All roads lead to Rome. This proverb is a hundred percent true. Rome, Lazio, is a unique city with a very long history. It was founded by the first king Romulus in 753 BC. There are different theories of its name's origins. One legend says that the settlement was named after its founder Romulus, another theory says it's up to the wolf who adopted and saved Romulus and his brother twin Remus, other scientists consider Rome an archaic name of the Tiber river.
Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations all over the world because of its huge historical and cultural heritage and the charm of unique traditions. Your stay in Rome won't be complete without trying authentic Italian dishes at local restaurants. There is a great diversity of traditional food and must-visit restaurants and cafes. Not to be lost, have a cup of classic Italian cappuccino, read our guide and find out the best places to eat local dishes in Rome.
It's a classic Italian pasta made of spaghetti or other long pasta, guanciale or pancetta, parmesan, olive oil, salt and pepper. Carbonara means 'in the manner of coal miners'. There are different theories for its origin. The dish could be the main meal for charcoal workers or just the black pepper flecks look like coal dust against the creamy pasta.
La Pergola is the one and only restaurant with three Michelin stars in Rome. Visit it if you want to try outstanding dishes and experience world-class service. The celebrity chef Heinz Beck is famous for his ability to combine the colors and scents of nature in his dishes. Choose exceptional wine among 700 000 bottles and degust spaghetti carbonara, traditional Italian pasta topped with сreamy parmesan-egg sauce.
This dish comes from Northern Italy whose climate is ideal for growing rice (riso means 'rice'). The key ingredient is semi-rounded short-grain rice cooked with meat, fish or vegetable broth. Try risotto with parmesan cheese and white wine. Add saffron for flavour and yellow colour.
If you're keen on Michelin-starred restaurants, visit Metamorfosi whose chef presents innovative fusion cuisine with a contemporary look, so be ready for experimental dishes. Order the best fish soup, or zuppa di pesce, in Rome. It's a classic Roman dish made of different fishes, shellfish and other seafood creatures. At first, tomatoes and fishes are stewed together, then cooks add octopus, shrimps, and shellfish. The key ingredient of the fish soup is a sea chicken fish that seem to cluck when salesmen get it out of water. By the way, Metamorfosi's risotto is very tasty as well.
Try this sweet delicate ham that is made of dry-cured hind legs of pigs. Eat prosciutto raw or add it to pasta or risotto. The recipes of Italian prosciuttos differ in various regions. The most famous is Parma ham, or Prosciutto di Parma, that is salted and air-dried for 8-24 months.
Masto is a paradise for meat lovers. The waiters serve a large chopping board with excellent prosciutto. Order this salt-cured, dry-aged ham that has a buttery texture and melts in the mouth, wrap it around a chunk of mozzarella and enjoy this divine food having a glass of wine. Prosciutto is an iconic Italian dish that is air-dried for several months and usually eaten raw.
Carciofo alla giudia is a traditional dish of Roman-Jewish cuisine. It is made of deep-fried artichokes that are prepared in such a way that they get crispy on the outside and tender inside.
Carciofi alla giudia, or deep-fried crispy artichokes, is another traditional Italian dish that came from Rome's Jewish quarter. Try the best Roman-style artichokes at Grazia and Graziella. The cooks cut all hard leaves with a sharp knife, making spiral movements. Then they keep artichokes in water with lemon juice, add salt and pepper and deep-fry them in olive oil. It's a must to order these crunchy sunflowers at this restaurant.
Trippa alla romana is one of the most popular dishes in Rome. Trippa alla romana is cooked with tomato sauce and served with toasted bread. It can be enjoyed hot and cold.
A Casa di Nino is famous for its trippa alla romana, a classic dish of the Roman cuisine. Being a staple Italian dish nowadays, it originated as peasant's food. Trippa alla romana is very simple to cook and very tasty. The cooks stew tribe with tomatoes, onions, carrots and other vegetables, add Pecorino Romano cheese and lesser calamint leaves and serve the dish with white wine.
Suppli are Italian deep fried croquettes made of rice and stuffed with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. The snacks are also called "supplì al telefono" due to their resemblance to an old-fashioned telephone: when suppli are broken in two parts, the melted mozzarella is drawn out in a string that connects one piece with another.
If you want to try the most delicious suppli, go to the Sue e Giu restaurant in Rome. The cooks make balls of risotto rice and mozzarella pieces, add tomato sauce, coat the balls with bread crumbs and deep-fry them. Suppli look like little croquettes, eat them with fingers. It's one of the most popular street food nowadays.
This dish dates back to the 14th century Venus and means 'to wrap'. It's a type of dumplings and it's pasta in the form of small dough cases with a savory filling - meat, cheese or vegetables. Ravioli are usually served with broth or sauce.
Ravioli are a kind of dumplings, ring-shaped tortellini stuffed with ricotta, spinach, nutmeg and black pepper. Eat this traditional Italian food at Colline Emiliane. This restaurant is Michelin selection, it was opened in 1931 and became a paradise for 'la dolce vita' protagonists. Ravioli are filled with ricotta, sausage and chard here, it's a must to try. Pay attention to mouthwatering pasta and desserts as well.
It's a traditional Tuscan summer salad made from soaked stale bread, tomatoes and onions. Sometimes panzanella goes with cucumbers and is dressed with vinegar or olive oil. It's a very popular dish from Florence down to Rome. The 16th-century poet sang the praises of this salad.
Want something light? Visit the charming trattoria Da Enzo Al 29 and taste panzanella. Panzanella is a great choice for vegetarians, it's a summertime salad made of ripe tomatoes, onions and stale bread and dressed with olive oil and vinegar. Sometimes, cucumbers and basil are added as well. This dish is served on a big plate in layers and looks so delicious.
Oxtail stew is a popular Roman dish that has very ancient origins. It is made from the tail of an ox and vegetables and is slowly cooked until the stew gets rich and savory flavors.
Oxtail stew, or coda alla vaccinara, is another authentic Italian dish. Parboil the oxtail, slowly sim it with celery, carrots and herbs for four hours, then add tomatoes and red wine. Alternatively, order this dish at Alfredo e Ada. It tastes sweet and sour because the cooks add chocolate. Coda alla vaccinara originated in the Regola district of Rome as the food of cattle butchers. It's very tasty at this restaurant.
Have a dream trip to Rome, enjoy Italy and degust its traditional dishes!