5 Must Try Dishes When Visiting Rome

Rome is a spectacular place to visit, and  it’s famous for its Ancient Attractions, Latest Fashion Trends and Products, Artistic Monuments and definitely its one-of-a-kind Delicious Cuisines.
So people often ask what are those dishes that they must try when visiting Rome since there are lots of food to eat both continental and local cuisines, but what are those dishes unique to Rome, that may not be gotten elsewhere. Well, never to worry, these 5 dishes are some of the dishes that makes Rome a center of attraction in the Culinary world. So let’s jump right to it.
One pan saltimbocca alla Romana recipe - BBC Food
Saltimbocca Alla Romana

SALTIMBOCCA ALLA ROMANA (Veal Scallops with Prosciutto and Sage)

Saltimbocca means “jump in the mouth”, it’s a very tasty dish Elsewhere in Italy, Saltimbocca can mean other recipes, but qualified by alla romana, it refers to thin-sliced veal, prosciutto and fresh sage, a staple herb of the Roman garden usually rolled-up and cooked in dry white wine and butter. Also, sometimes the veal and prosciutto are not rolled-up but left flat. Seriously, it’s a very hearty meal.
This is a Christmas and New Year’s sweet bread that’s kind of like Panettone – another Christmas cake, but without the candied fruit inside.  It’s tall and shaped like a star on top and you’re supposed to open the powdered sugar and then put it back in the bag and shake it around.  It makes incredible French toast the next day, and it’s also nice toasted and eaten with jam.  It’s not really something you find in restaurants, but it’s the go-to gift that people give each other around the holidays and in grocery stores during the holidays you will literally see lots of them.
These are sweets made around the time of Carnevale (a festive season that occurs immediately before the Christian season of Lent. The main events typically occur during February) .  The Castagnole are basically doughnut holes – sometimes filled with a cream and sometimes plain. The Frappe are flat, fried sweet dough covered in powdered sugar.  Some are baked, but those are not as enjoyable as the fried version.

Carciofi is an Italian word for Artichokes, which are believed to have therapeutic powers. Carciofi Alla Romana meaning Roman-style Artichokes, is a typical dish of Roman Cuisines,together with Carciofi Alla Giudia it represents one of the most famous artichoke dishes of the Roman Cuisines.They are sometimes fried or they are stuffed with wild mint and garlic and braised until they can be cut easily with a fork. they can be found in most restaurants around Rome when artichokes are in season, which luckily is a long season – most of winter and through spring.


This is an afternoon and evening snack that is found more commonly in Rome. It is made from risotto rice and tomato sauce or ragù (a tomato-based meat sauce) and formed into a ball, sticked with a piece of mozzarella in the center, bread it and then deep fried.  These are typical starters in pizzerie and can be found in bakeries as well. In the south, there are cone shaped versions called Arancini, which are made with a variety of ingredients with rice that is typically flavored with saffron.

These dishes are a must try for every tourist thinking of visiting Rome.

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