After an early train up from London, quick stroll around and coffee at Sticky Beaks, it was onwards to lunch, and we were lucky enough to have been invited along to one of Cambridge’s best independent eateries – Aromi. Aromi celebrates Sicilian life with an exceptional selection of Italian delicacies, all made freshly in their bakery throughout the day with the very best Italian ingredients, made in a way which will make you feel like you have step foot in Rome, Florence or Venice.
Vegetariana – provola del casale, roasted peppers, red onions, garlic, balsamic glaze, parsley – £4.90
We were welcomed by Flavio who took the time to explain everything that our mouths had been watering over which is all on display through their bakery window. As it was Good Friday, a nice selection of vegetarian pizzas and focaccia were on offer. All looking equally as appetising, I, James chose the vegetarian pizza, which was made with a beautifully thin and crispy base – all of their dough is left for 48 hours before it enters the oven. This is their secret to the light texture and beautifully bubbly crust. The smooth but stringy Italian cheese hung from my mouth after every bite, and the balsamic glaze gave it a little bit of kick!
The queue going out the door when we arrived was testimony to the quality of the food and quick service that is offered here, and inside the restaurant is very intimate but offers plenty of seating, both upstairs and down. They do in fact have two other venues around Cambridge’s city centre as well.
Parmigiana focaccia – aubergines, provola casale cheese, tomato sauce, basil – £4.90
Jessica’s focaccia was bursting with flavour, again with beautiful melted cheese, and delicious aubergines. (We actually came back the next day for a focaccia each with salami and mushrooms!)
But on to what was actually our original reason for visiting Aromi, and that is their cannolibcchio desserts. Although so small, they were truly the perfect way to end what was a delightful lunch. The pastry was crunchy but inside were the softest chocolate and custard fillings. These should definitely be more of a thing in the UK, but only if they are made properly like they are here in Aromi!
Ricotta and chocolate chips Cannolicchi – £1.70
Chocolate custard – £1.70
We can come away from here knowing that if we are ever back in Cambridge, we’ll be back here too! A big thank you to Aromi for having us along – it was a pleasure!
Customer service: ★★★★
Disclaimer: we were offered complementary dishes and Sicilian cannolibcchio, but as always, all photos and opinions are our own