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Traditional Roman Cuisine

As each Italian region, the capital city of Rome, has its own Roman cuisine. Since it is not possible to single out one dish from many we will mention here the most famous Roman traditional food. From snacks there is bruschetta - a bread rubbed with garlic and topped with oil and tomatoes. Another street snack is suppli - fried rice balls stuffed with beef ragout and mozzarella.

Pasta carbonaraPasta carbonara is a typical pasta from Rome

Rome is famous for its pasta and here we can find a variety of pasta dishes. One of them are fettuccine Alfredo - pasta dish with butter and Parmesan cheese. Another are Bucatini all'Amatriciana - pasta with tomato sauce, guanciale and Pecorino Romano. The most famous one are spaghetti alla carbonara - pasta with a sauce made with eggs, pancetta, pepper and Pecorino Romano.

The most famous pasta dishes from Rome region are carbonara, cacio e pepe, amatriciana and gricia. All pastas are made of almost same ingredients with small variations.

In Rome they prefer Pecorino Romano (hard cheese made of sheep's milk) over Parmigiano-Reggiano and guanciale (cured pork jowl - has unique intensive flavour) over pancetta. There are only five or six ingredients needed to make all four dishes. These pasta dishes form the backbone of primi choices at every trattoria in the Eternal City.

Roman cuisine offers various meat dishes such as saltimbocca alla Romana - veal with prosciutto and sage. Coda alla vaccinara - ostail stew with tomato sauce, celery and clove. One of the most famous Roman dishes are Trippa alla Romana - tripe cooked with tomato sauce and topped with Pecorino cheese. Abbachio alla cacciatora - floured lamb chops cooked in oil and vinegar, spiced with garlic, sage, anchovies and rosemary.

Fiori di zucca (zucchini flowers) are among the most popular ingredients all around the Italy. Available starting from late spring and early summer this interesting ingredients can be found in many Italian dishes. The classic Roman way to prepare them is fiori di zucca ripieni. In this interesting dish each flower is stuffed with mozzarella and a bit of anchovy, covered in batter and finally fried in the olive oil. 

Integral part of Roman cuisine is a Jewish cuisine which originates from the area of Rome called Jewish Ghetto. The most known dishes of Jewish cuisine are carciofi alla Giudia (fried artichokes), pezzetti fritti (assorted fried veggies), filetti di baccala (battered cod fillets), fiori di zucca (zucchini flowers) and many other. Very popular Roman food are carciofi alla Romana - whole artichokes filled with minced garlic and parsley.

When it comes to desserts one of the most famous is crostata di ricotta - a cake made with ricotta and flavoured with lemons and Marsala wine. 

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