Wednesday, 13 June 2012 09:53

The truth about the Emperor's Dishes..

Ancient Roman Recipes

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Ancient Roman Recipes

History, Facts and Information about Ancient Roman Recipes
What type of food did the Ancient Romans eat? What ingredients did they use? What cooking methods did they employ? What were the Ancient Roman Dessert recipes like? The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about life in Ancient Rome including original recipes.

Roman Burgers - Isicia Omentata
Souffle of Small Fish - Patina de pisciculis
Seafood Fricassee - Minutal marinum
Green Beans - Fabaciae virides et baianae
Chicken and Leek - Pullum frontonianum
Chicken with Stuffing - Pullus fusilis
Boiled Eggs - In ovis apalis
Mussels - In mitulis
Tuna - Sarda ita fit
Big Shrimps - Scillas
Fried Veal - Vitellina fricta
Boiled Veal - In vitulinam elixam
Steamed Lamb Cutlets - Aliter baedinam

Ancient Roman Dessert Recipes

Pear Souffle - Patina de piris
Apricot Starter - Gustum de praecoquis
Honey and Nut Dessert - Dulcia domestica
Grape and Nut Dessert - Aliter dulcia
Water and Honey Melons - Pepones et melones



Famous Ancient Roman Recipes - Apicius - On the subject of Cooking
The content of this section provides details of Ancient Roman food recipes for main courses and desserts. They are taken from a collection of Ancient Roman Food Recipes. The cookery book, containing these old Roman recipes, is called Apicius, a name that has long been associated with the love of food. The famous Greek equivalent to this name is Epicurus from which the word 'epicure' is derived meaning a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink). Marcus Gavius Apicius was the name of an extravagant Roman who loved expensive food and luxury. His liking for food was famous and eventually the name of Apicius was eventually thought appropriate for a collection of Ancient Roman recipes which at first was commonly known as known as Apicius. In the earliest printed editions of this ancient book of Roman recipes it was given the overall title 'De re coquinaria' which means "On the Subject of Cooking". The Roman food recipes contained in this cookery book includes fish, meat, dessert, vegetable and soup recipes.

Ancient Roman Recipes - The Dormouse!
One of the most intriguing of the Ancient Roman recipes is for the dormouse. Probably because the thought of it feels us with horror! The edible dormouse was farmed by the Romans in large pits or in terra cotta containers and eaten by the ancient Romans as a snack or as part of the first course of the Roman main meal called the Coena. Dormouse recipe serving instructions: Dormice were sprinkled with poppy-seed and honey and were served with hot sausages on a silver gridiron, underneath which were damson plums and pomegranate seeds.

Ancient Roman Recipes
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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 09:01

Culture,Traditions and Customs in Rome

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The culture and traditions in Rome reflect its historic past and celebrate the modern world. Rome culture is an eclectic mix of high culture, the arts, fashion and historic architecture. Daily life centers around enduring Rome traditions rich in religion and food. It is this contrast of historic and modern culture and traditions that defines Rome as the Eternal City.

Eclectic Culture

The past and present harmoniously existing within steps of each other best defines Rome culture. For example, structures by 17th-century architect Bernini mingle with modern day architecture. Art created by the masters during the Renaissance and Baroque periods coexists with modern-day pieces in art museums and galleries throughout the city. Modern work buildings are steps away from historic monuments, like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. In short, Rome is an eclectic culture of a busy cosmopolitan city that reveres its past. Much of the Roman culture reflects the diverse people who passed through the city at different points in history. Gladiators, pagan deities, master artists and learned men left an influential footprint on the Eternal City. Tourists flock to the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Palatine and Forum Museum, the Galleria Borghese, the Palazzo Altemps, the Piazza di Spagna and the Domus Aurea to gain an appreciation of the stepping stones of today’s Roman culture.

Food and Festivals

Food is an integral part of the culture in Rome, with dishes that are full of flavor and reflective of old Roman traditions. Fresh vegetables, inexpensive cuts of meats, pasta and cheese are typical ingredients in Roman dishes. Food establishments flourish in Rome, with pizzerias, family-run trattorias and trendy restaurants in full supply. Food is further celebrated with food festivals. They are an important part of the culture scene in Rome and typically usher in a season, celebrate the Roman heritage, or simply carry on an age-old tradition. The Sagra del Csarciofo, for instance, celebrates the artichoke, a staple in Roman cooking. The springtime festival showcases the many ways the artichoke can be cooked.

Holiday Traditions

During the Easter and Christmas holiday seasons, Rome traditions exhibit the strong Christian culture of the Eternal City. One such Rome tradition is to go to St. Peter’s Square on Easter and Christmas to receive a blessing from the Pope. During the Lenten season, Good Friday marks the annual Procession of the Cross from the Roman Colosseum to the Palatine and Forum. On Easter Sunday morning, an outdoor mass takes place in St. Peter’s Square. During the Christmas season, churches in Rome display elaborate nativity scenes, and live music is enjoyed in the piazzas. The traditional midnight mass at the Vatican attracts thousands of locals and international visitors.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:32

Time Out in a Old historical Caffè

Bar della Pace

Rome's Antico Caffè della Pace (which is known to all and sundry as Bar della Pace) is eternally à la mode. In cooler months the antiques and flower-filled rooms emit a sense of warmth, and the proximity of the tables allows for cosying up to your neighbours. Outdoors, it continues to be a great, albeit pricey, place from which to survey passers-by. Of a summer evening pick a pavement table beneath this establishment's trademark façade clad in swaying ivy and watch the action on the street.

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Caffè, ristorante e winebar, Etablì è un mix di tutto questo.
L’eclettico Etlablì è aperto tutto il giorno, ed è ormai un must nella capitale, lo sanno bene i proprietari, i fratelli Aureli, da anni protagonisti delle notti romane.
Gestito da due dei quattro fratelli, Massimo e Alessandro hanno creato un locale all’interno di un edificio del ‘600 con soffitti a volte, portali antichi in pietra e tufo, caratterizzato da mobili e arredi dei primi del ‘900 e da oggetti d’epoca in gran parte provenienti dal sud della Francia, tra cui spiccano i lampadari antichi in ferro battuto, i mobili in legno tutti “decapati” e di vari colori pastello, divani in pelle ed un caminetto nel lounge bar, oltre agli antichi tavoli da lavoro provenzali….gli établi, da cui il locale prende il nome, e che contribuiscono a dare al locale un’aria vintage ed estremamente chic.
Questa è la suggestiva cornice dell’Etablì ristorante e winebar, ubicato nel cuore del centro storico di Roma.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:42

Waking along the Tiber…


Lunch: yes
Kitchen: mediterranean
Kitchen opening: h 20.00
Kitchen closure: h 23.30
After Dinnes: yes
Cocktail and aperitif bar: yes
Credit cards: all major cards accepted
Air conditioning: yes
Open: everyday
Smoking facilities: no
Restroom for disabled: no
Pets:not allowed
Private dining rooms: no
Outside seating: yes
Sunday brunch: yes

The style of MET is characterized by the essential in the furnishing of the spaces involved. The lines are linear and clean, avoiding excessive decoration, so that the atmosphere is open and airy – that which is in surplus has been carefully and intentionally avoided. The white tones of the decor offer a background to few other colours that alternate in the various areas, reaching a maximum of three: white, black and the dark brown of the tables. Few elements, specialized materials, executive rigour, pure geometry and a sense of order reinforce the minimalist philosophy of the design. The result is a distinctive and international atmosphere.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:36

Where to drink a glass of wine

The Best Wine Bars in Rome

I’m here in Rome, camping out between bike trips. While looking up wine bars, I happened across an entry in Hungry Girl, where she runs into Mario Batali and he tells her “I only eat at wine bars in Rome. That’s where the best food is.” So I decided to put my list of bars up against Mario’s. The research has been exhausting! In checking them out, I found some new favorites, found that some of my old faves had gone downhill, and verified that the tried-and-true great wine bars of Rome are NOT resting on their laurels! For this “best of” list assume fabulous wine selections and good food … wine bars with sh**y selections didn’t make the list. Each address below is linked to the google map.

Cul de Sac – This has always been my favorite. Why? Walls lined with bottles, outdoor seating, always crowded, perfect location, great array of cheeses and meats, darn good food, too. Along a cute sidestreet close to the Piazza Navona. Piazza di Pasquino, 73

Il Simposio di Constantini – Classy place connected to a very good restaurant. I was sitting at the bar, enjoying a glass of Pinot Nero and the free hors d’oeuvres, and I met a group of ex-pat journalists, which led to two more glasses of wine, which led to …

… a party a couple of nights later, which led to more new friends, which led  … you just gotta love Rome. Close to Castello Angelo.  Piazza Cavour, 16

Enoteca Ferrara –  I can’t totally like this, as it’s the favorite of my ex-hubby, but with 24 wines by the glass and a cruvinet, there is always something interesting to try. Free antipasto served all night. The seating in the front room is kind of cramped in a weird layout and doesn’t lend to a good “da solo” experience, so bring a friend. In a student-y area of Trastevere. Via del Moro, 1/a

Trimani – Great food and atmosphere, and open for both lunch and dinner. Call for reservations, so you don’t get stuck sitting upstairs in Siberia which has next-to-no atmosphere (but good for large parties). Close to the train station. Via Cernaia 37B


313 Cavour One of the largest selections in Rome, and an extensive menu, too. Unlike some Roman wine bars (can you say “Trimani”?), the service is very friendly. But always call beforehand because they are often closed for no apparent reason. (No posted hours). On a traffic-heavy street close to the Coliseum. Via Cavour 313

Roscioli –Incredible cheese and salami case out in the front. Not a lot of food options, but the pasta is truly the best I have ever had in Rome. Great music, great service. Jewish Quarter. Via dei Giubbonari, 21

Il Goccetto – Old, old old school. Lots of Italian wine biz guys hang out here. Some of them look like they’ve been around since the days of Mussolini! The walls are lined with bottles, so go to it and find something great. Little rickety wood tables … place looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in 20 years. But good prices, and what a selection! Via dei Banchi Vecchi 14

Runners Up 

These ones didn’t make the list. If you are only in Rome for a couple of days, these won’t give you the full Roman wine bar experience, but if you are hanging out for awhile, there are still reasons to try these out. 

Enoteca Piccolo – small selection, but other than Cul de Sac and Il Simposio, the only other one with outdoor seating.

‘Gusto– Huge, modern interior. ‘Gusto is a pizzeria, restaurant, grocer AND wine bar. Nothing about this place feels Roman to me.

Casa Bleve – In a 15th Century building off of Piazza Navonna.  Very elegant, but very expensive.

Palatium – Specializing in the not-that-great-but-interesting wines of the area (Lazio). This is an excellent place for lunch as it serves very authentic Roman cuisine. Always hopping with locals. By the Spanish Steps.

Hint: At many places you can reserve a table! It’s such a drag to enter a fun, crowded bar and find out there are no available tables. But a little-known secret is that many of these places will take reservations. Numerous times we got dirty looks from people who had been waiting a long time but because we called ahead, we got seated right away.

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Pizzeria La Montecarlo

Welcome to the official website of the pizzeria "La Montecarlo" in Rome, one of the most sought after places to taste the real Roman pizza, delicacies prepared with fresh vegetables and live always cheerful moments at the center of the Italian capital. The location just off Piazza Navona. The pizza is thin and crispy, with a dough that retains the true traditions of Roman pizza, served in large plates of aluminum.

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