One of the most ancient and popular Italian recipes come from the Roman cuisine.
The Roman cuisine is the result of different influences, above all the Jewish one: after the expulsion from Spain in 1492, a huge number of Jewish people moved to Rome, where they started living in the ghetto.
Mostly, the Roman Cuisine is made of poor and simple products and intense flavours.
Let’s have a look at the ten best recipes to try!
Carbonara – You definitely know it and have tried it already, but did you know that it is from Rome?
This pasta recipe is a tasty dish made with fried bacon and a cream of eggs and parmesan and a lot of black pepper.
Its name probably comes from the carbonai (charcoal burners) who used to take a similar meal at work.
Amatriciana – Created in Amatrice, a small city not far from Rome, the pasta all’amatriciana is normally prepared with fried bacon, tomato sauce and Roman pecorino, a very tasty grated cheese.
Alici con l’indivia – This amazing starter comes from the Roman-Jewish traditional cuisine.
Layers of fresh anchovies and endive dressed with oil, parsil, chilly and garlic and then baked in the oven.
Cacio e pepe – Only 3 simple ingredients make this amazing dish which perfectly represents the Roman traditional food: pasta, pecorino cheese and black pepper.
Saltimbocca alla romana – Tender veal cooked with row ham and sage in a cream made of wine and butter, delicious!
Fiori di zucca fritti – Courgette flowers stuffed with mozzarella and anchovies, deep fried and served as a starter.
Gnocchi alla romana – Big rounded gnocchi made of semolina baked in the oven with butter, parmesan and pecorino cheese.
Carciofi alla giudea – The most famous dish coming from the Jewish tradition: whole fried artichokes that look like a beautiful flower, obtained through three different frying to make them perfectly crunchy.
Coda alla vaccinara – In old times people could not afford the best meat and fish, so they use to cook the cheapest parts of animals, like offal, brain, heart…and even the tail.
This is the main ingredient of this traditional dish: beef tail stewed with chopped vegetables and tomato sauce.
Trippa alla romana – Another ancient traditional dish is the beef tripe cooked with celery, carrots, onions and tomato sauce, adding black pepper and mint at the end.
Have you tried any of this fantastic dishes? Which one is your favourite?