Last month, as I was walking along via del Boschetto in Monti with my friend Jessica, we came across the inauguration of Gaudeo, a place peddling “panini all’italiana” (Italian style panini–are there another kind?) from a small storefront. “I love sandwiches!” I thought to myself, as I made a mental note to return. In hindsight, we should have stopped right there and saved the trauma of eating at Broccoletti on Via Urbana. That place is kinda gross. But I digress…

I finally made good on my mental note twice this week, ordering a “Bormio” (bresaola, bufalo ricotta, arugula, and extra virgin olive oil) and a “Gradisca” (prosciutto crudo, mozzarella di bufala, extra virgin olive oil). On both visits, the staff was nice. And they smiled! In Monti Rome, this is an anomoly unless you are a regular. That’s worth an extra few euros, for sure.

And Gaudeo’s panini, while delicious, aren’t cheap by Roman standards. They range from €4.50-10. Both panini above cost €6. All are served on Roscioli’s organic kamut rolls. A look at the ingredients list shows an interest in sourcing, as each cheese, cured meat, and even olive oil is identified by producer. I’m looking forward to working my way through the menu. The “Cameri” (gorgonzola, pear, walnuts) is next on my hit list.

The drinks are a bit less interesting. Lurisia water trucked down from Piemonte is an unfortunate trend in Rome these days, a shame when Lazio has such amazing water. And the wine list tends towards industrial output producers like Bellavista and Feudi di San Gregorio. Gaudeo does, however, offer take out and very soon, also delivery!

Via del Boschetto 112
+39 06 9818 3689
Open Mon-Sat 11am-3:30pm & 5:30-11:30pm