Like truffles? You’ll love Volpetti! And no, I don’t mean the little chocolaty bonbon kind of truffles, rather the earthy, mushroom-y kind. However, if you happen to like chocolaty Italian treats you should still probably keep reading as this lovely little family owned salumeria specializes not just in all things tartufi but an amazing assortment of cured meats, cheeses, home made pastas, as well as plenty of sweets and all sorts of other Italian delicacies.
Specialitàs al tartufo include fresh white truffles; extra virgin olive olive oil with black truffle; honey with white truffles; truffle flavoured salamis and lots, lots more. You’ll find a savory selection freshly prepared dishes here as well and a deli counter stacked high with pizza slices, calzones, panini and a mind boggling array of potential gifts for your foodies friends back home.
A wonderful aspect to any visit to this old fashioned shop that’s filled to the rafters with gourmet Italian food products is that the folks working at Volpetti love giving free samples to their customers. It’s a brilliant sales strategy really (or at least has been in my particular case) because after tasting so many gorgeous morsels you’ll be much more apt to buy a few items that you otherwise wouldn’t have even considered purchasing or even known existed. Indeed, I’ve shopped at Volpetti a few times and as frugal as I’d like to think I am in most situations I’ve always bought more than I intended. To be honest though, I’ve yet to regret even a single purchase. And to be fair, the staff backs off graciously and instinctively if you’re not up for a what might seem like a hard sell – no matter how delicious it may be.
Volpetti is located at 47 Via Marmorata, 00153. The shop is just a short walk away from the Piramide Metro station. Piramide doubles as a rail station where passengers can hop the Fr1 commuter train which goes to Fiumicino Airport. The ride takes about 30 minutes and costs 8 euros (just over $10) either way. It’s always worth doubling check timetables and schedules, but trains run four times per hour Monday through Saturday and twice an hour on Sundays and holidays.
Volpetti is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. every day except Sunday. For more information visit volpetti.com
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Photo: Chris Osburn