La Dolce Vita: Where to Find The 8 Best Bakeries in Rome

There’s a reason why bakeries are so buonissimo in Italy, in general, and Rome, in particular: pastries are a regular part of the Italian breakfast experience. Cornetti (aka croissants) are an edible institution here. Rome happens to be sprinkled with bakeries, some passable and others impeccable in their deliciousness. But don’t worry, our list of the best bakeries in Rome below fall into the latter category. Don’t waste your calories on subpar baked goods. Seek out the best and you shall be rewarded. 

large baking sheet filled with pastries in pastry shop
The amount of mouth-watering pastries on offer in Rome is simply staggering. Photo credit: Biscottificio Innocenti

1. Antico Forno ai Serpenti

Have no fear: the “serpents” in question refer to the street where this bakery is. Located in the charming central neighborhood of Monti, Antico Forno ai Serpenti has been helping the neighborhood get its gluten fix for several generations now. They make great zeppole, olive bread, and baguettes, among other sweet and non-sweet baked goods. 

We love, love, love freshly-made zeppole. Photo credit: Dominique Shaw

2. Antico Forno Roscioli 

Since 1971, the Roscioli family have been baking up goodness. Located in the area between Campo de’ Fiori and Largo Argentina, Antico Forno Roscioli is part of the family-run empire that is headquartered in this part of Rome. The bakery makes all manner of sweet treats but the real edible accomplishment is in their pizza al taglio—pizza by the slice and sold by weight—which comes with tangy red sauce or just pizza bianca

Although popular at Christmas time, we love panettone all year long. Photo credit: Pexels

3. Biscottificio Innocenti

One of the most aromatic bakeries in Rome, Biscottificio Innocenti is located in Trastevere and specializes in—you guessed it—biscotti, the hard biscuit-like morsel that Italians enjoy pairing with their coffee. They bake their biscotti in a massive vintage oven from the 1950s. This family-run shop—they are on their third generation of bakers—makes several different flavors of biscotti and also some savory crackers and other cookies. 

sheet pan filled with heart-shaped cookies
You know when they have the oven in plain sight that the pastries are going to be incredibly fresh. Photo credit: Biscottificio Innocenti

4. Casa Manfredi

Pastry chef Giorgia Proia is the baking talent behind this spot, a cobblestone’s throw from the Circus Maximus. Along with your espresso, you can nosh on better-than-average cornetti (or croissants), as well as various little cakes. At Casa Manfredi, Proia likes to shift between tradition and experimentation and is also influenced by French pastry. 

These little cream-filled croissants are truly one of the best things about breakfast in Italy. Photo credit: Michelle Lee

5. Forno Campo de’ Fiori

One of the most popular bakeries in Rome—with locals and tourists alike. As the name suggests, this ambient bakery is near Campo de’ Fiori. Most tourists encounter it as they walk between the Campo and Piazza Navona. Forno Campo de’ Fiori has been here for as long as anyone living can remember. They sell excellent pieces of pizza, outrageously good olive bread, and remarkable ricotta cake. 

Forno Campo de’ Fiori
Located on an unassuming little square, this bakery is one of the city’s most popular. Photo credit: Su-lin

6. Il Maritozzaro

Located in near the Trastevere train station and open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, Il Maritozzaro specializes in the creamy baked good of the same name. Romans have an insatiable appetite for these stout-but-rich creamy delights. Il Maritozzo really revs up in the latter part of the evening, when people on a pub crawl get in line to fill up the stomach with someone sweet in order to prolong a night of boozing. 

Fluffy whipped cream in a freshly-baked sweet bread roll? Yes, please! Photo credit: Gerjantd

Traveler’s tip: The maritozzo is truly a symbol of Rome. Check out where to find the top spots for the best Maritozzo in Rome

7. Panificio Bonci

Brought to you by Gabriele Bonci, the baker who became a household name in Rome thanks to his Pizzarium, where he practically reinvented pizza. Now he’s doing the same for bread and pastry. Located in Prati, Panificio Bonci serves up variations on the theme of bread, particularly with different kinds of artisanal flour, including pizza al taglio and muffins. 

Traveler’s tip: Looking for Rome’s top pizza spots? Check out our guide on where to find the best pizza in Rome.

8. Pasticceria Regoli

Long set in Esquilino, a few blocks from Termini Train Station and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Pasticceria Regoli is a favorite among Romans and visitors who love Italian pastries. They have a huge selection here. Since 1916, the Regoli family have been making topnotch cannoli, maritozzi, and other baked deliciousness. It used to be a narrow bar but they expanded next door and now this elegant, high-ceilinged space has tables and chairs so you can linger awhile. 

Three cannoli on a plate dusted with powdered sugar
You don’t have to go all the way to Sicily to find amazing cannoli. Pasticceria Regoli has got you covered! Photo credit: Valeria Boltneva

As you explore Rome, you’ll find a bakery on every corner, but use our list of the best bakeries in Rome to find the freshest pastries, breads, cookies, and more. And if you want to diver deeper into all of Rome’s best places to eat, why not sign up for one of our small-group food tours? Led by expert guides, you can enjoy a day of exploring Rome with a stop in one of the city’s top gelaterias, or take a Testaccio food and market tour where you’ll taste the city’s most emblematic dishes.