Roman Breakfast, Type II

June 5, 2008 / Food & Wine
As sacrilegious as it may sound, there actually is a lesser known but equally satisfying alternative to the traditional cappuccino e cornetto breakfast.

Go to the only Forno (oven, as in bakery) in Campo de’ Fiori on any morning (except Sunday when the daily market is closed).

Sharpen your elbows to keep your place in line. Don’t, and get passed incessantly by all the signore. Order some pizza bianca (white pizza), and pay at the cash register. (Total so far, 0.70 Euro, the price of a caff√©.)
Exit the Forno, and walk halfway across the square to the Alimentari (food store) on wheels on your left. Flirt shamelessly with the signora who owns the truck, and/or compliment her on the incredible assortment of fresh cheeses and cold-cuts she has on offer.

Hand over aforementioned pizza bianca, telling her “E’ un po’ leggero.” (It’s a bit light.) She will take it from you, cut it open, begin slicing mortadella, and stuff it. If you’ve complimented/flirted with her properly, she will give you some mortadella to eat while she’s slicing, and then charge you only 50 cents.
Walk no more than ten meters from her truck, sit at the base of the statue of Giordano Bruno, enjoy the square . . . and eat your breakfast.


by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

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