Pamphili park in Rome is a relaxing haven to wander around, even as the weather is cooling down. The dense treetop canopy and winding paths provide a little escape from the chaos of central Rome. Whats more, after a morning wander, you can stop by the park’s café for a buffet lunch.
Vivi Bistrot sits on the park’s highest point, on the villa side of the park. Their daily lunchtime buffet (€12 to pile your plate as high as you can + €3.50 for seconds) is a healthy and hearty spread of Italian and foreigndishes using top quality organic foods. On the day I went, there was mushroom and sausage bucatini pasta, oriental rice, spiced couscous, pan-fried potatoes with bacon, pork polpette (meatballs) in a creamy tomato sauce, green beans, barley salad, tuna and mixed leaf salad, spinach and ricotta tart, fresh ricotta cheese, and a selection of dips and breads. Dishes use seasonal ingredients and change accordingly.
The ricotta cheese was the shining star of the buffet. It was absolutely sublime; light, smooth, fresh and drizzled with an aromatic pesto. I smothered it over everything, both bread and the individual dish, and even ate huge wedged by themselves!
The polpette were another of my favourites; little balls of succulent pork, flecked with herbs and tossed in a creamy, spiced tomato sauce.
Sitting in the crisp sunshine was lovely. After I had finished eating, I relaxed with a glass of wine and read my book for almost an hour. Who needs an expensive day at the spa?
Ingresso di Via Vitellia, 102
T: +39 (0)6 5827540
Buffet lunch served Mon-Fri