/La Capra Rampante, An Organic Locavore Market in Rome

La Capra Rampante, An Organic Locavore Market in Rome

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for the Rome Marathon. I have returned to training after two years of on-again-off-again exercise and it quickly became clear that my body doesn’t recover from exertion quite as quickly as it used to. It probably doesn’t help that I eat and drink at a pace that would make R.W. Apple, Jr. blush. I’ve consulted with a trainer about how to get back in shape without sacrificing my professional eating career. Abstaining from restaurant meals is out of the question, but on the nights that I am home, I have to cook and eat lean meats and veggies. And I have to eat a healthy breakfast. Apparently, as my trainer Coach G informed me, a kilo of pasta at 11pm and a meter of pizza bianca every morning isn’t a very good diet.

The first step to cooking and eating at home is, logically, buying groceries. I guess it was about time to give all that booze in my half-empty fridge some company. Though I rarely shop, I am pretty particular about the kind of food I do buy (it has to be natural, organic, seasonal, and sustainable); a corporate supermarket is definitely out of the questions. So I pedaled up to Via Donatello in the Flaminio district for some shopping at La Capra Rampante. This is the kind of supermarket every neighborhood should be so lucky to have.

The market, which describes itself as “slow, organic and locavore”, is divided into two spaces. In the back, seasonal produce fills the center aisle, around which biodynamic cheeses, organic cereals, meats and natural wines are displayed on shelves. In the adjacent room, natural detergents and cleansers, as well as juices, baking ingredients, pastas, dried fruits, and baby food are sold. The majority of the products in both sections come from small producers.

I stocked up on groceries (as much as I could balance on my bike) and cycled home to deliver companions to the IPA, white wine, and raki. The excursion will no doubt be a regular one, as La Capra Rampante is a one-stop-shop for those in search of natural food. It is a supermarket with a conscience.

La Capra Rampante
Via Donatello 65
Open Monday-Saturday

2017-02-17T15:25:12+00:00 September 26th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Rome & Lazio|8 Comments


  1. mart September 26, 2011 at 10:06 am - Reply

    But what did you buy? And are we going to have recipes here? Btw I find the pictures on Coach G’s website rather suggestive……. might be my protestant background 🙂

  2. Katie September 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    haha must be:) I bought leeks, onions, almonds, lettuce, carrots, fennel and yogurt. i am going to do a recipe or two, really simple stuff. im not very detail oriented and i like to improvise with ingredients and seasoning so im not really cut out to be a recipe blogger! however i shall practice a bit. tomorrow ill post a fun pumpkin recipe.

  3. Mamma Parla September 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous store…will never have to step foot in Elite again! Can’t wait to shop there…hope the locals support it too! On my next visit, I will guest blog some recipes.

  4. Sarah May September 28, 2011 at 1:21 am - Reply

    what are you talking about? Of course a meter of pizza bianca is healthy.

  5. Alison September 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous store! I cannot wait to go there.

  6. Erica September 30, 2011 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Great job! Love this market and your piece may will me to go back to the old ‘hood again

  7. Giacomo October 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Believe me tis is not a usual market. It is something totally new both as concept of shop and quality of bio food. I had been in a week ago for the degustaion of bio products from the gorgeous island Salina (Eolie Islands): capers (al size) olive oil and wine. Unbelievable. Now they have a section dedicated to Salina ‘s Bios. I wonder why they do not organised more frequently such degustations of small producers as Salvatore D’Amico from Leni (Salina)

  8. Rob October 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Are you guys knowledgeable about cooperatively raising grass fed beef? I’d like to get a program like that going.

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