It’s difficult to get a good bagel in Rome. I know, I know. Ruth, you’re in Rome. Quit whining you big whiner. But having lived in New York for several years, sometimes I just gots to have me a good bagel mit schmear. When I moved to Rome, bagels were what I missed the most — and corn on the cob, which you can’t easily find here either. Unless it’s of the pre-cooked, pre-packaged variety. Which, meh. And then there’s brunch — my favourite meal of the week and a concept that they don’t really get here. I have ranted about this before. But let me just say: Guys, just because you’re serving it on the weekend and calling it brunch does not make it so. Ok? Brunch is not just lunch re-branded.
Anyway, before I start on happy hour appetizers (cous-cous? Really?), last week the Upstairs Vegetarian and I went out in search of brunch. We found Bakery House. It’s a cute storefront on Via Trieste, small and bright. There are Ipads mounted on the walls so you can play Words with Friends if your dining companion is boring. Or I guess read the Sunday New York Times, which is a pretty de rigeur bit of the brunch experience. Along with cool jazz. Luckily it’s August so we waltzed right in.
Bakery House gets a modest thumbs up from this reviewer. Pancakes and French Toast and the intriguingly-monikered savoury cheesecake platter. No visible bacon or Eggs benedict or cool jazz but not bad. We both had bagel sandwiches: mine with ham, cheese and avocado, the U.V’s with salmon. I got some of that pre-cooked, pre-packaged corn on the cob on the side all cut up a la Colombiana. As I said, meh.
The bagels were fine but lacked the distinctive heft and chewiness that real bagels get from being boiled, baked and broiled. These were more like round bread rolls with holes in them. But, as previously noted, not bad. The cheeseburgers walking by looked very tasty and they have a pretty bakery section with key lime and apple pies, which I will have to check out at a later date. And a club sandwich that bears looking into.
Bakery House. Corso Trieste 157 b/c (Piazza Istria), Rome. Tel: 06 943 77841.