No trip to Rome would be complete without trying these local delicacies. In addition to the beauty, one of the best reasons for traveling in Italy is the array of wonderful food. Italian food and restaurants are replicated the world over but absolutely nowhere does it compare to in Italy itself. The really amazing thing about food in Italy is that each different region has their own delicacies that are difficult to find in other parts of the country. We recommend that in addition to the national foods, you try something unique from each region as it’s sure the best place to taste it.
Rome itself provides a gastronomic adventure as here you will find many unique dishes.. We have listed the best for you and you should definitely not leave Rome without trying ALL of these!
1. Bruschetta – bru-sKett-ah This delight will be found on the menu in every real Roman restaurant. The basic components are really good bread, slightly toasted, rubbed with a little garlic and drizzled with olive oil (bruschetta alla romana). It also comes with a variety of toppings. The most popular are Bruschetta al pomodoro (topped with fresh tomatoes) and bruschetta al tartufo nero (black truffle).
2. Pizza Bianca – White pizza. It may seem boring but the taste is anything but. It is plain focaccia type pizza bread which can be found in all bakeries and pizzerias in Rome. A perfect pizza bianca will be light, crispy and nice and salty. Try it either on its own or sliced open with some prosciutto and mozzarella inside.
3. Fritti – Be sure to try these typical fried Roman antipasti. The favourite is the supplì (fried rice balls with sugo and mozzarella), fiori di zucchi (zucchini flowers) and baccala (fried salted cod). Don’t worry about the ‘fried’ part – remember… ‘When in Rome….’
4. Carciofi – Artichokes. They are popular in Italy and in Rome you will find Carciofi alla romana, which are cooked slowly so they are creamy and soft. They will melt in your mouth.
5. Roman style pizza. Of course pizza can be found all over Italy but pizza in Rome is very special. It is not thick like Neapolitan pizza but really thin and without a crust. It will be cooked in an authentic wood-burning stove. You can’t go wrong with a Margherita, for even more taste why not try it with Mozzarella di Bufala, or with funghi porcini (porcini mushrooms).
6. Bucatini all’amatriciana – This is a typical Roman dish and is one of our favourites here at Show Me Italy. Bucatini means ‘little hole’. This is a thick pasta similar to spaghetti with a hollow centre and any good restaurant will make it freshly in-house. A good amatriciana sauce is to die for and consists of guanciale, tomato, a little red pepper and some pecorino cheese. You will not disappoint those taste buds with a good, authentic, rich bucatini all’amatriciana.
7. Pasta alla carbonara – This is another favourite here in Rome. Contrary to how it is made in many other countries, real Italian carbonara has no cream at all. It is made quite simply of guanciale, eggs and either parmeggiano or pecorino cheese – that’s it! It is zesty and absolutely delicious.
8. Cacio e pepe – Life in Rome does not exist without this pasta dish, it is one of the staples. It may seem simple but the taste is incredible. It is made with some grated pecorino cheese, black pepper and a tiny amount of the water the pasta was boiled in.
9. Pasta alla gricia – This is another simple dish but is one of the oldest Roman pasta dishes that you will find. It is made with guanciale, pecorino and black pepper and tastes absolutely wonderful.
We highly recommend that when in Rome you try as many of these Roman dishes as possible. Why not take our Roman food tour where you will have an authentic Roman culinary experience that your taste buds will definitely thank you for.