Discover Rome through Italian Cuisine

Monday, 8 September 2014

I'm so sorry about the very long delay between posts! Thanks to everyone who has messaged me privately to see what I've been up to - it's very much appreciated! I'm back and promise regular updates (:

I have for you today a guest post from Emily Jones, a freelance travel writer, who has kindly written about Italian food in Rome. 

I loved Rome, and Italy as a whole because the food was so, so, so good. The pasta. And the pizza. And the cheese. Anyway, I'll let Emily take it from here!

Rome is known for its ancient history, architectural beauty and most importantly, the Italian cuisine. Roman dishes are wonderfully unique as they are delicious, making it a culinary experience as much as it can be an artistic or historical journey. Traditional Roman food is rich and delicious, made from the freshest local ingredients that come from the Lazio region. Many people have yet to discover what Roman cuisine truly is, and just like you won’t find in Rome a truly authentic Bolognese sauce or Neapolitan pizza, it is definitely the right place to indulge in real Roman food. So take in the true flavors of the city and if you are traveling to Rome in the near future check this site for accommodation.

Roman food is delicious yet simple, and this mantra is perfectly embodied by the dish known as tonnarelli cacio e pepe. Made up of only Pecorino cheese, black pepper and leftover pasta water it is much more delectable than it should be. All of this comes together to create a cheesy creamy pasta dish without any oil added, truly an artistic balanced creation when cooked to perfection. Two of the best places to try this eternal dish are Felice on Via Mastro Giorgio and Antica Pesa on Via Garibaldi.

The most savory Roman dish is by far saltimbocca alla romana, made with veal medallions skewered together with prosciutto crudo and sage, covered with a white wine sauce. Try this at Ristorante Hostaria Romana on via del Boccaccio to get the best experience. Another savory dish is the ever-famous spaghetti alla carbonara, a rich pasta dish with a sauce made from eggs, pecorino cheese, pancetta and black pepper. Go to La Carbonara on via Panisperna for some truly authentic and delicious Roman carbonara.

Roman cuisine has also been defined by the Jewish population, which has inhabited the city since the age of antiquity. One of the most Jewish Roman dishes is carciofi alla giudea, a wonderful way of preparing artichokes. It is made by beating the artichoke against a hard surface until the pedals open, and then deep-fried to perfection. The Jewish ghetto in Rome has some of the best carciofi and site seeing, so be sure to find this Roman treat there. 

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