Pizza bianca with mortadella is a must. But you can also eat pizza “scrocchiarella” (crunchy pizza), Pizza margherita or with salami, vegetables, ham: it’s always delicious! One of the places to taste it is the Antico Forno Roscioli, near Campo De’Fiori, but you can also choose one of the many bakeries in the city to indulge yourself with a moment of pure pleasure.
FRIED ZUCCHINI FLOWERS
PANINO WITH PORCHETTA
MARITOZZO CON LA PANNA
Ask for variations on Roman dishes
Putting parmigiano on seafood pasta
Asking for tap water during a meal
Drinking cappuccino during lunch or dinner
Mixing the courses in one dish
Ordering drinks but not food
Rome has a lot to offer so, first of all, be sure to take time to enjoy “La dolce vita” . There are several experiences to choose from during a holiday in the Eternal City but, especially in some periods, the main attractions can be crowded and stormed by tourists. You can visit Rome with more tranquility and live it like a Roman for a few days anyway: here are our 4 tips.
Get up early in the morning (or go to sleep late)
The city gradually wakes up and usually the main monuments – such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, the Colosseum – are almost deserted in the early hours of the morning and are even more fascinating. So there are two options: either get up very early, or go to bed very late. Better avoid the central hours of the day if you want to visit the most popular sites.
Plan your visits
Organizing visits to museums and archeological sites in advance is always a good idea. In order to avoid long lines, buy a ticket online. While booking a private tour is also a good way to enjoy the sights to the fullest.
Get lost in alleys and streets
Walking is the best option to discover little-known corners of the city and avoid public transport during peak hours, when they might be more crowded (in the morning around 8-9 am and in the afternoon around 6-7 pm). Walking without a destination, as well as exciting, also gives the opportunity to see Rome in its most authentic features.
Choose restaurants far from tourist spots
The traditional Roman cuisine is a real delight, this is a fact, but Rome offers many other types of cuisine and flavors. So escape big chains or restaurants with tourist menus and go discover the restaurants, pubs and clubs frequented by Romans: your palate will thank you!
Sometimes you only need to follow simple tips to avoid the tourist crowds in Rome and have the opportunity to see how a European capital still manages to preserve authentic and genuine places and traditions.
If you chose Rome and Italy for your holidays, you probably did it also for its food and drink. Roman cuisine can seduce your palate and even your heart.
Here you find 5 top tips to enjoy Rome’s foodie scene at its most.
Try the famous gelato
Italy has the best gelato in the world and Rome has a lot of famous and good gelaterie (ice-cream parlours) like Giolitti (close to via del Corso) and Gelateria del Teatro (close to Castel Sant’Angelo). Walking around the Eternal City with a good artisanal ice-cream is a must.
Go to a “panetteria”
When in Rome, search for a “panetteria” or “forno” (bakery). You can find them almost everywhere. Don’t miss the great opportunity to try some of its delicacies: different kinds of bread, pizza, cakes and biscuits. You will be spoilt for choice and you will eat something that Italians bring to their table everyday.
Don’t miss the fabolous aperitivo
Have you ever heard about the Italian aperitivo? It’s the event not to be missed when in Rome. In many bars and pubs you can have a drink -cocktails, wine or beer- together with pasta, pizza, sandwiches or finger food starting from 6 pm until about 9 pm. It’s trendy and really cool.
Cappuccino and cornetto for breakfast
Forget eggs and bacon. If you want to feel like a local, ask for a cappuccino and a cornetto for breakfast. Ask for an espresso after lunch and taste a good liquor at the end of your dinner. Please don’t have a cappuccino during your lunch: Romans never do it!
Eat like a local
Roman cuisine is known as “the food of people”: all its dishes tell a story and they’re delicious. You must try them because their flavours are simply unique. Starters, First and second courses, desserts: get ready for a food experience you’ll probably miss!
Rome seduces everyone, not only thanks to its wonderful places, but also with its great food.
Roman cuisine is the food of the people. It is also described as “poor kitchen” because the food was made with simple and available ingredients. It has always been full of flavors and perfumes. These dishes hold the history of Roman people and they are simply delicious: pasta, pig, lamb, artichokes, puntarelle, chicory. When in Rome, you must experience a traditional “osteria romana” and try this famous Roman cuisine, drinking wine or beer, as many Romans love to do.
These are the 6 Roman dishes not to be missed!
Tomatoes, guanciale (pig’s cheek), bucatini-thick spaghetti with a hole running through the center-and pecorino romano (a kind of salty and hard cheese): the “amatriciana” is one of those Roman dishes which always win. Don’t forget a large bib!
Cacio e Pepe
It’s a simple dish with spaghetti and three ingredients- pecorino romano cheese (cacio), black pepper (pepe) and leftover pasta water, that create a creamy sauce- but it is absolutely exquisite. Once you try it, you will always dream about it!
You can ask for different kinds of pasta- like mezze maniche, spaghetti or rigatoni- but the result is always great. Raw egg yolk, guanciale, pepper and greated pecorino romano: we bet you are already craving!
Trippa alla romana
Stewing tripe in a delicious tomato sauce with the addition of garlic, onions and various chopped herbs such as “menta romana”: a delicate taste that you can only find in this Roman recipe. A dish that you can only eat in the Eternal City, which is considered a real delicacy.
Coda alla vaccinara
The butcher-style oxtail (coda) is one of the most famous of Roman variety meat-based recipes. It is made by stewing oxtail, onions, garlic, guanciale or lard, cinammon and other herbs. Eat it with your hands, you’ll enjoy it more.
The artichoke is the real star of the Roman cuisine. The two Roman ways to prepare it are “alla romana” (Roman-style, stuffed with bread crumbs, garlic, mint, and parsley) or “alla giudea” (Jewish-style, deep fried). Try both and decide which one you like more!
Get ready for this unique food experience!