Rome food guide: best restaurants in Rome, traditional roman cuisine, street food!

A vacation in Rome is a great opportunity to eat delicious foods: some that belong specifically to the traditional roman cuisine, others that are famous foods of Italy in general, like pizza and gelato. These tips may help you find the restaurants that are more authentic, where also insiders eat, and to recognize when the food offered is high quality or not.


1: The traditional roman cuisine features dishes like spaghetti alla carbonara pasta, carciofi alla romana (artichokes) and saltimbocca (veal meat and prosciutto ham). Organ meats are present in many recipes, for example in trippa (bovine's stomach) and in the pajata sauce (veal intestines), while fish is usually unexpensive fish like anchovies, or baccalà (salted-dry cod). Some vegetables, more than the others, are habitués of the Roman cuisine: Romaneschi broccoli, cicory, puntarelle, artichokes. Among spices it's in particular mint and sage.

The preparations of the Roman cuisine are associated to particularly nutritious and caloric dishes, provided in abundant portions, as they were traditionally conceived to satisfy the needs of the men working in the fields, and who would eat their daily food amount in just one or two sessions a day.
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2: Pasta many pasta recipes are typical of the Roman cuisine, among the most popular ones there are definitely  bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla amatriciana bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla carbonara bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla


3. Pizza is everywhere in Rome, but in some places it's higher quality. The key factors that make a pizza "good": the dough has been fermented long enough, the oil used was extra-virgin olive oil, and the basic ingredients like tomato sauce and mozzarella were fresh, not of the cheapest brands. Also: the bottom must not be burnt (burnt foods are carcinogenic). A pizza made following these rules is not only delicious, but also very digestible (you can feel it when the dough is airy and light) and nutritious.

In Rome there are places specialized in "pizza al taglio", typically smaller pizzerias where you can buy individual slices, or classic pizza restaurants where the standard is to have full round pizza (or with oval/rectangular shape, if they make "pizza alla pala"). In both cases it's usually a plus if the pizza has been baked in a wood-fired oven.

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