I've been living in Prati for the last 6 years, and in the last 6 months, a Little America has spung up around me. I'm not sure whether to be worried about or delighted by this change, but I thought I would share it with you all. On Via Marcantonio Colonna a shop called Vero Food recently opened, which sells, among other things, baguette sandwiches, frappuccino like creations, muffins, brownies, altoids, ginger snaps, bagels, and salads to-go (I've NEVER, in all my 10 years in Rome, seen a salad to go!). On Via Fabio Massimo (between Via dei Gracchi and Via Germanico), a sushi to-go place recently opened up. And lastly, the most recent development is that on Via Orazio, a new pastry shop called Cake in the City opened. Cake in the City has red velvet cupcakes, a large assortment (given the season) of halloween cookies, pecan pie, carrot cake, cheesecake, brownies (of course), bagels, challah, soft pretzels, and many other American-esque delights. Apparently they will be preparing pumpkin pies and pecan pies for Thanksgiving. I assume they also do American style wedding cakes.
In the past, I would travel to Josephine's in Piazza del Paradiso for American-esque baked goods, but Josephine's nasty attitude made returning less than appealing ( as though I were doing her a huge favor for shopping at her rather $$$$ store...and while this is typical Roman merchant behavior, it's dismaying to note that she's not Roman).
Anyways, I thought I would share this excellent news to expats who, like myself, every so often CRAVE a piece of yummy carrot cake (and just don't have the time to bake).