5 Roman Street Food Secrets

5 Roman Street Food Secrets

By: Vincent Ventura

There’s no better way to embrace a culture than by sampling some street food – you will never have a cheaper, tastier, or more authentic meal. In a country notorious for its lengthy meals and relaxed pace, Italy seems like an unlikely place to grab a bite to go. Yet, Italy’s capital, Rome, is becoming one of Europe’s premiere locations for its traditional take on street food with a twist. Paired with the Eternal City’s countless piazzas and impeccable people watching, indulge in these simple yet elegant Roman Street Food Secrets:



pumpkin pizza

Pumpkin Pancetta Pizza

Pumpkin Pancetta Pizza

Strange as it sounds, Pizzeria Florida’s pumpkin pancetta pizza could quite possibly be one of the best things I have ever eaten. With a silky smooth puree of sweet pumpkin topped with salty pancetta (thick cut Italian bacon) and smoky provola cheese, this pizza will be gone in minutes. Grab a slice and sit across the street and marvel in the amazing taste and the spot where Caesar was stabbed.

Neighborhood: Centro Storico

Pizzeria Florida, Via Florida, 25



Caffe Granita

Caffe Granita– Italian Coffee Slushies

Need a way to cool down and caffeinate all at the same time? Grab this treat by the Pantheon, made with rich espresso grinded with ice and airy light panna will do trick

Neighborhood: Centro Storico

Café Tazza d’Oro, Via degli Orfani, 84





Although originating on the streets of Turkey, the Doner Kebab gets a distinctly Roman makeover in the Jewish Ghetto. With the familiar doner meat, homemade hummus, grilled zucchini, french fries, and sautéed onions, the Kebab at Yesh Sheni is perfect for a stroll along the Tiber river.

Neighborhood: Jewish Ghetto

Yesh Sheni, Via di Santa Maira del Pianto, 64



“Trapizzino”– Stuffed Pizza Crusts

“Trapizzino”– Stuffed Pizza Crusts

A newcomer on the roman food scene, trapizzini are crunchy corners of pizza crusts stuffed with freshly made sauces and topping. Think tender chicken cacciatore or marinated eggplant, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. You’ll want seven.

Neighborhood: Testaccio

Trapizzino Ponte Milvio, Via Giovanni Branca, 88


Supplì– Roman Rice Balls


Supplì– Roman Rice Balls

Magical is the only word that can be used to describe deep fried Roman rice balls, oozing with mozzarella cheese. Found in almost every pizzeria in Rome, some of the best can be found at Pizzarium where they incorporate other flavors. The supplì genovese leaks homemade pesto with fresh basil and parmesan.

Neighborhood: Prati

Pizzarium, Via della Meloria, 43


In no time, you’ll be eating like a romano. Just say “portare via”, for it to be take away!

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