When travelling to a new city or country, I love to try the most popular local foods, the ones that you can’t get anywhere else (or at least not at the same level of quality, freshness, or authenticity). For this reason, I usually opt to take a food tour because it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be eating the best and most traditional foods the city has to offer.
I’ve put together a list of must-try foods when in Rome because….well…when in Rome, right?! Many of these dishes came recommended to us on our Eating Italy food tour, but others came from friends or travel guides. Don’t leave Rome without trying these dishes!
Must-Try Foods When in Rome
Often the first food that pops into people’s minds when they think of Italy is pizza. But are they thinking of Roman-style pizza? Probably not. Unlike the well-known puffy-crusted, round Neapolitan-style pizza, Roman-style pizza is rectangular, thin, and does not have a ‘lip’ to the crust. If baked correctly, it will have a slight char, perfect for sinking your teeth into. Head over to Bonci Pizzarium for some of the best Roman-style pizza in the city.
Supplì is a fried bite-sized snack filled with mozzarella cheese. The molten cheese is surrounded by a mixture of risotto, egg, and tomato sauce which is coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried to golden perfection. Try the supplì at I Supplì in the charming Trastevere neighbourhood for a warm snack on the go.
Available at every bakery across town, pizza bianca (meaning ‘white pizza’) is a focaccia-like pizza bread. Light, pillowy, and sprinkled with salt, pizza bianca makes a perfect snack to pick up on the go. We grabbed a few slices at the Termini train station before heading to the airport and it was the best airport terminal snack ever.
Even though carbonara is on this must-eat list, I have to admit that I never tried it while in Rome. *hides face shamefully* My only (feeble) excuse is that we weren’t in Rome that long and I couldn’t stop eating pizza and other pastas. Carbonara, a pasta dish made with a creamy sauce of pecorino cheese, eggs, black pepper, and bacon (or pancetta or guanciale (aka pork cheek)), is especially famous in Rome. Don’t be like me and make sure you eat this in Rome if you want the truly authentic version!Continue Reading