It’s not secret Italy is my favorite place in the world.
I could move to wine heaven.
When it comes to the combination of history and cuisine, there are few places in the world that provide the type of high quality dishes and sightseeing that Rome does. From Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and the Gladiator lore of the Colosseum, to the local eateries and the world-renowned restaurants, weekend breaks to Rome provide something for everyone. I first went when I was 15 and I think my jaw hit the floor and stayed there the whole trip!
If you’re looking for a tasty get away to Rome, here are some of the city’s best dishes.
1. Pizza Bianca
This favorite of the Roman streets translates literally to “White Pizza,” but for non-Italians the fluffy, light, and salty bread might be better described as a focaccia. Wherever you happen to see a queue of locals walking from a shop with this delicious street food, be sure to join in line.
Asking a local what dish most typifies the Italian capital, most Roman’s wouldn’t blink before responding Carbonara, and perhaps following it up with the fact that their family recipe is the best in the country. Forget the Carbonara you’ve tried at home, thick with artery clogging cream, the Roman version is worlds apart with a light, silky texture.
This simple but delicious pasta dish is composed of a base of eggs, cheese, bacon, and black pepper and is one you can safely order anywhere and be happy you did. It’s one my may favorite Italian meals!
3. Quinto Quarto
Just as so many of the world’s great dishes have, this classic Roman plate might be best classified as a “peasant” dish. Named for the “fifth quarter” of meat that would usually be given away as payment to slaughterhouse workers, this delicious mixture of tripe, tongue, and intestine, is served in a variety of ways: tripa alla Romana – tripe with rich tomato sauce and pecorino cheese; coda alla vaccinara – oxtail stewed in a tomato based sauce. Kind of reminds me of the snout-to-tail movement we’ve seen in the States.
4. Pizza Romana
The Roman style of pizza is what most will recognize as a thin-crust style, but it actually lacks the traditional circumference of crust that most pizza eaters are used to. It does; however, have a crispy bottom to it that adds a tasty crunch to every bite.
The artichoke is the premiere piece in Roman produce, and though you can find it prepared in many different ways the two most famous ones are Romany style and Jewish style. One is braised with parsley, breadcrumbs, garlic, and mint, and the other is opened so the petals bloom and then deep-fried to a golden and crispy perfection. Either dish is a must try when in Rome!
No matter what dishes you sink your teeth into in Rome, there is no doubt you will enjoy your meals and never forget your Italian holiday.
Have you ever been to Italy?
What is your favorite Italian dish?