A MINI GUIDE TO TRADITIONAL ROME FOOD
Traditional Rome Food: when in Rome, you should try the local typical food and taste the flavours of the “Cucina romana”: pasta, meat, fish, cakes, wine and something special that you can’t find elsewhere.
Do as Roman do: try the typical starters (antipasti), first courses (primi piatti), main courses (secondi) and desserts (dolci). The most common “antipasti” are antipasto all’italiana (selection of cheese, parma ham, salami, olives) and fritti (supplì – ragù rice balls fried, baccalà – fried fish or fiori di zucca).
As a “primo piatto” you can try spaghetti carbonara (eggs&bacon), bucatini alla matriciana (red sauce with bacon), fettuccine with porcini mushrooms, gnocchi alla romana, cannelloni and lasagne al ragù. These are all typical and traditional rome food.
As a “secondo” you can try abbacchio, the dish which most characterizes Roman cuisine. Abbacchio is milk-fed lamb prepared in several different ways: oven-roasted, or hunters’ style with rosemary, anchovies and peppers. The lamb chops in lemon egg sauce is very traditional in Rome and consists of a leg of lamb topped with a lemon egg sauce. Saltimbocca alla romana is veal with Parma ham and sage that is served rolled and skewered. Coda alla vaccinara is braised oxtail with tomatoes, celery and white wine. Involtini are tasty, tender beef rolls, stuffed with celery and carrots; they are cooked in a robust tomato and wine sauce. Pollo alla romana is the typical chicken cooked with green peppers, tomato and garlic. Porchetta is a roasted pork dressed with aromatic herbs. The Coratella con carciofi is a lamb or kid liver (with heart and lungs) braised in olive oil and white wine. It is served with artichokes. Trippa alla romana – this is the most popular roman recipe: tripe cooked with tomato sauce, Roman mint, celery and onion. To enjoy the traditional rome food check out the following links with a short list of some selected places: