Not just Porchetta: you can eat vegan in the Castelli Romani. Here are the restaurants, bistros, and cocktail bars to try

May 30 2024, 12:26
Cutlets, stuffed pasta, slices of cake, puddings, and cannoli: traditional cuisine is transformed into plant-based dishes in this area, a guardian of villages and ancient traditions

Forget porchetta, in the Castelli Romani you can now eat vegan. The gastronomic revolution that has swept through this area in recent years has also embraced plant-based cuisine. The land known for its fraschette, Romanella, and amatriciana has now become a favorite destination for many vegan and vegetarian consumers. Those who already had many options in the capital can now enjoy a trip outside the city: here are the restaurants not to miss.

Vegan restaurants in the Castelli Romani

Prato Di Sopra

Mushroom cutlets are a must, but every dish at this Grottaferrata venue will bring a smile to vegan customers: here you'll find fluffy and gooey omelettes, delicious stuffed pasta, meatballs, Sicilian cannoli, all in a plant-based version. An adventure that began ten years ago continues to bear fruit thanks to well-crafted, tasty cuisine and an atmosphere that makes everyone feel at home. The menu is seasonal, the service friendly, and the location welcoming: on nice days, a meal in the outdoor seating area is ideal.

Prato Di Sopra – Grottaferrata (RM) – via Principe Amedei, 7 -

Osteria VegGente

Marino, known for its wine and the famous grape festival: here, for those looking for a different, plant-based, and seasonal cuisine, there's Osteria VegGente, which recreates the flavors and tastes of traditional gastronomy with vegan ingredients. Among the main courses, don't miss the homemade tempeh with artichokes and the grilled seitan (also homemade) with mushrooms, while standout first courses include lasagna, spinach cannelloni, and butternut squash gnocchi. The desserts are also good, with a classic but 100% plant-based twist. The atmosphere is informal and pleasant.

Osteria VegGente – Marino – via Mattia Montecchi, 1 -

Radici Cocktail & Beer

Still (unjustly) little talked about, this cocktail bar in Albano Laziale is really worth a visit: after working for several years in London, Simeone Sorgente and Keele Taylor have created a unique, international, and comfortable environment. Among vaulted arches and exposed bricks, you can sit at tables decorated with homemade candles and pieces of craftsmanship recovered from flea markets, ordering a good drink or a glass of wine. Pair them with generous platters of plant-based cheeses and cold cuts, fried snacks, and bruschetta, or sandwiches, burgers, kebabs, wraps: a simple and fun format that finally offers a space for vegans to enjoy an aperitif.

Radici Cocktail & Beer – Albano Laziale (RM) – vicolo del Macello, 26 -

Il Borgo Verde

Seasonal ingredients, simple dishes, and a streamlined menu: this place offers a fresh, quick dining formula with ideal proposals for lunch breaks, as well as takeout. Soups, vegan sushi, sandwiches with plant-based cutlets, avocado toast, wraps, and bowls are always available, while in the morning there are pancakes, yogurt with granola, slices of cake, and toast, to pair with fruit smoothies and organic juices. When the weather permits, a stop in the outdoor seating area is worth the detour.

Il Borgo Verde – Frascati (RM) – Piazza del Gesù, 11 -

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