Bakery House is an all-Italian project inspired by a love of American delis and breakfast bars, with a touch of English baking thrown in for luck.
With three locations in Rome to date, plus the first Bakery House recently opened in Turin, the all American breakfast is all set to conquer Italy – and for once, this is a Very Good Thing.
There aren’t loads of options in Rome for a real American-style breakfast, but that’s not the reason I’m calling it the best American breakfast in Rome.
Quite simply, I ate one of the best Eggs Benedict of my life here, plus breakfast waffles served with fresh fruit which served as a breakfast treat without going overboard on the sugar.
A word about the location – the latest Bakery House store is in EUR, 400 metres from the EUR Palasport Metro, and therefore close enough to become a serious addiction, even if you live in the centre of Rome.
At the moment, while the Corso Trieste and Ponte Milvio restaurants are open from 8 in the morning until midnight, the EUR one is experimenting with closing at 8 pm (with continuous hours from 8 am).
This is a fair reflection of the location and the clientele, with the EUR restaurant packed all day with young folk from the area (it is evidently the in-place amongst Rome’s teenage crowd) and who can blame them – the food is magnificent.
I did manage to work there for a hour or so alongside my breakfast, and was fantasising about making this a regular WiFi spot for writing (the WiFi was great).
However, due to the rapid turnover of tables and the queue out of the door when I visited (it’s not huge, maybe 30 covers) I’m not sure I would recommend it as a regular WiFi cafe for those of you that work on the go (what a shame, the cappuccino was great too). Worth monitoring anyway, in case they have a slow hour or two in the afternoon.
I didn’t realise this before arriving, but you need to book your breakfast table at Bakery House. Hey, I said it was one of the hottest restaurants on the Roman dining scene at the moment, and I wasn’t making it up!
French toast starts at a very reasonable €4.50, while breakfast waffles start at €6.50 so I plumped for one of those, topped with fresh fruits of the forest and accompanied with a serving of maple syrup. These are optional extras costing €1 and €1.30 respectively but well worth it for adding the finishing touches.
The waffle was light and crispy with just a hint of grilled sweetness, and I’m not ashamed to share that I polished the whole thing off in less than three minutes.
One of my dining companions opted for the American style pancakes and wasn’t disappointed. These cost a very reasonable €2.20 and topped with fresh strawberries (€1) are one of the stars of the breakfast menu (now you understand why the queue is out of the door).
My other friend ordered the excellent Eggs Benedict plate and I have to say, she won brunch. This is an absolutely superb dish, combining two poached eggs on muffins with smoked salmon or cooked ham, topped with fresh Hollandaise sauce.
This plate costs €8 with ham and €9.50 with salmon and is worth every cent. We added the fresh fruit for fun (€1) and it just worked.
If you’re of the church of the savoury breakfast, I can also highly recommend the rather essential scrambled eggs and toast, served with crispy bacon and butter for your toast. Have you ever seen anything more civilised in your life?
Breakfast is served daily from 8 am until 3 pm, a decidedly generous margin, even for you late brunchers. What can I say, I will be back!
One of the best things about Bakery House is the fact that it’s an all day restaurant, so perfect for mid-morning or afternoon nibbles. Perhaps you’re a cheesecake fan?
Once you’re out of breakfast hours – or even during – the menu opens up into some quite frankly scandalously mouth-watering options.
How about pulled pork waffles, or waffles with smoked salmon, or two fried eggs plus a crispy parmesan wafer? This costs a very reasonable €8.90 and works as a light lunch.
There are also salads, sandwiches, bagels, burgers and fried goodies, such as chicken nuggets.
Bakery House also serves a variety of coffees and milk shakes for every taste, plus cupcakes including a red velvet version which will keep you daydreaming for days afterwards.
Testaccina was a guest of Bakery House, EUR
Corso Trieste 157 (Piazza Istria) | Rome | Tel 0039 06 94377841
Mon – Thurs: 8.00 – 23.00; Fri: 8.00 – 0.00; Sat: 9.30 – 0.00; Sun: 9.30 – 23.00
Via Riano 11 (Ponte Milvio) | Rome | Tel 0039 06 88805526
Mon – Fri: 8.00 – 00.00; Sat: 9.30 – 2.00; Sun: 9.30 – 00.00
Viale America 91 (EUR) | Rome | Tel 0039 06 92110842
Provisional hours: Mon – Fri: 8.00 – 20.00; Closed Tuesdays; Sat-Sun: 9.30 – 20.00