Lazio Food (31)

Delicious local Italian typical products to discover if you are planning a vacation or visit to Rome and the rest of the region of Lazio. Where to go, what to look out for and when to find them in season. Our latest or last updated articles are below.

Classic Roman Dishes

Published in Lazio Food

It is getting more difficult to locate classic Roman cooking and dishes in the Eternal City.

But a recent initiative called 'All tastes lead to Rome', and supported by the Comune di Roma, gave a pretty definitive rundown of what you should be looking out for if you want to eat classic Roman meal such as Bucatini all'Amatriciana pasta.

So, if you want to know where to eat potatoes 'gnocchi' on a Thursday, drop us a line to find out. Anyway, these are the sort of dishes you should be looking out for on your menu.

If you would like to cook an authentic as possible Roman dinner at home, then download below this colorful 60 page list of recipes in English

Last modified on 27 May 2012

Origins of Amatriciana pasta

Published in Lazio Food

At its most authentic amatricana pasta is a simple dish of pork and pecorino cheese topping a fresh pasta. It kept the central Appennine shepherds fed as they moved their sheep and animals to and from the high mountain pastures twice a year. The Romans documented something similar in the zone over 2000 years ago.

It seems the word 'matriciana' is a reference to the branding of the pigs back or 'guanciale' as identification. Many shepherds also sold their animals and by-products in the markets in ancient Rome.

Last modified on 14 October 2014

Olive oil traditions in north Lazio

Published in Lazio Food

The cultivation of olive trees and the production of olive oil in north Lazio, known locally as La Tuscia, predates the ancient Roman period to Etruscan times, and some 600 years BC. It is surprising how much evidence remains and those farmers working in the territory still hold the Etruscans in great regard.

Last modified on 23 December 2015

Top 5 Cafés or Coffee Bars in Rome

Published in Lazio Food

Located in a country famous for its coffee culture, Rome offers some of the best cafés in the world. If you find yourself in the Eternal city any time soon, be sure not to miss some of our favorite local places to get a caffeine fix.

Caffé Greco

Via dei Condotti, 86

No visit to Rome would be complete without a visit to the famous Caffé Greco, renowned for its reputation of attracting artists, intellectuals, poets, and musicians since the days of the Grand Tour. The décor of this elegant café reminds one of a Viennese tea room, while its romantic history will conjure up images of penniless bohemians endlessly scratching away in a corner. Before going, be sure to take some time to glance at the café’s website, which offers a more in-depth description of the many prominent figures that often frequented the café, including Keats, Shelley and Byron, among many others.

Last modified on 19 November 2014

The Perfect Cappuccino coffee

Published in Lazio Food

Once you've learned how to spell cappuccino the next step is learning how to make the perfect cup of Italian morning coffee. You might think that every Italian coffee bar makes a decent cappuccino drink, but far from it, which proves that making one is more of an art of a science.

With this in mind, and especially the scalding, colored froth massacres you might order from your favorite international coffee chain, the President of the Green Party in Italy has proposed making cappuccino a DOC, like wine and olive oil. This would certify your Italian style morning drink as the real thing, and not an imposter in plastic clothing.

Last modified on 25 April 2014

An Afternoon at Taste of Roma

Published in Lazio Food

For the second year running Delicious Italy had been invited to be part of Taste of Roma as a Media Partner.

This basically means we do a spot of promotion for the event in return for our logo in the program guide, an invite to the press conferences and a couple of complimentary tickets. Enough said.

Once again it was located in the Giardini Pensili of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in north east Rome.

And also like last year the late summer sun was beating down onto the Renzo Piano designed concert venues and lawns, making for a barmy and relaxed atmosphere.

Last modified on 29 August 2014

Bread from Genzano

Published in Lazio Food

The famous bread of Genzano (pane casareccio di Genzano IGP) located in the Roman Hills is not for delicate types, especially when the sturdy crusts are embracing a slice of delicious porchetta or roasted ham from Ariccia. 

It is made from soft wheat flour, water, natural yeast and salt and its distinctive flavor is due to the quality of the ingredients and the fine local air which wafts in from the nearby Lazio coast.

Its origins are from the tradition of preparing bread at home. Once prepared with natural yeasts and then shaped into loaves or “bighe,” the dough is then baked in wood-fired ovens, known as “soccie”.

Last modified on 25 April 2014

Vino Novello Autumn Wine

Published in Lazio Food

Vino Novello is a collective term for a series of new autumn wines released onto the Italian market every year in early November.

From Veneto to Sicily, roughly 15-20 million bottles of the stuff hit the enoteche, restaurants and stores, and always a couple of weeks before the much anticipated Beaujolais Nouveau.

Not all are convinced of the merits of Novello, but it is gaining in popularity each year especially amongst the young.

This is good news for wine producers who have just sustained high costs during the annual harvest in September. 60 million euros of good news apparently.

Last modified on 11 November 2016

Wines of Cerveteri

Published in Lazio Food

The wines of the area of Cerveteri, in the northern part of the province of Rome, are the product of not only centuries of wine making in the zone, but also the application of modern know-how.

Last modified on 16 February 2011

Ancient Roman Wine

Published in Lazio Food

It is possible to experience today the flavours of ancient Roman food and wine such as as 'sale cattabia' and 'garum' sauce. Here we outline ancient Roman wine.

Last modified on 14 May 2012

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