Ah, Trastevere. What a charming little Roman neighbourhood. Slowly strolling along the uneven cobblestone paths that snake their way through this old, medieval quarter is a must when visiting Rome. Hours will magically disappear as you get lost in this beautiful, romantic part of the city.
But one needs some sustenance at some point. Feet start aching from countless kilometres of walking (Rome is a city to be explored on foot, that’s for sure), and bellies will start rumbling because a cornetto and cappuccino is not the most filling of breakfasts. To revitalise, a delicious, nutritious lunch at Kmzero is exactly what is needed.
Kmzero is a delightful little hole in the wall owned by a Roman couple with a passion for organic and regional produce. The vast majority of the food served here comes from their farm or from their close friends’ farms, which are located on the outskirts of Rome.
Once you step inside this small, homely space that is only furnished with three or four tables, you will be greeted warmly and advised that there is no menu here. In fact, there is only one option if your belly is rumbling after a hot morning of sightseeing: a farmer’s plate full of organic seasonal vegetables, meats, cheeses and preserves. Yes please. Oh, and a glass of organic wine would be lovely too.
The plates will change daily, depending on what produce has been harvested from the farm. Our plate contained beautiful crusty, chewy sourdough topped with the most delicious chicory, tomatoes, ricotta and sautéed cabbage. Framing this vegie goodness was two kinds of sheep’s cheese: a hard, aged variety drizzled with honey, and a soft variety topped with a dollop of homemade chilli jam, as well as the most beautiful prosciutto and salami. Now that’s a good lunch. And all for €10. Bargain.
Kmzero also stocks an extensive range of homemade chutneys, marmelade, pestos, passata and wine. Guaranteed, you will be tempted to purchase some of the fresh produce that is available to take home, especially after you taste the complimentary dessert of ricotta, plum jam and cherries.
Nourished, satisfied and perhaps a little smiley after a few glasses of that lovely organic wine (or maybe because you’re just in Rome in general), you’re ready to resume your afternoon meanderings.
Address: Vicolo de Cinque 30/a, 00153 Rome, Italy
Open: Mondays to Saturdays. Closed Sundays.
What is your favourite lunching spot in Rome?