Rome’s famous baker provides locals with top-notch bread products and pizza by the slice. The best kind is pizza con fiori di zucca (zucchini flowers). Savvy gourmands can nibble on unlimited squares of it after work, perched on bar stools during the handsome Panella aperitivo pre-dinner drinks service.
The happy hour buffet is all-you-can-eat, and on the strength of one drink, snack choices are also unlimited. The spread of tapas is refilled on rotation as portions are consumed, and the variety of options is staggering. Besides coveted pizza with zucchini blossoms, delicate anchovies and a thin layer of ricotta; other snacks may include hot and sour mini schnitzels served in reconditioned paté tins, cacio e pepe buns, potato croquettes and supplì, pasta flans and all kinds of grilled vegetables and quiches.
But the true strength of Panella is its vast selection of baked goods, like bread and pastries from all over Italy, each inspired by regional recipes; plus bread sculptures like you’ve never seen. A huge Colosseum made of bread hangs in the north-facing window display, and bread constellations dangle from the shop ceiling.
Start your mornings with a delicious breakfast: alongside energizing espresso and foamy cappuccinos comes a wide selection of croissants, slices of cake and pastries, like ancient Roman ricotta and spice “torta”, Neapolitan pastiera made with buckwheat and floral water, and “Ciambellone” pound cake.
Panella also stocks a large selection of gluten-free products, including breads, pastas, pizzas and other items for celiacs, and a handsome choice of spices and herbs, teas and brews.