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Planning a winter break in Rome? Or your summer holidays? It doesn’t really matter when you travel, the important thing to get the most out of it is: when in Rome, do as the Romans do, right? So what do the Romans eat? Well, pasta and pizza, of course, but the answer is not that simpleâ€¦
In Italy, itâ€™s not just spaghetti with meat balls, but you can find dozens of different forms of pasta: spaghetti, fettuccine, bucatini, penne, fusilli, farfalleâ€¦ And with hundreds of different sauces: ragÃ¹, sugo di pomodori, pesto, arrabbiata, boscaiola, porcini mushroomsâ€¦ Some of them are sort of national, eaten in all of Italy, like the classical tomato sauce or pesto, but many are regional and local delicacies. So which are the roman specialities?
Well, some of the most famously Roman pasta dishes are the spaghetti carbonara (actually invented on the basis of the egg powder and bacon brought to the locals by American soldiers during the World War II!) and the bucatini allâ€™amatriciana, both with the delicious Italian bacon, pancetta. Then especially in the winter thereâ€™s the hearty â€œpasta ai fagioliâ€?, pasta with beans.
And itâ€™s not just pasta, of course! As starters, the Romans love to have â€œbruschettaâ€?: a kind of toast with garlic, quality olive oil, and then on top of it almost anything you want, but most tipically sliced tomatoes. Also the â€œsupplÃ¬â€? fried rice balls with mozzarella filling, are absolutely worth trying!
As to second courses, a delicacy not to miss is the â€œsaltimboccaâ€?, literally â€œjump in the mouthâ€? (probably called so because itâ€™s so good!), which consists of slices of veal and prosciutto ham, cooked in marsala wine with leaves of sage. Or, if youâ€™re feeling adventurous, you can try the â€œtrippaâ€?, the traditional triple stewâ€¦ For side dish, a tipical choice would be artichokes, â€œcarciofiâ€?, cooked â€œalla romanaâ€? with butter and salt, or â€œalla giudiaâ€?, deliciously crunchy with garlic and parsley.
As a Roman dessert, try the â€œcrostata con la ricottaâ€?, a sort of a sweet and crusty cheese cake or the â€œtorta della nonnaâ€?. Also the local cheeses, such as the tasty â€œpecorino romanoâ€? are good and popular desserts.
To drink you should choose any of the local wines form the Castelli Romani area, white or red, popular in all Italy.