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Design Travel: An Italian Chef and a Danish Baker at Marigold in Rome

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Design Travel: An Italian Chef and a Danish Baker at Marigold in Rome

March 27, 2024

On my travel wish list this year: a stop at Marigold in Rome, helmed by Domenico Cortese (a chef from Calabria) and Sofie Wochner (a baker from Copenhagen), plus an international team of baristas, servers, and cooks (“between the kitchen and the dining room,” they say, “we speak seven different languages”).

The result is a restaurant and micro bakery with Roman-meets-Nordic appeal, a shop filled with house-designed ceramics, and, sometimes, flowers foraged from the Aurelian walls on the coffee bar.

Have a look around.

Photography via @marigold_roma, except where noted.

the shop has an unassuming exterior on via giovanni da empoli. in good weather, 17
Above: The shop has an unassuming exterior on Via Giovanni da Empoli. In good weather, outdoor seating spills out into the parking spots. Photograph by Ryan Neveen, courtesy of Marigold.
a bundle of found flowers is not an uncommon sight. 18
Above: A bundle of found flowers is not an uncommon sight.
sofie designed the interior herself with help from another danish italian duo:  19
Above: Sofie designed the interior herself with help from another Danish-Italian duo: Samina Langholz and Andrea Brugi, based in Tuscany. Samina weighed in on the interiors, while Andrea made all of the wooden elements, from the long communal tables down to the stoppers for the water carafes. The coffee bar is wrapped in brass.
Above: Marigold, named for “the humble flower that can often be seen blooming in Villa Pamphili, where Sofie and Domenico enjoy foraging for wild ingredients,” serves Sofie’s pastries by morning and Domenico’s ever-changing dishes morning, noon, and night, alongside natural wines. The cafe also has its own line of coffee.
an excavated wall adds texture behind the bar, and candles are lit even at brea 22
Above: An excavated wall adds texture behind the bar, and candles are lit even at breakfast—a Scandi touch.
sofie found many of the furnishings from flea markets or antique stores; some o 23
Above: Sofie found many of the furnishings from flea markets or antique stores; some of the mix-and-match dining chairs, in fact, are from her childhood home in Denmark.
Above: Among the thoughtful details are ceramics that Sofie designed herself and had made by an artisan in Grottaglie, Puglia—a modern spin on spatterware.

Sofie writes, on Instagram, of her trip with Samina to source ceramics: “Our mission was to find all the tableware that would eventually set the Marigold table, that is a flair of nordic minimalism, modernity but with a respect for Italian handicraft and material, too.” At right, a bundle of wildflowers foraged from Rome’s Aurelian walls.

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Above: Each of the handmade details are also available via Marigold’s Corner Shop, to the delight of those far from Rome.

For much more, head to Marigold.

And for more in Italy, see:

N.B.: This story originally ran on June 28, 2023 and has been updated.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Marigold Rome?

Marigold Rome is a restaurant and bakery located in Rome, Italy.

Where is Marigold Rome located?

Marigold Rome is located in the Testaccio neighborhood of Rome, Italy.

What kind of food does Marigold Rome serve?

Marigold Rome serves a variety of dishes, including Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, wood-fired pizzas, and freshly baked bread and pastries.

Do they serve gluten-free options?

Yes, Marigold Rome offers gluten-free options for their guests.

Can I make a reservation at Marigold Rome?

Yes, you can make a reservation at Marigold Rome by contacting them directly through their website or phone number.

What are their opening hours?

Marigold Rome is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Do they offer takeout or delivery services?

Yes, Marigold Rome offers takeout and delivery services for their menu items.

Is Marigold Rome a vegan-friendly restaurant?

Yes, Marigold Rome provides vegan options on their menu and is known for their plant-based dishes.

Do they have indoor seating available?

Yes, Marigold Rome has indoor seating available for their guests.

Is Marigold Rome family-friendly?

Yes, Marigold Rome welcomes families and provides a family-friendly atmosphere.

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