Forno del Ghetto (Burnt Bakery), Rome

Address Via del Portico d'Ottavia 1 Map, Tel 06/6878637 Call, Hours Closed Friday at sundown and Saturdays.

This small bakery in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto (near the synagogue) has no sign and no tables. You'll recognize it by the crowd spilling out the door and the slightly burnt pastries in the display case. Everything is a little bit burnt, which caramelizes the sugars just enough to give the pastries a rich, deep taste. Ricotta cake with sour-cherry or chocolate are special favorites, and the biscotti is delicious, but choose whatever strikes your fancy -- it's all wonderful.

This is the last remaining bakery preserving traditional Jewish Italian cooking in this shrinking community. You won't find pastries like this anywhere else in the world. As you bite into a pastry, savor its flavor and the warm community feel of this special place.

You can purchase fresh squeezed Orange Juice at one of the cafes on this street and sit down on a bench to eat your pastry


  1. sharon trivelli on October 29, 2008 at 12:58 p.m.

    I just visited this bakery....I had a burnt pastry that had dried fruit and nuts in it...heavenly.
    do they ship internationally?

  2. Debbie on October 29, 2008 at 1:14 p.m.

    Not to my knowledge. I've never seen any of their recipes published either. For now, this is just part of the Roman experience.

  3. charisse on February 28, 2010 at 6:18 a.m.

    Do they have bagels?

  4. Debbie on February 28, 2010 at 6:20 a.m.

    No, bagels are Eastern European I believe