The eco-friendly food movement is flourishing in the United States, but it’s been growing exponentially in Europe as well. Europeans have always felt a direct connection to the source of their food, but these days they’re making it known to tourists and locals alike that their food is locally grown and has a low impact on the environment. I found this to be particularly true in Rome—indeed, Italy is credited as being the birthplace of the “slow food” movement.
Even though Italy is famous the world over for delicious food, Rome, the nation’s capital, isn’t necessarily known for having the best food in the country; that distinction is typically given to Bologna. Still, there is a burgeoning movement of restaurateurs dedicated to bringing top quality food with an earth-friendly aspect to an eager public. Here are three places I found in Rome where you can get excellent food that’s both good for you and good for the planet. Check these out next time you’re in “The Eternal City.”
A sweet lunch spot in the funky neighborhood of Monti, Mia Market offers varieties of delectable homemade quiches, healthy salads, a fine assortment of local cheeses, and rustic, homemade desserts – and all the dishes, cups, and silverware are compostable! Even the clear containers are made of biodegradable corn plastic. For those who enjoy wine with lunch, there is red and white wine available from bulk boxes, and it’s delicious.
Address: Via Panisperna, 225, 00184 Rome, Italy, 06 47824611
This place caught my eye with its bold sign, “We are against war and the ‘tourist menu.'” Although I didn’t have time to eat here, I heard great things about Aristocampo. They serve rustic dishes like pasta with clams, chicken with lemon and milk, and several kinds of lasagna, all made with local products. If you’re looking for picnic supplies, they sell artisanal products you can take to go (“per andare via”), including cheese, bread, and Paoletti soda, a hard-to-find Italian soda of exceptional quality that has been in production since 1922.
Address: Via della Lungaretta, 75, 00153 Rome, İtaly, 06 58335530
Fior di Luna
This place serves the best pistachio gelato I have ever tasted, hands down. They are dedicated to using all-natural ingredient without any preservatives. There is a large sign that explains to visitors where their main ingredients come from, such as the special Bronte pistachios grown on the solpes of Italy’s Mt. Etna volcano that have a brilliant green color and powerful flavor. The ingredients are also Fair Trade (“Commerciale Equo e Solidale”). Fior di Luna is more than just a gelato store – it’s a tribute to the wonderful ingredients of Italy.
Address: Via della Lungaretta, 96, 00153 Rome, İtaly, 066 4561314