Established in 1970, Paciotti Salumeria (the word ‘salumeria’ translates roughly as ‘a shop selling cured meats’, but this place is so much more) is one of Rome’s best-loved and smartest gastro-emporiums, family-run over four generations and located in a tangle of backstreets north of the Vatican City. A visual and aromatic delight, the store is known throughout Rome for its superb selection of salamis, smoked meats and fine Parma hams. There’s a wide choice of Italian cheeses—from Dolcelatte to Parmiggiano and Gorgonzola—and the very freshest of bread delivered daily. Other treats include homemade pastas, extra-virgin olive oils and exclusive (and expensive) seasonal truffles.
An experienced sommelier is on hand to advise on buying some of Italy’s best wines, from reds and whites to sparkling Astis and the Italian liqueur grappa. Paciotti also offers a gift service and its hampers can be delivered across the world; the gourmet store is also on several tours of the very best of Rome’s gastronomy.
Via Marcantonio Bragadin, 51/53. Mon–Wed, Fri–Sat 7.30–8.30pm; Thur 1pm–8.30pm. Metro Line A to Cipro.