• Rome Cuisine and Culture

    AUGURI e BUON ANO DI ROMA

    Happy New Year, everyone! We’re in Rome in the Hotel Locarno off the Piazza del Popolo. It’s a retro hotel. Everything is intentionally old-fashioned , especially the lift!

    Italian food, as we know, is one of the great cuisines of the world and we made a few discoveries here. For example, Carcioffi, artichokes is a Roman dish and artichokes, stewed or fried, are a delicious hors d’oeuvres. We tried them at Campana, at Ristorante Quercia and Il Giardino Romano.

    Sorry, We’re Closed!

    You’d expect restaurants to be open and full on New Year’s Eve. Some were open but in fact typically Roman restaurants often close on News Years Eve and New Years Day. One that didn’t, thank goodness, was our favourite, 34. It’s at 34, Via Mario de’ Fiori off the main street, Corso, near the Spanish Steps.

    Lucky Sausage

    On New Years day many Romans eat cochinetto e lentuchie (pork sausage and lentils.

    According to legend, the more lentils you eat, the more money you will make during the year. The lucky sausage may be lucky for you and me, less so for the pig.

    Menu Madness

    Finally, a job for an enterprising English teacher in Rome. Rome restaurant menus need to improve their English. So do most tourist sites. To help the English-speaking tourists, many restaurants are translated into English, with amusing results. We enjoyed the ‘Horse Douvres’ (hors d’oeuvres) at one restaurant and specialita Romana, which became Romas’ specialities. Caesar’s salad became Ceaser’s Salad. We really thought they should get this right! However, thank you for making the effort to spell the menus in English. The food was wonderful.

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