What To Eat In Rome

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When in Rome, you’re in for a culinary adventure like no other. Italian cuisine is celebrated worldwide for its rich flavors and diverse dishes. Here’s a list of some must-try foods when you’re in Rome:

1. Pizza

While Naples is known as the birthplace of pizza, you can still savor delicious Roman-style pizza. Try a classic Margherita with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil.

2. Pasta Carbonara

A Roman specialty, this pasta dish consists of spaghetti, eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, guanciale (cured pork cheek), and black pepper. It’s creamy and incredibly flavorful.

3. Cacio e Pepe

Another Roman pasta classic, this dish features spaghetti or tonnarelli (a thicker pasta) with Pecorino Romano cheese and black pepper. It’s simple yet divine.

4. Gelato

Italy is famous for its gelato, and Rome has some of the best. Try a variety of flavors, from classic chocolate and vanilla to more adventurous options like tiramisu and pistachio.

5. Supplì

These are Roman rice balls, often stuffed with mozzarella cheese and ragù (meat sauce), then deep-fried to crispy perfection. They make for a tasty snack.

6. Artichokes

Rome is known for its delicious artichoke dishes, especially “Carciofi alla Romana” (artichokes Roman-style) or “Carciofi alla Giudia” (Jewish-style artichokes), which are deep-fried to a golden crisp.

7. Roman Jewish Cuisine

Explore the historic Jewish Ghetto area for dishes like Jewish-style artichokes, fried codfish (filetti di baccalà), and fried rice balls (Jewish-style rice fritters).

8. Oxtail Stew (Coda alla Vaccinara)

A hearty Roman dish made from oxtail simmered in tomato sauce with vegetables and spices, often served with pasta or polenta.

9. Porchetta

This is slow-roasted, seasoned pork, typically served in a sandwich or as a main course. The crispy skin and tender meat are a flavor explosion.

10. Roman-style Tripe (Trippa alla Romana)

If you’re feeling adventurous, try this dish made from cow’s stomach stewed with tomatoes, onions, and pecorino cheese.

11. Sliced Cold Cuts

Sample some of Rome’s excellent cured meats, such as prosciutto, salami, and coppa.

12. Tiramisu

For dessert, indulge in the classic Italian dessert of tiramisu, made with layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese.

13. Roman Street Food

Don’t forget to try some of Rome’s street food, like supplì, panini with porchetta, or pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice).

14. Roman Wine

Pair your meals with regional wines like Frascati or Castelli Romani white wines or a glass of local red like Cesanese or Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

15. Espresso

Finish your meals with a shot of strong, aromatic Italian espresso.

16. Rome’s Carbonated Water

Romans love their sparkling water. Try a glass of gassosa (lemon soda) or chinotto (bitter orange soda) for a refreshing local drink.

When dining in Rome, remember that Italians often savor their meals slowly, so take your time to enjoy the flavors and soak in the local atmosphere. Buon appetito!

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