A Taste of Rome

Pizza, pasta, risotto; just some of the foods we associate with Italian cuisine, and where would we be without it? What we eat on a Friday evening with our friends? What would we do if we got home late from work, couldn’t be bothered cooking and there was no pasta dish we could make rustle up? Italian cuisine has become part of modern day eating in many British homes. So why is it that we love Italian food so much and where can we find some of the authentic Italian food? Read on to discover where you can go to enjoy a good Italian meal in Rome.

Perhaps one of my favourite foods to eat in Rome is gnocchi. Made from potato, semolina, ordinary wheat flour, bread crumbs, or other ingredients, gnocchi is simply a variety of Italian dumpling. Gnocchi is served in all Italian restaurants and is a popular dish with tourists and locals. Local vegetables, especially globe artichokes, are also popular in the Roman cuisine and is served in many different ways; ‘Carciofi alla romana’; grilled with the outer leaves removed, stuffed with mint, garlic and breadcrumbs and ‘Carciofi alla giudia‘ – artichokes fried in olive oil, typical of Roman Jewish cooking. Other popular Roman dishes, particularly meat dishes are ‘Saltimbocca alla Romana’ which is veal cutlet, Roman-style; topped with raw ham and sage and simmered with white wine and butter, this is most definitely my favourite dish, be sure to ask for this wherever you go or keep an eye out for restaurants that serve it. When I was in Rome I stayed in Rome accommodation just off Piazza Navona and ate this particular dish at the ‘Restaurant Grappolo d’Oro’ at Via Palestro 4/10, Rome, although I’m certain that plenty of restaurants serve this dish.

To enjoy all the haute-cuisine Rome has to offer, stay in a Rome apartment or Rome hotel deep in the heart of the city. From here you will have access to the picturesque streets that offer hidden away restaurants, where the locals tend to gather. It is true to say that Romans are fine judges of food, so where crowds of locals go, you can be sure that the food and atmosphere is of the highest quality. Some of the best restaurants are in the centre, but be sure to avoid the very touristy restaurants as they tend to be over priced and sub standard. Instead, sample the local delicacies at Dar Poeta (Vicolo del Bologna Trastevere) where they serve legendary pizzas and the restaurant is buzzing from 5pm till close.

Other excellent eateries are; Da Tonino (Via del Governo Vecchio, 18). An old-fashioned Roman eating place, with a few, sought-after tables and good, cheap pasta. Da Francesco (Piazza del Fico, close to Piazza Navona) is another simple and crowded eating hot spot, very popular with the locals. If you are looking for somewhere to relax on a Sunday afternoon to catch up with what is happening at home, ‘Gusto’ at Piazza Augusta Imperatore,9 (near Via del Corso and the Spanish Steps) is a fantastic restaurant, pizzeria, wine bar and bookshop serving hearty meals and simple pizzas. Holiday makers looking for a slightly more elegant and expensive restaurant should try restaurants located close to the Spanish Steps, this seems to be the place for people looking to really wine and dine in style.

Enoteca Antica and Di Fronte A are worth a try, situated at Via della Croce and Via della Croce, 38 respectively. Both restaurants are cosmopolitan and have a certain trendy, cosy atmosphere about them. Both serve delicious and reasonable food, the menu is varied in both restaurants and I particularly enjoyed the chocolate cake for desert at Enoteca Antica!

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One Response to “A Taste of Rome”

  1. Keaton Tillman Says:

    Good job, keep it up!!

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