So where's the best Porchetta in Rome anyway?
- Ziggy41 Jun 14, 2013 11:28 AM
I have Er Buchetto on the schedule, but its sort of out of the way for us. Is it a worthy schlep? Anything as good or better closer to the center?
At the moment the best porchetta in town is at Panificio Bonci - it is from Bernabei in Marino. Have it between some pizza bianca, and it is heaven.
There are other porchetta vendors around - for example we saw one last fall in the park/piazza in front of Santa Maria Liberatrice in Testaccio and I think there is one in Campo di Fiori too - if you've not had porchetta before, its worth sampling where you can find it, from vendors in street markets..Hope you report back.
we got some great porchetta from a stand at the sunday trastevere flea market - towards the northern end of the market - and NOT from one of the trucks/stands that had pre-made sandwiches to be put in the press. this was two guys with a table full of breads and baked goods, and a large hunk of porchetta sitting out at room/outdoor temp. he asked if i wanted a big one (i didnt) and charged me a euro for a sandwich made with a single slice of bread - cut in half - with a good bit of crispy skin. an awesome snack.
also ate some exceptional porchetta at pizzarium, though my wife thought it was a bit fatty (i said that was the point). would most definitely get some if you make the stop there for the pizzas.
My problem with Panificio Bonci is the same as pizzarium. The visit to the Vatican will be on our last day in Italy and as much as I normally like to venture out for good food the family may be on their last legs at that time. At the moment I got Il Sorpasso on the schedule for some much needed relaxation time but you never know. Will also look for the other suggestions. One more week
If you can make it to the Farmers Market on Via San Teodoro, there are a couple of vendors there who do very good porchetta. The market is open on Saturday and Sunday.
You will certainly enjoy going to the market, and can pick up some other great things to eat as well. There are picnic tables in the back.
Er Buchetto is FANTASTIC for many reasons beyond the porchetta. It is definitely worth a visit. The problem with Er Buchetto as with many vendors throughout Rome is that the porchetta is actually not made on site or by the vendor at all but, rather bought from commercial producers in Ariccia, a "suburb" of Rome. This is due to the elaborate nature of the process. While passable, there are much finer expressions available - some already mentioned here.
Er Buchetto is a wonderful 100 year-old, family run shop that has not changed much over the century of its existence - have a sandwich and a glass of wine, it'll be the best €5 you spend in Rome!
So now that we are back, the great Porchetta report...
We had none. Well, in Rome at least. We had a fantastic one earlier in Volterra (L'Incontro bar) and another decent one in Orvietto.
In Rome I simply wasn't in position to get one, and since I had my fix already I wasn't willing to go out of the way as we had enough walking mileage already. So I hope you guys forgive me and I thank you anyway