In the heart of Italy sits the country’s most ancient city – Rome. Its historical roots harmonize with a thriving metro where cuisine is based on simple, fresh ingredients grown and produced locally. Home to the government, the Vatican, and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, Rome truly is the center of Italy.
When preparing their meals, Romans use fresh pasta and common vegetables in their dishes. This includes artichokes, peas, squash blossoms, and fava beans along with pecorino (goat’s cheese) or ricotta. With Vero Meal Kits, it’s possible to create Roman-inspired cuisines from the comfort of your home with our new Fresh Pasta by the Pound.
Culture and family play a major role in Rome and food brings everyone together. Weekends are turned into events featuring drawn-out meals with antipasto (appetizer,) primo (pasta, soup or rice), secondi (entrée) accompanied by contorno (side dish) and followed by dolce (dessert).
A staple of Roman cuisine, artichokes have been popular since the time of the Roman Empire. Vero Meal Kits uses this ingredient in its Artichoke Salad which can be found in our Celebration Kit. In this salad, artichoke hearts and roasted asparagus are combined with creamy pecorino, pistachios, and balsamic vinaigrette.
Perciatelli is a spaghetti-like pasta that is a refreshing twist on classic Roman Carbonara using perciatelli, pecorino, and pancetta. Known in Italian as “little hole” for its thin hole down its center, it is slightly thicker than Bucatini. Resulting in an elegant balance of flavors, additions of cheese, egg, pancetta, and pea shoots make for an excellent pairing with the pasta.
A typical Roman pizza may include quadrants of artichokes, olives, mushrooms, and ham. Referred to as Quattro Stagioni, the four seasons, each of the ingredients represents a different season. These are artichokes for spring, olives for summer, mushrooms for fall, and ham for winter. Another version of this pizza, with the same ingredients mixed together, is capricciosa, which means capricious or whimsical.
From the Vero Meal Kits’ wine list, crisp white wines like Pinot Grigio or Vernaccia di San Gimignano would be perfect complements to dishes like these. Frascati, a wine from south of Rome, go well with these dishes, too.
Invite the family over this weekend and enjoy your time spent together over authentic Roman cuisine by ordering your pasta or meal kit today!