When one comes to Italy the expectation about food is very high. Italian food is considered one of the finest in the world and with good reason. Italian cuisine is all about ingredients. Fresh, seasonal, high quality ingredients are at the heart of Italian cuisine. In Italy there is a very strong regional-cuisine tradition. This tradition is mostly based on what products arelocally available. However, it has also been influenced by the culinary traditions of foreign civilizations that have occupied Italy over the centuries. It is always advised to order traditional dishes of the region that you are visiting and dishes containing products that are in season.
In Rome we suggest traditional pasta dishes such as “Bucatiniall’Amatriciana”, o “Spaghetti alla Carbonara”. This includes variation on the theme such as “Cacio e pepe” or “Gricia”. These dishes are made with the products that have available in this area of Italy for over three centuries such as pasta, tomato, pecorino cheese, eggs and guanciale, a type of pancetta. As secondo, second dish, we recommend “Abbacchio con patate”, a delicious lamb roast served with baked potatoes or “Coda alla vaccinara”, a slow cooked Ox tail in tomato sauce. As a side “Carciofi alla romana” or “Patate al forno” are highly recommended. Similarly, for your choice of wine, we would recommend locally-produced“Grechetto” or “San Giovese”. For the dessert, if you want to play safe, a traditional tiramisu is always a good choice. If you feel a bit more adventurous, home-made“Crostata” or “Torta della Nonna” are al more traditional choices. These cakes can be also paired to local sweet wine such as “Moscato di Terracina”. Espresso (please don’t ever say expresso in Italy) is a must to conclude your delicious meal. Enjoy from RIT!