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Apr 10, 2011 05:54 PM

Rome: Pompi ~ Tiramisu

Thumbing through Roma nel Piatto, I came across this place listed as "Kingdom of Tiramisu"

Haven't been able to find anything on this board about it. Is a it worth the trek (it's a bit out of the ways)?

(I'll have to do a search for Rome + tiramisu to see what folks here have to recommend for tiramisu)

ETA: .. can't add the place, for some odd reason --

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  1. Well, I don't think any tiramis├╣ is worth taking a subway for, but if you do, it's not all that far past San Giovanni (Re di Roma is the stop) on Linea A. It's very good and has been know for years as a good place to buy tiramis├╣ (I've never eaten it there, but people have brought it to my house for dessert). It's very traditional, real thing, if that's what you want.

    San Giovanni
    Via San Giovanni, 36, Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna , IT

    1. We always make special trips out to Pompi for tiramisu! I tend to go for the traditional, but they also have three other flavors: banana, pistacchio and strawberry. So if you go all the way out there, you may have to try them all?
      Also, you might want to try a new restaurant, on same street, L'Opificio. I've heard good things about it.
      If you do go, let me know how it is.

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      1. re: minchilli

        @em: Finally have time to peruse the site of this restaurant. Is there a menu anywhere? From what I can gather in the pix, looks like an elegant room with some different ingredients used (kamut, spelt). Alas, our eating schedule is a bit tight. If we are nearby, we'll see if we can do a "#2 dinner" of the night at Opificio ;)

        I see that one can book Opificio on due spaghi. How reliable is this site for booking tables?

        1. re: DistendedBelly

          Opificio is nice. They have good roman dishes, lovely pasta. Not too elegant. I don't think there is a menu online, but you see some dishes here (google translate):
          I just used 2spaghi for reserving at paladium last night. To my surprise It worked out beautifully. I reserved the night before, when i reserved, the system said at the end, as it was giving me a "all worked out" message, that the reservation would be only valid if i received an sms. Which made me nervous as it didn't come immedeatly but the next day around noon (the day of the dinner). Also an email at the same time. maybe they need an italian cell phone number?

      2. Well, Pompi is not so far out of the way. You can walk there from San Giovanni in about 10 minutes. And it's a very short distance from the Re di Roma stop, as Maureen says. But I dont think id go out of my way to go to Pompi. It's fine, I guess, as a product that is made in near industrial proportions to supply the San Giovanni and Ponte Milvio branches, but you can find very good tiramisu elsewhere, Da Danilo and Flavio Velvevodetto, for starters.

        flavio velavevodetto
        Via di Monte Testaccio 97, Rome, Lazio , IT

        Da Danilo
        Via Petrarca 13, Rome, Lazio , IT

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        1. re: katieparla

          @kp, em, mbf: Thanks for the replies!!! I can now make an informed decision :)

          I've got feedback, transit instructions, descriptions (all 3 will end up in my distendedbellaaay!), as well as recommendations (Danilo + Flavio we have resos at both) ALL in one thread!!

          Cheers & *much* thanks!


          1. re: DistendedBelly

            Fabulous! I can't wait to read your trip report!!!

        2. Hi DistendedBelly!
          Pompi is by far the most popular tiramisu for Romans. In my opinion it is quite "industrial" and quality is decreased by time, but it worths a trip if you like tiramisu and want to visit an area outside typical touristic paths. I prefer the classic version with choccolate peaces on the top.

          Typically Pompi arouses contrasting feelings: loved or hated without middle way.
          It is also demonstrated by the many opposite comments (in Italian) to a Dissapore post where we included it among the top 15 cakes and pastries in Rome:

          A translation of this post is also available in our blog.

          For a higher quality tiramisu I'd recommend "Sottocasa Sfizi Golosi" in via della Purificazione (close to Piazza Barberini).

          Talking about homemade tiramisu in restaurants one of the best is at Le Tre Zucche (Portuense area)! It is express made with fresh warm espresso coffee and a sweet delicious mascarpone cream served in a cappuccino cup (or coffe cup the mini version). This restaurant has a good quality/price ratio. Probably the best way to get there is by taxi.

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          1. re: tavoleromane

            Hello tavoleromane!

            Thanks for the input re: Pompi. I was a bit surprised to see it touted "Kingdom of Tiramisu" in nel Piatto, but without even a single mention on this board.

            As you may have guessed, I :heart: a well done tiramisu! Had a nice one @ Felice's last year.. and also an interesting "deconstructed" one @ Trattoria al Gran Sasso 2 years back. It (the one at al Gran Sasso 2 years back) was so good that we returned last year specifically for the tiramisu, but were a bit disappointed that it was not in "deconstructed" format (it was still a decent tiramisu, but by no means exceptional). Which led us to think that perhaps on that particular night 2 years ago, they didn't have any tiramisu left, so quickly whipped one up for our dolce course.

            I am ok with traveling far out for good and/or authentic eats, so it's ok if it's a bit of a trek. Thank you so much for the recommendations!

            As for Sottocasa Sfizi Golosi and Le Tre Zucche (reading your description of their tiramisu now has me drooling uncontrollably!) - I don't think we will have time to fit these into our eating schedules. I know this is a strange question, but I'll ask anyhow - if we went in and asked for *just* tiramisu (nothing else, no primi, secondi, etc), would they accommodate us?

            ** re-read your description of the tiramisu @ Le Tre Zucche, and mouth waters yet again **

            Grazie mille!


            1. re: DistendedBelly

              I also had my mouth watering when I writed it! :-)
              Let me try to add also a pic, sorry for the bad quality but it can provide you a better idea.
              *** I've some issues with photo addition ***

              As far as eating just tiramisu in a restaurant typically it's not possible and I'd definitively not risk a trip to Le Tre Zucche for this.
              Sottocasa is not a restaurant but a "shop" and it should be open only in weekdays 7am-7pm. I hope you can manage it in your eating schedule for lunch or just for a tiramisu stop.


              1. re: tavoleromane

                Adding link

                Le tre zucche
                Via Guglielmo Mengarini,43/45, Roma, Lazio 00149, IT

                1. re: tavoleromane

                  It seems like I'm experiencing some issues also in adding a new restaurant in the DB...

                  1. re: tavoleromane

                    Yes, I think the database is experiencing some issues :/

                    Ah! I did not realize that Sottocasa wasn't a restaurant. I'll be adding it to our list of places to visit :) Thanks again!

                    (ps: I'll also be checking your page out, dissappore - thanks for the link!)



                    1. re: tavoleromane

                      its working currently but its a little buggy - what problem did you have? I see le tre jzucche now... sometimes the new link does not appear immediately on a post, which makes you think it did not work. its great that you are adding these!

                      There is a problem with adding pix now, throught the website. Hope they will fix it soon.

                      1. re: jen kalb

                        Ah, I see the Tre Zucche link did go through. I couldn't add Bar Pompi's link last night.. it just kept loadin forever!


                        1. re: jen kalb

                          Great! I didn't see it immediately after posting, thank you for this clarification.
                          I'll try again to upload the pic.

                          1. re: tavoleromane

                            I dont think pics are working right now at all.
                            I will post back when I hear on Site Talk that this is fixed.