CLOSED: Universo Vegano - Trastevere

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 6 reviews )



Piazza di Santa Rufina, 6, Rome, Italy, 00153

Small, franchise vegan fast food outlet with locations in Roma and Italy. Counter service. Offers burgers, sandwiches, salads, and other vegan foods. AUG 2014 REPORTED SHUT FOR RENOVATIONS... please update happycow when/if it re-opens!

Categories: Vegan, American, Italian, Fast food, Take-out

6 Reviews

First Review by sXe_22

Great sandwiches & wraps - Edit

Great place, serves 15-20 vegan sandwiches and wraps, pretty much all of them €5. Friendly, small, just off the crowded Via della Lungaretta. When I arrived around 9 pm they were out of quite a few of their dishes, like the burger and the chrocchette, however their vebab was amazing. Open until 11 pm.

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Hours aren't correct, found them closed twice - Edit

I don't know what their hours are, but what's listed on this website isn't correct. I tried going by twice and found them closed, so I'm not sure when they're open.

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Fantastico - Edit

I was so excited to finally find a vegan fast food place in Rome! This cafe is truly wonderful. We have tried just about everything on the menu, and the Vegan Tonno (tuna) and the Maxi Insalata (huge salad) are my personal favorites. If you are lucky, they will have chocolate or chocolate chip cake when you go there- I recommend both of them! The only "flaw" I would say this place has is that since it's so small, they are usually out of one or two of the sandwiches. However, with so many choices, it doesn't much matter! Enjoy :)

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, huge portions

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Good initiative - Edit

Stopped by today for a vegan hamburger and would stop again just to make sure that this business idea gets my support. Nevertheless, if this concept is to be successful it really has to improve a lot of things.

Here are some constructive observations and positive recommendations:
- It is a tiny joint with no tables to sit down. After walking all over the city I would have loved to sit down to enjoy my food.
- The "shopping" experience has to be improved. The overall look, though clean and modern, is a way too sterile. I didn't get excited to enter the place, which I did though because it serves vegan fast food.
- There was only one man behind the counter. He was nice but nice isn't enough to create an atmosphere. You need people who greet customers with big warm smiles, make us feel welcome and at ease. Again, the man behind the counter was nice and respectful.
- Innovation: the burger I ate was good but didn't blow my mind. You have decided to innovate by launching your vegan fast food concept, why stop there? Experiment in tastes, create & innovate in your product offerings. Non-vegans should line up to come and taste your food because it's original, delicious and exciting.

Keep innovating, get people excited about what you are doing. Think of a signature dish that people from all over Rome, Italy, and the World should come to your place for ;-)

With all my respect and love.

José da Costa

Pros: Vegan Fast Food, Plenty of choices

Cons: Sterile interior design, Neutral staff, Lack of innovative products

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16 vegan menu options - Edit

I saw a sandwich board and followed to where it pointed, down an alley near one of our favorite bars, Chakra. There was a group of people eating and socializing out front. Since we had already eaten, I made a point to visit on my next trip. It was worth the wait. I had difficulty choosing from the varied menu but I opted for the Vegan Kebab which actually comes in a pita pocket with faux meat, vegan mayo, tomatoes and lettuce for 5 euro. All the menu items range from 3-5 euro and they even offer chocolate or almond crepes. I ordered and chatted with a very nice vegan graduate student from Brazil while I waited. When it was ready I brought it over 15 steps to where my carvivorous friends were eating meat and cheese appetizers outside of the tea and beer bar. I will go back often.

Pros: Varied vegan options., Reasonable prices.

Cons: No sitting area., Small.

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Good idea - Edit

a vegan fast food chain is a lovely idea, especially if it offers plenty of choices to be in trouble about what to pick. probably the "fast food system" is to perfect, creating menu like sandwich+drink+soy meatballs for example. but i think it's a very good start. enjoyable.

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