A Grade II listed Georgian building might seem like a surprising place to find a quintessentially Italian cafe, but head down Northumberland Place (the end closest to Pulteney Bridge) and you’ll find Rosarios - Bath’s beating heart of Italian treats and light bites.
Inspired by his nonna’s cooking, Rosario opened this spot to showcase Sicilian food and produce. And he’s nailed it. From sweet filled cannolis and pastries, to savoury cured meats and arancini, Italian food (made with proper Italian ingredients for genuine tastes and texture) is represented in a range of fine forms in their breakfast and lunch menus. The pane e Panelle is a particular favourite of ours - a deliciously crunchy ciabatta filled with Sicilian chickpea fritters drizzled with lemon juice, mayo and mixed leaves.
It’s not just the food that sets an Italian tone. Taking a seat out the front and dining alfresco in the busy streets of Bath feels as if you’re lost in Sicily. And inside, whilst simply furnished with a mix-match of wooden tables and chairs, black and white photographs of Italians cruising on mopeds and family portraits line the dark walls, mimicking the sort of setting you’d expect to find in a local food joint anywhere in Italy. It’s nicely done; more of a nod to the heritage of the food and Rosario’s roots than an over-the-top cliched display (there’s not a red and white checkered tablecloth insight). There’s even a small deli section for you to pick up some Italian delicacies to take home.
Above all, you could say there’s something very comforting about a trip to Rosarios; it’s an excuse to unwind with a coffee and enjoy the sort of sweet snack you won’t find in your everyday cafe. So next time you’re craving a trip to Italy, do yourself a favour and nip over to Rosarios - no flight required.