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ROMAN FOOD

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  • Roma food
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A common oversight amongst the restaurant-going, gastronomically enlightened clientele of the capital’s many fine dining establishments is the reality that the Ancient Romans directly, irreversibly and wonderfully shaped much of the modern Western palate. Even the concept of courses, something which has led to the creation of countless new dishes – be it an inventive entreé or delectable desert – is something we can attribute to Roman food and the fashion in which it was prepared, served and eaten.

The Ancient Romans were as obsessed with trying different food from around the world as any culinary enthusiast today and, in their time, the resulting cuisine was a collision of flavours that was reflective of the sheer size of their territory, not to mention their indulgent nature. An abundance of honey, wine and game meats, offset by exhilarating spices brought to Rome from the furthest reaches of The Empire is what one could expect as an example of Roman food. Many items we’re accustomed to today – pears, damsons, cherries, broad beans – were previously unknown, particularly in Britain, until they were introduced by the Romans.

We believe that something so heavily influential yet rarely acknowledged should be celebrated in full! Roman food is the hallmark of a society who thrived on the pleasures found in the unknown and who had the confidence to try daring combinations of flavours never attempted before. Here at Roma London we’ve taken inspiration from these ingenious approaches to cooking and taste to provide you with a truly unique take on the cuisine of a bygone era.

Expect hay-smoked game, clay-baked dishes and seasonal produce in what is undoubtedly London’s most exciting culinary revival in recent years.

#When In Roma

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