delicacies based on nutella, mascarpone, pistachio kernels.
And if you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, you won’t be disappointed. There is a wide assortment of tasty sandwiches also with vegetarian or vegan theme … personally I tasted the one with vegetable cheese and I found it delicious!

Address: Piazza del Risorgimento, 3
Phone: +39 06 3975 4239
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Duecento Gradi. Credits:



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Mama Eat (Also Gluten Free)

Already owners of the historic restaurant near Piazza San Cosimato (Trastevere) and Neapolitan DOC, the owners of Mama Eat opened also in the Borgo Pio area (next to St. Peter’s) a place dedicated to Street Food. I personally love the Crocchè by the metre and the Polpett cook and I go crazy for the Sasiccia & Friarielli sandwich. But it’s not over, because when I come from Mama Eat to St. Peter’s I certainly don’t give up on a nice pizza or a calzone! And finally in beauty: the Cuoppo Delizioso, a concentration of sins of the throat … bomblets covered with sugar and Nutella! I forgot to tell you the most important thing: the place is also suitable for people with celiac disease. Gluten free food but never renounce to taste.

Address: Borgo Pio, 28
Phone: +39 06 4550 8771
Web Site:

Sasiccia & friarielli sandwich (Credits:

Cuoppo Delizioso (Credits:



Osteria di Birra del Borgo

Maybe many of you don’t know, but before bloggers, I’m also an archaeologist. And I drunk my first Birra del Borgo in Borgorose, in the province of Rieti, the area where this beer is born. I tasted it on a hot evening, after a very hard day working in Cartore’s plain and from that day on it really won me over!

So when walking a few steps from St. Peter’s (where I love to go often) I saw Osteria di Birra del Borgo, I entered and I recognized that bottle and that label so familiar. I sat down and besides ordering a beer, I wanted to taste the menu right away.

A set of delicacies that make this place the perfect location for an aperitif or a break at the counter or for a lunch / dinner seated at the table, to be conceived, however, as a real journey into taste, to discover the beautiful marriage of beer and food.

Cooking or pizza, the choice is yours. Well, I’ve come back there several times, I confess. I absolutely recommend the selection of meats and cheeses and meatballs. Exquisite also the pig and the breast of guinea fowl. Even pizzas deserve it, trust me. Order a La Già vista with Burrata, prosciutto, rocket and hazelnuts and then let me know!

And to finish your evening off in a beautiful way, order a drink. The cocktail bar welcomes in fact the proposals of the best bartenders of Rome of the famous Jerry Thomas academy!

Address: Via Silla, 26
Phone: +39 06 8376 2316
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The Osteria di Birra del Borgo (Credits:



a nice dinner with a very good beer! (Credits:



The Jerry Thomas at Osteria di Birra del Borgo (Credits:





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