There is a deep connection between ROMAN cuisine and Roman lifestyle. Roman people use to give food a great importance and love to cook and experiment new recipes. That's why I chose to write about some well known ITALIAN recipes which are higly appreciated in ROME.
Roman cuisine is based on seasonal ingredients coming most from Roman Campagna, and prepared in a simple way. Among these, the most important are vegetables (typical are peas, Globe artichokes and fava beans), meat (milk lamb and goat) and cheeses (Pecorino romano and ricotta).Typical condiment in Roman cuisine is strutto, pork lard prepared and canned each winter. Used is also the fat of prosciutto, while olive oil is used only for raw vegetables and - partially - to fry. Days of the week are often assigned to food, such as gnocchi on Thursday, baccalà (salted cod) on Fridays, and trippa for Saturdays.
Pasta is one of, if not the, most important elements of Roman cuisine. Famous pasta sauces include matriciana, carbonara, (a sauce made with pancetta or guanciale - pig's cheek -, cheese and egg), cacio e pepe and gricia.
- Bruschetta - a popular antipasto or appetizer in central Italy. Coming from the Romanesco word bread which is lightly burnt, typically rubbed with garlic and topped with oil and tomatoes.
- Supplì - fried rice croquettes which are stuffed with beef ragout and mozzarella.
- Bucatini alla Matriciana - pasta dish with a sauce made of tomato, guanciale, and grated Pecorino Romano.
- Spaghetti alla Carbonara - pasta dish with a sauce made with whipped eggs, and topped with Italian bacon, pepper and grated Pecorino Romano.
- Rigatoni con la Pajata - pasta dish with a sauce made with intestines of a milk-fed veal.
- Saltimbocca alla Romana - Roman-style veal with ham (prosciutto) and sage. Saltimbocca literally means jump in the mouth.
- Scaloppine alla romana - Veal sautéed with fresh baby artichokes
- Coda alla vaccinara - Oxtail stew, cooked with tomato sauce, celery, clove and bitter chocolate
- Trippa - Tripe with tomato sauce, is a roman tradition.
- Fiori di Zucca fritti - courgette flowers, prepared in a deep fried batter.
- Abbacchio alla cacciatora - lamb chops with vinegar, flour and rosemary
- Crostata di ricotta - Is a richly baked cheesecake, made with ricotta, and flavored with lemons (or oranges) and Marsala wine.