Hosteria del Mercato

by Danilo Brunetti

Half restaurant, half market, Hosteria del Mercato delights with healthy, organic fare. Antonella Mastrosanti fills you in.

In a Renaissance-style garden a short jaunt from Piazza di Spagna lies Hosteria del Mercato, a charming eatery that wears many hats: restaurant, organic juice bar, tea room, cocktail bar, and organic food market.

Hostaria del Mercato’s innovative concept allows guests to either dine at the restaurant or bring home 100% exclusively natural, organic, and sustainable products. Inspired by markets like Queens Road Farmers’ in London, the bio-mercato features goods sourced directly from farms, distinguishing it as a place where it is effortless to acquire delicacies from small businesses that have dedicated themselves entirely to the land and the seasons. Fruits and veggies, freshly picked and gathered, cured meats and organic cheeses, pastas made with hemp or legume our, a rich selection of rices, gluten-free bread, rustic breads naturally leavened and made with ancient grain ours, baguettes baked with a variety of seeds, extra virgin olive oils, and certi ed organic wines  make up the healthy and satisfying gastronomic offering. Even the market’s “junk food” becomes nutritious, organic, and often vegan: things like corn and whole wheat farro, and red lentil, sweet potato, parsnip, beetroot, or carrot chips crowd the shelves. All of the pizzas on tap are made with organic flour and are naturally leavened to preserve their aromas and flavors along with their nutritional properties. The pizza is rolled out by hand with a rolling pin until each disk of dough is paper thin, guaranteeing a crispy crust—a hallmark of Roman-style pizza.

In the restaurant, gourmet panini, salads, and meat-and- cheese boards are listed alongside other more substantial dishes, like ravioli with sheep’s milk ricotta and spinach; tonnarelli cacio e pepe with zucchini blossoms; sesame encrusted tuna sneak; grilled octopus; steak with black truffle; and for dessert, vanilla crème brulée with blueberries and zuppa inglese with meringue and black cherry.
> Via Bocca di Leone, 46. Tel 0669923705.