Italy as a country is famous worldwide for its food with each region having its own special dishes, all the provinces are also particularly proud and all claim to offer the best food in Italy.
So, for sure while your here you will be sampling the many restaurants, Trattoria’s and Osteria’s during your stay going out for a nice meal in the evening.
But what about during the day when you are visiting the sites and museums?
Here are some local street snacks you can try for lunch and eat like a local Roman.
Arancino is found throughout the city’s pizzeria’s, and Tavola Calda’s.
This snack originates from Sicily in around the 10th century. The name Arancino derives from “little orange” from the shape and color of the snack.
The Arancino’s come in different sizes and are quite filling.
They are basically a rice ball fried with various fillings inside such as Ragu sauce, with mushrooms or eggplants.
A delicious quick lunch and comes cheap with prices ranging from 1 – 2 Euros per ball.
Suppli is similar to the Arancino but is commonly filled with cheese and tomatoes mixed with the rice.
This is a local Roman snack that is smaller than an Arancino and locals will usually have a Suppli along with a slice of pizza.
The ones in the photo are Suppli Caccio e Pepe (upper photo) and Classic Suppli (with meat/lower photo)
- Fiori di Zucca
The delicate zucchini or pumpkin flowers are a rather common ingredient in Italian cuisine.
They are often incorporated into various dishes such as risottos, flans, or salads, but the preferred option is to stuff them with a different combination of ingredients.
The fillings typically include cheese, usually mozzarella or ricotta, meat, and fish, while the classic Ligurian-style Fiori di Zucca use the creamy mixture of zucchinis, mashed potatoes, and parmesan cheese.
Though they can be enjoyed fresh, they are often baked (forno) or coated in batter and fried (fritti) until crispy.
This colorful dish is mainly served as an appetizer or a light snack.
- Pizza al Taglio
This is a typical Roman snack you can find on most street corners, the Romans can eat pizza at any time of the day and “al taglio” means by the cut, basically you can decide how big or small a piece of pizza you want and payment is made by weight.
When it comes to selection you will find a huge range of different ingredients on the pizza, from simple cheese and tomato or even simpler Pizza Bianco which is just the pizza bread with some oil and salt similar to a piece of toast and great in the morning if you are not a fan of a sweet breakfast of the local coffee and croissant.
From French fries and sausage to shrimps and salad you are sure to find a slice that tickles your taste buds.
- Filetti di Baccalà
Although fish is not a major part of the Roman diet as in other Italian regions, the Filetti di Baccalà alla Romana (English: Cod Fillet Roman Style) is however a very popular ‘antipasto’ and snack which has its origins from Rome’s Jewish community.
Similar to the British ‘Battered Cod’, but usually smaller and using salt cod, the cod is battered and then deep fried in vegetable oil.
Other ingredients in this simple dish include lemon and parsley.
- Olive all’ascolana
A crispy golden ball, a juicy filling… The ‘’Olives Ascolana’’.
These stuffed olives owe their name to the town of Ascoli Piceno.
They are made of in brine green olives, stuffed inside with a tender mix of meat.
Olive alla Ascolana has gained success and been loved in Italy and abroad, in the past as of today: in short, a dish worth of some attention!
The recipe of the “Olives Ascolana” is dated back to the 1800.
It’s a starter made of fried green olives, stuffed with minced meat and spices.
Those are just a few of the delicious street snacks you can find around but we’ll let you discover the rest.
Let us know which one is your favorite (besides pizza!) 😉