The typical Roman cuisine at Gattabuia is at home
“Indove se magnuca er celo ce conduca” was the exhortation of the Roman people of the past, the real ones, those who lingered in taverns, magical places that since the 1600s were like real theaters where the real characters of the daily roman comedy – those ” true Romans “ almost disappeared nowdays- sat in front of a typical dish of Roman cuisine, like an amatriciana or a “coda alla vaccinara” showed the peculiar face of the time.
Today as then here in Gattabuia –being the “real Romans”- we wanted to follow the long path coming from a past rich in history, traditions and overflowing with authentic flavors, in order to pass on and let live a tasty gastronomic experience, at the same time full of colours and folklore, with a funny social impact thanks to the true, but polite roman spirit.
Our gastronomic specialties are a staple of the Roman culinary tradition and represent a solid link with the gastronomic tradition born in Rome and Lazio.
Therefore , after a “painful” selection at our tables, we serve those typical Roman dishes that even Gioacchino Belli or Trilussa have praised and that the Romans – and not only the ones living in Rome- have been loving for generations: those dishes are in fact the typical food created in our mums’ kitchen, where “mum” here stands for Mamma Roma .
Our is a first-class and cooked-to-order cuisine. We use fresh and seasonal raw materials that we receive every day!
Our kitchen, our dishes taste of good and authenticity: we stand out thanks to a careful selection of the raw materials we use, mostly coming from small local producers who carefully offer selected seasonal products at “zero kilometers”. When some of our dishes are not available, it is because Mother Earth does not always offer us the same products and we at Gattabuia do not like to offer our guests frozen products!
Typical Roman cuisine
The Roman cuisine is renowned for its simplicity: born as a basic cuisine for poor people, it has a great variety of dishes based on entrails (called “frattaglie” in roman dialect) that if once were not processed today give that special taste you can find only in Rome. This food tradition is called “ the cuisine of the “fifth quarter” ( quinto quarto in Italian) and it is based on the so-called entrails that still bring to the table the most authentic flavors of typical Roman cuisine for those who desire and dare to savor them.
You must know that the Roman cuisine has very ancient origins: it is actually coming from the farming traditions of the “Urbe”( the ancient countryside area around Rome) that after some centuries renewed in those of the rich and sophisticated tradition of imperial Rome, to merge over the centuries with the habits and popular history of the “volgo” , as the Roman citizens sued to be called.
Some typical dishes of Roman cuisine
Today still the typical Roman cuisine is appealing as the cuisine of the “volgo”, of the Roman populace: and so we find pecorino romano, vegetables gathered from Agro Pontino, “bucatini all’amatriciana”, “rigatoni alla Carbonara”, “spaghetti alla Gricia”, “meze maniche with coda alla vaccinara”, rigatoni alla pajata and all the dishes of the traditional Roman cuisine (insert link to the menu page).
The table in Rome is a “holy”place, as it was at the time of Ancient Rome, where metaphorically the gods are present at the table in order to protect the master of and his family, his home.
And from there we get explained the abundance of dishes, the “bicchierata”( this meaning several glasses filled with different wines and then all lifted up for a coral cheers), the long time sitting at the table to chat joyfully: all these activities carried out around the table are then propitiatory rituals that have been preserved against time flowing and the distance from what we might call today our “comfort zone”.
Come and visit us and savor you too the authentic flavors of typical Roman cuisine, those of Mamma Roma.
Out of Curiosity
Over time, the typical Roman cuisine has met some of the typical dishes of Roman-Jewish cuisine, which the Roman Jewish community has masterfully included among the powerful dishes of Rome. Among these, the famous “Carciofo alla Giudia”, present in our menu.
The artichoke cooked with the Jewish method ( that is why is called “alla Giudìa”, where Giudìa means Jewish) has a very ancient history too, since it is mentioned in recipe books and memoirs from the 16th century. It is a dish of Roman derivation, more precisely born in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome.
For this recipe it is preferable to use strictly the artichokes called “cimaroli” (also known as “mammole”) that are the best of the “Romanesco” variety cultivated between Ladispoli and Civitavecchia. This type of round artichoke, particularly tender and above all without thorns, it’s the best choice to cook the “ Carciofo alla Giudía”, which can be eaten completely without having to discard anything.
The artichoke is therefore a “king” in the typical Roman cuisine. Not for nothing the countryside around Rome is full of specimens like the refined Campagnano and Sezze and those gathered along the northern coast of Lazio, between Maccarese and Civitavecchia – Ladispoli.
Moreover we also have another and highly appreciated declination of the Roman artichoke, that is not fried and is cooked in the pan and flavored with parsley, mint, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
Out of curiosity
The Roman tavern
Already since the Renaissance the Roman tavern has always been a theater, a place where the “ real roman populace” were enjoying a dish or chit-chatting over their daily life while eating a good amatriciana or a “ coda alla vaccinara”. Even Gattabuia was born as a tavern, formerly Ciceruacchio, one of the very first inns in Trastevere. Obtained from an ancient seventeenth-century tavern- that once housed the so called Gattabuia, a roman way of saying to mean a prison – we will welcome you within the surprising walls of an ancient prison of the papal era, a feature that has always fascinated all our customers. Even today we preserve its history, maintaining the typical Roman veracity, the friendliness and authentic flavors of the Rome of the past, a slightly sly lady.
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