Food Tour 2: LAZIO (and not just ROME)
There are many places, aside from Rome, that tourists in Lazio should visit, such as the Castelli Romani and Tivoli.
Most of the tourists who decide to visit Italy stop in Rome, our capital, which is located in the Lazio region. In the previous blog, we tasted Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe, and Saltimbocca alla Romana while strolling through the splendid streets of the Eternal City.
But Lazio has much more to offer than Rome.
CASTELLI ROMANI: WINE AND PORCHETTA
Take an evening to visit the Castelli Romani. On this trip, you can visit small towns, located close to each other, rich in both history and culinary culture. Some of the most beautiful buildings to visit in this area are the Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia and Palazzo Sforza in Genzano. If you are a wine lover, you can also satisfy your passion by visiting the cellars where they produce Frascati or Marino wines.
Nobody can leave Castelli Romani without tasting some Porchetta. This savory, boneless pork roast can be found almost anywhere in Italy, though its roots are in Ariccia. Here, all the restaurants have a rustic design and long tables. They welcome large, loud groups of friends looking to drink house wine and eat pasta and porchetta all night.
TIVOLI: HISTORICAL MANSIONS AND RESTAURANTS
Tivoli is a little gem in Lazio, easily accessible from Rome. The Villa d’Este, the beautiful Tivoli gardens, the Villa Adriana, and the Villa Gregoriana are all worth a visit to Tivoli. But the local gastronomic experience is also worth the trip. The culinary tradition here is simple, and the recipes revolve around a few key ingredients including pecorino, bacon, meat, and tomato sauce. Don't miss the chance to order a plate of Spaghetti all’Amatriciana, or, if you love vegetables, try the Scafata, a dish made with artichokes, potatoes, broad beans, peas, onion, and garlic.
- Donatella Mulvoni