The beauty of Rome needs little introduction – one of the most famous cities in the world, exuding history, art and some of the most iconic monuments, its reputation goes before it.
However, visitors traversing the city's bountiful attractions will undoubtedly be attracted by the heady scent of Roman cuisine, with dishes as famous as the monuments that surround them, others just waiting to be discovered.
If you take to the streets of Trastevere, the Ghetto, or Testaccio on a visit and find yourself seated in one of the many family-run trattorias you will undoubtedly want to immerse yourself in the extraordinary wealth of Roman food.
From world famous bucatini all'Amatriciana to sweet maritozzi with cream, not only will you eat like an emperor, but unlock emotions to rival those stirred by views of the Colosseum or the Basilica of Saint Peter.
However, if you want to avoid exposing yourself as the ubiquitous tourist and really live like a Roman, learn to order some of the best Roman dishes and pronounce them like an Italian with our guide below!
Simply listen, repeat, order and eat!
1. Bucatini all'Amatriciana
HOW TO ORDER THE DISH:
Bucatini all’Amatriciana is one of the quintessential dishes of Rome and surrounding Lazio. It might seem like an exceedingly simple dish made from pasta, guanciale, percorino, white wine, San Marzano tomato, pepper and chilli, but it actually relies on a perfect al dente noodle and a high-quality guanciale to really make it sing. A true gourmet will recognise the expert hand behind an Amatriciana. Here's what to look for.
2. Abbacchio al Forno
HOW TO ASK FOR THIS DISH:
A succulent Roman dish of leg of lamb with sage leaves, some vinegar of white wine (in addition to white wine) served with potatoes that absorb the lamb flavours and marinade.
3. Coda Alla Vaccinara
HOW TO ORDER IT:
A modern Roman oxtail stew made from oxtail and various vegetables, most notably celery. It dates back to times when it was customary to pay a vaccinaro (cattle butcher) in kind with quinto quarto.
4. Carciofi alla Giudia
HOW TO ORDER THEM:
This dish is iconic of Rome. Deep fried crispy artichoke hearts are the stuff dreams are made of. Learn how to pronounce this one, as we guarantee you'll become so obsessed with them you'll want to order them more than once.
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