5 Foods You Must Try in Rome
Napoli is famous for pizza, and Sicily for its cannoli; but when in Rome you can only do as the Romans do, and eat yourself silly. If you’re looking for fine food in abundance, you’d better book those flights to Rome sharpish.
Guest post by Julie Herd
There are plenty of lovely sights in Rome too: the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Colosseum are all great for those instagram moments, but for a dedicated foodie like myself it’s not the culture that has me browsing Roman holidays on BMI. There are so many great things to eat it’s difficult to choose a top five, but for me the following dishes really stand out.
Jamie Oliver always goes on about stuffed zuchinni blossoms (fiori di zucca), and it’s no wonder. Usually they’re served deep fried stuffed with cheese and anchovies. Crispy, crunchy, and surprisingly delicate, I soon found myself addicted. In Rome they also appear on pizza and in pasta, too. These little delicacies are very difficult, if not impossible, to come by in the UK so I urge you to take the chance while you’re in Rome to try them.
Fried Rice with a Melting Heart
Sticking to the fried theme (I am Scottish after all), the street food supplì is another addictive treat. I’d equate it to a Scotch egg, only instead of sausage meat it’s tomato infused rice, and instead of an egg in the middle it’s melting mozzarella cheese. These bad boys are served hot fresh out the deep fat fryer so be careful not to burn your tongue.
For dinner, carbonara is a must eat for me. Carbonara in Rome is so different from the cream based spaghetti dish we’re used to in the UK. Authentic carbonara is made with egg yolks instead. There are a couple of things to remember when ordering carbonara: the first is that it probably won’t be served with spaghetti, but rigatoni instead. The other is that the Italians enjoy pasta ‘al dente’ style: which means that it will still be a little hard to the bite.
Meat lovers must try saltimbocca alla Romana, a traditional Roman dish of sage seasoned veal wrapped in prosciutto and fried. The fact that the name itself means ‘jump in mouth’ is testament to how delicious it is. There’s not much else to say, but try it.
Sample Ice Cream
You can’t visit Italy without sampling the gelato, and luckily there are no shortage of gelatarias in Rome. Rich and creamy, it’s ice cream the way it’s supposed to be. Any ounce of diet based guilt will fly out of the window when you pay a visit to the local favourite I Caruso, or off the beaten track Ciampini. Feast your senses on the often beautiful displays; ice cream of all flavours piled high before being scooped up into a cone or tub. Bliss.
Food tastes so great in Italy usually because it’s fresh and local. Seek out fresh local produce, and you will never go wrong: even if you are just eating a salad.
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Julie of Edinburgh-based flight comparison company, Skyscanner.net.