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Breakfast in Rome

Any suggestions for breakfast places near the Plaza de la Minerva in Rome (near the Pantheon)? We'd like to avoid our hotel's 35 euro per person breakfast charge!

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  1. I'd avoid a 35 euro breakfast, too! Are you looking for breakfast Italian style (coffee and a cornetto), American/English style (eggs and such), or something in between?

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    1. re: lisaonthecape

      Something in between would be great.

      1. re: corinneh

        I like Gillian's suggestion. Case e Bottega (the one off Piazza Navona, on Via di Tor Millina) might be another option.

    2. Italian breakfast is a cappuccino and a cornetto (a sweet croissant-like pastry) usually eaten standing at the bar.

      Just across Corso Emmanuele near Campo di Firori, I love Bar Farnese on via dei Baullari. This is an old fashioned-no frills Roman bar with a few small tables if you would like to sit.

      If you are looking for a pancakes and eggs type affair, the very pretty Coromandel is the place to go.


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      1. re: gmcguireinrome

        Thanks so much for the helpful suggestions.

      2. Is that the hotel's charge for guests, or for outsiders?

        When we stayed in Rome, our hotel had a 30 euro breakfast charge. When we inquired, we learned that guests of the hotel get half off, so 15 euro.

        Still expensive in my book, but then we discovered that coffee and a croissant in our neighbourhood was 9 or 10 euro, while our hotel breakfast had prosciutto, eggs cooked to order, excellent cappuccino, cereals, fruits, etc.

        Turned out to be well worth it. Might be worth double-checking your hotel's policy.

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        1. re: sailrox

          I believe that's the charge for hotel guests, but I'll check. Thanks for the suggestion.

          1. re: sailrox

            In which neighborhood was a coffee and croissant 9 or 10 euros? Even in front of the pantheon or via veneto, never seen the combo for more than 6....

          2. As others said, cafe and a cornetto (or other breakfast pastry) while standing at the bar is the way to go. How many days are you staying at your hotel? Maybe splurge and do breakfast there one day and the rest at different cafes. You can sit in most cafes, but there is usually an upcharge for this. The upside to this though is that the table is yours and there is no rush to leave.

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            1. re: ttoommyy

              Sitting in a café sounds best for us, old folks that we are (in our 70's). We'll be in Rome only for 2 nights; the rest of the time we'll be in Panzano in the gorgeous Chianti region of Tuscany.

              1. re: corinneh

                Then by all means, sit! lol Obviously you know what is best for you. The great thing about sitting is that like I said, you are not rushed to leave and you can people watch. I LOVE watching the Romans as they meet and greet one another before heading off to work. Such a different vibe than the daily grind here in NYC.
                Buon viaggio!

            2. Not really near the Pantheon (but since Rome is a small city), not far away.

              Coromandel (Via di Monte Giordano, 60, 61) offer breakfast.

              1. Forget the the UK/USA/Irish breakfast. Doubtless with exceptions. Italians can't do it well and don't eat that way. And ... when in Rome ... do as the Romans: coffee and a cornetto. Near you is Tazza d'Oro, the Holy Grail of espresso. At the Pantheon.

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                1. re: sidcundiff

                  Sounds like there are some great cafes to try. Thanks.

                2. You might also consider taking some bread, jam, fruit, cheese, whatever takes your fancy back to your room in the evenings, and then having that for breakfast before your leave your room to see the sites.

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                    1. re: corinneh

                      If you are in Rome for only two nights, skip the hotel breakfast or buying food to eat in. Get out and mingle with the Romans. It is one of my favorite time of the day when I am in Rome. I also like Caffe Farnese on a beautiful piazza. In general, the coffee in Rome is good, therefore, one doesn't need to go far to search for it. The above mentioned Tazza d'Oro in front of the Pantheon makes a very good cup but it has no seating to speak of (except a bench).

                      1. re: PBSF

                        Re:coffee. I love it, but I have an aversion to caffeine (yes, I've heard it all!) and wonder if there is ANY de caffeinated stuff to be found?

                  1. Right near your hotel is a great bar for breakfast: Cafe Camerino. It's just across the street from the much more famous San Eustachio, but less of a scene. They have many tables outside, as well as inside, and you can sit and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. I'm not 100% sure they do much in the American Style Breakfast, but they will certainly have delicious tramezzini (soft sandwiches) filled with things like salmon and eggs, which should satisfy a savory breakfast craving.


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                      1. re: corinneh

                        I see vinoroma has made the correction.

                      2. re: minchilli

                        Good to see a recc for tramezzini! Wondering who might offer good "toast" . in the past we enjoyed these- thin bread layered with prosciutto and cheese and grilled

                        1. re: jen kalb

                          I love tramezzini, all kinds! I especially like them not grilled though. I favor them over panini.

                        2. re: minchilli

                          oh, is there a new cafffe camerino? Must have missed that one,only one i know in the center is the one on arenula.

                          1. re: minchilli

                            Sorry, was typing too fast. Meant to say Cafe Camilloni. Maybe I needed more coffee. :)

                            1. re: minchilli

                              Camilloni is one of the best. La Caffettiera in Piazza di Pietra is large, with indoor rooms and outdoor tables on the mostly pedestrian piazza) and good and Neapolitan (definitely a good thing in the realm of coffee and pastry).