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TRAVEL: Vegan in Rome - Spoiled for Choice

Whether it’s a cheesy pizza, creamy tiramisu or spaghetti carbonara – the vegan traveller can more than match the omni tourist’s experience in the food paradise that is Italy.

You will be spoiled for choice in this ancient city. With a growing list of restaurants, Happy Cow features 20 all-vegan eateries on their website. But this is only the tip of the iceberg with hundreds more vegan friendly options around Rome, from grocery products to raw desserts to pasta classics. You’ll wish you could stay forever.

Market and Grocery Shopping

San Cosimato Market in Trastevere sells delicious fresh fruit and vegetables, the kind you wish you could grow back home. For a larger market experience, Campo di Fiori stocks items such as dried pastas and flavoured oils. For groceries, Panella Supermarket has an impressive array of vegan food from deli meats to gluten free treats. With stores across Rome, Conads Supermarket has a substantial selection of products. However, the daddy, or should I say, ‘papa’ of all grocery stores is iVegan. A stone’s throw from the Vatican, you’ll find every vegan product under the sun, including a jaw-dropping cheese range.

Vegan Pasta

For your quota of vegan pasta go to any trattoria and order Penne Arrabbiata, Spaghetti al Pomodoro or Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. These dishes will mostly use dried pasta and are egg free. However, when the menu stipulates homemade (fatta/fatto in casa) or fresh (pasta fresca) ask if it contains eggs (uova).