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Restaurants in Rome La Bussola

La Bussola


Via Attilio Profumo, 46

00119 Ostia Antica (Rome)

06-890-26374


Owner: Simone Marrocco


Da Pancrazio

Da Pancrazio


Piazza del Biscione, 92

00186 Rome

06-686-1246


Owners: Paolo & Laura Macchione

Antica Trattoria Polese

Antica Trattoria Polese


Piazza Sforza Cesarini, 40

00186 Rome

06-686-9543


Owners: Paolo & Lorenzo Polese

Trattoria Armando al Pantheon

Trattoria Armando al Pantheon


Salita dei Crescenzi, 31

00186 Rome

06-688-03034

Owners: Fabrizio & Claudio Gargioli

Pauline Borghese Restaurant

Pauline Borghese Restaurant


Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa

Via G. Frescobaldi, 5

00198 Rome

06-854-421


La Terrazza Bramante

La Terrazza Bramante


Raphael Hotel

Largo Febo,2 (Piazza Navonna)

00186 Rome

06-682-831


Roman cuisine is generally seasonal and simple, with roots in ancient Roman and old Jewish traditions. Many of the recipes are based on what poor people could obtain easily and locally and include ingredients like artichokes (a thistle that was not historically considered very edible) and zucchini flowers (part of the plant usually thrown away). Quinto quarto, or the fifth fourth, is also found in Roman dishes. It includes all the parts of the animals not typically considered “meat” - the tripe, heart, intestines, brain, and so forth, what we refer to as “offal” in English.   Other popular vegetables include   peas and fava beans. Lamb, goat, and pork are the traditional meats served in Roman cuisine. And, of course, there are the cheeses – Pecorino romano and ricotta!


As for pasta, long noodles like spaghetti are the most popular, but you'll also find fettucine and tagliatelle and short noodles like farfalle, rigatoni, and penne. Stuffed pastas like ravioli, tortellini, and lasagna are more often found in other regions of Italy. Gnocchi in Rome is made with semolina flour instead of potatoes and, for some reason, usually served on Thursdays. Red sauces are not typically Roman. Instead you'll find pasta served with cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper), aglio e olio (garlic and oil), or carbonara (egg, cheese, and pork).