Rome is one of those places that never fails to please the palate, and for lovers of charcuterie, expect to be spoiled for choice in the Italian capital. Given the approximately 6,000-year-old Roman habit of salting and smoking meats to preserve them, the city's expertise with charcuterie platters is not surprising.

Having moved on from the past when every neighborhood had its own trusted charcuterie shop, Rome is still home to many excellent gourmet shops selling platters of cured meats, creamy cheeses, nuts, sweet spreads, and jams. Many of these restaurants also give visitors an in-depth insight into Roman culinary traditions, allowing them to get a deeper appreciation for the meats and cheeses on the boards and the wine. So, for those seeking finely selected goodies to snack on, here are ten gourmet shops in Rome serving the best authentic Italian charcuterie.

10 Prosciutteria Cantina dei Papi

Prosciutteria Cantina dei Papi has three locations in Rome: Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, and Trastevere. Customers who come for an aperitif, a quick and casual lunch or dinner, leave with glowing remarks. Open every day, from 11:30 to midnight, Prosciutteria Cantina dei Papi's charcuteries, served with a bottle of premium wine or champagne, include a variety of bread, spreads, cheeses, and meats.

  • Address: Trastevere - Via della Scala 71, 00153. Navona - Via del Governo Vecchio 21, 00186. Trevi - Via della Panetteria 34A, 00187
  • Website: cantinadeipapi.com

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9 I Pizzicaroli‬

The majority of the items at I Pizzicaroli come from the regions of Umbria, Lazio, and Abruzzo. The rustic eatery serves delectable dishes such as Caciofiore, the ancient Romans' favorite cheese, porchetta di Ariccia igp, wild pig mortadella with truffles, and many others. I Pizzicarolil, tucked away in an unassuming alley within a stone's throw from the regal Piazza dell Orologio, serves cold cuts and cheeses on oak cutting boards and wicker baskets.

8 Fuorinorma

Fuorinorma is one of Rome's most well-recognized gourmet shops, specializing in traditional Italian charcuterie. The establishment is renowned for its high-quality, hospitable service and affordable costs. Their charcuterie platters, which feature unique pairings such as Parma ham and banana, come with an extensive wine and beer selection. Located in the heart of Monti, Fuorinorma also serves some of the city's best panini.

7 Trimani il Wine Bar

Trimani il Wine Bar takes pride in being the first wine bar in Italy. This bar's quiet ambiance and friendly staff allow visitors to unwind while savoring exquisite cuisine with complex tastes prepared from local products. The wine bar offers approximately 20 wines by the glass, including an excellent Barolo and a Brunello and large portioned Italian Charcuterie platters at a reasonable price.

  • Address: Via Cernaia 37/b, 00185
  • Website: trimani.com

6 Solo Gastronomia & vineria

Solo is a winery and restaurant in the ancient center near Piazza Navona. It is a terrific little establishment in a picturesque position. You can expect exceptional service straight from the owner and fantastic Charcuterie platters of cheese, truffle honey, and delicate meats. The menu features traditional dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality.

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5 Ai Balestrari

Ai Balestrari restaurant's story goes back to 1862. Over the years, it has handed down the traditions of "Old Rome" to the present day, inheriting all the features of typical Roman cuisine. There are three locations of Ai Balestrari in Rome: Campo de' Fiori, Prati, and Porta Pia. Frequented by locals, the restaurant, which receives praise for its superb charcuterie, pizzas, and wine, has a friendly atmosphere thanks to its inviting decor and kind personnel.

  • Address : Porta Pia - Via Alessandria 150, 00198. Campo de' Fiori - Via dei Balestrari 41, 00186. Prati - Piazza dell' Unità 27, 00191.
  • Website: aibalestrari.com

4 Cavour 313

Cavour 313 is a wine bar in the heart of Rome with a wine cellar with over one thousand bottles. Situated in the center of the Monti neighborhood, between the Roman Forum and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, it offers everyone the chance to learn more about wine and experience new and exciting cuisine and delicious cheese platters.

3 Cuccurucù

The Cuccurucù restaurant, located between Ponte Milvio and the Prati neighborhood, is the best spot to sample authentic Roman cuisine, wood-fired pizza, and delectable meats and cheeses. In addition to the internal space in an old farmhouse, the Cuccurucù restaurant features two lounge bars in a magnificent garden overlooking the Tiber.

2 Taverna Trilussa

Taverna Trilussa is a high-end, rustic tavern where you can enjoy traditional Roman cuisine and outstanding service in a delightful ambiance. The restaurant takes pride in preserving traditions, dishes, recipes, and flavors of the past and is famous for its charcuterie platters, grilled artichokes, and truffle carbonara.

1 Baguetteria del Fico

The Baguetteria del Fico is a cozy wine bar in the center of Rome with hospitable staff who serve sandwiches, delectable platters of cold cuts, and cheeses made at the moment with the deft blending of carefully chosen ingredients. The Baguetteria, located 50 meters from Piazza Navona, also provides other items, such as the appreciated Iberian Pata Negra ham and the great Serrano ham.