Let’s be honest, the best part about traveling to Italy is the food – for me at least! All of Italy’s regions have different specialties and flavours. The north serves more rice (risotto) and food made with butter, the south is traditionally more poor so they serve a lot of beans and use more olive oil. No matter where you go you can find delicious dishes. This blog, though, is going to focus on some of the specialties of Rome.
Spaghetti cacio e pepe
This dish is so simple and so delicious – spaghetti topped with cacio (pecorino romano cheese) and pepper.
Roman Style Pizza
Italy is obviously known for it’s pizza, but did you know that it differs between regions? Roman style pizza is very thin and doesn’t have a discernible crust. If it’s done right, it will have a slight char.
There are two ways that artichokes are made in the Rome region – Roman style (alla romana) and Jewish style (alla giudia). Roman style artichokes are cooked with garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Jewish style are marinated in lemon juice and water then fried in olive oil.
Saltimbocca alla Romana
Translated into English, this dish translates to, “hops in your mouth”. Saltimbocca alla Romana is veal wrapped in prosciutto and sage, then cooked in a wine sauce.
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Think breakfast in a pasta dish. Spaghetti alla carbonara is bacon (pancetta or guanciale) and egg that, combined, create a creamy sauce. The pasta is then topped with Pecorino Romano.
To be honest, I could go on and on about all of the incredible dishes you can find in Rome, but those are my favourites. I hope you try them all when you visit Rome!