Best Italian Cheese Shops in Rome
By Kate Zagorski
Our 5 Favorite Places in Rome to Buy Italian Cheese
One of the great joys of visiting the Eternal City is sampling and buying Italian cheese, which is widely available across town but may be harder to find (or considerably more expensive) back home. Whether you want to buy and eat right away, or vacuum seal your purchases for travel, this is the Local Aromas pick of the best Italian cheese shops in Rome.
Passed down the generations of the Polica family since 1900, the Antica Caciara is a true Trastevere institution. Come here for top-notch Pecorino Romano, made just down the road, as well as a great range of cheeses from Lazio and beyond which have been hand-picked by the owner Signor Roberto, one of Rome’s true gentlemen and a local celebrity. After just one visit you will feel like part of the family.
Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 140A/B (Trastevere). Tel: +39 06 581 2815
With over 400 varieties on sale, La Tradizione (situated a short stroll from the Vatican) is a cheese paradise. The range stretches from goat to sheep to cow, with products from both Italy and beyond, and there is also a huge selection of salamis, prosciutto, wine and pasta. With such an overwhelming choice it is handy to know that the lovely staff will help to guide your purchases.
Via Cipro 8 (Vatican). Tel: +39 06 3972 0349
Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi
Quite simply a temple of cheese, Beppe Giovale’s formaggeria in the Jewish Ghetto should be the first stop for every cheese-lover in Rome. The shop offers an amazing range which runs the gamut from the familiar to the weird and wonderful, while the adjoining restaurant serves tasting plates along with seasonal dishes and a great list of wines.
Via di S. Maria del Pianto 9A/11 (Jewish Ghetto). Tel: +39 06 6819 2210
Although the prices will make your eyes water and your wallet weep, there is no better spot in Rome for a proper gourmet cheese purchase. With the very best of the best from all areas of Italy’s boot, this Aladdin’s cave of meats, cheeses, wine (and everything else gastronomic) deserves a visit if only to salivate over the enticing display.
Via Marmorata, 47 (Testaccio). Tel: +39 06 574 2352
DOL – Di Origine Laziale
Although it is a bit of a hike out to the eastern Centocelle district, the area is one of Rome’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods and also happens to be home to Vincenzo Mancino’s DOL which has promoted and sold the very best produce from the Lazio region since 2006. Locally-made cheeses along with wines and cured meats are for sale in the shop, and there is also a great little dining area to sample the items on offer.
Via Domenico Panaroli 35 (Centocelle). Tel: +39 06 2430 0765
Come and eat Italian Cheese in Rome with us! Learn about pairings with an expert sommelier on our Cheese and Wine Tasting or watch a professional cheese maker in action on our Mozzarella & Burrata Tasting.