My clients sometimes ask me suggestions about Roman dishes they can try.
First of all, when Romans feel very inspired can eat antipasto (starter), primo (a first course of pasta), secondo (a second course of meat or fish), and a dessert but if you don't want to sink in your chair at the end of the meal, go for some starters and a first course OR a second course.
I know, I will disappoint someone, but consider that pasta with meatballs is NOT Italian and the Cioppino is Californian. So you won't find them in the menu.
My fave pasta is gnocchi. They are handmade with smashed potatoes and they remind me of my nonna (grandmother). She used to add pieces of mozzarella so that when she put the hot gnocchi on the mozzarella, it started to melt creating a stringy effect.
My other cherished dish is cacio e pepe, pasta with goat cheese and pepper. It looks simple but it is not. Each chef has is own secret to cook a perfect cacio e pepe, so that the flavour is not too strong on the cheese or to aggressive on the pepper.
My tastes in meat are similar to Americans: give me grilled meat and you will make me happy.
Consider though that that wouldn't be too Roman. Our tradition in meat derives from shepherds and so any real Roman, like my father in law, would eat lamb.
The toughest Romans love the offal or the less valuable parts of the cow, coda alla vaccinara which is the tail, or the trippa alla romana, the tripe.
So my suggestion for meat? Saltimbocca alla romana, veal with ham and a leave of sage.
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