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Oct 11, 2012 02:54 PM

On the hunt for Bottarga in Rome or Florence

Hello all ! I am in Rome now enjoying a wonderful week... I have a couple specialty shops to check but wanted to ask you all if you might know a place to find Bottarga? I have found it on a couple menus but want to buy some to bring home. I am staying in prati but use the metro all the time so willing to check out a few places. Might I find it at a market? Will also spend sunday in Florence so can look there too. I realize it is not from this area but is on enough menus that I am hoping to find some. Thanks !!

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  1. Go to the central market in Florence. It's around 15-25 euros.

    1. check at Roscioli. I know they are selling Colatura now (which is amazing IMO) so they might also have Bottarga.

      1. In Florence you can definitely pick some up at Pegna, where you'll also probably find a lot of other goodies to bring home with you.

        In Rome, La Tradizione will certainly have it. It's located right around the corner from Pizzarium, just in case you want to make an outing of it. Otherwise, Volpetti in Testaccio has it too.

        Your other option in Rome is of course Eataly, where you can also have lunch or dinner and shop for other things as well.

        1. Castroni and Franchi, side by side on Cola di Rienzo in Prati, both have it - in whole, vacuumed form as well as grated in jars.

          1. you guys are great !!

            I will check out some of these shops to see what else is apartment is less than 15 mins from pizzarium...... cept for when I got lost first night haha

            I stopped at Trionfale Market this morning (AFTER the pounding rain and thunder lol) & the place where I have been buying cheese & cold meats had just got some in !!

            Lucky me !

            I am still on the hunt for pistachio cream (butter).

            I am looking forward to Florence as well.

            Thanks again for all your help & suggestions !!


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            1. re: altapeng

              Again, castroni to the rescue: they have two types of pistacchio cream, salty and sweet. The chain sicilian pastry store (sciue sciue?) has some too, but even more expensive.

              1. re: vinoroma

                Thank You !!!

                And there will be several guests at dinner ~ back in Canada who will thank you too !!