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New Openings On Via dei Serpenti in Rome

Via dei Serpenti, the main traffic artery in Rome’s Monti district, is more happening than ever. On Monday, a new bakery called Antico Forno ai Serpenti opened on the corner of Via dei Serpenti and Via Panisperna. Back in the day there was a bakery in the same storefront and my strongest recollection of the place is that it sold chocolate shaped like tools. That’s weird, right? The new Antico Forno sells bread, pastries, cookies, sandwiches and some prepared meals in a space bounded by Carrara marble walls.

I stopped by yesterday for lunch–mozzarella di bufala and sun-dried tomatoes on a ciabatta–and observed the place. While I was eating, one of the employees asked me with a smile, “Are you enjoying everything?” At the register, another asked if everything was alright with my meal. Everyone was smiling and polite. I don’t know where these people get off being nice to strangers in a service environment in Rome, but I like it! Someone has figured out what is missing in this part of Monti, a half-decent bakery with kind service.

I tried a few baked goods for dessert. The brutti ma buoni were quite good. I was less impressed by the ciambelline al vino and biscotti, which were too friable for my taste. Based on first impressions, I would say Tricolore has way better bread and Panificio Monti has much better baked goods. But Antico Forno ai Serpenti beats both of those in the atmosphere and service department. I think I’ll be a regular customer for a sandwich or a quick bite.

Down the street on Via dei Serpenti 163, a corner storefront is home to Full Monti, a juice/coffee/cocktail bar that makes you pour your own drinks and mix your own cocktails for some reason I don’t understand. It opened in October and has already become a popular place for breakfast, a drink, or a snack. You can’t beat the location, right in the heart of the neighborhood, facing onto Piazza Madonna dei Monti.

Next door, on the corner of Via dei Serpenti and Via Leonina, Bar La Licata reopened last week after a renovation. The interior has been given a modern look, though the offerings have remained more or less the same. They serve coffee and drinks, sell lotto tickets, bus tickets, cigarettes and tickets to concerts and athletic events. There are also salads, sandwiches, and light meals.

2017-02-17T15:22:37+00:00 December 7th, 2011|Categories: Carbs, Rome & Lazio, Sweets & Dessert|10 Comments


  1. Megan December 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Too much change in Monti – I can’t stand it! Don’t we all have odd memories of those chocolate tools (I think they were the same ones in the window for 5 years!)??

  2. petulia December 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Does Licata still have the dreary slot machines? cannot wait to come back and have 100 coffees and possibly some GF treats in all these places. Thanks for keeping me up to date with all the changes in the neighborhood!

  3. Lani December 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Ah, I do remember those chocolate tools. And the pizza rosa was the absolute best in the neighborhood; so soft.

  4. Jake December 8, 2011 at 4:26 am - Reply

    Not to sound as a pessimist, but Im curious to see if the service remains exceptional after a few months…. I will await your follow up. :). But I’m excited.

  5. sandrac December 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Hmmmm, looks like I’ve moved into the neighbourhood at just the right time! Thanks for all the Monti tips, they really are invaluable!

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  7. Gerald&Sabine(Germany) April 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    everything is true – the place is awesome! We dropped in twice while our stay in Rome in march. Cookies and sweets are excellent and the staff is still polite and friendly. Our recommandation.

  8. Sonny Hammond May 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Antico Forno is yet another missed opportunity. Everything I’ve come to expect from new Roman enterprise. Superficial, surly and reluctant service and less than mediocre product. Grab a loaf at Mia Market or Tricolore – be early.

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