City Guide: Rome
A century-old cheese shop with an always smiling owner and colossal wheels of pecorino.
Antica Caciara, a fabulous cheese shop and delicatessen, has barely changed since first opening its doors in 1900. Run by the self-effacing Roberto Polica and his delightful wife Anna, the “old cheese shop” is like walking into a museum of cheese and likely will have you considering buying an apartment around the corner. (Who doesn’t want to live next door to a century-old, family-run cheese shop?) The always smiling Roberto began working in his family’s shop back in 1963, and has long been a stalwart of the Trastevere community known equally for the quality of his products and his amicable personality. Not to be missed are the colossal black-rinded wheels of creamy, salty Pecorino Romano (aged sheep milk cheese) stacked by the door and produced in the Roman countryside by Roberto’s uncle.
Bitesee Tip: In case your chosen wedge of cheese is too big to carry, Antica Caciara ships to the U.S.
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