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Culinary delights in Lazio

Rome’s ancient cuisine

In terms of cuisine, Lazio has some special features and highlights to offer. Thanks to its capital Rome, as the former centre of the ancient world, which ruled many countries and continents, culinary sensibilities and influences from all over the known world met here. Today, the acclaimed Cucina alla Romana is an interesting mix of exotic dishes of the ancient world, simpler and poorer cuisine of the Middle Ages and the fresh, local ingredients that are used for the production of typical Italian and Roman cuisine.

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Cucina alla Romana

Due to their long and great history, the Roman cuisine has long been a colourful mix of many European cuisines and culinary influences from other nations. Nevertheless, there are, in addition to the traditional Italian dishes such as risotto, polenta and pasta, which are also served in the Roman cuisine, some typical Roman dishes you should not miss during your visit of the Italian capital. These include not only the typical bruschetta but also many other pasta, fish and meat specialties of every kind.

Typical Roman cuisine

Generally there are only a few "real" Romans in the capital of Italy, the rest being a conglomeration of all Italian regions and, consequently, the cuisine constitutes a delicious, culinary journey through Italy. Whoever wants to taste typical Roman dishes should not miss a Roman bruschetta appetizer. This appetizer is so ingrained in the Roman cuisine that they often do not even write it on the menu, but is still widely available. Furthermore, lovers of Roman cuisine should taste Baccalà alla romana, a cod baked in dough, as well as spaghetti alla carbonara. The latter is a pasta dish that was created out of necessity after the Second World War from noodles and the egg-cheese-bacon breakfast of American soldiers.

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