The Roman culinary traditions often get pushed aside in terms of what is considered “high” Italian cuisine, however for pasta lovers and traditionalists, for lovers of “Comfort Foods”, street foods and those who just want to enjoy a great plate of Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce or “Spaghetti al Pomodoro” Rome is actually one of the very best places you can possibly experience in terms of truly authentic and unique dining experiences in Italy.

Here is a list of the foods you should definitely try when coming to Rome:


 Pasta alla Carbonara


Carbonara is an authentically Roman dish where Spaghetti is usually used as the pasta; however, fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine or bucatini can also be used. The sauce, is rich and based on eggs, cheese, bacon, and black pepper.



Bucatini all’Amatriciana


Amatriciana originates from a recipe named gricia. Grici were what Romans – modern dwellers of the eponymous city, not the ancient ones – called the sellers of bread and comestibles. [1] They were so called in that a number of them emigrated from the Swiss canton of Grisons. [1] According to another hypothesis, the name originates from the hamlet of Grisciano, in the comune of Accumoli, near Amatrice. The sauce was (and still is) prepared with guanciale (cured pork cheek) and grated pecorino. According to the matching hypothesis, ingredients reflect local products available either to a simple grocery store or to common folk who practiced herding in the mountainous area. At some point, a little olive oil was added to the recipe; also it should be noted that in the 1960s the Amatriciana sauce was still prepared in this way in Amatrice itself.





Saltimbocca is a dish made of veal lined or topped with prosciutto and sage or basil; marinated in wine, oil or saltwater depending on the region or one’s own taste. This dish is also occasionally topped with capers depending on individual taste.





A wonderful type of Roman stir-fry of finely cut veal which is usually marinated in light olive oil, parsley, garlic and then grilled up with pine-nuts and Porcini mushrooms or eggplant – accompanied by Risotto or just served on its own, a wonderful tasty Roman dish unique to Rome!



Filetti di baccalà fritti – Cod, Fried Roman Style 


Rome, because of its position has always been very tied to the sea and there are some great sea-food dishes to try in Rome, perhaps the most popular in terms of appetizers or even ‘street food” is the fried cod, with a wonderfully light batter that surrounds, lightly grilled cod. Complete with herbs like Rosemary and Basil, it makes for a wonderful succulent snack or antipasto (appetizer).

Baccala 1


Trippa alla romana – Tripe, Roman Style 


Trippa alla Romana (Tripe Roman Style) is a masterpiece by itself. A very authentic and unique Italian fish dish, the taste of tripe cooked with tomato blends perfectly with the pecorino romano cheese and the fresh mint, giving this dish a unique flavor.

Tripe Roman


Coda alla Vaccinara


Coda alla vaccinara is a modern Roman oxtail stew made from oxtail and various vegetables, most notably celery. Its introduction dates back to times when it was customary to pay a vaccinaro in kind with quinto quarto.  It delicious, tender and surprisingly healthy with a number of anti-oxidant properties.  If you’ve never tried this when coming to Rome, we highly, highly recommend this dish!


Pizza Roman Style (From Margerita to Diavola)


Roman style pizza has a slightly higher pizza crust than the thinner crust pizza found in Naples  – although it still is thin by North American standandards, for those coming to Rome you should definitely make sure to try the pizza here in Rome to compare the Roman variety with other Italian varieties.


Suppli Romano



This is one of Rome’s best typical “street foods” you can find in local pizza joints, street vendors and even some high-end restaurants because they are SO good.

Essentially what these are, are balls of rice, that are filled with mozzarella, even anchovies, various herbs and once filled and rolled they are battered in a light bread-crumbs and lightly fried for about 10-20 seconds, so that there is just a light shell around the rice.

These suppli can also consist of mashed up potatoes… although both the rice and potatoes are equally amazing and mouth-watering.




A lot of people don’t know this, but Tiramisu one of the most famous Italian deserts was actually first created in Rome.



For restaurant recommendations in Rome, for dining throughout Italy and for cooking courses in Rome or throughout Italy, you can get in touch with us at

Here is a link to our Cooking Course in Rome – a wonderful and enriching experience for those wanting to learn to cook “Roman Style”.

Rome Cooking Course

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This article was written by Jessica Andrews, Owner and President of Italy Group Specialists SRL and Italy Vacation Specialists. To contact Jessica directly you can write her at:

Grazie and have a fantastico day!

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