Right outside our apartment door was the Via della Scrofa, and about a block away I could see a long vertical sign that said ANTICO FORNO which means one thing - baked goods!
We headed straight there to find the tiny but jam packed Antico Forno la Stelletta. Now I love me some baked goods, and this place was my Italian version of heaven. As I madly ordered their toasted hazelnut Brutti ma Buoni (trans. Ugly but Good), almond meringues, and slices of the long Roman pizza, sold by the "etto" unit of measure, my husband knew this was trouble.
You order at then counter then turn around and hand your tab to the cashier at the desk behind you, who you pay as quickly as possible before busting into your bag. I asked the cashier how late they were open (thinking bakeries only stay open until maybe 4 pm?) and she sighed in a weary resignation, "We are open always." I thought she was being sarcastic. But fast-forward to the 5 am airport pick up by our driver Adriano... as I glanced one last time down della Scrofia, the only light I saw was the interior of La Stelletta, shining bright as the little Brutti ma Buoni called my name. She wasn't kidding, they ARE open always.
I'll be back for sure, La Stelletta!
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