Continuing with my dream trip to Italy, let’s talk about one of my favorite parts after sightseeing: Food & beverage.
We all know their famous worldwide delicacies, pizza, pasta & gelato, but there is, surprisingly, so much more. After a profound research, and craving for pasta at 11pm…Here’s what you cannot miss when in Rome.
Note to myself and all the readers…Forget about counting calories if you are traveling to Italy. Don’t ruin your trip by being concerned about gaining weight!
- Of course …Pasta
You’ve got to have at least one heaping plate of pasta. You should try one of the city’s famous sauces, like creamy carbonara, cheesy cacio e pepe, bolognese, or rich amatriciana. The most common pasta eaten here is spaghetti, but you’ll see lots of different shapes on the menu.
-Carbonara: Pasta in a creamy, egg-based sauce.
– Cacio de Pepe: Pepe is pepper and cacio is Roman dialect for cheese, and yes, two-ingredient pasta might not sound all that exciting, but this is not to be missed.
-Bolognese: No matter how simple, still tastes great. The famous meatball pasta.
-Amatriciana: A traditional Italian pasta sauce based on guanciale (cured pork cheek), pecorino cheese from Amatrice, tomato (San Marzano tomatoes, specifically), white wine, black pepper and chili pepper.
If you’re a real fan of pasta, make sure to stop by the National Museum of Pasta (Museo Nazionale della Paste Alimentari).
- Pizza Romana
Any pizza with a thinner crispier crust is a must try!
- Carciofo Alla Romana
Braise, stuffed artichokes. Good luck getting through a meal in Rome without someone trying to offer you an artichoke.
Sweet bread roll filled with whipped cream. Sounds delicious!
Is Rome’s favorite street snack. The name comes from an Italian take on the word “surprise” in French (spelled the same as in English but pronounced differently). Fittingly, you may be surprised at how tasty these are! Suppli are small croquettes made out of rice, mozzarella cheese, and often tomato-based ragu sauce, though the fillings may vary a bit from place to place.
Is a tender, juicy, rolled spiced pork with a crispy and salty crackling skin eaten hot, cold, sliced, in sandwiches, or even on its own. Hungry???
This dish’s name translates to “jumps in mouth” for a reason; it’s extremely tasty! Though many different countries have their own versions of the dish, including Spain, Greece, and Switzerland, the Roman version is particularly good. Its veal topped with prosciutto and sage, which is then rolled up and cooked in a sauce of butter and white wine.
Wine & Cocktails
Italy is world famous for its wine. It’s a place where food and delicious wine go hand in hand. Getting into Italian wine is a never-ending adventure of new wines to taste, and writing about it deserves a complete post.
I found an interesting image that I shared in my Dream-destination-italy / Pinterest Board, because here is hard to see the details. Helped me to confirm that in Rome the most famous are: Malvasia, Trebbiano, Merlot, Sangiovesse & Cesanese.
Now, talking about other famous Italians drinks….Italians tradition before dinner is start with an aperitivo or pre-dinner drink to get their digestive juices flowing. Here I share the top Italian drinks ordered by real Italians!
What’s an Aperitivo?
After a hard day at work, Italians love to stop at a local bar for a traditional aperitivo, and some light snacks. This is not a happy hour or and excuse to drink!
Aperitivo time, is typically between 7pm and 9pm.
Allows you to relax, unwind and socialize after work or after a long walking day. It is a kick start to the digestive metabolism, and gently and slowly open the stomach and prepare it for the typically 4 course Italian dinner to come.
Vermouth: Is an aromatic fortified wine created in Turin.
Campari: Is a red herbal liqueur.
Negroni: Is a cocktail made from one part sweet vermouth rosso, one part Campari and one part gin normally served over ice and garnished with a piece of flamed orange peel.
Negroni Sbagliato: As with so many good cocktails, there are a number of variations on the Negroni, the best known of which is probably the Negroni Sbagliato, meaning erroneous or bungled Negroni, that came about purely by accident.
Prosecco: If you prefer a crisp, light sparkling wine then.Many restaurants will offer you a glass of the chilly fizz as you study the menu and for countless Italians it’s the first choice drink before heading for dinner. You can’t go far wrong with a few bubbles!
Aperol Spritz: Also known as the Veneziano, Spritz Veneziano or simply a spritz.
During your trip, make sure to leave time in your schedule to enjoy an aperitivo time before dinner. There are plenty of drinks to choose from, just don’t go overboard!
This is everything in Rome, and all over Italy! Enjoying a gelato is an essential part of your trip. Flavors are seasonal but you will also have traditional.
- 95% of Italians like Gelato.
- 72% prefer cones vs 28% prefering cups
- Favorite flavors: 27% chocolate / 20% hazelnut / 13% lemon /12% strawberry
Of course there are so many more desserts but I’ll focus this post in the number 1 in Rome which is Gelato.
There is even a Gelato Festival. This year will be its ninth edition in Rome from April 28th until May 1st, so if you’re planning to go around this dates don’t miss it!
The Gelato Festival is an European competition that rewards the best manufacturers of their own and foreign ice cream, and their tastes created for the occasion.
Now, I have a question, that probably you have to. Is gelato and ice cream the same? The answer is no! Lets see the difference:
Ice cream is fat and fluffy: Made of milk, cream, sugar, and (typically) egg yolks.
Gelato is dense and intense: Has a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs (or no eggs at all).
Ice cream is served at a fairly cold temperature, and the finished product is smooth, light-textured, and creamy, and Gelato is served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream, so its texture stays silkier and softer.
So, yes, there is a difference. If you want to read more about Rome check my previous post:
Hope you like this “food and drinks” must have in Rome. Which plate or drink, call your attention more? Leave your comment.
Next post we are going to Naples!