Today's post isn't about an Italian bakery, however. It's about a Austrian bakery with Viennese specialities in Rome. La Dolceroma is located in the Jewish Ghetto just across from Tiber Island. Yesterday after doing some shopping in a nearby store I had an urge to stop in to this bakery.
I knew what I was getting myself into. This place is like a cake boutique: it ain't cheap, folks. Ale's favorite dessert is the Sachertorte (sounds a little like "soccer tort"), a cake from Vienna that was invented by Franz Sacher in 1832. It has two layers of a kind of dry chocolate cake, with apricot jam in between the layers, and covered in a chocolate shell or thick dark chocolate fudge icing. "Das Original" is sold at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, which was opened by Franz's son in 1872.
But I digress. Finding Sachertorte in Rome isn't difficult, but finding one that is close to the real thing can be a challenge. La Dolceroma has it, but you'll pay a pretty penny: €4 per slice (about $5.20). Actually now that I think about it, I paid $5.20 for a small (ahem, I guess that's technically known as a "tall") Starbucks something or other when I was in the States, but I confess I almost felt ashamed. I don't consider myself to be a crazy penny pincher, but that seemed like a lot. Anyhoo, back to our story, point being: La Dolceroma can be fun for a splurge once in a while.
Besides the famous Sacher, they have some American goodies that Italian bakeries don't sell, like blueberry muffins, brownies, carrot cake and chocolate chip cookies (€1.80 each!). They have lots of other cakes as well. I got the "Imperialtorte" that you see on the right above, and it was some kind of concoction of marzipan and almond cream--very good. Sold by weight though, another thing I didn't realize 'til the girl rang up my order--a little over €5 for the square piece you see above. The Imperial Torte is pretty heavy and costs €3.50 per 100 grams (about 1/4 lb.).
Playing around with the macro function on my camera, allow me to bring you up close and personal with these cakes:
La Dolceroma is worth a visit if you're wandering the Jewish Ghetto area. You could stop in for a cookie or a truffle. It's next-door to the Portico d'Ottavia, which is an interesting monument.
La Dolceroma Austrian Bakery
Via del Portico d'Ottavia 20/B