Another venue in Rome I have to put in a good word for is Fa Bio. Fa Bio is a tiny café near the Vatican City, close by the entrance of the Vatican Museums. We went there for our lunch break and became pleased with the place. The two owners run the shop, taking orders, preparing and making food. The place serves organic and local food, and not the traditional Italian fare, but rather serves soup, sandwiches, fresh juices, fruits and salads.
Nick customized his own sandwich: sesame bread, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, and a cabbage spread. To top it off, a sesame seasoning was sprinkled on top to add to the flavor. He was happy with his creation and had it with pasta salad and fresh squeezed grape juice.
I started out with a cup of juicy watermelon, followed by a rice bowl: brown rice, corn, carrots, sunflower seeds, and tofu marinated with pepper and olives. My juice was a press of fennel, ginger, and cucumber. Yummy!
This place was a little gem – a great break from our marinara pizzas for lunch. If you need a refreshing and healthy lunch break near the Vatican, check Fa Bio out. They even have sweet treats. We took advantage of that and grabbed a few vegan cookies to go. Overall, we were impressed with the quality of the food and the simplicity of it all. The owners were super friendly and happy. We enjoyed chatting with them, and I had wished I grabbed some more of the cookies to go. I recommend this place for a healthy alternative if you’re in the area, or if you want a break from pasta and pizza.