Best Italian Cheese Shops in Rome
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. For an insider look at the wonderful world of Italian cheese, along with tips on how to taste it from certified cheese sommelier Benedetta, take a look at the Foodie Sisters video guide to formaggio. Then read on for our list of the best Italian cheese shops in the Eternal City.
Our favorite places to buy cheese in Rome:
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)
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 neighborhoods 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. If you prefer not to venture too far, DOL recently opened a Trastevere off-shoot, called Proloco Trastevere (via Goffredo Mameli 23) which serves their signature high-quality goods.
Via Domenico Panaroli 35 (Centocelle)
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)
Whenever we shop at Rome’s Trionfale Market we cannot resist a visit to Roberto and Luigi’s mouthwatering stand. Offering a splendid selection of top quality Italian gastronomic treats including cured meats, fresh pasta, olive oil, and preserves, there is also a vast array of amazing cheeses just begging for you to take them home.
Booth 269, Mercato Trionfale, Via Andrea Doria 3 (Vatican)
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)
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)
For a guided cheese tasting, join our local sommelier and cheese taster on our very special Cheese and Wine Tasting in Rome.