Where and What to Eat in Rome

Dine Like a Local in the Eternal City

Foodies Rome Published on 14 September 2018

Since its foundation, Rome has always been a crossroads of cultures with the most diverse habits. This, of course, has reflected on local food as it produced a large variety of street recipes and popular treats over the centuries. So when in Rome, don’t look for five-star restaurants and sophisticated meals. Do as the Romans do! Soul kitchens, street stands and family-owned restaurants are the way to go! Here’s our list of what to eat in Rome:

All Things Bread

Ciabatta bread and simple toppings, fresh from the local market, are all it takes to improvise a great fantasy appetiser. Roasted and flavoured with a drop of olive oil, salt and garlic, bruschetta is the Roman trademark starter. After all, you know, dynamite comes in small packages! Speaking of bread, Rome’s street delicacy is the pulled pork panini. Nice and smokey. Eat your fill!

What to eat in Rome: Bruschetta

Pasta AND Meat?!

Any Italian will tell you that you just don’t serve pasta with meat. In fact, South African readers will be relieved to know that Romans take exception to this. They prepare the most succulent pasta and pancetta recipes! Spaghetti carbonara and amatriciana bucatini, loaded with pecorino cheese and black pepper, are surely the South Africans’ preferred gateway to Italian food. What’s more, the best restaurants in the city will send you into rapture with their more sophisticated version of carbonara – which they call Gricia – made with guanciale (cheek pork meat).

We suggest Roscioli in Campo de’ Fiori, who are famous for great pasta dishes and a superb wine list.

The Roman Specials

Rome’s wide range of culinary delights also features unique recipes and local ingredients, which you can only eat in Rome. Carciofi alla Giudia (akaRoman artichokes), cooked in oil, garlic, wine and herbs deliver a delicate, but layered flavour. You should also try Saltimbocca alla Romana, made of lightly cooked veal, prosciutto and sage. Abbacchio is a festive lamb stew, and some say the Carnevale season is not the same without it! Lastly, oven made Gnocchi alla Romana are semolina medallions which will melt your heart as they deliquesce in your mouth.

Casa Prati on River Tevere offers a dynamic menu of local food cooked to perfection.

Check out Elizabeth Michilli‘s suggestions for what to eat in Rome:


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