When you are vegan and you’re living in a city for more than six months you expect that by this time you know all the vegetarian and vegan places around and that you’ve been to all of them. Ops! We didn’t! In the beginning of November we were invited to have lunch with an omnivore couple of neighbors who have a baby boy too. They told us we should go to Ops! (yes, that’s the name of the restaurant). In the same week, one good friend talked to me about the same place again. All I could think was “Why on hell nobody told us about this place before?”
Ops! is a vegetarian stylish and cool restaurant where the majority of the food is vegan. The place is nice, staff is friendly and the food is one of the best I’ve had around and the best I had in Rome. We ended up going there two times in two weekends (yes, we are those people who keep going to the same place when we like it!) and we ate from the buffet they offer. They have all dishes displayed, you make your own plate and you pay by weight. Vegan options are cleared marked and at both times we were there, there were just two non vegan options in more than 15 dishes.
They offer many salads, veggie or vegan version of Italian dishes and some classics such as hummus (I eat hummus everywhere I can and the one they cook there is just perfect). But the most delicious food they serve there is their homemade seitan with rosemary. It is so soft and well seasoned that I could eat it every day. They also have vegan bread.Although their website stands that they offer vegan deserts, both times we were there they had just two cake options. Yes, they were vegan but I was expecting some thing more sweet! Italians love desert so I thought I’d find some vegan version of some classics. Maybe I will still.
The only down side of the restaurant is the fact that it’s not baby-friendly. They don’t have high chairs so babies have to stay in the stroller or sit in our laps. In both times we were there there were other families with babies, so they could get at least a few high chairs. The price could be considered a negative aspect too, but it’s not cheap to eat in Rome and I think their price is fair considering the quality of the food (24 euro/kilo).
Ops! has a great location too, very centralized and close to tube stations and is opened for lunch and dinner (not closing after lunch as many restaurants in Rome do!). The place had become my favorite spot to eat in the city and I plan to take many friends there.