It happened, at last. Rome finally has her own raw vegan pastry shop, Grezzo, that actually claims to be the first pastry, chocolate, and gelato shop in the whole world to serve fully raw, vegan and gluten-free recipes using only organic ingredients.
A daring, bold and somehow audacious statement that definitely tickled my gluttonous fancy and got me into trying it out. Truth be said, if you knew about my outrageously soft spot for anything sweet, you wouldn’t be surprised. As I had decided to cut out a bit on pastry consumption, I was a little reluctant to cheat on my self-made healthy diet, but the curiosity was too big, so there I was, in the little shop of Monti neighborhood with a inviting choice of delicacies on display.
Sachertorte, brownies, chocolate/coconut/pistachio pastries, tiramisu, fruit cheesecakes and all types of mousse flavors created by unique blends of ingredients such as cocoa beans from Ecuador, coconut sugar, almonds from Sicily, hazelnuts from Piedmont and dates from California among the others, were just too much of a mouthwatering view for me to resist.
So far, I tried a single-serving Sachertorte and pint-sized fruit mousse, and apart from being truly heavenly, the best benefit is that after I ate them I didn’t feel anywhere near heavy or tired. Not too sweet, being every cake made with raw ingredients translates into an explosion of flavors with the precious perk of fully maintaining the health properties of the fruits, nuts and grains used.
Getting to more practical pieces of information, the price is slightly higher than your normal bakery, but I guess that’s what you pay for bio/organic products. All the mono-portion cakes and mousses cost between 5 and 6 euro, while the full-size cakes vary from 12-15 euro up, depending on the size and the type.
Located in Via Urbana 130, near Cavour metro station along subway line B, Grezzo has quickly become my go-to dessert place after eating at any of the restaurants in Rome city center and Monti area. It’s only a coincidence that I’m vegetarian and I particularly enjoy vegan recipes, because judging from the crowd I’ve always found even at night time, I’m sure their gentle flavors are appreciated by any kind of eater.
Defined by the founders Nicola Salvi and Vito Cortese as “the healthy evolution of sweet”, Grezzo‘s key ingredient is raw chocolate, both for its flavor and its many health benefits and nutrition facts, such as being naturally rich in antioxidants and magnesium. All products you will find on sale here are gluten/dairy/sugar/egg/soy/yeast-free and no ingredient contains preservatives nor any kind of chemical additives and food coloring.
Delicious is an understatement, and while I’m not easy on compliments, I feel pretty confident in recommending this little corner created for the gourmands and epicurean bon vivants out there.
Address: Grezzo, Via Urbana 130, 00184 Rome
Phone: (+39) 06 483443
Open every day from 11am to 11pm