TOP 10 THINGS TO EAT in ROME
There is no doubt that Rome is very beautiful city. It attracts more than 12 million tourists every year. Some of these tourists visit Rome just to experience its delicious local food.
As one of those tourists, during my visit to Rome this spring, I was also very curious about Roman Food and I made a lot of research about what food is Rome famous for, typical food in Rome, Roman Cuisine, Typical Roman Dishes and Specialties of Rome. As a result of my extensive research I came up with 10 Rome Traditional Food. You can taste these specialties in nearly every district of Rome since they are so common.
Ready? So here is my list ☺
1-Pasta Alla Carbonara
It is one of the most famous dishes you can try when in Rome. Originally It is made with pasta of your choice (it doesn’t have to be spaghetti), eggs, cheese, bacon and pepper. Traditional recipe doesn’t contain cream.
There are many theories about where the name “Pasta Carbonara” is derived from. First theory is it derives from the Italian word “Carbonaro” which mean charcoal burner. So according to this theory it is the dish that coal workers eat. And the second theory is it was a special dish for an old secret society called “Carbonari”.
2-Carciofi Alla Giudia
It is a typical Jewish Roman dish. What makes it so special is it is so crispy at outside but very juicy and soft at inside. If you go to Rome in Spring, Make sure you try Carciofi alla Giudia made with fresh seasonal artichokes.
3-Fried Zucchini Flowers (Fiori di Zucca)
If you haven’t tasted zucchini flowers yet, surely you are missing something in this life. They taste so good even better than zucchinis itself. So Romans, who are best gourmets, invented this food, which is basically mozzarella, and anchovy filled zucchini flowers. After filling, it is battered and fried deeply. Yummy !
Yep ! This world famous beauty is also Roman. The word bruschetta mean toasting in Italian. So we can say they are Italian toasts. Now it became the most popular antipasto in central Italy. It is typically toasted bread rubbed with garlic then topped with tomatoes and olive oil. There are also other variations nowadays but for me classic recipe is the best!
5-Filetti di Baccala
Filetti di Baccala is deep fried salted cod fillet which is not greasy yet crispy! It is little bit unknown but it one of the most yummy foods to eat in Rome. It is real Roman’s first choice of appetizer. Most of the pizzerias serve them.
The name “Suppli” actually derives from French word for Surprise. As the name implies, suppli is fried rice balls, which surprises you with a dreamy mozzarella cheese inside. It is usually served with Bolognese sauce.
7-Gnocchi Alla Romana
I am big fan of Gnocchi. Not only “Alla Romana” but all types. But during my visit to Rome, when i tried it in its main land, it literally stole my heart. This gnocchi made from Italian wheat “Semolina”, milk, egg yolks and nutmeg. Differently from other gnocchi types, it is baked with extra cheese after boiling. It has dreamy taste and smell. It should definitely be on your bucket list !
8-Coda Alla Vaccinara
If your carbohydrates reached to its peak and you want to try something different, Coda alla Vaccinara is just perfect for you. It is stewed oxtail served in delicious tomato sauce. It also contains vegetables like onion, carrot, leek, celery, bay leaves and thyme. It is cooked for hours so flavor of ingredients mingle. You can taste it best in Testaccio neighborhood.
9-Pizza Alla Romana
For Italians there are two types of Pizza; with tomato sauce and without tomato sauce. Pizza alla Romana falls into second category. It is a lot different from saucy Napolitano pizza. It is thin and crunchy with stone baked base with olive oil and rosemary. It is more like something you would eat for breakfast. It is a must eat in Rome.
Gelato, Gelato, Gelato! It can be a reason to go to Rome alone... Romans are rumored to make first gelato by adding fresh fruits to snow from mountains. I guess the recipe evolved very much since then! Now its creamy and has very rich taste. Plus it has fewer calories than normal ice cream I can’t remember how many times I had gelato during my 4-day trip to Rome. My favorite gelato is chocolate and panna (cream). But there are so many types of gelato and they are all amazing.
P.S. If you want to learn more about Roman Cuisine, read the book “La Cucina Romana” written by Boni Ada in 1930.