For American Expats in Rome: yummy American pastry shop in Prati
I've been living in Prati for the last 6 years, and in the last 6 months, a Little America has spung up around me. I'm not sure whether to be worried about or delighted by this change, but I thought I would share it with you all. On Via Marcantonio Colonna a shop called Vero Food recently opened, which sells, among other things, baguette sandwiches, frappuccino like creations, muffins, brownies, altoids, ginger snaps, bagels, and salads to-go (I've NEVER, in all my 10 years in Rome, seen a salad to go!). On Via Fabio Massimo (between Via dei Gracchi and Via Germanico), a sushi to-go place recently opened up. And lastly, the most recent development is that on Via Orazio, a new pastry shop called Cake in the City opened. Cake in the City has red velvet cupcakes, a large assortment (given the season) of halloween cookies, pecan pie, carrot cake, cheesecake, brownies (of course), bagels, challah, soft pretzels, and many other American-esque delights. Apparently they will be preparing pumpkin pies and pecan pies for Thanksgiving. I assume they also do American style wedding cakes.
In the past, I would travel to Josephine's in Piazza del Paradiso for American-esque baked goods, but Josephine's nasty attitude made returning less than appealing ( as though I were doing her a huge favor for shopping at her rather $$$$ store...and while this is typical Roman merchant behavior, it's dismaying to note that she's not Roman).
Anyways, I thought I would share this excellent news to expats who, like myself, every so often CRAVE a piece of yummy carrot cake (and just don't have the time to bake).
THANK YOU for the heads up! I've been living here for 3 years and I've practically lunged at any pumpkin pie available when I've gone home for holidays. I've tried to make my own, but the lack of Sugar Pie pumpkins here is depressing.
I'm living out in Pigneto, and while I do get the glut of cheap ethnic foods and ingredients to satisfy me, Prati is like another culinary world (not to mention the Gelarmony on Marcantonio Colonna. IMHO best gelato in Rome).
YES, use the Italian zucca as jen kalb suggested. I've made pies using it when I was in Venice during Thanksgiving and it was terrific. Just bake the zucca it in the oven until it is soft, scoop out the flesh and put it through a ricer. Substitute the exact amount of the zucca puree for the pumpkin in your recipe. Butternut squash also works.