Thanksgiving is not a holiday widely celebrated in Rome but there are some places offering traditional food and festivities on Thursday 23 November.
The American Episcopal Church of Rome, St Paul’s Within the Walls, celebrates Thanksgiving
with a Supper
the evening before the holiday, at 19.00 on 22 November.
On the day itself, America’s Catholic Church in Rome, St Patrick's
, hosts a special Thanksgiving Day Mass
at 10.30 at its new home on Via Boncompagni 31. This is followed by the community's traditional Blueberry and Cranberry Muffin reception
The American International Club hosts its annual Thanksgiving Dinner, complete with pumpkin pie
and live music, for members and guests, at Palazzo Montemartini. Reservations required
Hard Rock Cafe
, the American-style bar and grill
on Via Veneto 62, hosts a special all-night-long turkey menu, with live music
by the 7 Hills Gospel Choir, booking required. Mama’s
at Via Bellagio 2, offers traditional Thanksgiving favourites, as does Vivi Bistrot
at two of its locations in Villa Pamphilj and Piazza Navona.
Thanksgiving is also celebrated at the Abbey Theatre
on Via del Governo Vecchio 51/53; the award-winning Scholars Lounge
on Via del Plebiscito 101; and the Highlander
on Vicolo di S. Biagio 9.
If you fancy an extra-special Thanksgiving treat
, there is a sumptuous lunch and dinner menu at Il Giardino Ristorante & Bar
at Hotel Eden
, recently voted Best Hotel in Europe
, or you could try Imàgo
, the restaurant at the exclusive
Hotel Hassler at the top of the Spanish Steps.
For those who would prefer to cook at home, the Castroni
chain of shops stock many of the ingredients
needed for a Thanksgiving dinner. Meanwhile those who wish to buy a turkey
are advised to order it from the butcher about a week in advance, specifying the size required.
Please note that the US embassy in Rome is closed to the public on Thanksgiving Day.