You and your kids will love Rome street food tradition for 2 reasons: it is incredibly good and it comes from a very ancient roman story. Come with Tapsy to discover it!
There is one thing better than the Colosseum, it’s Rome street food. Welcome to the eternal city, my friend! As a great expert of the most magnificent Italian city, I can tell you loooads of stories about romans and their food habits, especially regarding the street food. Did you know that the street food tradition has nothing to do with Americans but it was a roman invention? One of the best example is Pompeii with its thermopolium, a street food point where Pompeians use to buy street food.
So, not only pizza and pasta live in Italy, but also a good and millennial tradition of street food children must experience, especially when they visit Rome! Need a plan? Here I am to help!
ROME STREET FOOD STEP BY STEP
STEP N.1: DO A TAPSY TOUR OF ROME
Street food is not for breakfast, so after your cappuccino and cornetto better to go straight to do a Tapsy Tour! You can choose between Ancient Rome, which includes Colosseum entrance, or Classic Rome, if you are willing to explore the evolution of roman styles and architecture during the past centuries. In both case, you are in good company, mine! Kids will have the time of their life, pretending to be Gladiators or exploring the roman, medieval and baroque side of Rome. It will be a great walking tour and I am sure you will be hungry after that!
STEP N.2: GO EATING SUPPLÌ
Supplì says ‘Rome!’as much as the Colosseum or the Pope himself. It is basically a rice ball (uhm, no, ball is not correct, it is more tight and long, with tomato souce (and meat, if required), braced and fried. It is ideal for an half-morning break or just before lunch or an italian merenda. Highly recommended, super Roman.
STEP N.3: HAVE A SLICE OF PIZZA
Pizza is not always the same in Italy, each place has his own tradition and way to do it. The most famous comes from Naples and you will probably find that kind of pizza only in Naples, totally different from the roman version. The round one, served in the plate, is more thin and ‘scrocchiarella’, as romans like to say (crunchy), but the best is yet to come: try some ‘pizza al taglio’, a rectangular slice of pizza – you choose your size – topped with many different food options!
STEP N.4: ENJOY A DELICIOUS BACCALÀ FRITTO
He’s the king! The fried codfish (baccalà fritto) is a must have of the Rome street food tradition.
You can find it practically everywhere, and most of the time is super good. It is a simple baccalà ball fried into the typical Italian pastella. It is well known as a Christmas traditional dish, as Christians use to have fish for Christmas’ Eve. But Romans eat it all year round and kids will love it!
STEP N.5: FALL IN LOVE WITH POLPETTE
Meat balls, meat balls everywhere! One of the things romans love the most as a street food are polpette. You can taste them in many different ways: with tomato source (the best, in my opinion!), simply fried, with onion, garlic, vegetables… I am already hungry!