Despite all the pasta-eating and espresso-drinking last week, my favorite eating spot in Rome was La Prosciutteria. Yes, you heard it correctly: an affordable quaint place that specializes in just prosciutto and other fine sliced meat. I tell you, the Italians have perfected the art of cured meat because no matter where we tried it, prosciutto and salami just melted in our mouth. The cold cuts also served as a nice light mid-afternoon snack. And to think that I grew up eating Oscar Meyer crap as a kid and not knowing any different.
At first, I felt overwhelmed when ordering because every imaginable prosciutto or sliced meat took up the entire counter or hung on the hooks above. What to order? We hesitated until the kind lady shooed us away and said “Sit down. I’ll prepare you a sample platter.” Wow, bring it on! Prosciutto, ham, cheese and mushroom pate on bread covered our wooden block. We devoured it in a matter of minutes.
When we looked up from our delightful snack, my eyes re-focused and took in this unique place: everything was recycled and nothing was wasted. The tables, counter and shelves were all made out of old wooden crates. Lamps, formerly as jumbo tomato cans, hung from above. Even the ceiling was pieced together by recycled wooden doors.
So if you’re ever in Rome, check out this carnivore-delight: La Prosciutteria and get the cheese & meat sample. For just 5 Euros a person, you are stuffed. Great value!
www.laprosciutteria.com Via Della Panetteria 34 | Fontana Di Trevi, 00187 Rome, Italy