Typical Roman Dishes – do not miss these specialties when in Rome!

Fiori di Zucca

Those whose lists of things to do and see in Rome include only museums, ancient cites and sightseeing will get the feel of how old Romans used to live but they will not even begin to understand the real treats of living in Rome today, until they haven’t tried local cuisine.

 

Antipasto suppli
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Suppli

One of the most common appetizers you will see on menus in Rome is Suppli. Among Romans it’s a must while waiting for their pizza, or as a quick and cheap snack. Suppli is a deep fried ball of rice with inside melted mozzarella.  Another deep-fried appetizer to try is filetto di baccalà (fried salt cold). This delicious specialty has its roots in Roman Jewish cuisine and is an absolute must along with fiori di zucca (deep fried zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella).

 

Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti
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Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Just so you do not get too stuffed with all the fried specialties let’s move on to primi (first courses) you will find this delicious only in the capital. Spaghetti cacio e pepe are very typical example of the simple Roman cuisine that uses very few ingredients and with a special twist makes a mouth-watering first course. Cacio e pepe are made with only 2 ingredients: pecorino cheese and pepper. You wonder how is it possible that something so simple could be so tasty? The secret is in the water in which the pasta was cooked. Together with pecorino and pepper it makes a perfect creamy sauce. Another pasta dish typical of Rome is Spaghetti alla Carbonara made with raw egg yolk, grated pecorino cheese, pepper and guanciale. Carbonara anywhere in the world and carbonara in Rome are two different dishes, so make sure you taste the original one! If by now you are not too full, we suggest one last Roman pasta dish, Bucatini al’amatricana. Made of tomatoes, peperoncino, guanciale (pig’s cheek), and grated Pecorino Romano is different from the previous two as it’s so called “red sauce” pasta. Also bucatino is a type of pasta, a bit thicker from spaghetti.

dolce Maritozzi
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Maritozzi

When it comes to sweets and desserts the first thing that comes to mind is of course gelato. You will find it everywhere and you can eat it anytime, some foreigners even exchange it for meals, because as they say, they want to eat as much as they can while in Rome. Tiramisu is another dessert well-known abroad and imitated often, but we all know Rome is the place to eat it in. Unlike gelato and tiramisu, maritozzi is a dessert less known outside of Rome and Italy but equally, if not even tastier so make sure to give it a try!

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Richard's a well seasoned traveller having lived and travelled in South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Having settled in Rome since 2010 he has good grasp of the lingo and locals.
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