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Street Food in Rome
Street food in Rome is truly delicious and truly something you must try when you visit! From sandwiches stuffed with porchetta (spiced rolled pork), to their famous fried streets and pizza by the slice, Rome boasts and delicious and inexpensive street food offering. MEININGER has a hotel in the center of Rome to come back to at the end of a day, after discovering these culinary delights.
1) I Supplì
At lunch or dinner time, the line at this Trastevere institution is out the door and down the street. Come here for their namesake, the Supplì (Rome’s most popular street-food snack; a fried rice ball stuffed with mozzarella) as well as some of the best pizza by the slice in town (especially the marinara with tomato, garlic and oregano). Street food in Rome starts here!
(Via di San Francesco a Ripa 137
Stefano Callegari is a famous roman pizzamaker and is known for his invention – the Trapizzino. It’s an Italian play on words meaning a cross between pizza and a sandwich and is pizza pocket if you like. Fluffy pizza bianca stuffed with local favourites like meatballs, tripe or burrata cheese.
(Various locations including Testaccio, Trastevere and Mercato Centrale, Termini http://www.trapizzino.it/?lang=en)
Known as the gelateria that brought gourmet gelato to Rome, Fatamorgana is all about artisanal and organic gelato (gluten free and even lactose free available). They have all the classics but some adventurous combinations too – like basil, honey and walnuts, blueberry cheesecake, carrot cake, black rice and rose petals and pear and gorgonzola. Street food in Rome is not complete until you have tried gelato.
(Various locations with most central in Monti, City Center and Trastevere http://www.gelateriafatamorgana.com/)
4) Mercato Centrale
The modern indoor market space sits within Termini Station and is like one big open food court. You can grab pizza by the slice (Bonci) or the round kind (of gourmet specialist Pier Daniele Seu) and even a cheeseboard, sandwiches and other snacks. Eat on the run or take a seat.
(Termini, Via Giovanni Giolitti 36
5) Ciao Checca
Think pasta with the freshest ingredients in a cup, eat in or takeaway. There are gluten free options and even sweets and located by the Parliament, the locations couldn’t be more convenient.
(Piazza di Firenze 25
6) Testaccio Market
The undercover market in Testaccio is open daily until 2pm every day except Sunday and you’ll find everything from Supplì (Foodbox) to delicious gourmet sandwiches (Mordi e Vai) to hot dishes (Cups by Rome’s only female chef with a Michelin Star, Cristina Bowerman).
(Via Beniamino Franklin
About Maria Pasquale
Born to Italian parents, Maria always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne. With a formal background in political science and history, she is now a food and travel writer and contributes regularly to USA Today, The Telegraph, Condé Nast, CNN and Fodors. She has worked with major brands including Dubai One TV, Hilton, Rocco Forte Hotel Group, Baglioni Hotels, Pullman, Paris Tourism Board and many others.
Her popular and award-winning lifestyle blog, HeartRome is read in over 100 countries, has been featured in BBC and Vogue among others and boasts a 30,000 strong social media following. Her first book, I Heart Rome (Smith Street Books) is a collection of recipes and stories and was published around the world in November 2017. In Rome you’ll find her walking the streets of Trastevere, checking out the latest bar for an aperitivo or dining with friends.